Novel Two: Day Seven
Not Done Yet…
(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…
I made it to the WMG offices just at 3 p.m. after doing an hour of e-mail. I worked there, very quiet for a Friday, until 5 p.m. on workshops. Then headed out with Matt to walk to a restaurant about a mile away to meet some other professional writers coming into town for dinner.
Fun dinner and then walked back to WMG. I did not get my 12,000 steps, but got over 10,000 so I’ll take it.
At 8 p.m. a bunch more professional writers showed up and we had a great discussion for three hours about business and writing. We do these Friday nights once every six to eight weeks and they are always amazing.
Home by 11:30, took a nap, did more e-mail and then got going on the book around 12:30 a.m.
Wrote 900 words by 1:30 a.m. and took a break to watch some television.
Then from 2:30 a.m. until 3:30 a.m. I managed 1,300 words.
I was very low on energy tonight because of all the stuff from the day, but at least getting some words done.
3:30 a.m. until 4:30 a.m. I did another 1,100 words and called it a night.
If I have a great night tomorrow, I might finish the thing and then try to figure out what the third novel will be.
And note that this week, the last seven days, I worked 42.5 hours at my day job.
3,300 words in 3 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.
The Day Breakdown
3 hours writing… 3,300 words
1 hours exercise plus normal movement… 10,200 steps
6 hours of work for workshops and e-mails and meetings and such.
The rest television and so on. Plus 8 hours of sleep. One 10 minute naps.
THE CHALLENGE SO FAR…
Days over 6,000 words… 9 of 14
Days over 11,000 steps… 10 of 14
Days over 12,000 steps… 3 of 7
42.5 hours of regular job work this week
Tracking Word Counts… July 14th, 2017
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,395
— Daily Fiction: 3,300 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 72,200 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words
— Blog Posts: 800 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 6,800 words
— E-mail: 29 e-mails. Approx. 1,100 original words. E-mails month-to date: 426 e-mails. Approx. 26,300 words
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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
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Dean, is there a time to use first person over third person? Advantages or disadvantages? I’ve seen James Patterson combine both in his books sometimes.
Nope, no rules, no guidelines, nothing. I also, in some books like Dead Money: A Poker Thriller, use both first and third as a device.