Pulp Writing Speed Day 24

I hit most of day 24’s goals.

I edited 10,513 words of my WIP, which has me through 12,731 words of revising. That’s around 18% of the total book. I added 459 new words, and cut I don’t know how much. It’s currently sitting at a total of 71,197 words. I still don’t think I want to announce it until I send it to my proofreading/editing team.

I have submitted Spilling Blood Season 3 to Createspace for review, so the paperback is almost ready.

I spent more hours outlining the book I want to write this week. I did not choose something easy like I intended, something I could write in a couple of days. I have pretty much committed myself to something that I’m going to need to crank out 7k a day. I’m going to write a Soft Science Fiction story, something I’ve had kicking around in my head for awhile. It will likely be a full-length novel (again, not what I intended). This begins September 1st. I do realize I am not at a point where I can write a full

I do realize I am not at a point where I can write a full-length novel in a week even if I did have 7 free days in a row (not to mention the time needed to edit my other book). I have other obligations for the next three days. Still. Why not. 🙂 I’m going to see what happens.

I have not yet committed to Wattpad. There’s no way I can divide my time again.

Day 24 Word Count: 459


  • Word Count: 40,147
  • Average Word Count per Day: 1,673
  • Current Writing Streak: 24 days

Pulp Speed Writing Day 23

So Day 23 doesn’t look very impressive, but I started editing. I chopped 31 word doc pages from the entire book, and then deleted almost another 1,000 words from Chapter 1. I ended up adding another 121 words to Chapter 1, and ended with 2,218 words left in the first chapter.

So I’m thinking about writing a serial in Wattpad, and maybe release a chapter every couple of days. I’d have to risk maybe 30 minutes a day… I don’t know… is it worth it? Maybe I’ll do a pen name romance to progress that career. I dunno.

So I’ve got a to-do list for today…

  • Edit Work-in-Process
  • Finish Paperback of Spilling Blood Season 3
  • Outline Next Book
  • Outline Romance Serial for Wattpad (optional)

I still only know that I have two days open next week, one of which will be spent at the Twin Falls County Fair. I’ll still have the morning, however, so if my ducks are in a row, I’ll be okay. I’m going to plan on writing a 20k-25k book, at this point. Honestly, I’ll know better tomorrow.

I’ve got a list of ideas I need to read through to see which concept catches my attention. And it’s gotta be something I don’t want to make full length.

Assumptions for Pulp Speed Book –

  • Each chapter to average 1,500 words targeting a 20k book. It will likely go longer, based upon my past writing history, thus the 25k upper end.
  • Probably 13 chapters. I have 7 days to write it, so that’s two chapters a day, 3,000-word daily target.
  • I have two open days for maximum output, which needs to make up for the bad days. My writing suggests 4,000 words is realistic, so I’ll push to pass 5,000.
  • Since at the moment I’m averaging under 12,000 a week, there’s a definite challenge to this goal.
  • Michael Moorcock used to write 60,000 in 3 days. Just throwing that in there.

So maybe tomorrow will be the day I’ll announce what I’m writing.

Day 23 Word Count: 121


  • Word Count: 39,688
  • Average Word Count per Day: 1,726
  • Current Writing Streak: 23 days

Pulp Speed Writing Day 22

As expected, I finished the rough draft of my WIP. It’s not pretty yet, but the story is told. Out of the 83,000 words in this book, after I trim out the stuff that no longer belongs, I’m left with 70,800. I’m pretty happy with that.

When I edit, I add words. I read a lot about how during the second draft you should chop somewhere around 10%, but I’ll add at least that much. maybe twice that. I’ll go back and flesh out descriptions, add more dialogue, make the dialogue a bit smoother, maybe further develop a few story arcs and weak characters.

Of course, I’ve got a bit over 12,000 words I’ve already chopped, but that’s from when I only had a 40k book. And I’d thought I was almost done then.

Anyway, I’ll spend the next several days seeing how far I can get through the editing, but expect the Pulp Fiction Challenge to Start on September 1st.

Day 22 Word Count: 3,988


  • Word Count: 39,567
  • Average Word Count per Day: 1,799
  • Current Writing Streak: 22 days

Pulp Writing Speed Day 21 – Week 3 Growth, September Goals

wp-image-1036085911Day 21 brought me closer to my desired writing quota, hitting over 4k in two hours. My average words per hour were 2,800, but I was in the zone when the 30 minute alarm went off the last time and I might’ve gone a bit long, which skews the average. Anyway, that’s not significant.

