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Eight Days In

Going Fine…

Afraid to say too much here early on because of the three misses last fall. But so far this new writing schedule is working as I had planned and hoped.

I made it to the restaurant 5 of the last 8 days, and wrote every day some. Worst day was only 600 words, best days over 3,000. But my focus is now back on writing every day and that feels wonderful.

After eight days, the novel is at just over 15,000 words, so not averaging 2,000 words a day as I wanted, but close and I’ll take it in start-up with new schedule.

I have written some almost every evening as well, taking what I wrote on the iPad and putting it in one file on my writing computer. So writing 1,500 words or so in the morning, then a few hundred more in the evening. Seems to work fine.

And I think this pace can pick up without much issue. Feels like its going to, actually. I would like to get to over 2,000 every morning as a baseline, then another 1,000 to 2,000 either during the day or evening. Maybe in a week or two. I am not rushing it.

So that is the progress on this Friday night.


  • Kenny Norris

    That’s great news, Dean!

    I’m on the way for my most productive (words produced) week of the year despite not having utilised all the time most efficiently. (Currently I’m on ~3,900 words and will hopefully get 400-800 more words completed today.)

  • Harvey Stanbrough

    Congrats on getting it fired up again, Dean. The challenge I told you about awhile back, to write 10 novels in 150 days, went fine through the first four books. Then I had unexpected visitors (adult children) from out of state, so that threw a monkey wrench into the works.

    I sputtered over Novel 5, putting down just over 8,000 words in the first 5 days, lost interest in the story line, and finally called the challenge over. That was 4 days ago.

    I took two days “off” to recuperate, then started the challenge all over again: 10 novels in 150 days. At the close of Day 2, I was at just under 6,000 words and the story’s hitting on all cylinders. (grin)

    To make it a little more difficult, later today I leave on a 2- or 3-day camping trip with a friend. But I’m taking my writing ‘puter with and intend to make time for 2000 words per day while I’m gone. Of course, more would be better.

    Thanks again for all you do, Maestro.

    • dwsmith

      Harvey, wow, great success. Four novels from a challenge is fantastic!! Fail to success on that one. You know how many millions of writers would just love to be able to write one novel, let alone four. So celebrate the victory of what you did get done.

      And then fantastic, firing up again. That is so cool! Onward.