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Day Two: Novel Challenge

Day Two: Novel Challenge

Again for Day Two, a weird day.

For the first time all year, it turned sort of hot here. Maybe got up to almost eighty, which here at the coast is a killer for us locals. Silly, I know, but air conditioning is a lost art here.

So it was too warm for me to work in my office at WMG, so went out for some walking, got a new pair of running shoes and some running socks as well.

Home by 6 p.m., after only about one hour of work, 1 hour of exercise.

Too warm to work in here, so I went downstairs and took a very long nap where it was cooler. Then cooked dinner, then did my e-mail.

I managed to get that done, then Kris and I went out for a walk around the neighborhood to get some exercise. (Yes, I hit my 10,000 steps once again.)

Then back in here for 45 minutes and 1,050 words on the book.

Then I went to watch some television and didn’t get back in here until around 1 a.m.

Total television time for the day 1.5 hours (counting the time I watched while eating dinner). Also nap time was longer than normal.

Managed 1,100 words by 2 a.m. before taking a break.

Short break, another 1,150 words by 3 a.m.

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

Just under 4 hours of writing. 4,400 words for the day.

So I have now 500 words in the bank. I had wanted a bunch more than that, but considering the last two days and the strange start, I’ll take it.

Day 1… 3,000… Actual words… 3,100.  Total so far… 3,100 words
Day 2… 4,000… Actual words… 4,400.  Total so far… 7,500 words

Day 3… 5,000… Total word count to be over… 12,000
Day 4… 6,000… Total word count to be over… 18,000
Day 5… 7,000… Total word count to be over… 25,000
Day 6… 8,000… Total word count to be over… 33,000
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 19

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,065

Over 10,000 steps streak… Day 50

— Daily Fiction: 4,400 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 30,800 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 9,400 words

— E-mail: 11 e-mails. Approx. 700 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 283 e-mails. Approx. 20,300 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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