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Title: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 02, 2018, 10:14:17 AM
This is my new motto.  No more excuses!  No matter how busy I am, opening my WIP and typing 50 words is definitely possible.

Of course, once we're writing...there's no maximum amount.  50 words or 5,000+ is fine.  Just do it everyday!  No more excuses!!!  LOL :haironfire

Off to write.  Be back later. :mhk9U91:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: ImaWriter on October 02, 2018, 10:45:47 AM
I should be in one of the multiple K a day threads, but lately, this has been more my speed. So count me in.

Dare I ask... Who has a whip?  :icon_mrgreen: Off to look for a whip emoji. I'm certain we'll need one.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on October 02, 2018, 01:15:29 PM
 :eek:  50 words per day!?  Are you insane?  This is madness.  Utter madness.   :haironfire
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on October 02, 2018, 03:17:04 PM
Okay.  I just wrote fifty words for today, plus some extra words you maybe might consider a bonus.  So . . . what do I win?
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: EC Sheedy on October 02, 2018, 03:41:08 PM
Okay.  I just wrote fifty words for today, plus some extra words you maybe might consider a bonus.  So . . . what do I win?


How about  . . . wait for it!! ...



 :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Michelle Louring on October 02, 2018, 06:09:14 PM
I should be in one of the multiple K a day threads, but lately, this has been more my speed. So count me in.

Dare I ask... Who has a whip?  :icon_mrgreen: Off to look for a whip emoji. I'm certain we'll need one.

Eh... I do have a whip, but I promise it's for entirely innocent purposes.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 03, 2018, 12:11:41 AM
50 turned into almost 200.  Off to see what damage (um...writing) I can do today! LOL   :smilie_zauber:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on October 03, 2018, 12:34:38 AM
Okay.  I just wrote fifty words for today, plus some extra words you maybe might consider a bonus.  So . . . what do I win?

How about  . . . wait for it!! ...



 :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em

That was legen--wait for it--dary!

Yeehaw!!!   :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: spin52 on October 03, 2018, 01:27:48 AM
I'm writing a Halloween-themed short story and I sailed through the first 6,000 words (over several days, I hasten to add) but the ending has me stuck. I've re-written those last 150 words at least four times. Does that count?
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 03, 2018, 11:05:35 AM
Almost 1500 today!  Having to open my WIP seems to be working.

Ooooh, new black kitty emoji!
 :catrun
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on October 03, 2018, 11:08:25 AM
I wrote over 50 words today.  Almost 80. :banana:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 03, 2018, 11:28:55 AM
I wrote over 50 words today.  Almost 80. :banana:
Nice! I only got that much done because I took the day off work to write.   :tap
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: ImaWriter on October 03, 2018, 12:59:32 PM
Only 500 today. But I did spend a significant amount of time working on a cover, so I'm not feeling too guilty.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Kate Elizabeth on October 04, 2018, 12:20:29 AM
I can do this, right?
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on October 04, 2018, 12:21:51 AM
I can do this, right?

Only 45 more words to go and you're there!
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 04, 2018, 05:03:41 AM
Got up early and decided to open WIP for my 50 words.  Got another 1k done!  This seems to be working for me, but I have no idea if I'll finish this book before Halloween.  I hope so. 

Is there a cute witch emoji?  For now....

 :catrun
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: ImaWriter on October 04, 2018, 12:01:34 PM
1,100 so far. Will likely do some more before bed. Maybe. Probably not. 

I'm actually sitting here researching self-discipline, since I seem to have lost mine. I should be writing about 3K a day.  :icon_cry:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on October 04, 2018, 12:03:40 PM
I did my 50 today.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 05, 2018, 02:05:21 AM
1133 today. 

Now, I have to do some editing.  :haironfire
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on October 05, 2018, 09:47:36 AM
Just wrote 284 words.  Big death scene coming up.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 05, 2018, 10:07:15 AM
Just wrote 284 words.  Big death scene coming up.

Well done.  And you got a black cat photo!

 :catrun
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on October 05, 2018, 11:28:33 AM
Just wrote 284 words.  Big death scene coming up.

Well done.  And you got a black cat photo!

 :catrun

Thanks.  I'm working on two WIPs at the same time.  The space opera and this other one.  I work every day on the space opera but I'm using the other one as my 50 words or better a day project.

My current avatar is one of our office cats.  The picture is from when he was still outside, showing up every day for supper.  He's inside now.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: ImaWriter on October 05, 2018, 11:52:02 AM
1,999. And I'm not in the least tempted to write one more word to bump that up.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: diisha392 on October 05, 2018, 12:00:36 PM
I did it! I wrote 50 words today which is more than I've done any day this week (I actually got close to 200 but didn't like most of what I had written and deleted it).
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: bookworm on October 05, 2018, 02:06:55 PM
I like this! Today was a hard day but I managed to write over 50 words. I'm going to try & follow this thread.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Captain Cranky on October 05, 2018, 07:54:34 PM
Okay, so I've decided it's time to start holding myself accountable, and I don't want to get ahead of myself with the lofty goals of the 500 words a day thread, so I'm in. 50+ words EVERYDAY. Shouldn't be too hard should it? (Says she about to fire up the netflix  :icon_rolleyes:)

I managed to get 1120 words done today (yay me!) and in an ideal world I'd write another 880 when I go to bed...but it ain't gonna happen  grint
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 06, 2018, 06:24:35 AM
I'm glad this thread is helping (hopefully).  I'm back to writing every day.

Ten chapters edited and another 500 words.   

(https://68.media.tumblr.com/a2298da71812f6a24ee45189de719ced/tumblr_o7sbco6NZI1skeo9ro1_500.gif)
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on October 06, 2018, 07:35:19 AM
I doubled up and wrote 100 words.

Still have to figure out the how of the death scene because, evidently, impaling someone on a candlestick won't work.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Tom Wood on October 06, 2018, 07:49:34 AM
I should be in one of the multiple K a day threads, but lately, this has been more my speed. So count me in.

Dare I ask... Who has a whip?  :icon_mrgreen: Off to look for a whip emoji. I'm certain we'll need one.
(https://agentsofdisrupt.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/lou.gif)

Get to work!
I was just hitting stride at 2000 a day and of course the computer decides to act weird. (https://agentsofdisrupt.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/comp26.gif)

Some time spent researching the cloning of disks was a diversion I didn't need. But, back up to near ludicrous speed now!
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: ImaWriter on October 06, 2018, 12:37:05 PM
I should be in one of the multiple K a day threads, but lately, this has been more my speed. So count me in.

Dare I ask... Who has a whip?  :icon_mrgreen: Off to look for a whip emoji. I'm certain we'll need one.
(https://agentsofdisrupt.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/lou.gif)

Get to work!

Oh, oh. Someone found a whip, and I only did 67 words today.   :eek:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on October 06, 2018, 12:42:36 PM
We were looking for a whip?  I've got one.  I almost had a sword too but I lost that particular auction. :icon_sad:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Captain Cranky on October 06, 2018, 10:30:14 PM
370 words, and not on the wip I'm supposed to be working on.

I kicked some arse in Mario Kart though, does having to re-input the wifi password into the wii u count towards my total? :shrug

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: LMareeApps on October 06, 2018, 10:53:09 PM
Last month my goal was to open my WIP every day. I didn't quite make that  :icon_redface:
This month I set my goal to open my WIP every day AND write at least one sentence AND post my daily effort on a FB group I'm in.  So far I've managed just over 1000 words EVERY SINGLE DAY   :dance:

Of course it's 11pm and I haven't started yet today, but there's always time...

ETA: 1280 today  :smilie_zauber:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 07, 2018, 05:29:06 AM
Almost 2k words today.  Hope to get more done this afternoon. 

I love the weekends!   :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Kate Elizabeth on October 07, 2018, 05:36:38 AM
Hopefully, I'll do more than 52, but I was afraid that I would forget to post.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on October 07, 2018, 08:28:38 AM
Just finished 210.  No death yet.  They're still fighting it out.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: ImaWriter on October 07, 2018, 12:38:13 PM
Over 2200 today. May do a bit more before bed.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Captain Cranky on October 07, 2018, 03:34:21 PM
Managed to get 1784 words done today despite a bit of a migraine. Also did some more plot refinements, and realised the small scene I wrote yesterday in an entirely different series is related to this current one, and looks like it might be a spin off that happens concurrently with this one. Excited about that  grint

Hoping to get some more written later, but posting now in case I don't. I think posting my word count publicly is helping me to not procrastinate so much,  hopefully I can keep it up!
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on October 08, 2018, 06:42:07 AM
Just finished 261 words.  Death has come a knockin'.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: LMareeApps on October 08, 2018, 07:08:14 AM
I managed 2411 words before bed last night. More than I've managed in a single day for a long, long time. So very close to finishing this WIP.  :banana:
Then I woke up this morning with the urge to rewrite a blurb. I'm counting that 116 words in today's writing total.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 08, 2018, 08:29:20 AM
Wow!  Everyone is doing great. 

Got 500 words and had to stop to find out...how do you build a fire pit? 
Thank goodness for YouTube.   :cool:

ETA:  Recreational purposes only!  Adding one to the back terrace in the story. 
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on October 08, 2018, 08:59:37 AM
Wow!  Everyone is doing great. 

Got 500 words and had to stop to find out...how do you build a fire pit? 
Thank goodness for YouTube.   :cool:

ETA:  Recreational purposes only!  Adding one to the back terrace in the story.

You looked up how to build a fire pit?

You're now on a watch list for sure.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 08, 2018, 09:16:57 AM
You looked up how to build a fire pit?

You're now on a watch list for sure.

:hehe
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on October 08, 2018, 09:28:51 AM
You looked up how to build a fire pit?

You're now on a watch list for sure.

:hehe

Please don't quote me.  I don't want to get drawn into their investigation of you.

 grint
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Tom Wood on October 08, 2018, 09:37:36 AM
Wow!  Everyone is doing great. 

Got 500 words and had to stop to find out...how do you build a fire pit? 
Thank goodness for YouTube.   :cool:

ETA:  Recreational purposes only!  Adding one to the back terrace in the story.

You looked up how to build a fire pit?

You're now on a watch list for sure.

I dunno Dan, maybe stay away from sharp knives?

(https://agentsofdisrupt.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/hamburger.png)
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on October 08, 2018, 09:43:01 AM
Obviously, I need to stay a safe distance from Lorri Moulton and Tom Wood.
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Post by: Tom Wood on October 08, 2018, 09:45:53 AM
(https://agentsofdisrupt.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/grin.gif)
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: diisha392 on October 08, 2018, 10:59:31 AM
I haven't been posting much but this thread has been really helpful to me. Since it popped up, I've managed 50 words a day which is a huge improvement over the dozen words a day I was doing before that.

 :writethink:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: ImaWriter on October 08, 2018, 02:25:42 PM
After midnight my time, but I just got home.

Earlier, I did 160 words of rough outline for a new book.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Captain Cranky on October 08, 2018, 05:32:37 PM
101 today. It was like pulling teeth so I'll call it a day and try to do better tomorrow.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 09, 2018, 04:31:44 AM
630 words this morning!  Hoping to find time to get some more finished tonight.

 :catrun
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Post by: LMareeApps on October 09, 2018, 09:00:39 AM
I managed 1766 yesterday which included a blurb re-write and the final scene of a short story that ended up being almost twice the length it was supposed to be.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on October 09, 2018, 12:49:54 PM
Just finished 320 words.  Not to the second death yet.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Captain Cranky on October 09, 2018, 08:32:32 PM
No words on my wip today, but worked on my plot. All hand written so at a guess a couple of thousand words maybe? The scene I have been working on went in a slightly different direction than I planned which inspired some new stuff.

Have a lot on tomorrow so not sure I'll be able to write, we'll see.
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Post by: diisha392 on October 10, 2018, 12:27:41 PM
64 words

64 words that almost didn't happen but I wanted to keep my writing every day streak alive, so I pulled up the Word doc and just one sentence turned into several :)
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Post by: 2-Bit D on October 10, 2018, 12:33:38 PM
I wrote 112 today.

And I'm only counting words in one WIP.  Not doing the math and counting both.  LOL.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Captain Cranky on October 10, 2018, 11:00:04 PM
11.58 pm and I just managed to slip in 176 words. Not much, but better than nothing.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 11, 2018, 01:10:41 AM
I only got 57 words yesterday...but I did get something done.  Hoping to do better today!  :writethink:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Kate Elizabeth on October 11, 2018, 01:21:02 AM
I've hit 62 so far this morning.  I forget to post, so I'm trying to do it now before I forget again.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Ginny on October 11, 2018, 03:11:28 AM
I wrote like 700 yesterday. That's pretty low for me. I'm struggling to focus lately. My motivation is not that great. I'd love to get back up to cruising speed, which is like 3-4k a day.
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Post by: LMareeApps on October 11, 2018, 10:31:56 AM
Yesterday I managed 106 words. I'm still gonna  :dance: because I didn't want to write but made myself do something anyway.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 11, 2018, 11:33:16 AM
1500 words today!   :smilie_zauber:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on October 11, 2018, 12:09:05 PM
I wrote over 100 words today.  I'm thinking 117 but I don't remember.
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Post by: diisha392 on October 11, 2018, 12:12:14 PM
102 words today. I was going to stop but when I counted the words and realized I was at 95, I figured I could go one more sentence.
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Post by: ImaWriter on October 11, 2018, 10:11:00 PM
Forgot to post last night. About 850 words yesterday.
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Post by: Captain Cranky on October 11, 2018, 10:42:46 PM
207 words.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 12, 2018, 03:01:34 PM
Today was very busy, but finished 85 words and now I'm calling it a night. Hope to do more tomorrow morning!  :angel:
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Post by: RCoots on October 12, 2018, 08:37:33 PM
After a few very slow days (thank you migraines, SO much help), I plunked myself down and got 2.4k last night. *does the dance of words* Whoohoo!

Unfortunately, this means my goal of finishing the book by 90k is once again a pipe dream. Looks like i'm on track for another 100k+ book *faceplant*
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Captain Cranky on October 12, 2018, 10:59:25 PM
288 words on current wip. It was excruciating and frankly, crap.

Onwards and upwards.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: LilyBLily on October 13, 2018, 06:08:04 AM
I just read an inspirational article about word goals: Instead of 50 words, how about two sentences? Sounds much more doable to me.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on October 13, 2018, 07:18:38 AM
I wrote over 100 words today.  I'm thinking 117 but I don't remember.

It was actually 127.

Yesterday I wrote 259 words.

Today I wrote 1,600 words.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 13, 2018, 10:52:09 AM
I wrote over 100 words today.  I'm thinking 117 but I don't remember.

It was actually 127.

Yesterday I wrote 259 words.

Today I wrote 1,600 words.

Nice!  :clap:
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Post by: ImaWriter on October 13, 2018, 01:33:42 PM
1,772 for me today.
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Post by: LMareeApps on October 13, 2018, 01:41:20 PM
216 yesterday  :banana:
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 14, 2018, 03:37:36 AM
You are all doing so well!  I'm really inspired to see how much success everyone is having each day.

I did not write anything yesterday.  My kitty lost his fight to cancer early in the morning...holding on weeks longer than expected.  He was a very sweet and very tough little guy. 

:catrun
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: NCB on October 14, 2018, 03:51:05 AM
You are all doing so well!  I'm really inspired to see how much success everyone is having each day.

I did not write anything yesterday.  My kitty lost his fight to cancer early in the morning...holding on weeks longer than expected.  He was a very sweet and very tough little guy. 

:catrun

Feel for you there, that is the loss of a family member and horrible. I lost two in three months a few years ago and it was gut wrenching.

This thread however was a good find, three days of 2000+ words and a real roll hit the buffers today. Lots of staring at a screen and I think around 200 words committed. Feel a little better now though, and there's tomorrow to come.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on October 14, 2018, 08:40:28 AM
I did not write anything yesterday.  My kitty lost his fight to cancer early in the morning...holding on weeks longer than expected.  He was a very sweet and very tough little guy.

Sorry to hear about your kitty.  Lost one to lung cancer a couple years ago.  Well, technically, the vet killed her.  (Not euthanasia.)  Still irks me.  Running total is one to massive heart attack, two to kidney failure (one long term, one short term), one to diabetes and one to lung cancer (idiot vet (imho)).
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Post by: 2-Bit D on October 14, 2018, 09:01:42 AM
Only 250 today, unless I write more later.  LOL.  Nope.  Only 250 today.
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Post by: Captain Cranky on October 14, 2018, 11:41:12 AM

I did not write anything yesterday.  My kitty lost his fight to cancer early in the morning...holding on weeks longer than expected.  He was a very sweet and very tough little guy. 

:catrun

I'm sorry to hear that, Lorri  :icon_cry: I agree with it being gut wrenching, our animals are our family, it's never easy. Hugs to you  :heart:
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Post by: diisha392 on October 14, 2018, 01:18:11 PM
I did not write anything yesterday.  My kitty lost his fight to cancer early in the morning...holding on weeks longer than expected.  He was a very sweet and very tough little guy. 

:catrun

*hugs*
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Captain Cranky on October 14, 2018, 06:25:33 PM
So forgot to post yesterday. I got some writing done, but it was personal stuff, not on my wip.

No actual words on my draft today either, but lots of writing in trying to figure out why I'm spinning my wheels, and working through the plot inconsistencies. It's still writing I guess, geared towards the final goal.  :shrug
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 15, 2018, 03:18:41 AM
Finished 700 words last night.  Hoping to do that well today!    :Healing:
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Post by: LMareeApps on October 15, 2018, 09:39:29 AM
1422 yesterday (partly to make up for the 0 the day before).
Sorry to hear about your kitty, Lorri
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Post by: Rose Andrews on October 15, 2018, 10:04:21 AM
You are all doing so well!  I'm really inspired to see how much success everyone is having each day.

I did not write anything yesterday.  My kitty lost his fight to cancer early in the morning...holding on weeks longer than expected.  He was a very sweet and very tough little guy. 

:catrun
I'm sorry! It's such a terrible thing losing a furry babe. Hugs and much love to you.  :heart:
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Post by: diisha392 on October 15, 2018, 11:39:26 AM
77 words today since I can't count the words written in lesson plans   :icon_eek:
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Post by: ImaWriter on October 15, 2018, 12:44:34 PM
Lorri, so sorry to hear about your cat.  { Hug }

1,057 words today.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on October 15, 2018, 01:56:58 PM
Only 22 words today.  I may be kicked out of the thread.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 16, 2018, 12:56:20 AM
Only 22 words today.  I may be kicked out of the thread.

It's been a rough week.  We'll both try to do better today.  :tap
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Post by: LMareeApps on October 16, 2018, 08:09:28 AM
372 words yesterday  :dance:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on October 16, 2018, 08:20:36 AM
Wrote 130 words today.  Woot?
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Post by: NCB on October 16, 2018, 08:47:42 AM
1248 today, and to be honest pretty disapointed with myself. Procrastination ruled today but when I eventually got to it things were productive.

I have a meeting in the morning but am determined to make amends tomorrow afternoon.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on October 17, 2018, 10:15:21 AM
Only 140 words today.  Approaching the end of Act One and I've killed off a character I probably shouldn't have, which means I need to figure out what's gonna happen in this transitional chapter that takes place before the last chapter of Act One.  Then it's into uncharted territory since I only planned out the story beats of Act One and only a rough idea of Act Two, most of which was committed to memory which is likely mostly lost to the sands of time except for those bits I actually typed up.  At least I know how it all ends.  Had that planned out long ago.  Well, mostly.

