30,000 words in 10 days.

Not bad. First four days I hammered out 15,500 words and the last six days I managed to get almost as many again.

But word counts don’t mean squat unless it’s GOOD. I’d rather read a 70,000 word Louis L’Amour book than try to read a 500,000 word (feels like it) Ayn Rand book. He says in a couple sentences what she says in a couple pages. Great ideas! But don’t bore me to death telling me about them, lady.

I hear there are 250-300 words per page on your average sized novel(whatever that is), so I’ve around 100-120 pages written so far.

Rock on.

This is writing from 4am to 7am before work. That’s when I really progress the story. The smaller bits of time I get, I work on re-writing stuff. For re-writes, I mostly went back the beginning and started moving through the manuscript.

What I mean is, I’m on page 66 of fast writing and page 16 of re-writing.

I say mostly back to the beginning, because sometimes I have to re-write a whole bunch of junk. Like the other day, I realized I had written a character into a position where it just wouldn’t WORK. I had to scrap about 1,000 words and re-write it completely. That sucked.

When I fast write, I just beat the keys off the keyboard. Make some adjustments as it goes, and let it lay where it falls. Sometimes I’ll just dump a scene half-finished and move on if I can’t think of where to go with it. I just look at the outline, see what’s next and go.

Speaking of the outline, my original outline has zigged and zagged on and off track now. The more I think about this thing, the more I think ‘Hey, you know what would be cool?’ then I do that.

I actually had to make a new outline so I could keep track of what was going on and the new added scenes. No wonder it takes George R. Martin three years to write a book. Poor guy is trying to shove four high schools worth of drama into it.

Then I’ll be on the treadmill, or at work, or driving, and a new idea will pop into my head. Something cool that I have to pursue.

Welcome to the party, Chief Sitting Bull. You get an important scene. Thanks for all the new research I have to do on you and the Lakota Indian tribe. Ugh.

The bad part is, the more I re-write the more I realize my initial writing is ‘okay, but not great’.

I think this means I’m getting better as I go.

That also means, Reader Zero no longer gets to read anything as I write it.  She has to wait until I’ve gone over it first to make it more of an official ‘rough draft’.

It’s for the best, dear.

🙂

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