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Day 1: 582 Words

April 20th, 2015 by Steve

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All right, y’all. Here we go. I’m actively engaged in the process of writing a whole freaking novel. Hopefully. We’ll see how it goes, but I’m hoping I’m actually onto something here.

I’m following Chuck Wendig’s plan outlined here:

How To Push Past The B******t And Write That G*****n Novel: A Very Simple No-F*****y Writing Plan To Get S**t Done

You gotta love a plan that has so much cursing going on. Basically, you commit to writing at least 350 words a day every weekday for a year. If you set aside an hour of each weekday, that’s only an average of 5.83 words per minute, less than a word every ten seconds. But it starts adding up. Every week you’ll get 1,750 words, and after 52 weeks you’ll have a colossal 91,000 words on your hands. That’s right in the sweet zone as far as novel lengths go.

Today, I managed 582 words. I type a little faster than that 5.83 WPM, and I’ve been thinking about my story for about a week now. I’ll talk more about the story in more detail as this series progresses. I hope to write about the writing as much as I can.

The story’s about how the disappearance of a teenage boy impacts a small, tight-knit suburban community, focusing on his family, their family friends, and the resulting missing persons investigation. I’ve got my major players somewhat mapped out, and I know somewhat where the story has to go, but that’s about it. I’m pretty much flying by the seat of my pants here, hoping to figure it all out as I go.

The plan is to have a first draft of the book done by this time next year, if not sooner. It likely won’t be brilliant. There’s a good chance it’ll have big long stretches that blow a whole field of dead bears. But it’ll be done, and it’ll give me something to revise and hopefully turn into something less sucky in the future.

Maybe I’ll have time for more short stories along the way. Maybe not. We’ll see how it goes.

PS: It’s my son’s tenth birthday today, so hopefully I can harness some of that magic to make the first draft of my first novel a reality before he turns eleven.

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