But Act Two is where some fun stuff should happen because that's when the characters go on a little adventure while trying to avoid being killed.  Good times.
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Post by: LMareeApps on October 17, 2018, 11:19:23 AM
Kicked procrastination's big hairy butt yesterday, with 1544 words  :banana: :banana: :banana:
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Post by: ImaWriter on October 17, 2018, 12:29:47 PM
1273 for today.
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Post by: Kyra Halland on October 17, 2018, 03:41:47 PM
This is a great approach! I've been using it, though I haven't posted here yet. Right now, my main project is revisions on book 2 of my current series, but I'm also working on the first draft of the next series. By the time I finish my daily quota of revision, I'm pretty wiped out (CFS/ME severely limits my mental and physical energy) but 50 words in the evening, that's easy! I focus more on writing scenes/parts of scenes than word count, and always end up with way more than 50 words. 800+ tonight.

PS: Lorri, I'm so sorry about your kitty. I've lost kitties myself (though none to illness), and they each leave a kitty-shaped hole in your heart.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 18, 2018, 02:55:50 AM
I'm back!  Got up early and edited two chapters...then wrote over 1k words.  :writethink:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on October 18, 2018, 09:22:23 AM
Hit 420 words today.

I think I'm about halfway through this book.
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Post by: LMareeApps on October 18, 2018, 09:34:54 AM
874 words yesterday. Going to do some sprints this morning, so today will see a decent word count.
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Post by: ImaWriter on October 18, 2018, 10:02:03 AM
I may have my groove back!

3378 today.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 18, 2018, 10:08:48 AM
Wow!  Great job, everyone!   :clap:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on October 19, 2018, 08:23:15 AM
Slight improvement over yesterday with 435 words today.
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Post by: LMareeApps on October 19, 2018, 09:40:04 AM
1077 words yesterday.  Maybe 2 chapters left to write for this story  :banana:
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 20, 2018, 04:55:50 AM
Got about 500 finished this morning.  Hope to do more tonight!  :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em
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Post by: 2-Bit D on October 20, 2018, 08:17:02 AM
Just finished 600 words.  Things did not go as planned.  Got to figure out how to get it back on track.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 20, 2018, 09:14:11 AM
Just finished 600 words.  Things did not go as planned.  Got to figure out how to get it back on track.

Some of my best plot twists happen that way!  :angel:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on October 21, 2018, 09:15:44 AM
Just finished 800 words.  Back on track.  This chapter is another long one.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 21, 2018, 09:26:08 AM
750 words, but hope to get more done tomorrow! 

 :catrun
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Post by: ImaWriter on October 21, 2018, 12:52:58 PM
I need to do a better job of remembering to post!

1914 today.
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Post by: Kyra Halland on October 21, 2018, 02:49:02 PM
530 words, late in the day. My main task today was taking two small scenes that weren't working in the novel I'm revising right now and totally rewriting them into one big scene that I think does what it's supposed to. Added 700 words there. So my brain was pretty fried, but I still managed those 500+ new words on the other project.
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Post by: diisha392 on October 22, 2018, 03:33:40 AM
Over 50 words written today for the first time since the middle of the week.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on October 22, 2018, 08:21:29 AM
Just finished 105 words.  I feel like this book is becoming too dialogue heavy though.
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Post by: Angstriddengoddess on October 22, 2018, 10:34:30 AM
1034. Finally had to stop trying to make it perfect and just sprint  :catrun but hey, the words are on the page.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on October 23, 2018, 10:41:13 AM
Wrote 330 today and they did more than just talk.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on October 23, 2018, 10:41:51 AM
By the way, is it bad if the same character dies three times in the same chapter?
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Post by: ImaWriter on October 23, 2018, 12:21:11 PM
By the way, is it bad if the same character dies three times in the same chapter?

I think that entirely depends on your genre.   Grin

Only 223 today. I hate flu season.  :icon_redface: Holy fever, batman.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on October 24, 2018, 10:50:39 AM
Just finished writing 215 words.  More action, less dialogue.  But, at some point, they're going to have to tell their friend he's dead.  Maybe tomorrow.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 24, 2018, 12:16:11 PM
1400 words this afternoon and maybe a few more tonight.  I'm so far behind and Halloween is a week from tomorrow!

 :catrun
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Post by: ImaWriter on October 24, 2018, 01:47:24 PM
3658 for the day.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 25, 2018, 03:28:29 AM
3658 for the day.

Now THAT is a good day! Congrats  :clap:

I'm at about 2k so far, but need to get more done tonight.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on October 25, 2018, 08:14:36 AM
Only 160 today but it felt like more.

I'm at 7,107 words for the month so far.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 25, 2018, 11:38:10 AM
Only 160 today but it felt like more.

I'm at 7,107 words for the month so far.

Congrats!  :cheers
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Post by: ImaWriter on October 25, 2018, 01:33:31 PM
3553 today.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on October 26, 2018, 11:04:37 AM
Wrote 140 words today.  One character is in the process of informing the other about his death.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on October 27, 2018, 07:07:34 AM
Wrote 255 words today.  Death notice still in progress.
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Post by: Kyra Halland on October 27, 2018, 08:36:26 AM
1500 words last night. It was the big crisis scene in this novella (prequel to a series). The protagonist got his heart broken, and he's about to make a decision that, while a very bad decision, is also the only honorable thing he can do. It's also the decision that kickstarts the conflict for the series proper. So, big, important scene, one that I've been working over in my head for a long time now. It was actually kind of fun to write.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on October 28, 2018, 09:15:31 AM
Just finished 300 words.  How often can the same character die in a single scene?
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Post by: WasAnn on October 28, 2018, 10:22:33 AM
Though I didn't get eve 50 works for well over a week. Didn't even touch the next WIP while I celebrated the completion of another. I broke my streak of do-nothing a few days ago.

Had one already well begun and already plotted in my evil little head.

Wed: 3K+ words
Thurs: 8K+ words
Fri: Just shy of 8K words
Sat: Edited 30K, wrote 5K+

Whoot! My streak should end soonish, but I'll celebrate it while I can.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 28, 2018, 10:23:22 AM
420 words, but the big news is I FINALLY figured out how to open the 'magic' book!   :cheers
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Post by: 2-Bit D on October 28, 2018, 11:32:00 AM
420 words, but the big news is I FINALLY figured out how to open the 'magic' book!   :cheers

Was it in a solid metal box?
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 29, 2018, 04:42:38 AM
420 words, but the big news is I FINALLY figured out how to open the 'magic' book!   :cheers

Was it in a solid metal box?

No, but it does have some power of its own.  LOL

 :catrun
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Post by: 2-Bit D on October 29, 2018, 08:26:59 AM
Wrote 250 words today.  Now they're arguing over bear or bare naked women.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 30, 2018, 06:47:37 AM
1200 yesterday and 500 at lunch today!  :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em
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Post by: 2-Bit D on October 30, 2018, 08:39:02 AM
Just finished 465 words.  Worried about the amount of dialogue though.

If I can somehow manage 1,483 words over the next two days, I'll be at 10,000 words for the month.  Or, as Amanda M. Lee calls it, Tuesday.   :hehe
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Post by: 2-Bit D on October 31, 2018, 06:34:38 AM
Wrote 1,005 words today.  Just need to write 478 words tomorrow to hit 10k for the month.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 01, 2018, 06:32:46 AM
I wrote 480 words today, which puts me at 10,002 words for the month.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 02, 2018, 02:18:04 AM
Edited and about 75 words yesterday.  Hope to get more done today!  Did not make my Halloween deadline, but the end is in sight.
 :catrun
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 02, 2018, 08:28:41 AM
Off to a good start.  The first day of October, I wrote 75 words.  Today, the first day of November, I wrote 330 words.

This is a long chapter though.  I think around 3,500 words.  And a lot.  Of.  Dialogue.  Also, I need to remember to find beta readers since I haven't been in contact with my previous beta readers for over a year.  Or more.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 02, 2018, 10:28:54 AM
Off to a good start.  The first day of October, I wrote 75 words.  Today, the first day of November, I wrote 330 words.

This is a long chapter though.  I think around 3,500 words.  And a lot.  Of.  Dialogue.  Also, I need to remember to find beta readers since I haven't been in contact with my previous beta readers for over a year.  Or more.

Dan, you are on a roll!   :goodpost:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 03, 2018, 08:10:14 AM
Today I wrote 325 words.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 04, 2018, 12:29:47 PM
Only 305 words today.

Is it wrong that I keep going until my word count is a multiple of 5?  It just makes the math a little easier.  LOL.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 05, 2018, 10:40:35 AM
Only 255 words today, but finally made it to one of the scenes that I've had in mind probably since I first started writing this story, so I'll have that scene to do for tomorrow.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 05, 2018, 10:42:13 AM
And what's going on with everyone else who used to participate in this thread?  Have they graduated to the 2k a day thread and left us behind?
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Post by: FreshCzar on November 05, 2018, 11:21:46 AM
And what's going on with everyone else who used to participate in this thread?  Have they graduated to the 2k a day thread and left us behind?

Maybe it was too dialogue heavy.  :hehe
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 06, 2018, 09:48:43 AM
Only wrote 115 words today, including editing the current chapter.

And what's going on with everyone else who used to participate in this thread?  Have they graduated to the 2k a day thread and left us behind?

Maybe it was too dialogue heavy.  :hehe

Indeed.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 07, 2018, 10:12:16 AM
Just finished writing 655 words for today which brings me to 1985 words for the month so far.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 08, 2018, 10:44:11 AM
Only 260 words written today, he wrote to himself given the conspicuous absence of everyone else.  Reached the end of Act One which is where my outline ended.  Now to outline Act Two and get moving on that.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 09, 2018, 09:32:43 AM
Wrote 445 words today.  The adventure begins.  Well, Act Two, that is.  To outline it or not outline it, that is the question.  At any rate, I'm already 445 words into writing it.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 10, 2018, 09:01:30 AM
Wrote 1,110 words today.  One day, I may be able to write in a week the same number of words Amanda M. Lee writes while flossing her teeth.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 10, 2018, 10:11:35 AM
Well done, Dan!  I've been doing some research, but back to writing this weekend.  :tap
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 11, 2018, 09:50:18 AM
Only 150 words written today.  I really need to map out Act Two a bit.

Or maybe I'll just wing it.
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Post by: Marigold on November 12, 2018, 02:27:42 AM
287 words so far today.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 12, 2018, 09:35:37 AM
Only 150 words for me today.
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Post by: Marigold on November 13, 2018, 04:30:54 AM
577 today.
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Post by: Marigold on November 13, 2018, 06:12:56 AM
Wrote 204 more words after posting, for a total of 781 words today.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 13, 2018, 08:57:39 AM
I wrote 350 words today.  Rats.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 14, 2018, 10:19:14 AM
Only 55 words written today, but busy day.  Not for writing, obviously.
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Post by: Marigold on November 15, 2018, 08:20:33 AM
137 words today.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 15, 2018, 12:03:56 PM
I wrote 90 words today.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 16, 2018, 09:37:27 AM
And up to 205 words for today.
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Post by: Marigold on November 16, 2018, 11:36:38 AM
646 words today.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 17, 2018, 08:48:44 AM
Only 100 words for me today.  I need to carve out some time to boost my numbers again.
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Post by: Marigold on November 17, 2018, 11:48:38 AM
192 words today.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 18, 2018, 04:51:03 AM
Marigold and Dan...you two are awesome!   :clap:

I need to get back to work.  Got caught up with promotions, but I hope to join you with my word count by this evening.
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Post by: EllieL on November 18, 2018, 08:47:00 AM
I finished my current wip last night, so today I've started editing. Does -48 words count for anything?
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 18, 2018, 09:08:53 AM
I finished my current wip last night, so today I've started editing. Does -48 words count for anything?

Absolutely!  :pdt

I have 110 words and still going...
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Post by: Marigold on November 18, 2018, 10:46:38 AM
454 words today.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 18, 2018, 03:48:09 PM
Wrote 160 words yesterday.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 19, 2018, 02:30:09 AM
Nice job, everyone!  :cheers

I wrote 510 words yesterday.  Hope I can do as well today!
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Post by: Marigold on November 19, 2018, 02:56:12 AM
Managed to carve out the entire morning for writing. Best day I've had in six months: 1129 words.

Thank you @Lori Moulton for starting this thread. Setting a reasonable goal (at least 50+ words a day) got me started again after a two-month hiatus. Most grateful to you.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 20, 2018, 02:54:24 AM
I wrote 510 words yesterday.

My word count for yesterday was the same digits as yours, just in a different order: 105.
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Post by: Marigold on November 20, 2018, 07:27:27 AM
137 words today.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 20, 2018, 09:56:10 AM
Wrote 360 words today.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 21, 2018, 09:16:21 AM
Wrote 175 words today.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 22, 2018, 09:17:23 AM
Only 90 words today.  Also, I made the discovery that at some point I started referring to the main character by his nickname rather than his name.  Oy.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 24, 2018, 06:50:32 AM
Stuck in editing.  This is what happens when you start a story one Christmas and try to finish it the next! LOL
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 24, 2018, 08:43:11 AM
I wrote 180 words yesterday and 210 words today.

My space opera, on the other hand, is largely stalled.  Writing a few words here and there each day but not making a lot of progress on it, whereas on this fantasy story (the one I'm counting for this thread) I've written 5,845 words for the month so far.

Though with only eight days left in the month, I'm not sure I'll best October's 10,002 words written.  I'd have to write an average of 520 words a day to match.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 24, 2018, 09:56:08 AM
Dan, that's wonderful!  Your word counts are great and your other book will be there, when you're ready. :goodpost:
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Post by: Marigold on November 25, 2018, 02:01:36 AM
301 words yesterday.
320 words so far today.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 25, 2018, 09:05:51 AM
I wrote 575 words today.

Dan, that's wonderful!  Your word counts are great and your other book will be there, when you're ready. :goodpost:

Thanks.  I still work on the space opera every day, but I'm lucky to get more than a few words each day.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 25, 2018, 12:29:50 PM
I did advertising and changed my cover.  Hoping to get my 50 words in later tonight.  :angel:
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Post by: Marigold on November 26, 2018, 03:57:57 AM
756 words today.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 26, 2018, 05:25:15 AM
756 words today.

Wonderful! I have 250 words so far and hope to write more this afternoon.
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Post by: Marigold on November 26, 2018, 06:15:16 AM
Wonderful! I have 250 words so far and hope to write more this afternoon.
        ^^^
    :tup3b
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 26, 2018, 11:32:41 AM
Another 260 words.  Time to eat leftovers!   :dance:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 27, 2018, 08:55:43 AM
I wrote 130 words yesterday and 485 words today.  Only 2,638 words to go to match last month's total which is an average of 660 words per day.  Oy.
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Post by: Marigold on November 27, 2018, 07:25:47 PM
463 words yesterday.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 28, 2018, 05:43:44 AM
I wrote just over 1k words last night!  Today might not be quite so good, but hope to sneak in a little writing time after work.
 :catrun
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 28, 2018, 08:20:14 AM
Wrote 685 words today.  Three days to write at least 1,953 more.

Also, I finally broke the 50k mark on my space opera.  Well, not quite.  I'm not sure how much of the word count is notes.  Regardless, the word count is over 50k, so I'll take it even if it is with an asterisk.  LOL.
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Post by: Marigold on November 28, 2018, 10:22:33 AM
836 words today.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 28, 2018, 03:20:40 PM
Everyone is doing so well!  Congrats.  :goodpost:

I got another 1k tonight, so I hope I'll get this finished on time.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 29, 2018, 09:06:02 AM
Only 130 words written today, making for near impossible odds of November beating October in terms of word count.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 29, 2018, 11:16:36 AM
Only 130 words written today, making for near impossible odds of November beating October in terms of word count.

You've had two great months!  :clap:

I wrote 1,500 words today, but need to get some other stuff done tonight.  Hope to write more tomorrow!
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Post by: Marigold on November 29, 2018, 12:41:45 PM
486 words today.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 30, 2018, 03:51:30 AM
I wrote 1,000 words before bed last night (which counts as today since it was after midnight) and another 250 a short time ago, putting me at 1,250 for the day.
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Post by: Marigold on November 30, 2018, 08:15:02 AM
I wrote 1,000 words before bed last night (which counts as today since it was after midnight) and another 250 a short time ago, putting me at 1,250 for the day.
                                                                              ^^^
                                                                           :tup3b
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Post by: Marigold on November 30, 2018, 09:00:53 PM
125 words yesterday.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 01, 2018, 07:05:44 AM
I wrote 1,000 words today in the wee hours of the morning.  Thought perhaps I'd do more this afternoon but that didn't happen.

Anyway, that put me at 10,430 words for November which just beats out October's 10,002 words.
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Post by: Marigold on December 02, 2018, 12:47:35 PM
155 words today.
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Post by: Marigold on December 03, 2018, 09:14:31 AM
715 words today.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 04, 2018, 08:08:48 AM
Three days of updates here. grint

Saturday, December 1st: 615 words
Sunday, December 2nd: 485 words
Monday, December 3rd: 840 words

October Average: 322.6 words per day
November Average: 347.7 words per day
December Average so far: 646.7 words per day

I very much doubt I'll be able to maintain that pace. :shocked:

Again, I'm only keeping track of one WIP here.

And I really need to finish the stories for my newsletter which will come out later this month.  I thought I had one or two finished already, but I checked the other day and four out of four stories aren't done.  Very bad.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on December 04, 2018, 01:38:22 PM
750 last night, but I forgot to post.  Congrats, everyone...well done!  :clap:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 05, 2018, 08:11:22 AM
I wrote 700 words today.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 06, 2018, 02:41:19 AM
I wrote 705 words today.
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Post by: Marigold on December 06, 2018, 08:54:41 AM
97 words today.
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Post by: diisha392 on December 06, 2018, 01:29:20 PM
Couple hundred in today (not sure of exact number). Hoping to get this first draft done within a week.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 07, 2018, 07:33:38 AM
I wrote 790 words today.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 08, 2018, 09:30:50 AM
I wrote 720 words today.
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Post by: diisha392 on December 08, 2018, 02:05:44 PM
Only 75 words but I can see the end of the main part of my story now.
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Post by: Marigold on December 08, 2018, 07:28:41 PM
67 words yesterday.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 09, 2018, 09:26:36 AM
I wrote 1,020 words today.  Finally got to do one of the scenes I had had planned for a long time.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on December 09, 2018, 10:43:58 AM
I wrote 1,020 words today.  Finally got to do one of the scenes I had had planned for a long time.

Well done, Snowy Dan!  :goodpost:
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Post by: Marigold on December 09, 2018, 02:58:49 PM
57 words today.
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Post by: Marigold on December 10, 2018, 06:04:32 AM
After a frustrating week, finally a good day. 3,421 words.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 10, 2018, 06:47:17 AM
After a frustrating week, finally a good day. 3,421 words.

 :clap:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 10, 2018, 09:45:11 AM
I wrote 905 words today.
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Post by: solo on December 10, 2018, 02:42:07 PM
Ugh. Been using the holidays as an excuse not to open my WIP and I see this post and all my procrastination came back with a full bugle band. Now I feel guilty...

Ok, I'll open it tonight.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 11, 2018, 08:50:57 AM
I wrote 770 words today.

I've sort of made it a goal this month to try to maintain an average daily word count of 700+.

Or at least 500 as opposed to just 50.

We'll see how that goes, especially closer to the holidays.  LOL.
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Post by: Llano on December 11, 2018, 11:31:08 AM
This morning I put in a comma.

This afternoon I took it out.

This evening I drank a bottle of Gewürztraminer.

Writing is hard.
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Post by: Tom Wood on December 11, 2018, 11:56:47 AM
This morning I put in a comma.

This afternoon I took it out.

This evening I drank a bottle of Gewürztraminer.

Writing is hard.

Oh Oscar, you Philistine!  :icon_mrgreen:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 12, 2018, 07:23:25 AM
I wrote 800 words today.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on December 12, 2018, 11:48:26 AM
After a frustrating week, finally a good day. 3,421 words.

