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Day 11: 834 words + whatever happened to Day 10?

May 4th, 2015 by Steve


I missed a day of blogging. Oh no, how did any of you manage? And right before a weekend, too. What a nail-biter.

Yeah, I know no one cares. Yet. I’m writing a very casual journal about writing my first book so someday, if that book or one much like it ever gets published, aspiring writers can look back at this and say, “Hey, you know what? If a loser like this guy can make it work, maybe I can, too!” (And hey, just for the record, let me say I never doubted you for a moment.)

I did write on Friday, I just forgot to write about writing. My bad. It’ll likely happen again. To paraphrase Fugazi, I owe you nothing and you have no control. Deals with it. I did at least 700 words. That’s the new thing for me. I found 350 words/day to be too easy to hit, so I doubled it. It’s not a set-in-stone target, it’s just a wouldn’t-it-be-nice target. 700 words a day will bring in the 91,000 word goal in 160 working days, or 26 weeks (6 months!), at which point I can get started with a new idea (Note to Self: Quick, think of a new idea!) and start the dreaded revision phase with this current project.

Today’s output was 834 words, and I got to introduce my third perspective into the narrative, so I’m happy with that, too. The story centres around a missing persons case where a 19-year old boy vanishes without a trace. It’s told from three points of view: 1) from a neighbour, in first-person perspective, 2) from the lead investigator, in third-person limited perspective (because she needs to play with her cards close to her chest, as it were), and 3) from the missing boy’s mother, told through a series of letters to the boy at the recommendation of her grief counselor. So today I finally got to write from the mother’s perspective, and I found that a nice change.

Today’s stats:

Daily total: 834
Accumulated total: 7,629
Average daily word count: 693 (I need to up that just a wee little bit!)
Progress toward target: 8.38351648351648%

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