Pulp Writing Speed Days 38-40 – Writing Streak Ends; Guest Blog Interview

I brought my writing streak to an end.

To further make sure it was dead, I took the next day off too.

Ending a streak is a bump in the road. It throws off the entire urge to keep going. It leaves you wanting to take more days off, likely linked to the horrible depression of failure.

It’s not failure. I’m still showing up to write, and life was bound to happen. That’s why it is only a streak. There’s nothing life or death to it, it just drops how impressive the writing has been up to that point.

But why did this happen?

Well… on Thursday, Aimee and I went on a trip to Boise to participate in a yoga class and see Michael Franti and Spearhead in concert. The yoga class was part of the experience, with Michael showing up to participate at the end.

See? We even got a photo with him! 

On Friday, Aimee and I spent the entire day running around Boise and doing touristy stuff. I thought about getting up and doing the 4 am writing thing, it just didn’t sound appealing. And that’s when the streak died.

I worked for the Post Office on Saturday, and then used the second half of the day to chill.

But now it’s Sunday. Time to revisit my book. Which is soooo close!

I’ll announce my new book tomorrow.

Want to know what it is today? Then you need to visit Rebecca R Cahill’s Author Talks Blog! Yes, it’s an entire interview with me! If you read to the end, you can be one of the first to see this WIP I’ve been talking about for so long!

Go read it now!

  • Days 38-40 Word Count: 0
  • Day 38-40 Editing: 699
  • Current Works in Progress Word Count: Romance/Horror: 72,659 (editing completed through 48,950); Sci-Fi: 23,239


  • Writing Streak Average Word Count per Day: 1,744
  • Current Writing Streak: 0 (Best Writing Streak: 38 days)
  • Writing Streak Word Count: 66,279 (Best writing Streak Word Count: 66,279)
  • September: 25,910
  • September Ave. Word Count: 1,619
  • YTD: 200,609
  • Ave. Word Count YTD: 759


Pulp Writing Speed Day 37 – Thoughts on Instagram

There are some days when I’m just like, what the Hell did I do all day? This is one of them. I swear I edited a lot more than what yesterday looks like. I was pretty wiped out though.

Today’s a road trip, and there will be pictures for proof, so I’m only going to try and edit a Chapter or two. Tomorrow’s going to also be a challenge since I’ll still be on my mini-vacation.

I’ll have my book moved over to my tablet so I can work from a hotel room tomorrow.

I’m a little frustrated with myself, I drag editing out forever. I’ve had shorter books take an entire month to edit, but I’m 66% done, so realistically I only have a few days left, if I could buckle down.

I’ve been switching up my Instagram to focus more on the world about me, and sharing it more as my adventures. I’ve never been one to take a bunch of selfies, unless they’re funny snapchats, and I don’t use Instagram like a lot of other writers do, posting quotes and excerpts from their books.

I think Instagram is a challenge for most writers. Most of us are introverts. And photos are visual, while we put the stories into your head. It’s a clash of two different mediums.

Yet Instagram is a story itself, chronicling the world and our lives. It makes sense, then, that we’re still telling stories with our cameras/phones. For a writer to embrace this rapidly growing Social Media, that’s how we need to see it. We need to be willing to share our more intimate stories, as they’re happening.

And sitting at your computer is part of your story. If you can capture the visual element, start sharing. However, I think that this is also a wake-up call, that there’s a world outside and around you. It’s an excuse to get out and create your own story. Make people envious that you’re a writer.

Follow me on Instagram. Click on one of the photos. Drop me a comment and I’ll follow you back.

  • Day 37 Word Count: 237
  • Day 37 Editing: 1,475
  • Current Works in Progress Word Count: Romance/Horror: 72,690 (editing completed through 48,251); Sci-Fi: 23,239


  • Writing Streak Average Word Count per Day: 1,744
  • Current Writing Streak: 37 days
  • Writing Streak Word Count: 66,279
  • September: 25,910
  • September Ave. Word Count: 1,993
  • YTD: 200,609
  • Ave. Word Count YTD: 768

Pulp Writing Speed Day 36


So before you judge me, I edited one chapter… thus the low word count. And I mostly trimmed words. I did write a five-page guest interview for another blog, though. I’m thinking I’m a guy of too many details. If I counted blogging words, you would be impressed.

And get ready for my new book announcement! I’m revealing it in the guest interview!!!

And I’m only 40 Word doc pages away from completion. Next week is looking really, really good for its release.

