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Day Six: Novel Challenge

Day Six: Novel Challenge

Looking more and more likely this novel challenge will be eight days instead of seven. Again today just not enough time in the day and not enough power in these old eyes to deal with too many computer hours.

But as I said to the writers I was walking with this afternoon, isn’t it a weird perspective when a 4,200 word day was a failure? (grin)

So anyhow, today I did a ton of running around after getting out of here around 2:30 and managed to get to some exercise with the guys around 4 p.m. Made my 10,000 steps easily today.

Then did some grocery shopping and some stuff at the WMG office before heading home around 7 p.m. I did some e-mail and a bunch of the workshop assignments, then took a nap while Kris cooked dinner.

About 5.5 hours of work and exercise.

Got back in here to do the workshop assignments around 9:30 and by 11 p.m. I was at my writing computer. (As you can see, getting there that late made the 8,000 words wanted impossible.)

Another 1.5 hours of work.

Got 1,200 words done by 12 midnight before taking a break to watch a little television.

Got back writing around 1 a.m. and got 1,300 words done by 2 a.m.

Short break, another 1,400 words by just a bit after 3 a.m.

Short break and another 1,100 words by 4 a.m.

One more short break and another 900 words before I just called it a night.

So 5,900 words for the day. I’ll take it.

About 5 hours of writing time.

I have meetings tomorrow and my 10,000 steps to get, so kind of doubt I’ll have enough words tomorrow to finish the book. But never know. I’ve done eleven thousand word days before. Doubt it will happen, since writing a novel in eight days is just fine as well. (grin)

This is a prime example of what I mean when I say “Fail to success.”


Day 1… 3,000 goal… Actual words… 3,100.  Total so far… 3,100 words
Day 2… 4,000 goal… Actual words… 4,400.  Total so far… 7,500 words
Day 3… 5,000 goal… Actual words… 5,100.  Total so far… 12,600 words
Day 4… 6,000 goal… Actual words… 6,200.  Total so far… 18,800 words
Day 5… 7,000 goal… Actual words… 4,200.  Total so far… 23,000 words
Day 6… 8,000 goal… Actual words… 5,900.  Total so far… 28,900 words

Day 7… 9,000… Total word count to be over… 42,000 (or end of book)


September Online Workshops

Click the workshop tab above for description and sign-up or go to

Questions about any of the workshops, feel free to write me.

Class #21… Sept 6th … Author Voice
Class #22… Sept 6th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #23… Sept 6th … Speed
Class #24… Sept 6th … Writing Mysteries
Class #25… Sept 6th … Character Development
Class #26… Sept 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #27… Sept 7th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #28… Sept 7th … Cliffhangers
Class #29… Sept 7th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #30… Sept 7th …Expectations (Writing on the Rails)

Totals For Year 4, Month 1, Day 23

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,069

Over 10,000 steps streak… Day 54

— Daily Fiction: 5,900 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 51,600 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total:1,900 words 

— Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 10,300 words

— E-mail: 24 e-mails. Approx. 2,500 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 359 e-mails. Approx. 26,700 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers


— Year of Short Fiction Goal: 120 stories (July 1st to June 30th). Stories finished to date: 8 stories.

— Yearly Novel Goal: 12 Novels. Novels finished to date: 1 novels.


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  • Maree

    I have to say that watching you fail has been much more useful to me than watching you succeed. 🙂
    It’s made me realize that an important component of ‘failing up’ is not quitting when it becomes obvious that you aren’t going to make the goal.

    • dwsmith

      Thanks, Maree. Yeah, how many people would love to write a novel in eight days, or even nine. No failure in getting a book done. Sometimes life just makes future scheduling sort of tough. (grin)