Wow!  Marigold that is wonderful!!!   :smilie_zauber:

I changed two covers.  Hope to get some writing done tomorrow. :)
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Post by: solo on December 12, 2018, 12:39:29 PM
Snowy Dan is adding to my laziness guilt! I haven't written anything in the past 4 days! Well, some notes on future chapters but I don't think they count. And I've got a February series sequel deadline! Plus my mind is playing with ideas for 2 other stories...  :icon_cry:

I'll keep track starting... today? And it's the holiday season. Oh, the drinks I will miss.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 13, 2018, 09:23:11 AM
I wrote 815 words today.  I really ought to do an outline for Act Two.
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Post by: Marigold on December 14, 2018, 07:53:03 AM
Busy week for me at work, so I've fallen behind a little when it comes to posting my daily word count. Here are my word totals for this week:

Monday          58 words
Tuesday        185 words
Wednesday   201 words
Today              TBD
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 14, 2018, 11:42:29 AM
I wrote 900 words today which brings me to 10,065 words for the month so far which beats my October word count of 10,002 and approaches my November word count of 10,430.
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Post by: solo on December 14, 2018, 01:05:06 PM
Pulled off 1,453 words last night. It's a draft but at least there's something there. Plus two chapter outlines each for WIP. Hope the trend continues. The most I was able to do in a day was 6,570 words. Draining. Slept the whole morning of the next day as a result. Nope, won't do that again.

Add: I'll report periodically - starting 13 December. Beginning to feel the itch to write again.
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Post by: Marigold on December 14, 2018, 04:34:41 PM
I wrote 900 words today which brings me to 10,065 words for the month so far which beats my October word count of 10,002 and approaches my November word count of 10,430.

   :tup3b
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 15, 2018, 08:08:55 AM
I wrote 1,050 words today which brings me to 11,115 words for the month so far, which now puts me ahead of November's 10,430 word count.
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Post by: Marigold on December 16, 2018, 02:17:11 AM
Thursday       95 words
Friday          178 words
Today              TBD
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 16, 2018, 10:04:53 AM
I wrote 855 words today.  If I had only written 30 more, I'd be at 12,000 words for the month so far.
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Post by: Arkturor on December 16, 2018, 10:19:00 AM
Four weeks into one---45k, second one---27K, left by the wayside one---30k. Ugh! I hate the middle of a story where I know I have to up the pace a bit, raise the tension level and flesh out the characters as I head towards the dramatic climax. I find it such a slog to get past the middle sometimes, that all I want to do is ditch it and move onto the next one. I love starting a book and ending one when I am over that 70k mark, but the middle...blah!
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Post by: Marigold on December 16, 2018, 11:28:34 AM
117 words today.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on December 16, 2018, 12:30:26 PM
Just over 500 words today. Maybe I will get finished in time! LOL
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Post by: EdmunddeWight on December 16, 2018, 12:56:15 PM
Awesome idea, it takes some of the stress of "I must write x thousands of words today" out of the subconscious beast who stops us. Butt in chair is the important part. I can stand behind 50+ a day. I tend to do at least 500-1000 in a session but this way If I'm just not 'feeling it' I know I can do 50 without even trying.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on December 17, 2018, 07:30:56 AM
200 words so far and I hope to get to the 'twist' today.  Once that happens, I think the rest will go fast...all downhill from there! LOL
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Post by: Marigold on December 17, 2018, 08:22:42 AM
635 words today.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 17, 2018, 04:04:01 PM
I wrote 780 words yesterday.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 17, 2018, 04:05:31 PM
I wrote 780 words yesterday.

Before I posted that, I was feeling like I only wrote about 700 words but seeing it "in print" made me realize that I was much closer to 800 words than 700 words.
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Post by: solo on December 17, 2018, 04:55:58 PM
I am thankful for Lorri. 50+ words is no biggie and one always writes more than that when the computer is in front. That said, here's the total so far -

13th - Main series sequel: 1,453
14th - Sequel to a new series: 1,365
15th - Main series sequel: 1,919 and 1,811
16th - Main series sequel: 930

Drafts, but I hope the trend continues.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on December 18, 2018, 09:33:05 AM
Another 900 last night...now I have to write 50 today! LOL
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 18, 2018, 10:11:02 AM
I wrote 1200 words today which puts me over the 50k mark on this one.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on December 18, 2018, 11:48:27 AM
I wrote 1200 words today which puts me over the 50k mark on this one.

Congrats, Dan!  :cheers
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Post by: solo on December 18, 2018, 02:01:54 PM
I wrote 1200 words today which puts me over the 50k mark on this one.

Congrats! Let's write what we can before the drinking invites come in.
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Post by: Marigold on December 19, 2018, 07:00:32 AM
I wrote 1200 words today which puts me over the 50k mark on this one.
              :clap:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 19, 2018, 08:06:52 AM
Only managed to write 120 words today, which is ten percent of yesterday's total.  Will have to try to make up for it tomorrow so I don't ruin the daily average.
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Post by: Marigold on December 19, 2018, 12:45:17 PM
128 words yesterday.
134 words today.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 20, 2018, 08:50:47 AM
I wrote 895 words today which doesn't quite make up for yesterday's poor showing but the word count of this book now exceeds the word count of my space opera I am also working on.  Also, my daily average word count is still over 700 so I'm still keeping that goal alive.  If I had written just 35 more words, I'd have hit 15,000 for the month so far.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 21, 2018, 08:43:04 AM
I wrote 1,000 words today, which means I'm 35 words short of 16k for the month.
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Post by: Marigold on December 22, 2018, 02:35:23 AM
110 words yesterday.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 22, 2018, 08:26:07 AM
I wrote 1,035 words today which puts me at 17k words for the month so far.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 23, 2018, 09:26:04 AM
I wrote 1,020 words today which puts me over 18k words for the month so far.  If I can maintain my current average for the rest of the month, I might hit 25k words this month.

The past three days have totaled 3,055 words.  As far as I know, my personal best is 6,752 words over three days which would have been an average of 2,233.33 words per day.  So, I'm still not back to that level.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on December 23, 2018, 09:44:57 AM
I wrote 1,020 words today which puts me over 18k words for the month so far.  If I can maintain my current average for the rest of the month, I might hit 25k words this month.

The past three days have totaled 3,055 words.  As far as I know, my personal best is 6,752 words over three days which would have been an average of 2,233.33 words per day.  So, I'm still not back to that level.

Dan, that's wonderful!  :clap:

Still working on my Christmas story.  Just finished editing the first half.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 24, 2018, 09:38:53 AM
Only 300 words written today, which hurts my daily average.  Daily average is probably going to be taking a hit over the holidays, so I'll have to try to make up for it on the other days.  Hoping to still hit 25k words for the month.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on December 24, 2018, 05:02:44 PM
I finished my Christmas story!  :smilie_zauber:

Happy Holidays!
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Post by: solo on December 24, 2018, 10:28:34 PM
I finished my Christmas story!  :smilie_zauber:

Happy Holidays!

Congrats, Lorri.

I started keeping track of my daily word count. Getting up to speed and regaining some of my previous pace. I wanted to start on a new story but those pre-order deadlines keep on haunting me.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 25, 2018, 02:36:33 AM
I finished my Christmas story!  :smilie_zauber:

Happy Holidays!

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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 25, 2018, 10:06:17 AM
Only wrote 500 words today and I failed to get my newsletter out.  Absolute deadline is December 31st now.  I believe it will still count as a holiday issue if I get it out before New Year's Eve because I think New Year's Eve technically counts as a holiday so it will still be a holiday 2018 issue.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on December 25, 2018, 10:14:23 AM
Only wrote 500 words today and I failed to get my newsletter out.  Absolute deadline is December 31st now.  I believe it will still count as a holiday issue if I get it out before New Year's Eve because I think New Year's Eve technically counts as a holiday so it will still be a holiday 2018 issue.

Dan, you've had an incredible few months!  I'd say New Year's Eve is a holiday.  :cheers

Merry Christmas and Congrats on the great word counts!
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Post by: solo on December 25, 2018, 11:26:37 AM
Happy holidays everyone!

Here's my word count for the past few days - listed in my ColorNote app. Days previous were written in an appointment book, but more or less the same rate.

122218 -  1. /Book 2 to a Series due March 2019:   
                      1,019
122318 -  2. Book 5 of Main Series due Feb:                         
                      1,137
                      Book 5 - 1,740 (written in the evening)
122418 -      Book 5 - 1,376
                                      1,252 (written in the evening)
Dec 25th is lazy day.

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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 27, 2018, 09:53:59 AM
I wrote 400 words yesterday and 535 words today.  Need to do far better than that the rest of the week if I want any hope of hitting 25k this month.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on December 27, 2018, 10:20:34 AM
Happy holidays everyone!

Here's my word count for the past few days - listed in my ColorNote app. Days previous were written in an appointment book, but more or less the same rate.

122218 -  1. /Book 2 to a Series due March 2019:   
                      1,019
122318 -  2. Book 5 of Main Series due Feb:                         
                      1,137
                      Book 5 - 1,740 (written in the evening)
122418 -      Book 5 - 1,376
                                      1,252 (written in the evening)
Dec 25th is lazy day.

Well done, Solo!  :cheers
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 28, 2018, 05:57:10 AM
Finished writing 2,305 words for today.  Have to write just under 3,000 words before the end of the month to hit 25k this month.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on December 28, 2018, 06:54:18 AM
Finished writing 2,305 words for today.  Have to write just under 3,000 words before the end of the month to hit 25k this month.
You can do it, Dan!  :clap:
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on December 28, 2018, 11:13:28 AM
Just started my new WIP...a spy story I'm writing under a pen name. :cool:

Over 1k words today.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 29, 2018, 09:07:02 AM
I wrote 1,155 words today.  Just 1,785 words to go to hit 25k this month.

Oh, and still need to finish the newsletter.
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Post by: Marigold on December 29, 2018, 10:57:01 AM
284 words today.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on December 29, 2018, 11:06:29 AM
Another 2k on my story.  I like suspense!  :catrun
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Post by: Marigold on December 30, 2018, 04:40:09 AM
1,051 words today.
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Post by: diisha392 on December 30, 2018, 10:03:21 AM
533 words today and over 1500 in my new short story now :)
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 30, 2018, 10:32:13 AM
I wrote 900 words today.  Just 885 words to go to hit 25k for this month.

If I count what I wrote in my other WIP, I already hit 25k this month.

As it stands right now, this month I've written 24,115 words in my fantasy adventure WIP and 2,387 words in my space opera WIP.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 30, 2018, 11:04:34 AM
The past three days have totaled 3,055 words.  As far as I know, my personal best is 6,752 words over three days which would have been an average of 2,233.33 words per day.  So, I'm still not back to that level.

Past three days' total is 4,360 words.  Closer but still no cigar.
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Post by: Marigold on December 31, 2018, 08:29:39 AM
2,058 words today.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on December 31, 2018, 08:36:45 AM
Wrote 1,350 words today, which puts me over the 25k mark for the month.  If I can write 535 words tomorrow, I'll hit 26k.


2,058 words today.

 :clap:  I only made it over 2k once this month.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on January 01, 2019, 02:26:20 AM
Wow!  Great week everyone.  Word counts look amazing!  :clap:

I wrote another 2k over the weekend and figured out my plot twist this morning. :smilie_zauber:
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Post by: Marigold on January 01, 2019, 05:12:00 AM
1,042 words today.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 01, 2019, 06:01:09 AM
No words written for me yet today, unless you count the 699 or so words written to wrap up my newsletter which is finally finished and out the door and has already been downloaded by three people.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on January 01, 2019, 06:46:48 AM
No words written for me yet today, unless you count the 699 or so words written to wrap up my newsletter which is finally finished and out the door and has already been downloaded by three people.

You got it done!  Congrats. :dance:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 01, 2019, 07:08:10 AM
No words written for me yet today, unless you count the 699 or so words written to wrap up my newsletter which is finally finished and out the door and has already been downloaded by three people.

You got it done!  Congrats. :dance:

All 28 pages of it.  But that's counting the front and back inside and outside covers, so 24 pages plus the cover.   :dizzy
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 01, 2019, 08:30:04 AM
I wrote 675 words today.  That puts me at 26,140 words for the month.  I think I was trying for an average of 750 words a day this month and I finished with a daily average of 843.23 words.

The total for the last three months, from when Lorri started this thread, is 46,572 words which gives me a daily average of 506 words over those three months, which is ten times the thread goal.

Worst day over the last three months was 22 words and the best was 2,305 words.

When we started this thread, my WIP was sitting at 16,603 words and now it's at 63,175 words.

Thanks to Lorri again for starting this thread and giving us all some accountability as well as achievable goals.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on January 02, 2019, 04:03:45 AM
Dan, great work!  And it's been helpful for me, too.  I got a lot more writing done than I have in months!

800 words last night and I'm trying to get that much today...but I know I'll get 50 written. LOL
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 02, 2019, 09:58:07 AM
I wrote 350 words today.
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Post by: Marigold on January 02, 2019, 12:42:47 PM
I managed to write 757 words today.

Thanks to Lorri again for starting this thread and giving us all some accountability as well as achievable goals.
^^^This.
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Post by: solo on January 02, 2019, 02:26:57 PM
Final December 2018 word count (14 days up to the 31st) - 32,423 words! Plus around 2,000 words as notes for two ideas in the pipeline.  :dizzy

Quite an experience. I'll pace myself to something slower.  :cool:
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on January 03, 2019, 01:54:16 AM
Final December 2018 word count (14 days up to the 31st) - 32,423 words! Plus around 2,000 words as notes for two ideas in the pipeline.  :dizzy

Quite an experience. I'll pace myself to something slower.  :cool:

Wow!  Well done, Solo!  :goodpost:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 03, 2019, 09:19:15 AM
I wrote 600 words today.  I should really outline Act Two which I'm in the midst of.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on January 03, 2019, 02:30:24 PM
1100 words last night...not so many today.  Editing and hoping to get a little more written in Chapter 5.  :angel:
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Post by: diisha392 on January 04, 2019, 01:21:02 PM
Only 122 words today with going back to work but I did have over 1000 words each of the previous two days.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on January 04, 2019, 01:51:55 PM
Only 122 words today with going back to work but I did have over 1000 words each of the previous two days.

Great week so far!  :clap:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 05, 2019, 08:10:16 AM
I wrote 430 words yesterday and 345 today.  Not off to a good start to beat last month's total.
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Post by: diisha392 on January 05, 2019, 11:00:29 AM
470 words for today as of the moment. Now I have to decide if I want to figure out more on how to produce a newsletter, do some editing, or continue writing.
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Post by: diisha392 on January 06, 2019, 09:29:35 AM
Another 1000 words today!
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on January 06, 2019, 12:00:22 PM
Just over 1k words.  Might try to get a little more done tonight.  :writethink:
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Post by: diisha392 on January 06, 2019, 01:40:57 PM
Just over 1k words.  Might try to get a little more done tonight.  :writethink:

 :clap:
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Post by: solo on January 06, 2019, 11:06:50 PM
I really have to thank you, Lorri. I am back to my old speed. Considering the draft will have a second pass, the word count is going to be higher. I was not able to include some notes in the storyline. The word count demand for epic fantasy is really high. And since it's mythology-based, research slows me down.

Jan 1 - 1,624
      2 - 1,485
      3 - 2,369
      4 - 1,186
      5 - 1,028

Total of 7,692. I hope this keeps up.
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Post by: idontknowyet on January 07, 2019, 12:18:28 AM
I'm going to join in..

Thursday 383
Friday I got just over 1k
Saturday 2,058

Today I have so many plans who knows how many words well see, but my mom is threatening me with bodily harm if i dont finish the scene i made her read.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on January 07, 2019, 01:38:15 AM
Great word count, everyone!!!

Whether it's 50 words or 5k...just keep writing!  :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em
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Post by: diisha392 on January 07, 2019, 09:31:40 AM
494 words although now that I've typed that, I'm pretty sure I'm going to put in the effort to hit 500.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 08, 2019, 03:19:24 AM
I wrote 455 words on Saturday and 1,510 words on Sunday.  If I write 2,250 words today, I can get back up to December's daily average.  LOL.  That's not likely to happen today.

On a side note . . .
No words written for me yet today, unless you count the 699 or so words written to wrap up my newsletter which is finally finished and out the door and has already been downloaded by three people.

I ended up with more than twice as many downloads for the 2018 issue than the 2017 issue.  No idea why; the list is pretty much the same people as I didn't gain a significant number of new subscribers in 2018.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 08, 2019, 09:00:34 AM
I wrote 1,135 words today, which means if I write 1,919 words tomorrow, I'll bring this month up to December's daily average word count.  Finally got to write the scene I had come up with on April 8, 2012.  Yay!  Will have to write the aftermath tomorrow.

I had originally planned for this one to be about 45k words long and I'm currently at around 68k.  Well, the word count says 68k exactly, but that includes notes and stuff, so the actual length is maybe 66k or 67k.  Still, about 20k longer than planned.  And it's not done yet.  I imagine it'll be 80k-100k words by the time it's finished, which means possibly by the end of this month if I can maintain December's average daily word count.

The space opera, meanwhile, is going much slower.
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Post by: diisha392 on January 08, 2019, 11:18:59 AM
319 on my writing (and quite a bit more on work stuff).
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Post by: idontknowyet on January 08, 2019, 12:33:10 PM
Well not a word written yesterday or today, but I did manage to shop till I dropped both days. I'm hoping for a big big day of writing tomorrow.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 09, 2019, 08:47:06 AM
I wrote 1,105 words today, which is short of the 1,919 I needed to get back on track which means I need to write 1,657 words tomorrow to catch up.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on January 09, 2019, 09:10:12 AM
I forgot to write down my word count before I started (LOL) but I think I wrote about 1k today.  I finished Chapter 1 of the second part of my spy story. 

If/when I ever combine it all into one book, I'll change the chapter numbers.  :smilie_zauber:
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Post by: idontknowyet on January 09, 2019, 11:36:49 AM
I'm a little over 1k today and going strong. Tomorrow is going to be a bad day for writing but a good day for shopping.  :shrug  :dizzy
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Post by: diisha392 on January 09, 2019, 12:57:27 PM
I think I wrote about 100 words in my current WIP but I also created my second draft of the blurb for the novella I am planning on releasing in late February :)
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Post by: Kwrite on January 09, 2019, 03:08:30 PM
788 today. Goal had been 1,500. Still good, however. This is the worst month of the year for me at work, and I don't think I managed to write a single word last January I was so brain dead. I'm trying to fight through it this year.
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Post by: solo on January 10, 2019, 03:24:34 AM
I'm going to join in..

Thursday 383
Friday I got just over 1k
Saturday 2,058

Today I have so many plans who knows how many words well see, but my mom is threatening me with bodily harm if i dont finish the scene i made her read.

LOL. I suggest letting your mom read each chapter you start. Avoiding bodily harm from mom is quite the incentive to write fast.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 10, 2019, 09:05:53 AM
I wrote 1,200 words today, which is short of the 1,657 I needed to get back on track, but now I only have to write 1,300 words tomorrow to catch up.
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Post by: diisha392 on January 10, 2019, 01:06:39 PM
429 words today (and I've left the bride in the middle of a meltdown)
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 10, 2019, 01:09:06 PM
429 words today (and I've left the bride in the middle of a meltdown)

I leave characters in the midst of stuff all the time.  grint
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 11, 2019, 09:19:35 AM
Only 1,120 words for me today.  I had hoped to write more of the current scene and finish it, but I'm so tired right now I cannot keep going.  Had an early start today for work.
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Post by: idontknowyet on January 11, 2019, 09:56:09 AM
Today, I wrote a little over 600 words while sitting in the car waiting between stores. This shopping thing has become addictive. I mean seriously addictive.