  • Day 36 Word Count: 7
  • Day 36 Editing: 1,465
  • Current Works in Progress Word Count: Romance/Horror: 72,453 (editing completed through 46,776); Sci-Fi: 23,239


  • Writing Streak Average Word Count per Day: 1,785
  • Current Writing Streak: 36 days
  • Writing Streak Word Count: 66,042
  • September: 25,673
  • September Ave. Word Count: 2,139
  • YTD: 200,372
  • Ave. Word Count YTD: 770

Pulp Speed Writing Day 35

Day 35 had a significant word count compared to the previous editing days because I rewrote two chapters. Not only did I make it through 11.5k words, I added over 2k. Of course, that means I also deleted around 2k.

I also passed the “200,000 words written for 2017” milestone. Yay me!!!

I’ve edited past the halfway mark in my next novel, so that’s also exciting.

I’m also starting to think that I need to reexamine my productivity. Maybe after this week.

I’ll be in Boise this Thursday and Friday. Friday’s update might be postponed.

  • Day 35 Word Count: 2,116
  • Day 35 Editing: 11,584
  • Current Works in Progress Word Count: Romance/Horror: 72,439 (editing completed through 45,311); Sci-Fi: 23,239


  • Writing Streak Average Word Count per Day: 1,834
  • Current Writing Streak: 35 days
  • Writing Streak Word Count: 66,035
  • September: 25,666
  • September Ave. Word Count: 2,333
  • YTD: 200,365
  • Ave. Word Count YTD: 773

Pulp Writing Speed Day 34 – Week 5 Update

I had a little bit of editing time before we left on our Sunday adventures, editing through a couple of chapters. On a positive note, I am now 47% through the book. And though yesterday didn’t give me much time, today does. I intend to knock the book out today and tomorrow. 😀

Yesterday’s adventure was hanging out all day at Shoshone Falls. There wasn’t much water going over the falls like there was in Spring, so we spent most of our time walking the trails and such.

My favorite picture from yesterday.

Oh, hey! Week 5 is done! It doesn’t look as good, thanks to switching into editing mode. It’s best to get through this process as fast as possible, methinks.


  • Word count: 11,971 (down 4,398 over last week, because of editing)
  • Average Word Count per Day: 1,710 (down 628 per day over last week)


  • Day 34 Word Count: 177
  • Day 34 Editing: 3,935
  • Current Works in Progress Word Count: Romance/Horror: 71,673 (editing completed through 33,727); Sci-Fi: 23,239


  • Writing Streak Average Word Count per Day: 1,826
  • Current Writing Streak: 34 days
  • Writing Streak Word Count: 63,919
  • September: 23,550
  • September Ave. Word Count: 2,355
  • YTD: 198,249
  • Ave. Word Count YTD: 767

Pulp Writing Speed Day 34

I sat down and made a goal to get through 1 chapter of editing, and that’s what I did. I had almost 0 free time yesterday, so this is me showing up. Today, I’m going to try and move through editing quickly, but I’ll take what I can get.

Today is adventure day, so after the family awakens, we’re going to head out into the Great Idaho Wilderness-Desert.

I’ve got some new inspiration for writing, which may hold the answers to some of my sticky points. I’m considering adding some more Bohemian themes to my stories.

Also, I want to do more with Instagram. I’ve been wanting to do more with Instagram for a very long time.

  • Day 34 Word Count: 44
  • Day 34 Editing: 1,297
  • Current Works in Progress Word Count: Romance/Horror: 71,502 (editing completed through 29,792); Sci-Fi: 23,239


Writing Streak:

  • Average Word Count per Day: 1,875
  • Current Writing Streak: 34 days
  • Writing Streak Word Count: 63,742
  • September: 23,373
  • September Ave. Word Count: 2,597
  • YTD: 198,072
  • Ave. Word Count YTD: 770

Pulp Speed Writing Day Day 33

Yes, I know the word count looks small today, but that’s because I edited almost 14,000. That’s the amount of new words created. I would like to have the book finished maybe on Monday, for an end of week release. I am now 40% through it.

Anyway, today’s going to be busy, so I’ll try to edit another handful fo chapters tonight. I expect a low word count and high edit again.

  • Day 33 Word Count: 90
  • Day 33 Editing: 13,786
  • Current Works in Progress Word Count: Romance/Horror: 71,463 (editing completed through 28,495); Sci-Fi: 23,239


Writing Streak:

  • Average Word Count per Day: 1,930
  • Current Writing Streak: 33 days
  • Writing Streak Word Count: 63,698
  • September: 23,329
  • September Ave. Word Count: 2,916
  • YTD: 198,028
  • Ave. Word Count YTD: 773

Pulp Speed writing Day 32 – A Book in a Week Challenge Week 2

Do you ever have one of those days where your mind just turns off? That’s what happened to me yesterday. My story isn’t following my outline close enough, and I didn’t have answers to some of my questions with the plot, so I gave in to anxiety.

