Pulp Writing Speed Day 54

It is finished!

Yesterday I delivered Died for You to my editing/proofreading team. It depends on how much they get into the book on how soon it will be released.

You’ll be seeing more about Died for You in the days to come, so for now? A COVER REVEAL!!!! WOOHOO!!!!

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Died for You –

An unconventional romance with blood, brains, and a whole lot of bite!!!

I have no idea what I’m going to work on today… maybe a short story.

  • Days 54 Word Count: 736
  • Day 54 Editing: 8,987
  • Current Works in Progress Word Count: Died for You: 74,478 (DONE!!! With Editors/Proofreaders)

ACCUMULATED STATS –

  • Writing Streak Average Word Count per Day: 667
  • Current Writing Streak: 9 (Best Writing Streak: 38 days)
  • Writing Streak Word Count: 6,007 (Best writing Streak Word Count: 66,279)
  • September: 31,937
  • September Ave. Word Count: 1,065
  • YTD: 206,636
  • Ave. Word Count YTD: 744
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Pulp Writing Speed Day 53

I made more progress last night, though I had been unsure I would. Today I have 9k words to make it through, so I’m not going to spend much time on the blog.

Watch for announcements after this weekend.

On Sunday, I’ll be starting my next attempt at a book a week. I’m going to think of it like Grindhouse Pulp Fiction, maybe with Grindhouse-type covers. We’ll see.

  • Days 53 Word Count: 362
  • Day 53 Editing: 2,123
  • Current Works in Progress Word Count: Died for You: 74,475 (editing completed through 65,491)

ACCUMULATED STATS –

  • Writing Streak Average Word Count per Day: 659
  • Current Writing Streak: 8 (Best Writing Streak: 38 days)
  • Writing Streak Word Count: 5,271 (Best writing Streak Word Count: 66,279)
  • September: 31,201
  • September Ave. Word Count: 1,040
  • YTD: 205,900
  • Ave. Word Count YTD: 745

Pulp Writing Speed Day 52

Wednesday has me at 85% completion of completion for Died for You. And yet I’m dragging. Granted, the week hasn’t been completely cooperative, but neither have I been that short on time.

Today, for example, I was called in to the Post Office, but I also had to deal with some yard work I’ve been neglecting.

So I have tonight. I’ll make at the very least a small dent in editing. But tomorrow!? It’s on. 11k words left to revise/edit.

It will happen.

By the way… here’s a good (older) article I discovered through Twitter on Why your protagonist needs a dialogue buddy. It’s your treasure for the day.

  • Days 52 Word Count: 603
  • Day 52 Editing: 1,702
  • Current Works in Progress Word Count: Died for You: 74,579 (editing completed through 63,338)

ACCUMULATED STATS –

  • Writing Streak Average Word Count per Day: 701
  • Current Writing Streak: 7 (Best Writing Streak: 38 days)
  • Writing Streak Word Count: 4,909 (Best writing Streak Word Count: 66,279)
  • September: 30,839
  • September Ave. Word Count: 1,028
  • YTD: 205,538
  • Ave. Word Count YTD: 746

Pulp Writing Speed Day 51

Well, I made it through two tough days, and have a day to make some serious progress on wrapping up Died for You. I do anticipate this taking two full days of editing, despite, only having about 20k words left.

SO! I’ve got some ideas brewing for October!

  • Edit Hungry Gods 3. This will be my full-length novel for October, and maybe I’ll have it completed by the end of the month. If I remember correctly, it’s 60-ish chapters, so I’ll try to edit two or three chapters a day (as a goal).
  • Write three shorter books, one a week (with the exception of the last week). I know that I can hit 20k in a week, at my current level of focus. So nothing longer than 20k. I mean it this time. Then, maybe in November, I’ll see if I can bump my writing up a bit. I’ll announce my projects at the end of this month.

Okay, so that’s all I got at the moment, a two-bullet point list.

In other news, check out the newest 5-star review I just received for Soul Sister. Short and sweet.

  • Days 50-51 Word Count: 222
  • Day 50-51 Editing: 348
  • Current Works in Progress Word Count: Died for You: 74,335 (editing completed through 61,666)

ACCUMULATED STATS –

  • Writing Streak Average Word Count per Day: 718
  • Current Writing Streak: 6 (Best Writing Streak: 38 days)
  • Writing Streak Word Count: 4,306 (Best writing Streak Word Count: 66,279)
  • September: 30,236
  • September Ave. Word Count: 1,008
  • YTD: 204,935
  • Ave. Word Count YTD: 746

Pulp Speed Writing Day 50

I’m not going to throw out any numbers for yesterday because I was operating in a state of exhaustion. I did some editing for about half an hour and added something like 31 words.