On a side note, I almost finished mom's scene, but earned a serious glare when I told her it wasn't done. I might be needing to find another state to live in soon if I don't finish it.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on January 11, 2019, 12:19:20 PM
Brutal day at work today, but I opened my story and wrote 130 words. 

That's the point of this thread...even on a bad day, it feels good to get something done!  :catrun
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Post by: idontknowyet on January 11, 2019, 12:41:37 PM
Brutal day at work today, but I opened my story and wrote 130 words. 

That's the point of this thread...even on a bad day, it feels good to get something done!  :catrun

I can't even imagine being creative after one of those days at work. Usually I just want to crawl into bed and hope tomorrow would start.   :clap:
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Post by: diisha392 on January 11, 2019, 12:56:04 PM
140 words today (the bride is slightly calmer but still emotional)
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Post by: idontknowyet on January 11, 2019, 01:14:20 PM
140 words today (the bride is slightly calmer but still emotional)

Do brides really calm down before the honeymoon?
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 12, 2019, 08:10:53 AM
I wrote 1,075 words today which brings me back up (and a little over) my December daily average word count.
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Post by: idontknowyet on January 12, 2019, 10:53:57 AM
I wrote 1,075 words today which brings me back up (and a little over) my December daily average word count.

Yay!  :clap:
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Post by: idontknowyet on January 12, 2019, 10:55:17 AM
I'm over 750 words for today and sadly I started another trilogy a spin off in the series. Grrrr  :dizzy  :shrug  :tap
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Post by: diisha392 on January 12, 2019, 01:14:23 PM
About 100 words written (although 10 pages edited of another piece). The source of the bride's emotional outburst has been discovered.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on January 13, 2019, 08:45:18 AM
650 words so far today!  Hope to get a few more tonight.  :writethink:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 13, 2019, 09:54:00 AM
I wrote 1,405 words today.  Despite the slow start for the month, this month's average daily word count is now higher than last month's average daily word count.  Not looking like it's going to be finished at the 80k word mark considering I'm currently at just under 74k and nowhere near the end though.  If I maintain my current daily average, I'll be at 90k by month's end.  I'm guessing I may need to be in the 100k-120k range now to reach the end, especially since I ended today's writing session by splitting up the main characters which means they now need to get back together again before facing the big bad.
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Post by: diisha392 on January 13, 2019, 11:41:14 AM
A little over 1K written today and I finished editing the second novella in the series although I have to put all those edits onto the computer now.
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Post by: idontknowyet on January 13, 2019, 12:59:29 PM
I'm a little over 1600 words for today, but I really wanted to hit 3k. I'm try writing in bed. Hope everyone is having a great weekend.
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Post by: diisha392 on January 14, 2019, 11:30:43 AM
330 words  :confused:
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Post by: idontknowyet on January 14, 2019, 11:56:18 AM
I'm almost at 3k. Going to try to finish this scene before bed. Wow did I like what I wrote today.
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Post by: diisha392 on January 14, 2019, 12:54:41 PM
I'm almost at 3k. Going to try to finish this scene before bed. Wow did I like what I wrote today.

Awesome  :tup3b
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 14, 2019, 01:13:07 PM
Only 1,305 words for me today, but I wrapped up two mini-cliffhangers while creating a third.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 15, 2019, 10:12:04 AM
Just 1,065 words for me today but still maintaining a comfortable lead over December's average daily word count.
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Post by: diisha392 on January 15, 2019, 12:49:43 PM
125 words.

Still working on balancing work and writing.
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Post by: idontknowyet on January 15, 2019, 12:57:33 PM
1500 words today which shocked me cause my list of rl stuff was insane today. Hope everyone had a good Monday!
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on January 15, 2019, 01:08:51 PM
Wow!  Everyone is doing great...and Idontknow, you are on a roll!  :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em

I figured out my plot twist and working on my word count right now.  Hope to get a little more done tonight.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 16, 2019, 09:11:56 AM
Only 1,125 words for me today.
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Post by: idontknowyet on January 16, 2019, 09:44:59 AM
900+ words written and started transcribing so I've lost over 250. something is wrong with this picture.
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Post by: EdmunddeWight on January 16, 2019, 11:52:24 AM
I've managed to stick with my 50+ routine every day and took my 18,000 word languishing WIP to a completed 54,000 first draft in the last couple months. Now I'm writing some short fiction while letting the novel rest before editing.

It really works - I know I'm committed now.
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Post by: idontknowyet on January 16, 2019, 12:07:54 PM
I've managed to stick with my 50+ routine every day and took my 18,000 word languishing WIP to a completed 54,000 first draft in the last couple months. Now I'm writing some short fiction while letting the novel rest before editing.

It really works - I know I'm committed now.

Congrats!!!!!  :smilie_zauber:   :clap:    :goodpost:
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Post by: diisha392 on January 16, 2019, 12:45:46 PM
421 words and the story is over 12K (thinking another 2K at most for this first draft)
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Post by: diisha392 on January 17, 2019, 01:43:17 AM
Thanks to a snow day I am over 300 words for the day already (and have done a load of laundry, graded some papers, and run the dishwasher).

Edit: finished with 1902 words and that was editing some as I went. Bigger news: the short story is done! Well, the first draft at least.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 17, 2019, 09:28:09 AM
I wrote 1,015 words today.  Getting close to the 80k mark.
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Post by: idontknowyet on January 17, 2019, 10:53:06 AM
I barely did 50 word ugh what a day. Hopefully tomorrow is a good writing day.   :shocked:  :n2Str17:
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Post by: diisha392 on January 17, 2019, 01:16:45 PM
I barely did 50 word ugh what a day. Hopefully tomorrow is a good writing day.   :shocked:  :n2Str17:

You still got 50 more than you had this morning  :littleclap

Positive vibes your way for tomorrow!
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Post by: idontknowyet on January 18, 2019, 12:36:50 AM
I wrote 1,015 words today.  Getting close to the 80k mark.

You are rocking it out! Keep it up. 

  :band:  :band:  :band:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 18, 2019, 10:39:10 AM
I wrote 1,350 words today, which was largely helped by a character going off on an angry rant.
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Post by: idontknowyet on January 18, 2019, 11:18:03 AM
I wasted my day and only wrote about 500 words.  :icon_sad:  :rant  :icon_cry:
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Post by: diisha392 on January 18, 2019, 12:40:41 PM
No writing in my WIPs (they've all made it to editing stage, eek!) but I did put 80-100 words in on my first newsletter.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 18, 2019, 01:15:45 PM
No writing in my WIPs (they've all made it to editing stage, eek!) but I did put 80-100 words in on my first newsletter.

 :clap:

Remember, a picture says a thousand words.

My last newsletter was a novella.
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Post by: munboy on January 19, 2019, 04:23:04 AM
Can I plug an app I just found for you "no matter what" writers out there? It's called Goal Meter (it's on Android...not sure about Apple). I love it!

First, you set your goal. Mine is to write 475,000 words this year. But, since I have already written close to 30k, I didn't want to skew the numbers and have a 30k writing day. So I subtracted what I had already wrote from my total and made my goal 444K words. (The app allows custom meters beyond the usual time or reps or miles, ect) See first pic.

Then you set a daily task to help you achieve your goal. In my case, I have to write around 1300 words every day. Then you assign the task to which goal you want to achieve. (Again, customizable!) See second pic.

At the end of the day, you click the task and say whether you achieved or failed at that task for the day. Whether you finished the task or not, you add however many words you wrote and it subtracts from your total goal. Third pic.

I love the app because it's customizable and does what I wanted when I started looking for a goal app...plus, it's got cute pictures in it instead of the usual boring text-based goal apps. I plan on adding some more goals like losing weight.

*Commerical over* Sorry, I just love this app and wanted to share. Here's a link if you're interested.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.goalmeterapp.www&hl=en_US (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.goalmeterapp.www&hl=en_US)
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Post by: KGupton on January 19, 2019, 06:30:59 AM
I've been staring at my computer all week and failed to do anything. Today I finally got my butt in gear. 1600+ so far. I was cracking along at about 10k a week, but since December and real life reared its unpleasant head, I've been missing my mojo. Perhaps I'm finally getting it back.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on January 19, 2019, 08:34:45 AM
I've managed to stick with my 50+ routine every day and took my 18,000 word languishing WIP to a completed 54,000 first draft in the last couple months. Now I'm writing some short fiction while letting the novel rest before editing.

It really works - I know I'm committed now.

Edmundde, I'm so glad this is working for you!!! It's really helped me stay on track.  :clap:
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on January 19, 2019, 08:35:43 AM
Thanks to a snow day I am over 300 words for the day already (and have done a load of laundry, graded some papers, and run the dishwasher).

Edit: finished with 1902 words and that was editing some as I went. Bigger news: the short story is done! Well, the first draft at least.

Yay!!!!  :cheers
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on January 19, 2019, 08:37:51 AM
I've been staring at my computer all week and failed to do anything. Today I finally got my butt in gear. 1600+ so far. I was cracking along at about 10k a week, but since December and real life reared its unpleasant head, I've been missing my mojo. Perhaps I'm finally getting it back.

You've come to the right place!  We're all about mojo. LOL    :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em
 
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 19, 2019, 09:28:39 AM
I wrote 1,035 words today which put me over the 80k mark.  No idea if I can end it within the next 20k words though, considering my MCs are split up and they still have to get back together and move on to fight the big bad.
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Post by: idontknowyet on January 19, 2019, 11:19:15 AM
I wrote 1,035 words today which put me over the 80k mark.  No idea if I can end it within the next 20k words though, considering my MCs are split up and they still have to get back together and move on to fight the big bad.

Congrats!!!!!   Blow up the world in 19k words. It's the perfect ending.
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Post by: idontknowyet on January 19, 2019, 11:20:37 AM
I barely wrote 300 words today. It was a bit busy. I need a good day but I doubt that's going to be tomorrow. 
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 19, 2019, 12:06:43 PM
Blow up the world in 19k words. It's the perfect ending.

Already destroyed the world in a previous novel.  And it's going to happen in another WIP, so probably best not to dip into that well too many times.  ;)
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on January 19, 2019, 12:55:55 PM
Everyone has had such a wonderful week...I think we need to celebrate!  What's more perfect for Fantasy Friday than Firefly/Serenity?  :cheers

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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 20, 2019, 07:19:44 AM
I wrote 1,025 words today.  If I can average 1,030 words per day for the rest of the month, I can boost my daily average for the month to 1k/day.
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Post by: idontknowyet on January 20, 2019, 11:31:44 AM
I wrote about 500 words today which isn't too bad considering I didn't expect to get any. Hope everyone is having a nice weekend.
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Post by: idontknowyet on January 22, 2019, 02:01:23 AM
Yesterday I think I literally got 50 words. Just one short paragraph written. I'm going to try to do better today.  :shrug
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 22, 2019, 09:55:18 AM
I wrote 1,225 words yesterday and 1,255 words today.  The MCs are together again sooner than expected due to an unexpected circumstance.  My current average daily word count is now 1,008.  Hopefully I can keep it at 1,000+ for the rest of the month.
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Post by: diisha392 on January 22, 2019, 10:33:42 AM
90 words today (working on completing a short story prompt for a contest)
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Post by: idontknowyet on January 22, 2019, 01:50:00 PM
A little less than 100 words. Um at least I got words down. Hopefully I don't hate them so much I delete them tomorrow and a few friends.  :tap
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Post by: diisha392 on January 23, 2019, 08:57:59 AM
A snow day means 1K written between two short stories :)  (one for a contest, one for a reader magnet as I try to build my newsletter subscriptions--I have 3 people on it so far!)
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 23, 2019, 10:11:32 AM
I wrote 1,555 words today.  A minor villain kidnapped some children and plotted evil things to do to them.
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Post by: idontknowyet on January 23, 2019, 10:22:20 AM
I wrote 1,555 words today.  A minor villain kidnapped some children and plotted evil things to do to them.

Oh no!!!!

Though in all seriousness, careful with that the only thing less funny than evil things with kids is evil things to animals. You can kill a million people in a book but not an animal.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 23, 2019, 10:55:34 AM
Though in all seriousness, careful with that the only thing less funny than evil things with kids is evil things to animals. You can kill a million people in a book but not an animal.

No worries about animals.  Someone with a pet was killed earlier in the book, so I made sure to have a special chapter assuring readers the pet would be okay.
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Post by: diisha392 on January 23, 2019, 11:45:47 AM
I seriously stopped reading a book last fall because the dog was murdered (so thanks for the reassurances on the pet's survival)
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Post by: idontknowyet on January 23, 2019, 12:37:06 PM
I barely hit 100 words again. I need some good days.  :HB
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on January 24, 2019, 03:11:46 AM
I wrote 2.2k over the weekend (mostly on Monday) and 600 last night.  Over halfway through part 2 of my spy story.  :catrun
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 24, 2019, 03:40:26 AM
So far for today, I'm at -1 words.  Also, I did a quick count and one character has died 23 times so far.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on January 24, 2019, 03:54:37 AM
So far for today, I'm at -1 words.  Also, I did a quick count and one character has died 23 times so far.

LOL  Is this the romance?
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 24, 2019, 04:02:34 AM
So far for today, I'm at -1 words.  Also, I did a quick count and one character has died 23 times so far.

LOL  Is this the romance?

No, this is the fantasy adventure.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 24, 2019, 07:17:51 AM
I wrote 1,165 words today.  I guess technically I wrote 1,166 words since I deleted a word at the start.  So, technically, I'm ahead by 1,165 words today.  Over 87k now.
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Post by: diisha392 on January 24, 2019, 12:39:05 PM
Around 400 words today (but I skipped the gym...)
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Post by: munboy on January 24, 2019, 01:58:57 PM
1625 today. Only missed one day since putting myself on a 1300 a day goal.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on January 25, 2019, 01:46:42 AM
500 words yesterday and decided it was a great place to end part 2 of my story, so I published it! 

Starting part 3 today.  :cheers
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Post by: diisha392 on January 25, 2019, 02:33:08 AM
500 words yesterday and decided it was a great place to end part 2 of my story, so I published it! 

Starting part 3 today.  :cheers

 :clap:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 25, 2019, 04:36:24 AM
Last night, I realized the chapter title I'm using on the chapter I'm writing doesn't quite fit and that it would be more appropriate for the next chapter.  And then I came up with a title for the current chapter that did fit.  Didn't write it down because the computer was off and I figured it was so obvious and easy that I'd remember it the following day which is today.

I remember that it was three words long.  Maybe.  Other than that, no idea.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 25, 2019, 09:21:59 AM
I wrote 2,250 words today, which puts my monthly total so far just 40 words short of matching December's total word count.  So, technically, if I only write 50 words over the next week, I'll beat December's word count.

My last chapter was over 10k words long.  Normally, my chapters are 1k-3k.  Not sure if that's good or bad.

I'm anticipating hitting 95k for the WIP by the end of the month.  I don't know how long this one will end up since there's still a long way to go to wrap up the story.

I sometimes feel like there's too much dialogue, but then sometimes when I go back and read it, it doesn't seem as bad as I think it seems when I'm writing it.
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Post by: idontknowyet on January 25, 2019, 11:41:09 AM
500 words yesterday and decided it was a great place to end part 2 of my story, so I published it! 

Starting part 3 today.  :cheers



 :clap:   :tup3b   :clap:
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Post by: idontknowyet on January 25, 2019, 11:43:10 AM
Last night, I realized the chapter title I'm using on the chapter I'm writing doesn't quite fit and that it would be more appropriate for the next chapter.  And then I came up with a title for the current chapter that did fit.  Didn't write it down because the computer was off and I figured it was so obvious and easy that I'd remember it the following day which is today.

I remember that it was three words long.  Maybe.  Other than that, no idea.

This drives me nuts. Usually happens when i'm driving. I'll see in my head a scene translate it into the perfect words, but by the time I can write it down I forget the words. Nothing ever comes close to those words either. It drives me out of my mind
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Post by: 2-Bit D on January 26, 2019, 08:00:40 AM
I wrote 1,300 words today, which means January's word count has officially surpassed December's word count.  By, well, 1,260 words.

Not bad considering I got to a bad start this month with 350 words the first day and not much better the subsequent four days.
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Post by: munboy on January 26, 2019, 08:11:15 AM
Since I set my goal of 1300 words a day this year (475,000 words this year), I've been working on getting up earlier in the morning. That means 5:30 am instead of the usual 6:30. It's usually not that productive of a time for me, but it's getting better. I'm getting used to it...a little.

Between the little extra time in the morning and writing on my lunch break at work, the past 2 days I've hit my goal before the end of lunch! That means when I've carved out a little time in the evening, I've been going over my daily goal.

That also means that since Friday nights are movie nights for my family, I can actually watch one tonight without thinking about making sure I make my goal.

Side note, tonight is Fantastic Beasts and the whatever of whoever...the second one. Haven't seen it. Any good? I've heard mixed reviews from it's really good to "they're ruining the Harry Potter universe!"
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on January 27, 2019, 03:03:22 AM
2100 words last night. I needed a 'snippet' for a Facebook group, so jumped forward and wrote a scene that doesn't happen until later in the story. 

I don't do that very often, but this one was fun!  :smilie_zauber:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on January 27, 2019, 12:56:26 PM
I wrote 1,175 words today.  This is exciting stuff.  The characters went to the library.  :hehe
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on January 28, 2019, 12:30:14 PM
I wrote 1,075 words today.  The characters are still in the library.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on January 29, 2019, 07:14:57 AM
I wrote 1,250 words today.  Two characters have gotten out of the library.

I'm over 30k words for the month so far, just 100 words short of 31k.  Even if I quit now, I'll exceed December's average daily word count.

How long are fantasy adventures supposed to be?  I'm at around 94k words now and not even close to the ending.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on January 29, 2019, 07:51:26 AM
I wrote 1,250 words today.  Two characters have gotten out of the library.

I'm over 30k words for the month so far, just 100 words short of 31k.  Even if I quit now, I'll exceed December's average daily word count.

How long are fantasy adventures supposed to be?  I'm at around 94k words now and not even close to the ending.

I think a story should be as long as it needs to be. I have one at 4k words and one that will end up being over 200k.  You always have the option of releasing it as two or three books (even doing a pre-order) or keeping it all one book. 
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on January 29, 2019, 12:54:22 PM
I barely wrote 50 words yesterday, but finished 1500 today.  Feeling a little better.  :tap
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on January 30, 2019, 10:23:38 AM
I wrote 1,040 words today.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: idontknowyet on January 30, 2019, 11:06:07 AM
I haven't written a word in days except 250 last Saturday. I really need to get my butt in gear.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on January 30, 2019, 11:23:37 AM
I haven't written a word in days except 250 last Saturday. I really need to get my butt in gear.

Yes, you do!  But we say it in a 'you rock, we know you can do this' type of way.   :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on January 30, 2019, 01:40:01 PM
I think a story should be as long as it needs to be.

I agree but sometimes I feel like I'm in the minority on that.

Also, I guess there are reader expectations about such things too.  But it's always struck me as odd that certain books need to be this long or that long to be considered "proper" novels in specific genres.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on January 30, 2019, 01:44:38 PM
I think a story should be as long as it needs to be.

I agree but sometimes I feel like I'm in the minority on that.

Also, I guess there are reader expectations about such things too.  But it's always struck me as odd that certain books need to be this long or that long to be considered "proper" novels in specific genres.

Dan, I used to worry about it...then I realized the story dictates how long it should be.  I'm not saying we should never edit or keep a story from wandering around too much, but some stories take longer to tell than others.  I keep telling myself to write the story as it wants to be told.  :cheers

ETA:  When I wrote my last story (the Christmas one) I knew it would be a novella.  I just didn't think I could keep people from guessing the 'twist' at the end if I made it too long. 