Yes, anxiety over writing.

So, yesterday I still did not pass 200,000 words, and I most definitely didn’t finish my book in a week. So maybe it will be a book in two weeks?!

However, Spilling Blood Season 3 is now in Paperback!!! I’ll get some physical copies into my hand for those who want theirs signed soon.

For my new work in progress, I wrote a little over 23,000 words in a week. That’s alright. My goal was 50,000. So, waaaaay off. I’m going to focus on figuring out where the story needs to go this week, and I’m going to try and finish editing my Romance/Horror so I can release it hopefully within the next 7 days.

I don’t know what my schedule is like for writing this week, but Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday are going to be limiting.

Also, I’m helping another aspiring High School writer with his senior project writing his novel. This is the third student I’ve worked with.

  • Day 32 Word Count: 963
  • Current Works in Progress Word Count: Romance/Horror: 71,404 (editing completed through 14,709); Sci-Fi: 23,239


Writing Streak:

  • Average Word Count per Day: 1,988
  • Current Writing Streak: 32 days
  • Writing Streak Word Count: 63,608
  • September: 23,239
  • September Ave. Word Count: 3,320
  • YTD: 197,938
  • Ave. Word Count YTD: 792

Pulp Writing Speed Day 31

I am just not finding the time to get in all the writing that I wanted to complete the book in a week. I haven’t even past the half-way point. Granted, hitting an average of 3,700 words a day is respectable, but not even close to my desired output.

It has pushed me beyond my previous speeds, however. I’ll likely get there if I can maintain frequent writing.

Anyway, I’ve got one day left, so I’ll see what I can do with it. I will likely decide to take a second week to finish it.

I have determined that a 7k day equals a really good writing day. I’ve hit that target three times this entire year. And I want to do that daily. *eye roll*

4,000 a day, right now, is looking the most realistic. I’m going to continue to try and hit that every day, and work up from there. I almost have it as an average for September.

Oh, and I didn’t pass 200,000 words yesterday. Maybe today.

  • Day 31 Word Count: 5,252
  • Current Works in Progress Word Count: Romance/Horror: 71,404 (editing completed through 14,709); Sci-Fi: 22,276


Writing Streak:

  • Average Word Count per Day: 2,021
  • Current Writing Streak: 31 days
  • Writing Streak Word Count: 62,645
  • September: 22,276
  • September Ave. Word Count: 3,713
  • YTD: 196,975
  • Ave. Word Count YTD: 791

Pulp Writing Speed Day 30

This was the view yesterday at 7:45 am. That red orb is the sun. It’s so dark from all the fires in the Northwest. 

Day 30 was busier than expected, and I only was able to put in an hour’s worth of writing. Can I get the final 30,000 words out between today and tomorrow for my Book in a Week Challenge? I don’t know, but I’m going to try. 😀

So, 30 days in. That’s a 30 day month. What have I accomplished? 57,000 words. Not great, but more output than a NaNoWriMo month. That’s also just under 2,000 words a day.

Officially, that’s 1,903 words a day, and I’ve worked up to that. For my desired pulp writing speed, I’m pushing toward doubling that, at least. I’d like to see an average of 5,000 words a day.

One thing that could possibly kill that is my editing weeks. For example, I’m only going to plan on writing a 10k-15k book next week so I can edit through at least two books. Though editing will also get me a word count, those days can be anywhere from just a hundred or two, to a couple thousand. It will work against me.

Today will be a milestone. I should pass the 200,000-word count mark for 2017. I still have no illusions that I’ll make 1 million words by the end of the year, but I’ll be closer than I’ve come in the past, and if I can keep the writing streak going into 2018, next year will be a cake walk.

Something else I need to consider – I don’t have an outline ready for next week. I’ll need that ready for Friday. I need to change my way of thinking to be able to write a 10k word book, because I need editing time. If I pace myself right, I’ll have a book to publish every week for a solid month.

  • Day 30 Word Count: 2,079
  • Current Works in Progress Word Count: Romance/Horror: 71,404 (editing completed through 14,709); Sci-Fi: 17,024


Writing Streak:

  • Average Word Count per Day: 1,913
  • Current Writing Streak: 30 days
  • Writing Streak Word Count: 57,393
  • September: 17,024
  • September Ave. Word Count: 3,405
  • YTD: 191,723
  • Ave. Word Count YTD: 773