Thursday, June 25, 2009

Getting back on the horse

It always helps to get positive feedback and support...thanks!

I fell off the horse about a week ago, and didn't get any real writing done until tonight, and I'm just getting back into the same sense of knowing what I want to work on that I had last week.

The last three days I have spent some time with the book, but not actually writing--I did almost cut a thousand words though--may still; I'm undecided.

Tonight, I did some writing.
The word count is now at 42,000, though as I say, I'm looking to cut about 1000.

Still...just trying to get back to it and not let setbacks set me back any more than necessary; the lost time is lost, why lose more regretting it?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


still rolling nicely.
Don't want to jinx it. But it's nice to recognize that it goes well, sometimes, and when it does it's not a burden to write.

20,000 words to go.

Sometimes I feel like it's dragging and I have nothing to add anymore, then I'll come across something that I want to expand, or I'll have a sudden idea that I can expand on some, and suddenly (that is to say over the course of a few hours), there's 500 or 1000 words.

Monday, June 15, 2009


Getting monotonous, I know.
I'm spending most of my writing energy on writing.

I'm glad to get 1000 words a day for the last few.
I'd love to get more. I'm almost 2/3 of the way to my planned length.

Sunday, June 14, 2009


It feels good when you're making progress!
I look forward to having a complete draft soon--July sometime, if I keep making good progress.

Saturday, June 13, 2009


I'm sure the monotony is infuriating--except that no one is reading anyway.

I got to 37,000 words in my draft. 23,000 to go. Only 13,000 if I cut it at 50k.

Friday, June 12, 2009


I spent Friday night writing, and have cranked out some words.
Now nearly at 36,000--may perhaps make it there before going to bed tonight, but I wanted to post today, especially to get my sense of momentum going again after a slow start in June.

Maybe I'll start counting down now...25,000 to go.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


So I missed about 10 days of reporting on my work. And didn't do that much writing, but I have gotten the draft to over 33,000 words. Fifty-five percent of the way there...
At a thousand words a day, I could do it by early July. I don't think I'll manage a thousand words a day, but you can dream...

Monday, June 1, 2009

Set clear goals

I'm at 31,000 words now.

I was talking with a writer who said "I want this section to be 10 pages."
I asked what would go into the 10-page section, and she mentioned three main sub-sections. I asked her how long each subsection would be, she said "five to seven pages." This doesn't add up. And it's a good recipe for spending time writing and coming up with something that is not well focused, because you weren't sure where it would start and end.

Right now I'm having a bit of trouble imagining how I'm going to fill in the remaining 29,000 words to get to my goal of 60,000. But I also have one section that has gone over the estimated length. I imagine that, given time, I could write more than I estimated for each individual section. The key will be to keep it focused and cohesive.

only 29,000 more to go...
and then I can start the second draft.


Half the planned size.
60% if I cut the original plan down to 50,000 total.

Maybe a month or two to a complete draft?