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on January 31, 2019, 08:52:30 AM
I wrote 1,150 words today.  Well past all my goals for the month, I think.  And still one day to go.


Dan, I used to worry about it...then I realized the story dictates how long it should be.  I'm not saying we should never edit or keep a story from wandering around too much, but some stories take longer to tell than others.  I keep telling myself to write the story as it wants to be told.  :cheers

I don't worry too much about it.  I sometimes think too much consideration is given for story length over story quality.  I tend to think that if you read something and felt it was too short or too long, perhaps the quality wasn't there.

Of course, you do want them wanting for more, especially if you have a series, but an individual story should feel complete and satisfying regardless of length.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on February 01, 2019, 08:20:43 AM
I wrote 1,410 words today.

That means I finished January with 34,500 words written which is an average of 1,112.9 words per day, an improvement of 269.67 words per day over December's daily average.  Also means I wrote 8,360 more words in January than in December.

My WIP is now at 97,675 words.  Bummer I couldn't have hit 100,000 this month.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on February 02, 2019, 08:37:25 AM
I wrote 1,215 words today.  Ended a chapter on a cliffhanger.  You know it's going to go badly.  Next chapter will jump to different characters before resolving the cliffhanger in the subsequent chapter.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Marigold on February 03, 2019, 05:31:29 AM
After a frustrating few weeks of inactivity, I finally got my focus back and wrote 1,068 words today.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on February 03, 2019, 09:59:24 AM
After a frustrating few weeks of inactivity, I finally got my focus back and wrote 1,068 words today.

Congrats!  That's great.  :goodpost:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on February 03, 2019, 12:15:34 PM
I wrote 1,610 words today which puts me over the 100k mark.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on February 04, 2019, 08:19:05 AM
I wrote about 600 words yesterday and after finishing a lot of promotional stuff...hope to write at least 50 today!  :catrun
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: diisha392 on February 04, 2019, 10:21:55 AM
Got at least 80 words in on my new reader magnet.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on February 04, 2019, 10:42:35 AM
I wrote 1,085 words today.  Trying to see if I can stay above 1,000 every day this month.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: munboy on February 04, 2019, 01:18:52 PM
I'm on a 5 day streak for my 1300 words a day goal. Not sure I'll be able to get it today. Been too busy. We'll see what happens in the next couple hours before bedtime.

Edit: Managed to get in 574 words. Better than nothing, I suppose.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on February 05, 2019, 08:30:17 AM
I wrote 1,115 words today.  Two of the characters have discovered what they initially thought to be good news had instead, after doing the math, resulted in them being in a worse situation than before, thanks to the third character and his peculiar obsession.

In loosely related news, I am trying to remember to use DuckDuckGo as my search engine instead of the others, because who knows how many terrorist watch lists I'm on as a result of the things I end up searching for online.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on February 05, 2019, 11:08:47 AM
My dog was being groomed today so I popped over to Panera for lunch and writing while I waited. I fell short of my usual Panera sessions, but then I had the grilled cheese sandwich and it's usually the spinach/artichoke souffle that inspires me. I did manage to get down 1,473 words.

What shall tomorrow bring?

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on February 05, 2019, 11:30:45 AM
My dog was being groomed today so I popped over to Panera for lunch and writing while I waited. I fell short of my usual Panera sessions, but then I had the grilled cheese sandwich and it's usually the spinach/artichoke souffle that inspires me. I did manage to get down 1,473 words.

What shall tomorrow bring?

I think the grilled cheese turned out to be fairly productive.  :dog1:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on February 05, 2019, 01:26:02 PM
My dog was being groomed today so I popped over to Panera for lunch and writing while I waited. I fell short of my usual Panera sessions, but then I had the grilled cheese sandwich and it's usually the spinach/artichoke souffle that inspires me. I did manage to get down 1,473 words.

What shall tomorrow bring?

I think the grilled cheese turned out to be fairly productive.  :dog1:

And yummy!
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: idontknowyet on February 05, 2019, 02:28:41 PM
I wrote today for the first time in forever only 450 words, but they were decent so I cant complain. I'm hoping for more tomorrow.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on February 06, 2019, 12:16:57 AM
I wrote today for the first time in forever only 450 words, but they were decent so I cant complain. I'm hoping for more tomorrow.

That's great!  :goodpost:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on February 06, 2019, 12:48:41 AM
I wrote today for the first time in forever only 450 words, but they were decent so I cant complain. I'm hoping for more tomorrow.

 :clap:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on February 06, 2019, 09:01:33 AM
I wrote 1,210 words today.  Have to figure out a plausible explanation for how the characters know the distances between major cities when there's no Internet or cell phones to look it up.  Also, they don't have a map.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: idontknowyet on February 06, 2019, 09:57:56 AM
I'm over 1k today hoping for 2-3 but well see. The story is rolling through my head. Hopefully it stays that way.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on February 06, 2019, 11:11:48 AM
600 words yesterday and 800 today.  I'm almost halfway through part 3 of my spy book.  :catrun
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on February 06, 2019, 12:17:14 PM
No writing but I did a bit of editing. Just checked and I got twelve pages done. Not too shabby, I think, and I did find a plot hole that needed correcting. Plus there was something I added in the beginning that I didn't follow up on.

That's why I need to write every day so I remember what I did.

I'm up to 69,981 words and I still have a ways to go. I should easily hit 80K. Easily if I plant butt in chair with fingers on keyboard at least for some time each day.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on February 07, 2019, 08:32:08 AM
I wrote 1,405 words today.  Introduced a new character then promptly killed him off.  Hopefully readers will find it amusing.

It also put me past the 105k word mark.  One of my goals is to write a novel that's over 1,000,000 words long.  This one won't be it (probably (hopefully!)), but it makes me realize a 1,000,000 word novel is not an insurmountable task.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: munboy on February 07, 2019, 09:52:22 AM
One of my goals is to write a novel that's over 1,000,000 words long.

Why?  :icon_rofl:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Cathleen on February 07, 2019, 10:06:10 AM
Lorri, you are my hero.

I've written 635 words today. No big deal, right? I used to have 5k days. Often.

But not lately. I've been too busy caught up in all the writing stuff. No more. I'm going to write every day on this thing until it's done. I started this novelette back in October. It's way past time to finish it.

It's not as though I'm talking a major undertaking. Really, I should be able to finish this thing in a week. I've even got it plotted with turning points.

Anyway, thanks again. :)
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on February 07, 2019, 11:55:53 AM
Lorri, you are my hero.

I've written 635 words today. No big deal, right? I used to have 5k days. Often.

But not lately. I've been too busy caught up in all the writing stuff. No more. I'm going to write every day on this thing until it's done. I started this novelette back in October. It's way past time to finish it.

It's not as though I'm talking a major undertaking. Really, I should be able to finish this thing in a week. I've even got it plotted with turning points.

Anyway, thanks again. :)

Congrats, Cathleen!  :clap:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on February 07, 2019, 04:55:29 PM
One of my goals is to write a novel that's over 1,000,000 words long. 


Let me know when the print version's available.   :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on February 08, 2019, 02:06:23 AM
One of my goals is to write a novel that's over 1,000,000 words long. 


Let me know when the print version's available.   :icon_mrgreen:

The regular or the large print edition?  Amazon might need to deliver the latter by motor freight.  Hopefully, you have Prime.  :hehe
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on February 08, 2019, 07:55:19 AM
One of my goals is to write a novel that's over 1,000,000 words long. 


Let me know when the print version's available.   :icon_mrgreen:

The regular or the large print edition?  Amazon might need to deliver the latter by motor freight.  Hopefully, you have Prime.  :hehe


Whichever one takes up the most shelf space.  The goal here is to impress onlookers with my reading prowess.   :cool:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on February 08, 2019, 08:09:39 AM
One of my goals is to write a novel that's over 1,000,000 words long. 


Let me know when the print version's available.   :icon_mrgreen:

The regular or the large print edition?  Amazon might need to deliver the latter by motor freight.  Hopefully, you have Prime.  :hehe


Whichever one takes up the most shelf space.  The goal here is to impress onlookers with my reading prowess.   :cool:

Maybe it'll be the first book to have its own shelves.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on February 08, 2019, 09:00:12 AM
I wrote 1,250 words today.  I really, really need to come up with a way to travel hundreds of miles in a short span of time, without trains, planes or automobiles.  Maybe a sailboat on wheels.  That might work, actually.  Hmm. . .
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Cathleen on February 08, 2019, 09:16:47 AM
Perhaps a hot air balloon with a favorable wind?
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on February 08, 2019, 09:33:35 AM
Perhaps a hot air balloon with a favorable wind?

Thanks.  I actually looked that up the other day when I was looking for a solution.  My quick research indicated using a hot air balloon would not be the best idea as you couldn't control which direction it would go.

I think you would have more control with a sail.  If the wind was going the wrong way, you could take the sail down whereas on a hot air balloon, you just go with the flow.

Plus, they have no money, so they can't buy or rent a hot air balloon.  They can't buy or rent a boat or wheels either for that matter.

Unless they find something abandoned.  Hmm . . .  More thinking required.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Cathleen on February 08, 2019, 11:50:51 AM
Could they hot-wire a car? If it helps, they could steal the car of someone who really does have it coming, like maybe an ex-spouse. Just a thought.

I actually enjoy doing this with people--bouncing random story ideas off each other. Sometimes another person can provide you with that one missing piece that's been making you flounder about. I always know it's a good idea when I'm annoyed because I didn't think of it. In retrospect, it usually seems obvious. :)
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: idontknowyet on February 08, 2019, 12:08:28 PM
Perhaps a hot air balloon with a favorable wind?

Thanks.  I actually looked that up the other day when I was looking for a solution.  My quick research indicated using a hot air balloon would not be the best idea as you couldn't control which direction it would go.

I think you would have more control with a sail.  If the wind was going the wrong way, you could take the sail down whereas on a hot air balloon, you just go with the flow.

Plus, they have no money, so they can't buy or rent a hot air balloon.  They can't buy or rent a boat or wheels either for that matter.

Unless they find something abandoned.  Hmm . . .  More thinking required.

Maybe a bicycle. The average person can travel upwards of 6miles an hour.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on February 08, 2019, 12:18:32 PM
Could they hot-wire a car? If it helps, they could steal the car of someone who really does have it coming, like maybe an ex-spouse. Just a thought.

They're too young to have exes.  Cars can be found but there's a problem that there are no gas stations.  Or gasoline.


Maybe a bicycle. The average person can travel upwards of 6miles an hour.

Horses are faster but still not fast enough.  They (the characters) have already ruled it out and they sorta had access to a horse.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on February 08, 2019, 12:20:45 PM
Perhaps a hot air balloon with a favorable wind?

Thanks.  I actually looked that up the other day when I was looking for a solution.  My quick research indicated using a hot air balloon would not be the best idea as you couldn't control which direction it would go.

I think you would have more control with a sail.  If the wind was going the wrong way, you could take the sail down whereas on a hot air balloon, you just go with the flow.

Plus, they have no money, so they can't buy or rent a hot air balloon.  They can't buy or rent a boat or wheels either for that matter.

Unless they find something abandoned.  Hmm . . .  More thinking required.

Maybe a bicycle. The average person can travel upwards of 6miles an hour.

Now if it was McGyver, he would rig up a sail on the bicycle using an old kite, shoe laces and chewing gum. Maybe a couple of little flags he swiped from a car dealership just to fancy it up.


Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on February 08, 2019, 12:22:26 PM
No words today, but I worked on a brochure for a Book Fair I'm in next month. I just have to tweak the photo, but considering it's a photo of me, it's going to need a lot of tweaking.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on February 08, 2019, 12:36:05 PM
Now if it was McGyver, he would rig up a sail on the bicycle using an old kite, shoe laces and chewing gum. Maybe a couple of little flags he swiped from a car dealership just of fancy it up.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on February 08, 2019, 12:48:42 PM
Now if it was McGyver, he would rig up a sail on the bicycle using an old kite, shoe laces and chewing gum. Maybe a couple of little flags he swiped from a car dealership just of fancy it up.



 :icon_rofl:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Cathleen on February 08, 2019, 06:14:05 PM
Okay, it's embarrassing, but not as bad as no words at all. 155. :)
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on February 09, 2019, 08:21:35 AM
No words yet today.  I remembered a character who is where the other characters are now and that character can help them travel several hundred miles in a short span of time.

The problem is trying to figure out if that character is actually there yet or not.  I have some established dates as well as a statement regarding the passage of time.  Which means I need to research my own previous work to determine whether that character is in that location or not, because with the data I have now, he could either have been there for about seventeen years or he is there presently or he won't be there for another year.

I should have kept notes.  And, by "kept", I mean I should have written more details down.  Instead of, you know, keeping track of things in my head.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on February 09, 2019, 11:03:30 AM
No words yet today.  I remembered a character who is where the other characters are now and that character can help them travel several hundred miles in a short span of time.

The problem is trying to figure out if that character is actually there yet or not.  I have some established dates as well as a statement regarding the passage of time.  Which means I need to research my own previous work to determine whether that character is in that location or not, because with the data I have now, he could either have been there for about seventeen years or he is there presently or he won't be there for another year.

I should have kept notes.  And, by "kept", I mean I should have written more details down.  Instead of, you know, keeping track of things in my head.

I've always made notes at the end of my file. Really, really helpful. Sometimes I can't even remember names much less what they look like.

343 tonight. Lucky to squeeze that in between getting ready for taxes.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on February 09, 2019, 03:50:23 PM
Only 640 words written yesterday.  So much for my 1k+/day goal for February.

I've always made notes at the end of my file. Really, really helpful. Sometimes I can't even remember names much less what they look like.

I have notes too.  Some at the beginning, others at the end and sometimes both.  Also separate files too.  Also a spreadsheet with timelines.

In this case, the date in the spreadsheet doesn't seem to align with the number of years count in the one novel.  So, either I have overlooked a date somewhere or the number of months and days indicated along with the number of years was arbitrary or my math was wrong or I used the wrong date.  No telling.  I can change the date in the spreadsheet to bring everything into sync, but if I referenced that date already in any published work, then I cannot.  There's a way around it, but it wouldn't make sense unless a date was already indicated.  Guess the only way to know for sure is to re-read my stuff to confirm one way or another.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Cathleen on February 09, 2019, 04:28:33 PM
268. I'm hoping this is simply a groove I've got to get back. Still, better than zero. :)
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on February 09, 2019, 11:11:33 PM
Only 640 words written yesterday.  So much for my 1k+/day goal for February.

I've always made notes at the end of my file. Really, really helpful. Sometimes I can't even remember names much less what they look like.

I have notes too.  Some at the beginning, others at the end and sometimes both.  Also separate files too.  Also a spreadsheet with timelines.

In this case, the date in the spreadsheet doesn't seem to align with the number of years count in the one novel.  So, either I have overlooked a date somewhere or the number of months and days indicated along with the number of years was arbitrary or my math was wrong or I used the wrong date.  No telling.  I can change the date in the spreadsheet to bring everything into sync, but if I referenced that date already in any published work, then I cannot.  There's a way around it, but it wouldn't make sense unless a date was already indicated.  Guess the only way to know for sure is to re-read my stuff to confirm one way or another.

In 1991, Diana Gabaldon published Outlander setting the date as 1945. At some point in the books, she mentions 1967 (it's time travel). When the book was published in England, it was pointed out to her that the conditions she described in Inverness were not correct in 1945 and that she should change the date to 1946. She did not change the date in subsequent editions but she changed the timeline so that in the next book, 1967 became 1968 which was supposed to be twenty years after she returned to present day, but wasn't. She didn't correct the timeline or the ages of the characters in that second book, either, just the year. I'm not sure she ever did an author's note but being a rabid fan, I followed her blog and found out.

If DG can get away with you, you might be able to.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on February 10, 2019, 05:42:51 AM
In 1991, Diana Gabaldon published Outlander setting the date as 1945. At some point in the books, she mentions 1967 (it's time travel). When the book was published in England, it was pointed out to her that the conditions she described in Inverness were not correct in 1945 and that she should change the date to 1946. She did not change the date in subsequent editions but she changed the timeline so that in the next book, 1967 became 1968 which was supposed to be twenty years after she returned to present day, but wasn't. She didn't correct the timeline or the ages of the characters in that second book, either, just the year. I'm not sure she ever did an author's note but being a rabid fan, I followed her blog and found out.

If DG can get away with you, you might be able to.

Those are the kinds of things that would drive me nuts.  ;)

Like, hiding Luke Skywalker from his father Darth Vader by hiding him with Vader's stepbrother on Vader's birth planet under Vader's original Skywalker surname.  :icon_think:

On the upside, my spreadsheet has all the dates for my novels before Bad Fiction which means I only need to re-read Bad Fiction to sort out dates mentioned in it.  On the downside, Bad Fiction is also my longest (so far) published novel.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on February 10, 2019, 06:37:41 AM
In 1991, Diana Gabaldon published Outlander setting the date as 1945. At some point in the books, she mentions 1967 (it's time travel). When the book was published in England, it was pointed out to her that the conditions she described in Inverness were not correct in 1945 and that she should change the date to 1946. She did not change the date in subsequent editions but she changed the timeline so that in the next book, 1967 became 1968 which was supposed to be twenty years after she returned to present day, but wasn't. She didn't correct the timeline or the ages of the characters in that second book, either, just the year. I'm not sure she ever did an author's note but being a rabid fan, I followed her blog and found out.

If DG can get away with you, you might be able to.

Those are the kinds of things that would drive me nuts.  ;)

Like, hiding Luke Skywalker from his father Darth Vader by hiding him with Vader's stepbrother on Vader's birth planet under Vader's original Skywalker surname.  :icon_think:

On the upside, my spreadsheet has all the dates for my novels before Bad Fiction which means I only need to re-read Bad Fiction to sort out dates mentioned in it.  On the downside, Bad Fiction is also my longest (so far) published novel.

Oh, yeah, I never understood the Skywalker thing either.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on February 10, 2019, 06:54:07 AM
500 words so far today.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on February 10, 2019, 06:55:52 AM
Oh, yeah, I never understood the Skywalker thing either.

Well, Darth Vader wasn't his father in Star Wars.  That was something added in The Empire Strikes Back.

But, then George Lucas piled on and made it worse.  I mean, Skywalker could have been a pseudonym.  Darth Vader could have been Anakin Starkiller instead of Anakin Skywalker.  Tatooine may have been where Luke was raised, but that doesn't mean Anakin had to be born there.  I think that was added in the prequels, as was Owen Lars being Anakin Skywalker's stepbrother.  I mean, c'mon.

:HB
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on February 10, 2019, 07:06:03 AM
Well, Darth Vader wasn't his father in Star Wars.  That was something added in The Empire Strikes Back.


Yep.  Check out The Secret History of Star Wars (https://www.amazon.com/Secret-History-Star-Wars/dp/0978465237/) for the juicy details.  Really fascinating stuff.  The review by "Lothe" sums it up quite nicely.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on February 10, 2019, 09:13:40 AM
Oh, yeah, I never understood the Skywalker thing either.

Well, Darth Vader wasn't his father in Star Wars.  That was something added in The Empire Strikes Back.

But, then George Lucas piled on and made it worse.  I mean, Skywalker could have been a pseudonym.  Darth Vader could have been Anakin Starkiller instead of Anakin Skywalker.  Tatooine may have been where Luke was raised, but that doesn't mean Anakin had to be born there.  I think that was added in the prequels, as was Owen Lars being Anakin Skywalker's stepbrother.  I mean, c'mon.

:HB

Han shot first!
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Post by: 2-Bit D on February 10, 2019, 10:25:44 AM
Han shot first!

 :tup3b
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Post by: Maggie Ann on February 10, 2019, 11:00:22 AM
Now that we have that settled ...

