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Day 17: 773 Words for the Price of 350

May 12th, 2015 by Steve


I took on some extra work with my dog walking business for the next couple of weeks that eats into my writing time slightly, because, well, you know, I got to help put food on the table somehow. Anyway, I’ve given myself permission to write a little less than normal for days like this, going back to my original Chuck Wendig-recommended 350 wpd.

So, as luck would have it, I got on a roll anyway and knocked out 773 words. I even got to the place where I had to stop mid-paragraph and just walk away. I just ran out of time. I’m in the middle of my main detective DeGraaf telling her partner something crucial about her past, some driving component of her character that also gives her better-than-average knowledge of the stages of hypothermia, and I think it’s just going to have to wait until tomorrow.

And it’s not just because Hemingway advises to finish writing by noon (he also recommends getting drunk by three, something I’m unlikely to follow his lead on). It’s because I find I do my best writing in the morning. And I do my best writing when I’ve had something to think about — either consciously of subconsciously — overnight. So I’m going to push this scene to the back-burner while I worry about getting my son to the orthodontist, getting dinner on the table, and all that jazz.

Today’s stats:

Daily total: 773
Accumulated total: 12,309
Average daily word count: 724.0588235294118
Progress toward target: 13.52637362637363%

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