You know, calling this, writing speed is a misnomer. The goal isn’t exactly speed, it’s quantity. If I’m shooting for 5k, it doesn’t matter how many hours it takes, as long as I put in the time. I’m not focusing on speed at all, except for how fast it takes to put out a  book.

Granted, writing speed is a huge factor, depending on how quickly I want to get away from my computer desk. If two hours is all the time I have to write, it makes sense to get as much out of it as I can. It’s productivity.

Anyway, my WIP is at 79k, of which I am happy with 66k.

And now I see the light at the end of the tunnel. I am hoping to finish the rough draft today (day 22).

I could have written much more but we went to The Sawtooth National Forest, did some hiking and played in the river.wp-image-109703582

Week 3 Growth

Week 2 had seen a drop from Week 1, but Week 3 blew both weeks out of the water. That comes from finding time to write on days that I normally wouldn’t think I’d have time, or would feel too tired. Those feelings didn’t change, but I still made time. The other factor is I was going through less old writing this week, writing more new material.

This next week will have me going through my WIP, polishing it into a finished draft, which may drop the productivity.

I will, however, also be starting a new book in 4 days. It’s not a perfect starting point based on my week, because my week begins based on when I started this writing streak. And then I’m using the beginning of the month as the focus for new writing projects.

September’s Goals

  • Write 4 Books in 4 weeks.
  • Publish 3 of the 4 before the end of the month
  • Release Paperback of Spilling Blood Season 3
  • Release Ebook of WIP (watch for title announcement)
  • Release Paperback of WIP


Day 21 Word Count: 4,206



  • Word count: 15,130 (up 5,628 over last week)
  • Average Word Count per Day: 2,161 (up 804 per day over last week)
  • Current Work in Progress Word Count: 78,967 (actually usable: 66,812)


  • Word Count: 35,579
  • Average Word Count per Day: 1,694
  • Current Writing Streak: 21 days

Pulp Speed Writing Day 20 – Telepathy. Dunh dunh DUNHHHHH!!!!

I know what your thinking right now, and let me tell ya something, you, you should be ashamed! There could be telepathic children nearby reading your thoughts (AS YOU THINK THEM!).

Woah, hold on, don’t make this about me, you dirty minded and crude individual you. This is about you. IT’s ALL ON YOU!!!! THIS IS CAPS LOCK!!!! Do you think about your mom with that mind? Sorry, that one sounded a lot weirder than I intended.

Telepathy, am I right?!

So yeah, thanks for showing up today. Have a seat, (oh, yeah, you’re probably reading this sitting down, BUT NOT THAT GUY! THAT ONE ON HIS CELL!!! He’s clearly standing, though… wait, it’s too late to prove me wrong, bucko! I saw you standing! I SAW YOU!!!!) and I’ll get on with my pulp speed report.

I wrote 2,770 words on a day I didn’t have much time to write, so TAKE THAT, LIFE DISTRACTIONS!!!! HAHAHAHA!!!!! Today’s Sunday, nobody’s up, and I’ve got a little time before I head into the mountains. That’s today’s distraction – trees, water, and mountains.

I can feel this book nearing it’s ending. I feeeeeeel it. I think I can almost announce it soon. Despite all the delays, despite the haters… well, that one hater, that bastard, but nobody likes him either. Karma hates a hater, and even Taylor Swift says he’s gotta hate hate hate hate hate, so whatever. So yes, DESPITE!!!! It will be my longest published book, and I’m sure, instant classic. Seriously, you don’t want to miss it, because I’m putting a lot of my life into it, and therefore it lives too. Believe!!!

So… 20-day streak so far, average word count is crawling upward, the right way, finally!!!, and on a bad writing day, pushing me toward actual pulp speed writing. It’s a’comin’ (Idaho slang, word!!!). Average of 5k soon… Average wordsmithing per hour: 2,401. BAM!

Day 20 Word Count: 2,770


  • Word Count: 31,373
  • Average Word Count per Day: 1,568
  • Current Writing Streak: 20 days

Pulp Speed Writing Day 19


I knew I wouldn’t have much time on Friday, but I still set aside 30 minutes to get in some writing. The WIP is moving steadily forward, and I’m slowly deleting the outline as I complete the new sections.