A bit of research and 659 words.

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Post by: Cathleen on February 10, 2019, 04:40:45 PM
I'm past caring about anything to do with Star Wars. Why can't they just end it, like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games? No, they have to condemn it to a slow, tortuous death. Ugh.

968 today. That's not even embarrassing. Yee haw.

Of course, it might have helped that I finally got to the bit where the Mako attacked my selkie. I've been wanting to get to that scene. :)
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Post by: 2-Bit D on February 10, 2019, 04:51:07 PM
I'll have to check the word count later.  I think I only had around 600 words yesterday (Saturday).

Then I researched the timeline again and found a different error while doing so.

So, I went through and corrected the errors then went through and corrected another error I was already aware of and hadn't finished correcting yet.  So both sets of errors now resolved.

Still working on the timeline which I need to sort out because I am getting close to the point where I need to know whether or not a certain character can be there.


I'm past caring about anything to do with Star Wars. Why can't they just end it, like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games? No, they have to condemn it to a slow, tortuous death. Ugh.

There are seven Star Wars movies: the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy and Rogue One.  The rest were stuff Han Solo was hallucinating while frozen in carbonite.  :hehe
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Post by: Cathleen on February 10, 2019, 05:08:52 PM

There are seven Star Wars movies: the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy and Rogue One.  The rest were stuff Han Solo was hallucinating while frozen in carbonite.  :hehe

If only this were true...

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Post by: munboy on February 11, 2019, 12:41:43 AM
like Harry Potter

Uh, I got bad news for you... :icon_rofl:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on February 11, 2019, 02:05:25 AM
Pretty good morning. 1,918. Just a tad short of my 2K goal so maybe I'll find a few minutes to add those 82 words to it.

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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on February 11, 2019, 08:47:15 AM
500 words so far! Hope to get more done this afternoon.

As for Star Wars, I watched three movies and there was an ending.



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Post by: 2-Bit D on February 11, 2019, 09:59:49 AM
So on Saturday, I wrote 685 words and today I wrote 1,130 words.

Searched through my book, Bad Fiction, and notes, looking for any confirmation of dates and ended up with a wider variety of possibilities.  LOL.  Wish I remembered the reference point the published book referred to.  I think I figured out a workaround that will leave it open to correction in a future book, should I remember or figure it all out.

I'm at around 109k words now.  Would a 200k word novel be too long?  :hehe

The length might make it "epic fantasy" at this point, but I don't know how "epic" it could be considering that the characters seem to talk a lot.  On the one hand, I seem to frequently worry my characters talk too much.  On the other hand, when a group of friends hang out together and go on trips or whatever, it seems pretty normal that they talk a lot, and argue about seemingly silly things.  I mean, I remember years ago I had a discussion/argument with my neighbor over who won the Civil War (American).  And it wasn't one of those philosophical debates over who really won something; it was a debate over who factually won.  (And, just so there is no question, I was the one who was right.)

Maybe I can rest easy on the possibility that TV sitcoms have conditioned readers to expect that characters will talk a lot and that talking moves storylines along further than standing around doing stuff.  Fingers crossed!
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Post by: Maggie Ann on February 11, 2019, 12:12:12 PM
Darn, another 718 words and I only meant to write 82 so I could reach my 2K goal.

Nearly have the villain in my clutches.
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Post by: idontknowyet on February 12, 2019, 03:03:42 AM
So on Saturday, I wrote 685 words and today I wrote 1,130 words.

Searched through my book, Bad Fiction, and notes, looking for any confirmation of dates and ended up with a wider variety of possibilities.  LOL.  Wish I remembered the reference point the published book referred to.  I think I figured out a workaround that will leave it open to correction in a future book, should I remember or figure it all out.

I'm at around 109k words now.  Would a 200k word novel be too long?  :hehe

The length might make it "epic fantasy" at this point, but I don't know how "epic" it could be considering that the characters seem to talk a lot.  On the one hand, I seem to frequently worry my characters talk too much.  On the other hand, when a group of friends hang out together and go on trips or whatever, it seems pretty normal that they talk a lot, and argue about seemingly silly things.  I mean, I remember years ago I had a discussion/argument with my neighbor over who won the Civil War (American).  And it wasn't one of those philosophical debates over who really won something; it was a debate over who factually won.  (And, just so there is no question, I was the one who was right.)

Maybe I can rest easy on the possibility that TV sitcoms have conditioned readers to expect that characters will talk a lot and that talking moves storylines along further than standing around doing stuff.  Fingers crossed!

I like mindless chatter sometimes, if it acts to drive the story or develop characters. Some people are just chatty people and you wouldn't expect them to have one word comments. Just watch out the topic doesn't become redundant. I would definitely have a few beta readers go through it.
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Post by: idontknowyet on February 12, 2019, 03:05:19 AM
Yesterday I wrote 400+ words and today I'm already over 400. Hoping to hit over 2k but well see. I want to get some canning done and hopefully start the seeds for my spring garden which i'm already late doing.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on February 12, 2019, 08:32:08 AM
Changed a few details and now I'm back on track!  Another 200 words today after the changes.  :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em
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Post by: 2-Bit D on February 12, 2019, 08:55:23 AM
I wrote 1,090 words today.


I would definitely have a few beta readers go through it.

I'll probably have to pretend I'm different people and be my own beta readers.  LOL.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on February 12, 2019, 11:02:01 AM
Darn, my villain managed to talk his way out of a sticky situation, but he's not home free yet. 649 words tonight.

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Post by: 2-Bit D on February 13, 2019, 09:28:15 AM
I wrote 1,265 words today.  Finally got them out of a seemingly endless journey and just about to their first destination.  That is, I'm 111k words in and they're finally going to reach the place they headed out for about 82k words ago.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on February 13, 2019, 11:15:48 AM
There will be no words tonight. I did my taxes and there's no brain or motivation left.   :dizzy
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Post by: munboy on February 13, 2019, 02:34:55 PM
1350 for me today.

Anybody else do weird things to keep motivated and moving forward? Besides using a daily habit app to track when I hit my daily goal of 1300 words, I also use a spreadsheet to track my book's progress.

I love seeing that circle meter go up at the end of the day when I update the word count. Total motivation for me.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on February 14, 2019, 10:26:58 AM
I wrote 1,485 words today.  Even in the future, people hate spam.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on February 14, 2019, 12:50:22 PM
Struggled a bit tonight. Only 310 words, but I was determined to get something down.

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Post by: Cathleen on February 14, 2019, 03:27:55 PM
You go, Dan, Maggie, and munboy!

I've kept up some words every day, even if it's just 150 or so. It didn't help that I realized that my selkie story has grown what will likely be a 15k novelette, which will be too long to anchor my collection. So now I'm starting over with two short stories, which is something I haven't tried before. Maybe the best story will win.

One has a taxi driver who's given a lucky coin by a woman he saves. The woman is actually a Fae, although I'm not going to be that explicit. The taxi driver just knows she's something extraordinary, and the coin's luck is going to be specific to settling debts.

The other has a selkie in witness protection, and she's going to have to break cover to end some sort of Faerie incursion into the mortal world, although I haven't figured out what kind yet. Major sea monster stuff? I dunno. It seems like a selkie should be particularly suited to the task at hand or having one as a character is simply an indulgence.

Still wandering around in world-building land which is not an area of strength for me. I'm far better at things like characterization and three-act pacing. Still, I'm keeping some words going. Sometimes I can figure things out as I write them, but other times they'll bring me to a screaming halt until I figure out the answer.

Who knows? With two stories, maybe I can finish one. :)

And then I can finish my selkie novelette. I'll figure out something to do with it. It was originally supposed to be a prequel for a novel trilogy, so maybe I'll go back to that plan.
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Post by: Cathleen on February 15, 2019, 05:57:28 AM
64 words that I wrote today:

Nobody sends cards to a dragon,
It's just an unfortunate fact.
Do they think that we'll burn them to ashes or what?
I would never commit such an act.

If people sent cards to us dragons,
Valentines with good wishes galore,
Then I'd break out my chocolates and pass them around,
And we'd waltz on a golden dance floor.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

ETA: It occurred to me that this would be better with the picture. :)

(https://cathleentownsend.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/valentine-dragon.jpg)
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Post by: 2-Bit D on February 15, 2019, 08:46:01 AM
I wrote 3,270 words today.  Will this book ever end?
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Post by: Cathleen on February 15, 2019, 09:27:57 AM
Dan, picture the older pilot chanting, "Stay on target," as they're coming up on the wombat-sized widget that they have to blow on the Death Star. Besides, 3k is pretty good. :)
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on February 15, 2019, 09:38:53 AM
Dan, picture the older pilot chanting, "Stay on target," as they're coming up on the wombat-sized widget that they have to blow on the Death Star. Besides, 3k is pretty good. :)


It's not impossible.  I used to bulls-eye womp rats in my T-16 back home.  They're not much more than two meters.
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Post by: idontknowyet on February 15, 2019, 09:51:41 AM
Dan, picture the older pilot chanting, "Stay on target," as they're coming up on the wombat-sized widget that they have to blow on the Death Star. Besides, 3k is pretty good. :)


It's not impossible.  I used to bulls-eye womp rats in my T-16 back home.  They're not much more than two meters.

Important question since I'm avoiding writing today. What's bigger an ROUS or a womp rat?

Oh wait i wrote 100 words at the doctors today.
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on February 15, 2019, 10:01:00 AM
Important question since I'm avoiding writing today. What's bigger an ROUS or a womp rat?


Probably a womp rat, but I wouldn't want to mess with either species up close.   :icon_eek:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on February 15, 2019, 10:14:50 AM
Important question since I'm avoiding writing today. What's bigger an ROUS or a womp rat?


Probably a womp rat, but I wouldn't want to mess with either species up close.   :icon_eek:

Pretty sure the womp rat is bigger. I checked IMDB and Westley is 1.8 meters. The ROUS was not quite as long as Westley was tall. It's close, though.

Maybe I should write some words.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on February 15, 2019, 11:42:03 AM
Dan, picture the older pilot chanting, "Stay on target," as they're coming up on the wombat-sized widget that they have to blow on the Death Star. Besides, 3k is pretty good. :)

LOL.  Actually, I have a character that keeps reminding the others to stay focused on their objective.  Meanwhile, the MC who started out all rearing to go has turned into a whiny baby.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on February 16, 2019, 08:07:06 AM
I only wrote 1,110 words today.  Close to the point where a character from a previous book is supposed to enter but I cannot seem to get my humor mojo back.  Feels like everything I try just falls flat.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on February 16, 2019, 08:08:35 AM
400 words yesterday and I hope to finish book 3 by tonight.  And by book...I mean part.  It's about 10k words.

So far, this has turned out to be a good way to advertise my pen name. And no pressure.  I have both parts free today and tomorrow to get people caught up. LOL
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on February 16, 2019, 08:10:08 AM
I only wrote 1,110 words today.  Close to the point where a character from a previous book is supposed to enter but I cannot seem to get my humor mojo back.  Feels like everything I try just falls flat.

Maybe try writing something serious, dark and dangerous?  That's usually when I start thinking of something funny.  Always easier to write what you don't need at the moment.  :catrun
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Post by: 2-Bit D on February 16, 2019, 08:16:49 AM
I only wrote 1,110 words today.  Close to the point where a character from a previous book is supposed to enter but I cannot seem to get my humor mojo back.  Feels like everything I try just falls flat.

Maybe try writing something serious, dark and dangerous?  That's usually when I start thinking of something funny.  Always easier to write what you don't need at the moment.  :catrun

I did dark yesterday.  It stayed dark.   :icon_think:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on February 16, 2019, 09:45:19 AM
I only wrote 1,110 words today.  Close to the point where a character from a previous book is supposed to enter but I cannot seem to get my humor mojo back.  Feels like everything I try just falls flat.

Maybe try writing something serious, dark and dangerous?  That's usually when I start thinking of something funny.  Always easier to write what you don't need at the moment.  :catrun

I did dark yesterday.  It stayed dark.   :icon_think:

Somebody needs a squirting flower in their lapel.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on February 16, 2019, 10:50:41 AM
I only wrote 1,110 words today.  Close to the point where a character from a previous book is supposed to enter but I cannot seem to get my humor mojo back.  Feels like everything I try just falls flat.

Maybe try writing something serious, dark and dangerous?  That's usually when I start thinking of something funny.  Always easier to write what you don't need at the moment.  :catrun

I did dark yesterday.  It stayed dark.   :icon_think:

Somebody needs a squirting flower in their lapel.

Somebody would probably drown from it.
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Post by: Cathleen on February 16, 2019, 02:21:04 PM
Congrats, Lorri, on finishing book 3! Woot!

I'm continuing with my extreme story solution to writer's block. I'm working on three at once right now, something I've never tried before. In the past I always saw it as a way to never be able to focus. Right now, if I can't make progress on one story, I move to another. Today, I had a combined word count of about 450, which is actually closing in on my overall bare minimum goal of 500. Hey, it worked for Sir Terry Pratchett. :)

It's a weird solution (for me), but it's working, so I'm happy for it.

I also edited fifty pages of Bellerophon, but I didn't bother counting words. A lot more than I wrote, though.

And Dan, if Maggie's squirting flower doesn't work, there's always the tried-and-true whoopie cushion.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on February 17, 2019, 12:08:33 AM
Another 466 last night. I thought I was closing in on the end, but Manfred told me he needed to speak his piece before being tossed in the dungeons. Okay, miserable worm that he is, I can give him that much.

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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on February 17, 2019, 06:23:55 AM
I wrote part of this earlier (for a teaser) but 2k words in book 4 so far!  :catrun
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Post by: 2-Bit D on February 17, 2019, 10:08:10 AM
I wrote 1,260 words today.  They took another detour.  They may never get where they are going.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on February 18, 2019, 02:04:36 AM
Usual Sunday morning breakfast out and writing session. It was a good one at 2,374 words. Now I'll transfer them to my Word doc.

I think I'm with Dan on this one. I keep thinking I'm nearing the end but more words keep pouring out.
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Post by: Cathleen on February 18, 2019, 05:18:21 AM
A little over five hundred words today between two stories, with 200+ yesterday. It feels like I'm plodding, but it also feels a lot better than being blocked.

Although I also got through another 50 pages of editing. I keep telling myself that I just have to tweak my habits until I find something I can sustain.  :smilie_zauber:
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Post by: diisha392 on February 18, 2019, 07:37:16 AM
Although I also got through another 50 pages of editing. I keep telling myself that I just have to tweak my habits until I find something I can sustain.  :smilie_zauber:

Great work!
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Post by: 2-Bit D on February 18, 2019, 09:51:11 AM
I wrote 3,000 words today.

You remember that scene in The Last Jedi where Jedi Master Luke Skywalker came in and used his vast Force powers to beat the First Order and emo Darth Vader to a bloody pulp?  Yeah, that never happened.  But I got to write that scene in my novel, sans Luke, the Force, the First Order and emo Vader of course.
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Post by: Cathleen on February 18, 2019, 11:55:46 AM
The Last Jedi has mercifully faded from memory, but congrats on the 3k, Dan. That's cooking with gas. :)
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Post by: 2-Bit D on February 19, 2019, 09:11:02 AM
I only wrote 1,015 words today.  The characters are split up again.  Two are back together, but now they need to escape where they are and rejoin their other friend so they can resume their journey.  Then, after that, they need to formulate a plan to defeat the villain and we're already 122k words into this thing and that seems a long way off yet because they still haven't reached the certain milestones they need to reach before beating the villain.

I'm beginning to worry this one may end up being my 1,000,000 word novel. :shocked:
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on February 19, 2019, 09:14:36 AM
I only wrote 1,015 words today.  The characters are split up again.  Two are back together, but now they need to escape where they are and rejoin their other friend so they can resume their journey.  Then, after that, they need to formulate a plan to defeat the villain and we're already 122k words into this thing and that seems a long way off yet because they still haven't reached the certain milestones they need to reach before beating the villain.

I'm beginning to worry this one may end up being my 1,000,000 word novel. :shocked:

Serialize it?  :cheers
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Post by: 2-Bit D on February 19, 2019, 09:25:29 AM
Serialize it?  :cheers

I think that would tick people off because there aren't any natural cliffhangers for serialization because I hadn't planned on it.

They are so close to two of the three milestones right now.  So so close.  Will have to see how it goes.  I just need to get them out of their current mess, then they hit milestones one and two pretty close together.  Then milestone three won't take long.  After that they can try to take on the bad guy, unless I've forgotten something.  Then, well, beating the villain isn't so easy . . .

Maybe 150-200k words might be feasible.  I mean, there was a part where they were going to have to ally with the bad guy for a bit, but that's looking less likely to happen because he's gotten more villainous than originally intended.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on February 19, 2019, 11:00:44 PM
I didn't have time to write anything during the hour before my dog and I sit to watch TV. Mikey usually sits in the recliner with me. He's a good companion because he doesn't try to hog the remote. After a while he gets tired of sitting with me and either goes to the sofa or lies down on the rug and falls asleep.

Ah-hah, I think. This is the time I can write. I sneak into the den, grab my AlphaSmart and start. I got 143 words done and he wakes up, dashes over to the recliner and jumps on me, right in the middle of a sentence. How in heck did he know?

 :dog1:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on February 20, 2019, 09:43:46 AM
I wrote 2,100 words today.  I'm less than 400 words short of 125k.  Two of the characters are struggling to escape a marketplace.  Maybe tomorrow they'll get out.
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Post by: alejo palacio on February 21, 2019, 05:38:07 AM
470 before leaving for work this morning. Someone's dead, someone's in custody, and lawyer just showed up knowing way more than he should. About a quarter of the way through this one  :smilie_zauber:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on February 21, 2019, 09:44:02 AM
I wrote 1,535 words today, putting me over the 126k mark.  They got out of the marketplace, into the city and are in the midst of an encounter with a somewhat aggressive lady of the night (not the moon).
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Post by: Maggie Ann on February 21, 2019, 11:07:49 AM
621 for a total of 77,789. I really, really think I'm getting near the end. Maybe.
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Post by: idontknowyet on February 21, 2019, 01:53:42 PM
I wrote like 10 sentences today. Ugh  :dizzy
Here and there since I've gotten this flu I've written but not much. I'm not even sure if of it's coherent.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on February 22, 2019, 08:11:33 AM
I wrote 1,860 words today, putting me within under 2k of 130k and that's when I had previously estimated to wrap things up between 100k-120k.  Long way to go, though I did work in some foreshadowing of things to come.

They finally (sort of) hit milestone #1.  As soon as they escape their current mess, they can hit milestone #2.  Maybe.  Hopefully.  Then it's on to milestone #3.  Then, they can take on the bad guy.  And then, well, it won't be over yet.  Did I say this might wrap up at 150k?  It's starting to look like it may be closer to 200k.

They still need to encounter a character that shows up in the future in a different book and it's this book they have to meet her in, so I still need to get that in yet too.  And, you know, make it a natural fit rather than shoehorn it in.  Oy.

And then I'll have to self-beta read and self-edit.  Fun times ahead!
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Post by: Kate Elizabeth on February 22, 2019, 08:30:32 AM
I haven't posted here in forever, but I decided last month to write 500 - 1,000 words a day.  Except for traveling and illness, I've been doing it.  So, yesterday, over 600.  Today, 370 so far.  My current novella is almost done.
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Post by: idontknowyet on February 22, 2019, 08:33:02 AM
I wrote 1,860 words today, putting me within under 2k of 130k and that's when I had previously estimated to wrap things up between 100k-120k.  Long way to go, though I did work in some foreshadowing of things to come.

They finally (sort of) hit milestone #1.  As soon as they escape their current mess, they can hit milestone #2.  Maybe.  Hopefully.  Then it's on to milestone #3.  Then, they can take on the bad guy.  And then, well, it won't be over yet.  Did I say this might wrap up at 150k?  It's starting to look like it may be closer to 200k.

