Well, it’s been a hectic week so far. I’ve decided to compensate for this by neglecting my poor old blog. Why eat into what precious writing time I have by doing this any more than necessary?
So, in four days I’ve managed to pump out 3,252 words for an average of 813 words per day. I’m pretty happy with that. Sure, that’s nowhere the kind of output we could expect from the likes of Stephen King, Chuck Wendig or Kelly Armstrong, but for a stay-at-home dad with a side business and doctor’s appointments, I’m doing alright for just now.
The story’s gathering steam now. I don’t just sit there wondering what to do next. I’m actually starting to build a proper to-do list of scenes that need to be taken care of in the future. The only problem is the list is still in my head for the most part. I’m starting to fear I might forget something important. Then again, that’s what editing and revising are for. Right?
My main concern now is that I may have more of a long short story on my hands, or perhaps a short novella. I’m at 16k+ words, but I’m also at least half-way through the timeline. There will be a bit of a tag on at the end where events that happened before the timeline started will be explained to tie it all together, but I don’t see it amounting to much more than 35,000 words. A little more than a third of what folks are looking for in a proper novel.
Mind you, no one says this has to be a proper novel save me. I must remember not to get too caught up in something that is only real in my mind. The rest of the world will get on just find without finding out whatever happened to young Evan Howard. The main object at this stage of the game is to become a better writer. That’s it. If I come up with something that’s publishable at the end of all this, then yay for me, but if not it’ll just be time to tackle a new project and see how that one might help me grow.
I think the next project might be a series of interconnected short stories. Still working the crime fiction angle, the stories would all involve cops working in the same station house. A young detective who just made the leap from walking the beat to plain clothes. An older, jaded cop who makes very bad decisions. A couple of crime scene techs names Taggert and Baggott. That sort of thing. See where that goes.
I’m also building a big idea in the back of my head. It’s sci-fi, and it’s got a long timeline. Like 30+ years maybe. It’s quite possible that at the end of the arc no one that was alive in the first chapter will still be drawing breath. A Song of Fire and Ice in deep space, if you will. Game of Thrones meets Star Wars. But it’s massive and requires lots of plotting and family tree construction and world building and character development and story spining and all of that. So I might be ready to start writing it in my sixties, perhaps. Here’s hoping I have a nice, long life to see it through to the end.
But I digress like a mo-fo…
Daily total: 792
Accumulated total: 16,772
Average daily word count: 698.8333333333333 (Almost back to the 700 mark! Honestly, if I had just written 28 more words. I’ll try to get at least 728 tomorrow. That’ll do it. Yeah, that’s the ticket!)
Progress toward target: 18.43076923076923% (Although I’m no longer shackled to the idea this will be a 91,000 word novel, I just want to see how far I can get with this.)