NOVEL FOUR STARTED…
(As a reminder, the overall monthly challenge is to write four novels and gain distance every week on my step count, starting the first week at an average of 11,000 steps per day.)
Took the Day Away, Still Got Started!
After a meeting at WMG, Kris and I went into the valley to take time away. Felt great. No screens.
And came back around eleven and got going on the novel. Really got going. See below.
The Day Went Like This…
Got up at 1 p.m., did some e-mail and got to a WMG meeting at 2:30.
At around 4 p.m. Kris and I headed into Salem. Beautiful drive. We left the 60 degree temps for the 90 degree temps, but honestly it felt good.
I dropped Kris off at a theater because there was a movie she wanted to see that I didn’t. I went picking.
I ran into a nest of scarves, enough to make a great display at our south store. (I buy them by the pound, they are very light. I spent maybe $3.00 for 40 scarves that we will sell for $5 each or more if some of them are silk or brand name. Pretty good mark-up. (grin)
I also found about ten bags of old golf clubs. Most were worthless, except for the old Persimmon Wood heads. Those are selling on eBay, depending on the maker for $25 bucks each or more. These are a little beat, so they will sell to fix up. I got thirty or so of them and a really nice carry bag that I stuck them in for around $20. Going to be an interesting shipping challenge. (grin)
After the movie, Kris and I went out for a nice dinner and then headed home.
I did about an hour of e-mail, then got to the writing computer around midnight, just as I had hoped.
The Writing Went Like This…
I used a 1,400 word story start that didn’t work as a novel to get going, cycling back over that for an hour and changing everything to make it feel like a novel start. So basically all new words. Took me an hour. But the story start felt like the right place to start, so I used it.
Then at 1 a.m. after a short break I got up to speed and managed 1,500 words before taking a break right before 2 a.m.
Next session another 1,500 words. These are the characters I wrote in Ace High in January while in Vegas and I really like them, so it felt comfortable being back with them.
From 3 a.m. until 3:45 a.m. I did another 1,300 words. Break to get some celery and peanut butter and honey.
By 4:30 a.m. I had another 1,100 words. This novel seems to be going in larger chunks. Cool.
Then a short break and by 5:15 a.m. I hit a stopping point with another 500 words.
Not a clue where this book is going. I know I just twisted it up something awful in the first 7,000 words. (grin)
7,300 words in 6 sessions.
Novel #1…The Writing of TOMBSTONE CANYON: A Thunder Mountain Novel
Challenge Day 1… Words written… 6,600. Total so far… 6,600 words.
Challenge Day 2… Words written… 6,700. Total so far… 13,300 words.
Challenge Day 3… Words written… 6,100. Total so far… 19,400 words.
Challenge Day 4… Words written… 6,200. Total so far… 25,600 words.
Challenge Day 5… Words written… 6,200. Total so far…, 31,800 words.
Challenge Day 6… Words written… 6,100. Total so far…, 37,900 words.
Challenge Day 7… Words written… 3,200. Final Total…, 41,100 words. (Novel count is 38,000)
Challenge Novel #2
Novel #2…The Writing of DEATH TAKES A DIAMOND: A Mary Jo Assassin Novel
Challenge Day 8… Words written… 6,400. Total so far… 6,400 words.
Challenge Day 9… Words written… 6,100. Total so far… 12,500 words.
Challenge Day 10… Words written… 3,200. Total so far… 15,700 words.
Challenge Day 11… Words written… 2,900. Total written so far… 18,600 words.
Challenge Day 12… Words written… 3,100. Total written so far… 21,700 words.
Challenge Day 13… Words written… 6,100. Total written so far… 27,800 words.
Challenge Day 14… Words written… 3,300. Total written so far… 31,100 words.
Challenge Day 15… Words written… 6,200. Total written so far… 37,300 words.
Challenge Day 16… Words written… 6,500. Final total written… 43,800 words. (Novel is no where near that long and might get shorter still after Kris reads it.)
Challenge Novel #3
Novel #3…The Writing of DRY CREEK CROSSING: A Thunder Mountain Novel
Challenge Day 17… Words written… 3,100. Total so far… 3,100 words.
Challenge Day 18… Words written… 3,400. Total so far… 6,500 words.
Challenge Day 19… Words written… 2,900. Total so far… 9,400 words.
Challenge Day 20… Words written… 6,200. Total so far… 15,600 words.
Challenge Day 21… Words written… 6,300. Total so far… 21,900 words.
Challenge Day 22… Words written… 6,100. Total so far… 28,000 words.
Challenge Day 23… Words written… 6,000. Total so far… 34,000 words.
Challenge Day 24… Words written… 3,100. Total so far… 37,100 words.
Challenge Day 25… Words written… 3,300. Final total writer… 40,400 words. (Novel is not that long.)
Challenge Novel #4
Novel #4…The Writing of BURN CARD: A Cold Poker Gang Mystery
Challenge Day 26 … Words written… 7,300 Total so far… 7,300 words.
The Day Breakdown
5.5 hours writing… 7,300 words
.5 hours exercise plus normal movement… 6,200 steps
3 hours of work for workshops and e-mails and meetings and such.
The rest is television and cooking and travel and so on. Plus 8 hours of sleep. One 10 minute nap.
THE CHALLENGE SO FAR…
Days over 6,000 words… 16 of 26
Days over 11,000 steps… 11 of 26
25.5 hours of regular job work this week. Today is week day five.
Tracking Word Counts… July 26th, 2017
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,407
— Daily Fiction: 7,300 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 132,600 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 700 words
— Blog Posts: 900 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 12,700 words
— E-mail: 18 e-mails. Approx. 900 original words. E-mails month-to date: 794 e-mails. Approx. 46,900 words
AUGUST ONLINE WORKSHOPS
All have openings at the moment. Information at
Any questions at all, feel free to write me. And if you are confused as to which workshop to take first, we have a full curriculum posted on its own page.
Class #13… Aug 8th … Depth #3: Research
Class #14… Aug 8th … Endings
Class #15… Aug 8th … Point of View
Class #16… Aug 8th … Writing Mysteries
Class #17… Aug 8th … Speed
Class #18… Aug 8th … Teams in Fiction
Class #19… Aug 9th … Depth in Writing
Class #20… Aug 9th … How to Edit Your Own Work
Class #21… Aug 9th … Character Development
Class #22… Aug 9th … Writing Secondary Plot Lines
Class #23… Aug 9th … Advanced Depth
Class #24… Aug 9th … Writing Fantasy