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Novel One: Day Five

A Fun Day…

(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.)

The Day Went Like This…

Did about a half hour of e-mail and then Kris and I headed into the valley to just enjoy the day. (Yes, I am working to write four novels in a month and I will take time off as well. Shock, I know. (grin))

I ended up doing some picking and got some fun stuff. The best find of the day was an antique Athena Pitcher and Wash Basin. It was about to head to the trash and I spotted the pitcher and was stunned it had no chips or anything on it. Mint shape. And about thirty feet away, hidden in a box, was the basin, also mint. The two of them together cost me $1.67. Not kidding. Worth anything from $25 to $75. A nifty find and price.

Kris and I did some walking and then had a nice dinner and made it home by around ten. I was short of my 11,000 steps so we stopped at a grocery store and I did some quick laps around the store while Kris did some shopping.

Hit my step count of 11,000 steps by 11 p.m. but barely.

Then at 11 p.m. I had an interview with Joanna Penn of TheCreativePenn podcast. It is always fun to talk with Joanna and even though I had a little technical problem getting started and had to use Kris’s internet computer, it was fun for me. Hope I made some sort of sense. Thanks, Joanna. Really looking forward to the week in October at the Master Class.

Then I took a little break and watched television and got to the writing around 12:30 or so.

I didn’t get a chance to do any reading today, but will get back to it tomorrow on the challenge stories and novels. Stay tuned those of you with stories or novels to me.


I did 1,400 words rather quickly by 1:30 a.m. and took a very short break.

Then another 900 words by 2:15. Another short break.

Next session I managed 1,300 words by 3 a.m.

Short break and 1,200 words by 4 a.m.

Break and 900 words by 4:45 a.m. and then after one more break I managed 500 more words before I tossed in the towel at 5:30 a.m.

I just went flashing past 30,000 words on this book. It is writing quickly, but twisted, so not sure how it’s going to end yet. But still a ways to go.

6,200 words of fiction total for the night in six sessions. 

The Writing of TOMBSTONE CANYON: A Thunder Mountain Novel

 Day 1… Words written… 6,600.  Total so far… 6,600 words.
Day 2… Words written… 6,700.  Total so far… 13,300 words.
Day 3… Words written… 6,100.  Total so far… 19,400 words.
Day 4… Words written… 6,200.  Total so far… 25,600 words.
Day 5… Words written… 6,200.  Total so far…, 31,800 words.

The Day Breakdown

5 hours writing… 6,200 words
1.5 hours exercise plus normal movement… 11,200 steps
2 hours of work for workshops and meetings and such.

The rest television, cooking dinner, driving, picking, and so on. Plus 7 hours of sleep. No nap. No time for a nap.


Days over 6,000 words… 5 of 5
Days over 11,000 steps… 5 of 5
24 hours of regular job work so far for the week


Tracking Word Counts… July 5th, 2017
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,385

— Daily Fiction: 6,200 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 31,800 words  
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words
— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 2,000 words
— E-mail: 14 e-mails.  Approx. 900 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 149 e-mails. Approx. 8,600 words



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 #1… July 11th … Depth #3: Research
Class #2… July 11th … Author Voice
Class #3… July 11th … Business
Class #4… July 11th … Endings
Class #5… July 11th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #6… July 11th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #7… July 12th … Depth in Writing
Class #8… July 12th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #9… July 12th … Cliffhangers
Class #10… July 12th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #11… July 12th … How to Edit Your Own Work
Class #12… July 12th … Writing Fantasy

Depth #3: Research and Writing Fantasy are both new this month and will fill quickly.


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