Tonight’s much the same, though I think I’ll try to make it through a long chapter.

Okay… part of a chapter.

I think I’ve mentioned that I have a part-time job as a postal carrier. I usually avoid talking about it, because this is a blog about writing. But sometimes, often really, we put in a lot of hours. And sometimes when there’s a lot of mail, you’re carrying who knows how many pounds for 6-10 miles, walking, for 8 to 9 hours (sometimes more sometimes less). And sometimes, I’m actually tired afterward. Like right now.

As of right now, I’m not scheduled for the next three days. If my schedule stays that way, I’ll have Died for You wrapped up and sent to my editing/proofreading team for the weekend, and I’ll start the paperback layout immediately. And I’m cheating… I took a vacation day on Friday. So at least that one day is a guarantee.

 

Pulp Speed Writing Day 49

Not going to write much on the blog today, but yesterday got me through another 6500 words. That means I need too more full days of editing… which will be hopefully Wednesday and Thursday, but definitely Friday!

So thanks for stopping by. I’m sending you away disappointed. But!! I’ve got to get to writing… sooooooo… yeah. Feel free to stare at my numbers below. 😛

  • Days 49 Word Count: 1,736
  • Day 49 Editing: 6,565
  • Current Works in Progress Word Count: Died for You: 74,395 (editing completed through 61,318)

ACCUMULATED STATS –

  • Writing Streak Average Word Count per Day: 1,021
  • Current Writing Streak: 4 (Best Writing Streak: 38 days)
  • Writing Streak Word Count: 4,084 (Best writing Streak Word Count: 66,279)
  • September: 30,014
  • September Ave. Word Count: 1,251
  • YTD: 204,713
  • Ave. Word Count YTD: 751

Pulp Writing Speed Day 48

I sat down and ended for about an hour last night before bed, and made a little progress. I hate to admit that the thought of restarting my writing streak crossed my mind.

Today looks good, and I feel optimistic. There’s a good chance I can edit through at least the majority of what’s left in Died for You. I don’t, however, have tomorrow available, nor Tuesday. Otherwise? I’m looking at Wednesday, as long as no surprises come along.

Let’s revisit writing a book a week. I thought, perhaps, I could focus on the amount of free days I had to churn out books of various lengths. However, this doesn’t allow me sufficient time to rewrite/edit. I’m not the guy who writes a perfect first draft. And though I hate to admit it, the rough draft, for me, is just getting the story realized. The second draft is much better, and a third to clean it up. I mix the second and third drafts together, going back and rereading as I go. It’s not the best method, but it’s about all I can stand.

So how can I do a book a week? I’m thinking I’ve got to focus on shorter works per week, which is fine, and one long book per month. I’ve considered this approach before, and maybe it makes more sense. I also would like to go back and write under some of my other pen names, but I’m not going to until I can accomplish at least one month of writing a book a week.

So… here’s the idea… targeting October –

  • One book a week, for three weeks. Length to vary between 15k to 25k.
  • One novel a month, to be finished (with full attention) the last week of the month. The key to succeeding with the novel is to be writing it all month long.
  • Edit each short work the week after its completion.
  • Edit the novel throughout the entire next month.

This will allow me to release a novel a month, with a month to edit. The novellas will release every week, except for the week the novel is released.

This would give me a minimum word count of 27,000 words a week, and 108,000 words a month (weekly: 12,000 novel + 15,000 short story), with maybe another weekly 1k-2k for editing additions.

I’ll try to create a calendar before October starts.

  • Days 48 Word Count: 499
  • Day 48 Editing: 2,030
  • Current Works in Progress Word Count: Died for You: 74,399 (editing completed through 54,753)

ACCUMULATED STATS –

  • Writing Streak Average Word Count per Day: 783
  • Current Writing Streak: 3 (Best Writing Streak: 38 days)
  • Writing Streak Word Count: 2,348 (Best writing Streak Word Count: 66,279)
  • September: 28,278
  • September Ave. Word Count: 943
  • YTD: 202,977
  • Ave. Word Count YTD: 748

Pulp Writing Speed Day 47

Day 47 was a good editing day, I made it through another 16,000 words. That leaves me with about 25k to go. There’s another character I need to flesh out, but I’m very close to working on the last Act.

