Still going

Over 70K words now. That’s starting to feel like a novel. I’m starting the wrapup, I’ve pulled the different story lines together, threw a couple more curves at the reader, and am now setting up the final climactic events that will bring this chapter of the story to a close. I’ve written some scenes lately that I think are pretty solid. I’m trying to get this to a draft form so I can send the full story to my my beta readers. I know I’ll have a lot of work to do when the draft is done. But that’s usually a fun part of the process.

Still haven’t done much for maps or a cover though. Just some basic ideas is all.

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Still moving along

Been difficult lately to find time to write. This weekend I have to drive to and from Denver from Arkansas, so that’s going to be pretty much nothing but driving. I’m going to try to use my voice recorder to do some “writing” on the trip, but that hasn’t gone too well in the past. I’ll give it another try. Even if I don’t, I tend to get a lot of thought-work done while driving, which then makes writing much easier when I get in front of a computer.

Over 64K words now. The story is still moving forward smoothly. The writing continues to be fun right now. I just find it hard to find the time. Both of my children are moving out and moving across the country, so that’s taking a lot of my time. Wish I could write full time. But I gotta pay the bills.

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Fun writing

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.

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Moving right along

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.

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Approaching two-thirds done

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.

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Audible sales still going

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.

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Finally over 50K words

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.

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