FOUR NOVELS IN ONE MONTH…
Burn Card: A Cold Poker Gang Novel is printed and sitting on Kris’s spot for her to read when she gets time.
I wrote four novels in one month while working a day job, getting rest, having a life, and so on.
The only reason I could do this was because I have all the myths of writing that were jammed down my throat by non-writers out of my mind.
I have always admired the old pulp writers, so over the years I have studied what they did, how they did it, and slowly incorporated what I learned into my own writing. I try to teach that in workshops and show that right here.
I hope that being out in the open about this helped some. I sure had fun.
The Day Went Like This…
Got up at 2:30 p.m., did just a slight bit of e-mail and made it to WMG offices around 4 p.m. I worked there on stuff until about 6 p.m., then headed to the grocery store and then home to get started early on the workshop assignments.
I did that, cooked dinner, took a nap, and got back to the workshop stuff by 10 p.m. and had it done tonight by 11:30 and to my writing computer fifteen minutes later.
The Writing Today Went Like This…
I did 1,400 words before 1 a.m..
Took a break, another 1,300 words before 2 a.m.
I got another 1,200 words done before 3:15 a.m. because I watched fifteen minutes of television to stretch out my back once again. I twisted my back at WMG about five days ago and it has been painful. But it’s getting better now.
Took a quick break and did another 1,200 words before 4:15 a.m.
At this point I was working on the validation, so I knew I needed to go back and run at the entire thing again. So I cycled back about fifteen thousand words and worked through the climax of the book again. That added in about 500 words and took an hour.
Break and got another 1,300 words by 6 a.m and finished it. Printed the book while starting to write this blog.
6,900 words in 6 sessions.
I wrote 41,500 words for this novel, but in that last pass and yesterday’s run-through, I cut out two small silly cycles. So the book is shorter.
TOTAL FOR CHALLENGE:
166,800 words of fiction. (over Pulp 5 Speed)
236,700 words of writing, not counting answering blog questions.
I worked 168.5 hours of my “day job” at WMG Publishing. That is basically working 40 hours per week on average for the month.
For the first three weeks I also did a lot of exercise. That dropped away for the last week, but will start back tomorrow on August 1st.
I wrote every day for all 31 days. My lowest word count total in a day was 3,100 words which I did three different days. My highest word count for a day was 8,300 words. I tended to average just over 6,000 words a day. About five hours of writing for me a day.
Three of the four novels were written with the cover as a writing prompt. I did no planning ahead, didn’t even know which novel I was going to write next the day before I started it. No outlining at all. Everything into the dark.
A NOTE TO WRITERS…
I am 66 years of age, worked a full-time job, and had a blast writing for the month. I wrote into the dark without any ideas ahead of time.
If I can do it, anyone can, if you get the myths of writing out of your head and enjoy telling stories.
And if you hear yourself saying… “But…” might want to check in where that is coming from. You are only limiting yourself.
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.
Challenge Day 27 … Words written… 6,200 Total so far… 13,500 words.
Challenge Day 28 … Words written… 6,400 Total so far… 19,900 words.
Challenge Day 29 … Words written… 8,300 Total so far… 28,200 words.
Challenge Day 30 … Words written… 6,400 Total so far… 34,600 words.
Challenge Day 31 … Words written… 6,900 Final Total written for book… 41,500 words. (Novel got cut back slightly.)
The Day Breakdown
6.5 hours writing… 6,900 words
0 hours exercise plus normal movement… 3,600 steps
5.5 hours of work for workshops and e-mails and meetings and such.
The rest is television and cooking and so on. Plus 8 hours of sleep. Two 10 minute naps.
THE CHALLENGE …
Days over 6,000 words… 21 of 31
Days over 11,000 steps… 11 of 31
16 hours of regular job work this week. Today is week day three.
Tracking Word Counts… July 31st, 2017
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,412
— Daily Fiction: 6,900 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 166,800 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 700 words
— Blog Posts:800 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 15,500 words
— E-mail: 41 e-mails. Approx. 2,800 original words. E-mails month-to date: 922 e-mails. Approx. 53,700 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