Saturday is not looking promising, and I’ll be happy to get in 30 minutes. Just to say I showed up. There are 6 days left to complete the rough draft before the end of the month, which should be plenty of time, but then life and curve balls and all that.

Still planning on writing a book in a week the first week of September, regardless of what’s on my plate, and length based upon the number of free days I have (details in earlier post).

Day 19 Word Count: 978


  • Word Count: 28,603
  • Average Word Count per Day: 1,505
  • Current Writing Streak: 19 days

Pulp Speed Writing Day 18

I put in a solid two hours of writing, getting me 4,372 words on my WIP. I am averaging 2,186 words an hour. The book is currently over 71k, with 59k being material I’m happy with. I suspect the finished book will now push 70k also.

As far as writing time, I don’t think I’m using my time all that well, and I think I on days like this I should be able to at least double it. At least it’s increasing in the right direction.

There’s not much of a guarantee that I can accomplish much over the next two days, so I’m going to just try and squeeze in what I can.

Day 18 Word Count: 4,372


  • Word Count: 27,625
  • Average Word Count per Day: 1,535
  • Current Writing Streak: 18 days

Pulp Speed Writing Day 17

I didn’t think I’d have much time on Day 17, but surprisingly, I found it at the end of the night. I had about 45 minutes and worked on new material in my WIP. I still have almost two full pages of outline notes that need to be written, so it’s not as close to completion as I’d like.

I do have the first bare bones concept for a new story for the first week of September, when I’m going to put my new efforts to the test. I’ll share that every step of the way, so you can see me either succeed or fail. It’ll be fun. I’ll reveal it on the 1st. A book in a week. It’s length will be decided then, based on the week’s other commitments (see Day 15’s bullet list).

Coffee’s kicking in… time to start Day 18.

Day 17 Word Count: 1,701


  • Word Count: 23,253
  • Average Word Count per Day: 1,367
  • Current Writing Streak: 17 days

Pulp Speed Writing Day 16

Day 16 was a day of suspense and wonder, of shock and awe, and then a little bit of writing.

I had another 500 word day (bleh…), 528 to be exact, but revised/edited/wrote a total of 3,476, which means the WIP is much farther along. That pushes it over 50k, up to 52,818 fairly organized story bits. That’s out of 65k. I reclaimed some of the older writing.

Let’s hit the stats!


  • Word Count: 21,552
  • Average Word Count per Day: 1,347
  • Current Writing Streak: 16 days

I currently have nothing planned to interfere with writing tomorrow. I’m heading into the Climax, Act 4. It looks like it may be a 60k novel.

Pulp Speed Writing Day 15 – #ApophisVsRa2017; September’s Bullet List for Pulp Fiction Writing

I spent most of Day 15 running around beneath Apophis battling Ra (the solar eclipse), and then I spent another fair share of the day trying to stay awake. I’m really surprised that my hashtag #ApophisVsRa2017 didn’t catch on. I thought it was cool. 😀

So I wrote a pitiful 575 words. And I fought for every one of them.

In an effort to start September right (because I’m looking ahead here),  I’m going to plan each week’s book based on how many days I have free to write. The goal is still to write every day, write a lot, regardless, but no matter what produce something that’s art/entertainment within the time limit. That shall be my pulp writing goal. So to follow up with this up, I’ve made this trendy bullet list. Dig it.

Weekly Target:

  • 1 day available: 10k to 15k word book.
  • 2 days: 20k to 25k word book.
  • 3 days: 30k to 35k word book.
  • 4 days: 40k to 45k word book.
  • 5-6 days: 50k+ word book.

I think right now 50k in a week is crazy, so if it’s going to be longer (aka my current WIP), it’s something that will be given multiple weeks.

And since I spent a whopping couple of minutes devising this plan, you know it’s going to be great.

I was also thinking that starting in September, I’ll also rotate my pen names from month to month. For instance, September will be G.S. Wright, October will be (insert top secret pen name), and then November back to G.S. Wright, etc. I don’t know if I’ll actually do that, but at the moment it sounds nice. 🙂

Accumulated Stats –

  • Word Count: 21, 024
  • Average Word Count per Day: 1,402
  • Current Writing Streak: 15 days