They still need to encounter a character that shows up in the future in a different book and it's this book they have to meet her in, so I still need to get that in yet too.  And, you know, make it a natural fit rather than shoehorn it in.  Oy.

And then I'll have to self-beta read and self-edit.  Fun times ahead!

Sounds like you started a series and you just don't know it.  Maybe think about those milestones being a dividing point and make a trilogy.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on February 22, 2019, 08:57:24 AM
Sounds like you started a series and you just don't know it.  Maybe think about those milestones being a dividing point and make a trilogy.

What I'm referring to as milestones aren't necessarily major events, not in the sense where they could be breaking points for books in a series.

To use a rough Star Wars comparison, these would be the milestones:

Milestone #1: Luke meets with Obi-Wan to train him in the Force.
Milestone #2: Luke meets a guy and Obi-Wan slices off his arm.
Milestone #3: Luke and Obi-Wan need to find a ship to get off Tatooine.

So, I'm 128k words in and they've pretty much just met Obi-Wan. :hehe
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Post by: alejo palacio on February 23, 2019, 03:00:02 AM
2,100 over the last two days. That's a big number for me these days. The last six months have been wild at work and I am feeling so burned out that it's hard to sit down and write big too.

Still, feeling burned out at work just makes me all the more driven to get through this ms and start editing so I can publish for the first time and start building a secondary income stream.

I'm hoping I feel at least some sense of accomplishment on that day. Lately, things I should be happy about achieving have taken on a sort of rote, check-it-off-the-list quality that I don't like.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on February 23, 2019, 09:36:33 AM
I wrote 1,225 words today.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on February 23, 2019, 10:16:37 AM
Moving ahead cautiously because it feels like the story is coming to an abrupt end. So only 585 words today and I think that's about all I'll write for the next few days.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on February 24, 2019, 02:21:14 AM
Well, I did what I said I wasn't going to do. I wrote 2,282 words this morning. Just need a few more paragraphs to tie up loose ends and then the epilogue that leads into the next book in the trilogy.

Then on to editing but I'm also going to start the next book.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on February 24, 2019, 09:09:53 AM
I wrote 1,270 words today.  Two characters are currently being pursued by killer kitchen utensils.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on February 24, 2019, 10:01:42 AM
I wrote 1,270 words today.  Two characters are currently being pursued by killer kitchen utensils.

Uh-huh. Alexa just told me how dangerous toasters are.

https://rare.us/rare-life/food-and-drink/toaster-air-pollution-study/
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on February 24, 2019, 11:16:38 AM
I wrote 1,270 words today.  Two characters are currently being pursued by killer kitchen utensils.


Those things can be very cruel.  They beat the eggs and whip the cream.   :icon_eek:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on February 24, 2019, 11:51:37 AM
Uh-huh. Alexa just told me how dangerous toasters are.

Not a toaster but a toaster does have a semi-prominent role in my space opera.

A toaster also plays a role in Dan's Lame Space Opera which is a separate space opera that's on the backburner right now.


Those things can be very cruel.  They beat the eggs and whip the cream.   :icon_eek:

Not one of those either.

The kitchen objects I used were something I thought of doing a parody cartoon with a few years back.  I think the plan was to take pictures of them in scenes and use comic-style dialogue clouds.  I don't remember if I did any sketches or not.  I seem to recall sketching out an idea but who knows.  It was just going to be a silly parody of a well-known evil army in a once-popular scifi series.

Anyway, I needed something for the scene I'm working on and remembered that and figured I'd make use of it here.  They're giant now (the cartoon would have used them actual size) and they want to kill everything.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on February 28, 2019, 01:50:01 PM
Got very busy with all the things (besides writing) that we have to do...but finally got back to my book.  400 words today!  :writethink:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on February 28, 2019, 10:45:10 PM
I'm deep in editing and research for the next book.

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Post by: 2-Bit D on March 01, 2019, 08:47:06 AM
Guess I haven't updated here in a couple days.

Here we go:

February 24: 620 words
February 25: 1,105 words
February 26: 1,470 words
February 27: 1,575 words

I'm at 1,030 words for today so far, but I am going to try to do some more writing later tonight, after Gotham and The Orville.

Also, I needed a character name for the scene I just finished, so Jeff, Lorri and Maggie have a character kind of named after them.  He didn't die, but he was turned into a bullfrog.  So, look for that scene when you never read my book.   :hehe
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on March 01, 2019, 10:35:51 AM
Guess I haven't updated here in a couple days.

Here we go:

February 24: 620 words
February 25: 1,105 words
February 26: 1,470 words
February 27: 1,575 words

I'm at 1,030 words for today so far, but I am going to try to do some more writing later tonight, after Gotham and The Orville.

Also, I needed a character name for the scene I just finished, so Jeff, Lorri and Maggie have a character kind of named after them.  He didn't die, but he was turned into a bullfrog.  So, look for that scene when you never read my book.   :hehe

You named a guy after us?  This is going to be a very unique story.  :cheers
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Post by: 2-Bit D on March 01, 2019, 04:12:23 PM
You named a guy after us?  This is going to be a very unique story.  :cheers

I'm certain it will be unique.  Whether anyone will want to read it is another story.

I did write more words before the end of the day, so I'll post my final word count for Thursday later.  I think I beat January in terms of both average daily word count and total word count for the month.

Seems like names came easier earlier in the book.  Of course, earlier in the book was stuff written four years ago or so.

I'm closing in on 140k.  I think I'm at just under 138k now.  Can I finish this in 12k words?  It's looking less likely.  I had earlier estimated I'd have this book finished by mid-February.  Looks like maybe, hopefully it will be done by mid-March.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on March 02, 2019, 12:53:07 AM
I ended up writing 2,430 words yesterday which gave me a decent three-day total of 5,475 words which still doesn't beat my best ever (that I know of) three-day total which is mentioned earlier in this thread and I think is in the neighborhood of 6k-7k.  (I really need to write that down somewhere.)

So, for the monthly summary, in January I wrote 34,500 words and had an average daily word count of 1,112.90.  In February, I ended up writing 40,030 words and had an average daily word count of 1,429.64.

My worst day was when I wrote 620 words and the best day was when I hit 3,270 words.

I also try not to duplicate daily word counts in a given month.  Don't remember when I started that.

For comparison's sake, when I first started participating in this thread, my first day's word count was 75 words (worst day was 22 words) and I averaged 322.65 words per day that first month (October 2018) and my total word count for the month was 10,002 words which felt like a lot back then.  LOL.

So, thanks again to Lorri for (re)starting this thread over here.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on March 02, 2019, 02:20:10 AM
Well done, Dan!  :cheers
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Post by: Maggie Ann on March 04, 2019, 02:24:19 AM
Well done, Dan!  :cheers

 :tup3b

Started a new WIP this morning. I've spent the last few days doing research, finally decided on my time period and the MC and then out of the blue comes another character. I'll let these two ladies fight it out for top spot.

Wrote 1317 words this morning and I have no idea where this is going. Oh, well, that's the fun, right?

Still editing the previous installment. That's going to take a while, but in the meantime, I'll be working on the current project.

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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on March 08, 2019, 01:33:56 PM
Not much time to do anything until tonight.  Over 100 words so far and feeling much better.  Back on track and may even have figured out how to end this story!  :smilie_zauber:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on March 10, 2019, 09:09:11 AM
Guess it's time for an update.  March hasn't gotten off to that great of a start.  Here are my word counts for the month so far:

March 1: 415 words
March 2: 100 words
March 3: 225 words
March 4: 520 words
March 5: 555 words
March 6: 775 words
March 7: 315 words
March 8: 2,500 words

For the day so far, I've written 1,090 words.  I might write more after dinner.  We'll see.

Finally reached the second milestone where they ran into a character from a previous book.  And they think he's insane, mostly because he thinks he's a character from a book and the author has it in for him.

Or was that supposed to be the third milestone?  Not sure now.  Anyway, they just have to encounter another character in their journey (because the character shows up in the space opera and the one character already knows he because he met her in this current book) and then find a vehicle and then go and try to beat the bad guy.  143k words into this thing now and maybe it will eventually reach an ending after all.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on March 10, 2019, 10:06:02 AM
A little over 200 words and a bunch of editing.  Hope to get more done this evening!
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on March 11, 2019, 01:34:45 AM
Another 1200 finished last night!  I'm on a roll.  :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em
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Post by: Maggie Ann on March 11, 2019, 02:05:47 AM
I've been editing nearly every night but today, I got back to the WIP. 1959 words. I usually shoot for 2K, but that was close enough. I think the two women that are jostling for the #1 position are going to end up as co-mc's. That's a first for me except for the one I wrote about twin sisters.

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Post by: 2-Bit D on March 11, 2019, 02:42:36 PM
Didn't write any more on Saturday, so the count for Saturday remained fixed at 1,090 words.

Wrote 1,160 words on Sunday in a dialogue-heavy chapter where one character was convinced he and the others are all characters in a book and the other characters argue whether that could be true and also whether they might still be stuck in the virtual world they were stuck in previously.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on March 12, 2019, 02:15:34 PM
I wrote 1,120 words on Monday.  Then I took a break of sorts and wrote 1,000 words in my lame space opera (not the regular space opera I'm also working on).
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Post by: 2-Bit D on March 13, 2019, 07:56:43 AM
I wrote 1,365 words today.  The characters have one more adventure to survive before reaching the place they need to reach to get the thing they need to go fight the bad guy.  Getting close to 150k.  Might be wrapped up in under 175k.  We'll see.

Also, wrote 56 words on the lame space opera.  I have almost 3k words written for it, plus I have about another 20k words of material that if I can edit and tie it into a cohesive whole would give me about 23k words of story and then if I write another 7k words to bring it in around 30k, I'd have a novella-sized story.  And that would give me a book in the space opera genre which hopefully maybe might possibly help with sales of the other full-length, more serious space opera when it's finished.  (That one is around 58k words at the moment.)

And, because I couldn't stop myself, I worked on the cover for the lame space opera.  Mostly the typography and the space background.  Still need to do a spaceship.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on March 14, 2019, 07:53:31 AM
I only wrote 250 words today, unless I write more later tonight.  Not as close to 150k as I thought.  My word count includes about 1,500 words of notes and such, so instead of being at 148k, I am actually around 146.5k.

Having trouble coming up with a character name today too.  I rarely have problems with names.  I see other authors complain about difficulties coming up with character names and I'm all like, pfft, what's up with that?  It's easy.  Not hard at all.  Geesh.  And here I am stuck for a name, as in nothing is coming to mind.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on March 14, 2019, 07:58:21 AM
Oh, I did write 277 words in my lame space opera today and one word in my "serious" space opera, which was a net gain of zero words because I changed a word.

Sad thing is that this lame space opera should be easy.  As I mentioned yesterday, I have a bunch of already written content for it that I just need to merge together into a cohesive story which shouldn't be hard and I know mostly how to do it.  And then add some stuff and, presto!, it'd be done, finished, finito.  I should be able to wrap it up in a week or so, ideally.  I have ideas I know I want to work in and such, but then when I sit down to do it, it's like everything goes blank and a lot of the words that do come out don't work.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on March 16, 2019, 03:08:09 AM
Wrote 1194 this morning. Not what I wanted to reach, but I got a late start.

The two ladies are still fighting it out for top spot and so far they are neck and neck. I have the feeling that will change soon and my original lady will emerge the clear winner.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on March 16, 2019, 03:12:34 AM
I only wrote 615 words yesterday.  I guess I can try to excuse the lower word count by the fact of spending time pulling out descriptions of a character they're soon to meet from a different WIP where the character has already appeared.
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on March 16, 2019, 05:16:10 AM
I started a new draft last night and cranked out about 1100 words.  My goal is to finish the draft before the end of April.  I rarely meet my own self-imposed deadlines, though.

Anyway, book 4 of Wheel of Fire is now officially under way.   :writethink:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on March 16, 2019, 05:26:19 AM
I rarely meet my own self-imposed deadlines, though.

I know the feeling.  My space opera was supposed to be finished in a month.  That was two and half years ago.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on March 18, 2019, 03:18:56 AM
Moving right along, I managed 1678 words today. That brings me to 6K+ words. Characters are showing signs of life and the story is advancing.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on March 18, 2019, 06:08:21 AM
I wrote 205 words on Friday and 120 words on Saturday.  None yet for today.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on March 19, 2019, 09:16:32 AM
I wrote 325 words yesterday and 660 words today, bringing it up to 150k words which means I'm actually about 1,500 words short of 150k.  Also had to do some research on ancient women’s clothing so one can only imagine the types of ads I'll be seeing for a while now.  :shrug
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Post by: Maggie Ann on March 19, 2019, 12:25:04 PM
Spent the day on research. If I want to stay accurate (and I do), I'll have to change a few things. Also redid the cover for the umpteenth time. Hopefully, I'll get some writing done tomorrow.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on March 19, 2019, 12:50:05 PM
Sorry I've been gone.  Taking some online business tech courses for work and got really busy with finals.  However, I did finish spy book 4 this weekend (yay!) which leaves only one to go. They're short, but fun to write. 

I hope everyone had a wonderful St. Patrick's day!  :mhk9U91:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on March 20, 2019, 02:11:16 AM
I had planned on going to the library to write today, but the weather was so nasty, I couldn't bring myself to get dressed and leave the house. But, I know I really have to buckle down and work at least five days a week, so I was on a mission to find a way to write at home.

Success!! Another 1,557 words down on the screen. And my ladies once and for all decided which one this story is about. Not the one I thought a couple of days ago, but there is now a definite winner.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on March 21, 2019, 03:44:29 AM
Two days of writing in a row. So far, so good, but I don't want to jinx myself. I had to stop and do a bit of research a few times so my word count is only 1,004. Not as good as yesterday, but at least I've added to the MS. I'm up to 9K and a bit. Only another 70K to go.

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Post by: Kate Elizabeth on March 21, 2019, 08:12:52 AM
I can't remember the exact amount, but it was 520ish this afternoon.  I told my animals, but they really didn't care.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on March 21, 2019, 09:01:57 AM
I wrote 150 words yesterday and 255 words for today so far which may go up if I write later but given my track record lately that's probably not going to happen.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on March 22, 2019, 02:06:12 AM
My new writing nook is working to the tune of 1,082 words today. Hope I can keep it up.
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Post by: sandree on March 23, 2019, 05:23:36 AM
I’m going to jump in. I’m finally finished with my first book launch and as much marketing as I can figure out at this point. Seems like it’s time for book two. I wrote 441 words yesterday and 590 today.

My problem is that I never know where the heck my story is going. I only seem to be able to see bits and pieces of it. So I guess I will just peer ahead and write whatever scenes I can see, then piece them together later - which is how it went the last time. I was hoping I could plan it out...but so far that is not happening.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on March 24, 2019, 05:34:16 AM
I’m going to jump in. I’m finally finished with my first book launch and as much marketing as I can figure out at this point. Seems like it’s time for book two. I wrote 441 words yesterday and 590 today.

My problem is that I never know where the heck my story is going. I only seem to be able to see bits and pieces of it. So I guess I will just peer ahead and write whatever scenes I can see, then piece them together later - which is how it went the last time. I was hoping I could plan it out...but so far that is not happening.

Congrats on the launch. Much luck with it.

That's the way I always write. I just go where my characters lead me. The WiP is definitely character led. They sent me off in a direction of their own a few days ago. Now, 1162 words later, they are still headed the same way. Thank goodness. I will have to change a few descriptions in the beginning, but nothing major.

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Post by: 2-Bit D on March 24, 2019, 11:57:03 AM
I wrote 295 words Thursday, 620 words yesterday and 235 words today.

Had the current scene all worked out in my head earlier today while I was busy doing other things but when I was on the computer to work on it, lots of it went away.  Will try again tomorrow, hoping to remember the whole conversation between the two characters that talk in the scene tomorrow.

The characters need to escape this minor villain so they can get back on track with their mission to stop the big bad.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on March 25, 2019, 09:17:44 AM
I wrote 625 words today.

Also, missed that yesterday put me over the 150k mark for real.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on March 26, 2019, 01:58:12 AM
I wrote 625 words today.

Also, missed that yesterday put me over the 150k mark for real.

That's great, Dan!  :goodpost:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on March 26, 2019, 08:00:34 AM
I wrote 1,030 words today.
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Post by: solo on March 26, 2019, 12:59:13 PM
I really have to thank the OP. Since I joined this thread, there's an open notebook on my desk where I write my daily word count. There are empty days, of course. But I believe I am now more productive.

For now, I have 2 WIP. Each is listed on the page and below the title, in column form, are the dates and number of words per day for each WIP. An example would be the period March 8 to 24: a total of around 29k words (6k for one WIP and 24k for the other).

Seeing my daily production in black and white seem to do it for me.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on March 27, 2019, 08:19:42 AM
I managed 271 words before I had to do some research.

 :HB :rant :dizzy :help :writethink:  because what I found out is that probably 75% or so of the historical facts are totally inaccurate.  PIFFLE. The overall history is correct because I've been researching that right along. It's the details ... important details ... that are wrong.

For example, my story takes place in 1237 in Wales and I used the title baronet. First, that title wasn't created in England until 1611. Second, English titles weren't used in Wales until mid-16th century. I'll do more research, but I'm afraid I'll have to either change the story drastically, or change the location.

 :HB :HB :HB :HB :HB
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Post by: solo on March 28, 2019, 01:55:16 AM
I managed 271 words before I had to do some research.

 :HB :rant :dizzy :help :writethink:  because what I found out is that probably 75% or so of the historical facts are totally inaccurate.  PIFFLE. The overall history is correct because I've been researching that right along. It's the details ... important details ... that are wrong.

For example, my story takes place in 1237 in Wales and I used the title baronet. First, that title wasn't created in England until 1611. Second, English titles weren't used in Wales until mid-16th century. I'll do more research, but I'm afraid I'll have to either change the story drastically, or change the location.

 :HB :HB :HB :HB :HB

Research does take up time. But better a researched book than a reader pointing out embarrassing inconsistencies later in a review.
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Post by: solo on March 28, 2019, 02:00:23 AM
I confess I did a stupid thing AGAIN.

Setup pre-orders for two books. LOL
The first, a dark fantasy, is around 50% finished. Due May 2019.
The second, an epic fantasy (the 6th of a series), is about 20% finished. Fortunately, I got the maps for the book finished. Due June 2019.

I must have masochistic tendencies. But nothing like deadlines to add more force to two kicks to my lazy butt. LOL.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on March 28, 2019, 02:21:31 AM
I only wrote 195 words yesterday.

Also, had an idea for yet another story.  Wrote this one down lest I forget it and end up a couple weeks from now wondering what that great idea I had was.  Initially, I had thought about using it as a chapter in one of my current WIPs or as a book in one of my future series and even told an author friend about that plan, but then got to thinking later that it would probably be more effective as a standalone that would be written in first person.  I think it would be scarier as a story someone is telling you happened to them as opposed to something in third person describing how it happened to other characters.  The latter might work if it was an episode of a TV show but as a book I think first person will work better.  The goal is to have it be really, really scary, which means this is somehow going to end up as a comedy.  :confused:
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Post by: solo on March 28, 2019, 02:34:10 AM
I only wrote 195 words yesterday.

