I’m currently in that situation where I love writing. I’m having fun putting onto paper what is coming out of my head. This is a taste, I think, of what writers mean when they say a story “writes itself.” Right now the words are flowing, and the story is moving where I want it to go.
I think I have just one more really tricky plot point to work out. But I’m confident I will. I just haven’t got to the place yet where certain decisions have to be made. By the time I do, I hope I’ve got that bit ready too.
As far as word count goes, I’m over 62K now. And counting.
Yeah, I stayed up too late. Again. But that’s when I can get some writing done.
Things are really coming together. All the different story threads are coming together nicely, and in a way that I think will catch the reader off-guard, but then they will say “Oh! Yeah, that’s right!”
Getting very close to 60K words. Starting to feel like the story has some heft to it.
When I was finishing my War Chronicles trilogy, I sometimes wondered if it would be possible for me to get as invested in a new set of characters as I was in those characters. I am happy to report that it is possible. I am really enjoying the characters in Mountain Home.
I suppose reading posts about my word count isn’t very thrilling. Using “word count” doesn’t really capture any sense of actual progress anyway, it’s like a fuel gauge, it shows how far I’ve come, but it says nothing about the path I took, or the ups and downs I’ve had.
Having said that, I’m approaching 54,000 words now, and the words are coming pretty easily. At least for the moment I know exactly what I need to write when I sit down at the keyboard, and that’s the real trick of writing to me. When I have the story nailed down, the actual act of writing is pretty simple. It’s when I’m having story trouble that I find it hard to write.
I have been a little too self-deprecating in my humor about my progress too. I typically bemoan my word count, especially when it’s hard to write, instead of celebrating it.
The reality is that I don’t have much time to write. Between work, home projects (of which there are legion) other interests (those fish don’t catch themselves y’know), I may have two hours of writing time in a good night. Probably something along the lines of ten hours solid writing would be a good week.
I started writing Mountain Home just at the end of April. That means I’ve been writing for just a bit more than four months. That’s over ten thousand words a month, which doesn’t sound like much, but it will get an epic novel done in a year.
And a book a year is nothing to sneeze at for someone in my situation.
So I’m going to just appreciate the progress I’ve made. This story has promise I believe. I hope I’m right.
Just got my third quarter audible royalty statement. It was, again, quite a bit better than I expected. Enough to help out with some bills anyway.
I really never expected anything to come of my audible sales. I figured anything I made would be a bonus over my eBook sales. I haven’t run the numbers, but I would not be surprised at this point if I’ve made as much money from audio as I have from eBooks.
Since my target all along has been 90K – 100K words, I can now say with certainty that I’ve crossed the halfway mark. I’m thinking right now that 90K words is the likely end result, which means I’m even closer. Either way, 50K words in one story is a pretty satisfying landmark.
Think I wrote some good stuff today. The story feels like it should be interesting. Things rarely go as you might expect. Lots of twists and turns.
Went back and polished the first chapter again too. It’s starting to feel pretty complete.
It’s starting to feel much easier to write now. Last night I worked all night, not even getting home until almost midnight, but other than that, I’ve been in the thousand words a day range every day. This coming week might be a little slower with the holiday and my mother coming to visit.
Liking how the story is coming together. Because of the timeline breakage I did a few weeks ago, I spent a good bit of time reworking and adding stuff to the first chapters to realign the timeline. I’ve just about got that all done, and am working on the two scenes that bring the story together.
Hopefully the whole “downhill” thing works out and I can just keep putting words on paper… 🙂
Should all be downhill from here. 🙂