But here I am on Saturday. It’s a tough day to find time to write/edit, but I’ll try to get 30 minutes to an hour in this afternoon.

So will Died for You be done by Sunday evening? I’m making the assumption that I won’t contribute much today, so that puts all the pressure on Sunday. Getting through first draft writing is a little slow, often because I do heavy rewrites. If I’m also free on Monday (and stretch out an extra day), 25k doesn’t sound too bad.

After Died for You is released in paperback, the pressure will slow down for a bit. In October I’ll be able to make a new game plan. Obviously the book a week every week did not happen, not yet. I’m thinking though, that maybe I’ll attempt some fun Halloween themes for my writing and this blog. It seems as though I’ve got plenty of Horror material to play with, doesn’t it?

  • Days 47 Word Count: 819
  • Day 47 Editing: 16,472
  • Current Works in Progress Word Count: Died for You: 74,274 (editing completed through 52,723); Sci-Fi: 23,239

ACCUMULATED STATS –

  • Writing Streak Average Word Count per Day: 925
  • Current Writing Streak: 2 (Best Writing Streak: 38 days)
  • Writing Streak Word Count: 1,849 (Best writing Streak Word Count: 66,279)
  • September: 27,779
  • September Ave. Word Count: 926
  • YTD: 202,478
  • Ave. Word Count YTD: 748

Pulp Writing Speed Days 41-46 – Back on Track

Well, I think I’ve got the new writing streak started again. Almost all of the data for the last six days happened yesterday.

Also, you’ll notice that the total edited word count for Died for You dropped. That’s because I started over at the beginning, adding in the new ideas. They’re not horribly significant, but they are small details that make the book that much tighter.

Indie Author Day 2017 is coming up in approximately 3 weeks. It’s my goal to have Died for You in paperback and selling at this event. That’s a difficult deadline, especially since I don’t have it out digitally yet. So today I’m going for broke, to get through this second draft. I want it done and to my proofreaders by Sunday night.

By the way, have you checked with your library to see if they are participating in Indie Author Day? There’s lots of good info that comes from this, and last year was fantastic. If you are in Southern Idaho, you should definitely participate at the Buhl Public Libary on October 14th.

  • Days 41-46 Word Count: 1,050
  • Day 41-46 Editing: 36,950
  • Current Works in Progress Word Count: Died for You: 73,564 (editing completed through 36,251); Sci-Fi: 23,239

ACCUMULATED STATS –

  • Writing Streak Average Word Count per Day: 1,030
  • Current Writing Streak: 1 (Best Writing Streak: 38 days)
  • Writing Streak Word Count: 1,030 (Best writing Streak Word Count: 66,279)
  • September: 25,910
  • September Ave. Word Count: 1,284
  • YTD: 201,659
  • Ave. Word Count YTD: 748

Results of Taking a Break

In Boise, waiting for Michael Franti and Spearhead concert.

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Well, I ended up taking off more days than I ever intended. My schedule suddenly filled up. Not that any of that is important, because I could have made time to write, but I didn’t feel like it. I don’t think it’s being burned out, but I think more I’m a little under the weather and fighting off a cold.

But! taking time off reignites the muse, and I’ve got details that I’m adding to my book that I intended to have released this week. So, it’s going to take a little longer to incorporate the new material.

So I’m not going to update my writing streak because there’s not much to add. Hopefully, when I return to blogging tomorrow, I’ll have an improved update, and I’ll have my streak rekindled. I hate to say it, but I think the few days off were good for my mind (i.e. imagination). I needed to stop thinking about it, which ironically, gave me more ideas.

If you’ve had a chance to read my interview on Rebecca R. Cahill’s blog, you’ve seen my new book is a Zombie Horror Romance called Died for You. I’ll do a separate blog post to introduce the book later.

I also just received my paperbacks of Spilling Blood Season 3! I’ll take a pic later. MORE stuff for my to-do list. I was staying active on Instagram too, but I’ve let it slip during the same break.

In other news, I discovered a new tabletop RPG, Fate. I haven’t bought a new game since 5th Ed. D&D, so it’s a big deal. When I was a teen, I spent a lot of money on tabletop games, not so much anymore. The creativity of Fate won me over, but now I’ve got to take the time to learn it. I downloaded their Core rulebook from their website, and I purchased their War of Ashes Campaign setting.