Also, had an idea for yet another story.  Wrote this one down lest I forget it and end up a couple weeks from now wondering what that great idea I had was.  Initially, I had thought about using it as a chapter in one of my current WIPs or as a book in one of my future series and even told an author friend about that plan, but then got to thinking later that it would probably be more effective as a standalone that would be written in first person.  I think it would be scarier as a story someone is telling you happened to them as opposed to something in third person describing how it happened to other characters.  The latter might work if it was an episode of a TV show but as a book I think first person will work better.  The goal is to have it be really, really scary, which means this is somehow going to end up as a comedy.  :confused:

You can put some erotic scenes in it. Add beastkin, OP protagonists, some manga/hentai references, reverse harems, regular harems, irregular harems, a bare torso cover, and voila! - the best of all worlds! Those genres seem to be in vogue these days. Bestsellers, even. :)
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Post by: 2-Bit D on March 28, 2019, 04:15:37 AM
You can put some erotic scenes in it. Add beastkin, OP protagonists, some manga/hentai references, reverse harems, regular harems, irregular harems, a bare torso cover, and voila! - the best of all worlds! Those genres seem to be in vogue these days. Bestsellers, even. :)

No puppies?
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Post by: solo on March 28, 2019, 04:22:24 AM
You can put some erotic scenes in it. Add beastkin, OP protagonists, some manga/hentai references, reverse harems, regular harems, irregular harems, a bare torso cover, and voila! - the best of all worlds! Those genres seem to be in vogue these days. Bestsellers, even. :)

No puppies?

Ah... nada. Puppies would change its rating to mature. :)
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Post by: sandree on March 28, 2019, 06:50:24 AM
I wrote the last few days. I forget to note down the starting number so I'm not sure how much - close to 2,000 over 3 days. But the good news is that I'm writing and the story is becoming more clear. I forgot that I actually like writing. With all that editing and marketing I kind of forgot...

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Post by: 2-Bit D on March 28, 2019, 09:38:12 AM
Wrote 430 words today.  Finally, I wrote a funny bit that I think actually comes off as funny, so yay!

The characters have finally reached the last milestone before they head off to face the villain.  Still have to actually write the milestone part but at least we're finally there.
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Post by: solo on March 28, 2019, 11:02:31 AM
I wrote the last few days. I forget to note down the starting number so I'm not sure how much - close to 2,000 over 3 days. But the good news is that I'm writing and the story is becoming more clear. I forgot that I actually like writing. With all that editing and marketing I kind of forgot...

Sadly, the other aspects do take away the fun.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on March 30, 2019, 12:04:25 PM
I finally got back to my spy story and wrote 1,000 words today.  Nice to be back on track after fighting a cold all week.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on March 30, 2019, 12:41:07 PM
No writing this week. I've been getting ready for a Book Fair tomorrow at my library. It's my first and probably my last book signing.
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Post by: solo on March 30, 2019, 12:48:03 PM
No writing this week. I've been getting ready for a Book Fair tomorrow at my library. It's my first and probably my last book signing.

Best of luck!
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Post by: Maggie Ann on March 31, 2019, 06:58:02 AM
No writing this week. I've been getting ready for a Book Fair tomorrow at my library. It's my first and probably my last book signing.

Best of luck!

If they had bothered to promote it, it would have been much better. Twenty-three authors and only about a dozen people. But I did have a good time talking to a few people, meeting other authors, and hopefully steering some of them here.

Back to writing tomorrow.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on April 01, 2019, 01:18:16 AM
Back in the saddle with 2,135 words today.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on April 01, 2019, 06:12:41 AM
Got about 6k words written the past two days and finished my book! :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on April 01, 2019, 08:21:36 AM
Got about 6k words written the past two days and finished my book! :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em

 :dance: :banana: :dance:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on April 01, 2019, 08:28:22 AM
Got about 6k words written the past two days and finished my book! :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em

 :dance: :banana: :dance:

On to the next one!  :writethink:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on April 01, 2019, 10:16:34 AM
Since the last update . . .

Thursday: 170 words
Friday: 600 words
Saturday: 320 words
Today: 785 words

So, quite a dip in productivity versus the past couple months.  For March, I ended up with a daily average of 580.81 words and a total of 18,005 words for the month.  Quite a drop from February's 40,030 words and January's 34,500 words.

Getting closer to the end though.  The characters encountered an unexpected obstacle in reaching their last milestone before reaching the villain.  It should have stretched out longer than it did but when one of the characters is a wizard, it's kind of hard for someone who doesn't know that to fight them.

The book is right around 155k right now.  Should have been wrapped up by now had I maintained the same productivity level as February.  I'm thinking it should be finished in another 20k-25k words which means two and a half weeks at February's daily average word count or a month and a half at March's.

Or like ten really, really productive days.  LOL.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on April 01, 2019, 10:25:16 AM
Since the last update . . .

Thursday: 170 words
Friday: 600 words
Saturday: 320 words
Today: 785 words

So, quite a dip in productivity versus the past couple months.  For March, I ended up with a daily average of 580.81 words and a total of 18,005 words for the month.  Quite a drop from February's 40,030 words and January's 34,500 words.

Getting closer to the end though.  The characters encountered an unexpected obstacle in reaching their last milestone before reaching the villain.  It should have stretched out longer than it did but when one of the characters is a wizard, it's kind of hard for someone who doesn't know that to fight them.

The book is right around 155k right now.  Should have been wrapped up by now had I maintained the same productivity level as February.  I'm thinking it should be finished in another 20k-25k words which means two and a half weeks at February's daily average word count or a month and a half at March's.

Or like ten really, really productive days.  LOL.

You're so close!  I think you'll have it finished soon.  :clap:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on April 01, 2019, 10:38:53 AM
Since the last update . . .

Thursday: 170 words
Friday: 600 words
Saturday: 320 words
Today: 785 words

So, quite a dip in productivity versus the past couple months.  For March, I ended up with a daily average of 580.81 words and a total of 18,005 words for the month.  Quite a drop from February's 40,030 words and January's 34,500 words.

Getting closer to the end though.  The characters encountered an unexpected obstacle in reaching their last milestone before reaching the villain.  It should have stretched out longer than it did but when one of the characters is a wizard, it's kind of hard for someone who doesn't know that to fight them.

The book is right around 155k right now.  Should have been wrapped up by now had I maintained the same productivity level as February.  I'm thinking it should be finished in another 20k-25k words which means two and a half weeks at February's daily average word count or a month and a half at March's.

Or like ten really, really productive days.  LOL.

You're so close!  I think you'll have it finished soon.  :clap:

It seems like your characters keep moving the finish line on you. Hope this is the last time.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on April 01, 2019, 10:56:11 AM
Since the last update . . .

Thursday: 170 words
Friday: 600 words
Saturday: 320 words
Today: 785 words

So, quite a dip in productivity versus the past couple months.  For March, I ended up with a daily average of 580.81 words and a total of 18,005 words for the month.  Quite a drop from February's 40,030 words and January's 34,500 words.

Getting closer to the end though.  The characters encountered an unexpected obstacle in reaching their last milestone before reaching the villain.  It should have stretched out longer than it did but when one of the characters is a wizard, it's kind of hard for someone who doesn't know that to fight them.

The book is right around 155k right now.  Should have been wrapped up by now had I maintained the same productivity level as February.  I'm thinking it should be finished in another 20k-25k words which means two and a half weeks at February's daily average word count or a month and a half at March's.

Or like ten really, really productive days.  LOL.

You're so close!  I think you'll have it finished soon.  :clap:

It seems like your characters keep moving the finish line on you. Hope this is the last time.

Mine do that!  In fact, they did it this morning and I had to add an extra chapter before I could finish the story. LOL
 :angel:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on April 01, 2019, 11:58:11 AM
Since the last update . . .

Thursday: 170 words
Friday: 600 words
Saturday: 320 words
Today: 785 words

So, quite a dip in productivity versus the past couple months.  For March, I ended up with a daily average of 580.81 words and a total of 18,005 words for the month.  Quite a drop from February's 40,030 words and January's 34,500 words.

Getting closer to the end though.  The characters encountered an unexpected obstacle in reaching their last milestone before reaching the villain.  It should have stretched out longer than it did but when one of the characters is a wizard, it's kind of hard for someone who doesn't know that to fight them.

The book is right around 155k right now.  Should have been wrapped up by now had I maintained the same productivity level as February.  I'm thinking it should be finished in another 20k-25k words which means two and a half weeks at February's daily average word count or a month and a half at March's.

Or like ten really, really productive days.  LOL.

You're so close!  I think you'll have it finished soon.  :clap:

It seems like your characters keep moving the finish line on you. Hope this is the last time.

Mine do that!  In fact, they did it this morning and I had to add an extra chapter before I could finish the story. LOL
 :angel:

Better that than skidding into an unexpected and abrupt ending. You could give your readers whiplash.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on April 01, 2019, 12:35:37 PM
Well, one character keeps looking for excuses not to go fight the villain.  And the one that thinks they're all characters in a book keeps expecting the worse.

I did manage to find someone willing to be a beta reader though.  So, yay!  Just need to line up two more.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: solo on April 03, 2019, 12:58:39 AM
Got about 6k words written the past two days and finished my book! :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em

 :dance: :banana: :dance:

On to the next one!  :writethink:

Congrats! You're lucky we can't demand our pints... but we'll all drink to your success  :cheers
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on April 03, 2019, 03:18:01 AM
I only wrote 190 words yesterday.  Hope to do better today.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on April 03, 2019, 08:38:23 AM
I wrote 600 words today and the characters have a new friend.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on April 04, 2019, 09:40:07 AM
Only 500 words today.  Really need to get back up to speed with February's levels.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on April 04, 2019, 09:48:06 AM
I'm starting a new book, so focused on researching names.  Fun day!  :smilie_zauber:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on April 05, 2019, 05:27:31 AM
I managed 1122 this morning. It's about time I threw in a battle of some sort or even a boar hunt. A lot of scope for serious injury in a boar hunt.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on April 05, 2019, 08:40:31 AM
200 words so far today.  And no prologue for a change.  I think it will end up being a short flashback instead.

 :catrun
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: diisha392 on April 07, 2019, 05:58:27 AM
52 words to start a new piece!
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: diisha392 on April 08, 2019, 09:13:10 AM
I deleted the 52 words I wrote yesterday but am up to 305 words in the document :)
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on April 09, 2019, 09:59:45 AM
Just slipping in some writing whenever I can. The problem is that I keep having to stop and do research since I've never written something set in Wales. I did read Sharon Kay Penman's Welsh Princes trilogy, but that was a long time ago.

Anyway, between yesterday and today, I wrote 600 words. I decided on a battle and I'll save the boar hunt until the end.

Last book in the trilogy will be back in Merry Olde England where I'm on familiar ground.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on April 09, 2019, 10:17:31 AM
I'm working on my series this week.  I need to finish book 2 and maybe start book 3 before the end of summer.  I've got to get organized and finish holiday books before the holidays! LOL  These are for Halloween.  :catrun
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: diisha392 on April 09, 2019, 12:18:03 PM
80 more words. The characters are dealing with a missing pair of socks.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: diisha392 on April 10, 2019, 10:21:17 AM
100 words on top of designing several activities for school tomorrow.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on April 13, 2019, 05:43:21 AM
Well, my word count has been way down this month which is a bummer since this book should have been finished between the end of last month and now.  But last month's word count was bad too.  Need to get back to February levels.

April   4th: 350 words
April   5th: 575 words
April   6th: 375 words
April   7th: 225 words
April   8th: 545 words
April   9th: 505 words
April 10th: 595 words
April 11th: 285 words

I'm only averaging 431 words a day so far this month.   :icon_cry:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on April 17, 2019, 08:15:13 AM
I've managed to bump my average up to 560.94 words per day.

April 12th: 1300 words
April 13th:   565 words
April 14th:   555 words
April 15th:   475 words
April 16th: 1335 words

I've noticed when only one or two characters are active in a scene, more description seems to happen.  When multiple characters are in a scene, they seem to talk and argue a lot.  The group was getting kind of large so in the chapter I finished today, I bid adieu to one of the six characters who have been traveling together.  Wasn't planned but as I was writing it, I came up with a humorous (hopefully) way for the character to exit.  Also fits the kind of thing that generally happens to said character.

So, now they are on their way to fight the bad guy except they are going to be making an unexpected, accidental trip where they briefly encounter the big bad they will square off against later.  Sooner than planned, but it fits a certain trope so I figured what the heck.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on April 20, 2019, 06:47:42 AM
Doing better.  Average is up to 591.3 words per day.

April 17th: 645 words
April 18th: 905 words
April 19th: 710 words (unless I write more later)

Also, I took a break from writing, stole a car and led the police on a high speed chase.  The response was kind of disappointing as they only sent out three cars.  I was able to evade them by driving through an unlit tunnel, locking the steering wheel in place with a branch I had picked up ahead of time, then climbing out the window and jumping into the bed of a truck coming the other way.  The car didn't go far after that, but I managed to get out of the truck when it stopped near a field and disappeared into the woods where I hid out for an hour.  It made the local news, but I'm not a suspect so all is good.  Also, I wore gloves so no fingerprints.  I later shredded them and flushed them down the toilet.  Oh, and none of that actually happened; I was just checking to see if anyone was still reading this thread.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on April 20, 2019, 07:30:44 AM
Doing better.  Average is up to 591.3 words per day.

April 17th: 645 words
April 18th: 905 words
April 19th: 710 words (unless I write more later)

Also, I took a break from writing, stole a car and led the police on a high speed chase.  The response was kind of disappointing as they only sent out three cars.  I was able to evade them by driving through an unlit tunnel, locking the steering wheel in place with a branch I had picked up ahead of time, then climbing out the window and jumping into the bed of a truck coming the other way.  The car didn't go far after that, but I managed to get out of the truck when it stopped near a field and disappeared into the woods where I hid out for an hour.  It made the local news, but I'm not a suspect so all is good.  Also, I wore gloves so no fingerprints.  I later shredded them and flushed them down the toilet.  Oh, and none of that actually happened; I was just checking to see if anyone was still reading this thread.

Is this different from your normal day?   :angel:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on April 20, 2019, 07:31:45 AM
I went back and edited four chapters, made a few other changes...and now I'm about halfway though book 2 in my series.  :cheers
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on April 20, 2019, 07:39:15 AM
Dan, what kind of a car was it?

I'm taking a break from writing (typing) because I have a possible rotator cuff tear. I set up Dictate in Word and got a mic but so far inspiration hasn't come. I'll keep trying.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on April 20, 2019, 07:45:38 AM
Dan, what kind of a car was it?

I'm taking a break from writing (typing) because I have a possible rotator cuff tear. I set up Dictate in Word and got a mic but so far inspiration hasn't come. I'll keep trying.

Ouch! Hope you feel better soon.  :dog1:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on April 20, 2019, 08:11:41 AM
Dan, what kind of a car was it?

I'm taking a break from writing (typing) because I have a possible rotator cuff tear. I set up Dictate in Word and got a mic but so far inspiration hasn't come. I'll keep trying.

Ouch! Hope you feel better soon.  :dog1:

Thanks. I go for an MRI on Monday and see the ortho on Wednesday. Hoping for PT and no surgery. We've already tried an injection with minimal results.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on April 20, 2019, 08:13:29 AM
Is this different from your normal day?   :angel:

Usually I coverup and take my stealth vehicle to stop crime but today I felt I needed to brush up on the mindset of a criminal with firsthand experience.


Dan, what kind of a car was it?

A red one.


I'm taking a break from writing (typing) because I have a possible rotator cuff tear. I set up Dictate in Word and got a mic but so far inspiration hasn't come. I'll keep trying.

Ouch! Hope you feel better soon.  :dog1:

Ditto.  :catrun
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on April 20, 2019, 09:18:39 AM
Is this different from your normal day?   :angel:

Usually I coverup and take my stealth vehicle to stop crime but today I felt I needed to brush up on the mindset of a criminal with firsthand experience.


Dan, what kind of a car was it?

A red one.


I'm taking a break from writing (typing) because I have a possible rotator cuff tear. I set up Dictate in Word and got a mic but so far inspiration hasn't come. I'll keep trying.

Ouch! Hope you feel better soon.  :dog1:

Ditto.  :catrun

You do know that red cars get stopped and ticketed more often by police than any other color. Next time, steal a baby blue car. They'll just sit in front of the donut shop and snicker.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on April 20, 2019, 09:48:10 AM
You do know that red cars get stopped and ticketed more often by police than any other color. Next time, steal a baby blue car. They'll just sit in front of the donut shop and snicker.

They also get in more accidents.  That's why I picked a red one; I figured their insurance rates were high enough to cover it.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on April 20, 2019, 09:49:30 AM
On another note, I calculated that, at my current rate, it will take me approximately 84 years to finish all my WIPs.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: diisha392 on April 20, 2019, 10:41:41 AM
About 200 words...
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on April 20, 2019, 11:05:17 AM
On another note, I calculated that, at my current rate, it will take me approximately 84 years to finish all my WIPs.

Good thing people are living longer these days.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on April 21, 2019, 09:14:55 AM
I attempted to dictate instead of typing today. I used Word's Dictate function. Several problems including it does not always capitalize the first word in a sentence and doesn't allow for voice corrections.

I had bought Dragon a while ago because it was on sale for $40 and a friend suggested I try to find out where I bought it from. Turns out, I bought it from Amazon 12/27/14 and it was in my Games and Software Library. The Key # was even listed.

It's all downloaded and installed. The next step is training. I think I should watch "How to Train Your Dragon" to get some pointers. Anybody notice that all the adults in that movie had Scots accents and all the kids had American accents? Weird.

I'll see how it goes and report back.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on April 21, 2019, 09:44:56 AM
About 1k words so far today.  :catrun
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on April 24, 2019, 03:52:47 AM
Current average is up to 598 words per day.

April 20th:    535
April 21st:    360
April 22nd: 1035

None today yet.

On another note, I calculated that, at my current rate, it will take me approximately 84 years to finish all my WIPs.

I did some recalculating.  At my current average (589 words per day) and if I make some my WIPs novellas, I can finish everything in 23.3 years.  If I make everything (with a couple exceptions) a minimum of 50k, it will take me 34.64 years to complete.

If I could manage to average 1000 words per day, I'd cut that in about half.  If I could write at Amanda Lee levels, I could finish everything in three years.  :hehe

Of course, that is all using arbitrary word count estimates based on popular conceptions of how long certain books *should* be.  But, I don't know about that.  Do arbitrary word counts make for better stories or do they just invite fluff for the sake of padding the word count to reach that goal?  In what way does the final word count really matter?  When you read a story, it either feels like a satisfying read or it doesn't.  Does a few more or less words make that big of a difference?  If you write a story and it comes up short according to some dogmatic word count chart, do you go back and add more filler to meet the word count?  Maybe you overlooked the character using the toilet.  Do you go back and describe the grunting and groaning as he struggled to squeeze it out, then describe how many wipes it took to clean himself?  On that note, is he a wiper or a washer?  Is that a key character trait that the reader really needs to know about?  Was there blood in his stool?  A bit of corn?  Should you, as the narrator of the story, dig deep and describe every detail of the character's bowel movement?  What shape was it?  Did the stools sink or rise to the top?  Does a 5,000 word chapter detailing the character's bathroom experience make a better story, especially if it gets you to that arbitrary word count your story needs to be to be considered a novel in its genre?  Does that make the character more relatable to the reader, allowing the reader to feel, hey, I use the bathroom too?

But I digress . . .  What was the point again?  Oh, yes, daily word counts.  On that topic, none for today so far, unless you count the 410 words of this post.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on April 24, 2019, 04:35:53 AM
Much better than me, Dan. Me and my dragon have managed about four paragraphs of dictation, but having to dictate so slowly, keeps the wordage from flowing. I've deleted every single word so far.

I'll get there.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on April 24, 2019, 05:12:28 AM
Much better than me, Dan. Me and my dragon have managed about four paragraphs of dictation, but having to dictate so slowly, keeps the wordage from flowing. I've deleted every single word so far.

I can't do dictation at all.  I suppose it might be different if I didn't have a choice, but I just can't get used to talking to a computer, especially one that doesn't talk back.  It's bad enough talking to people; I'm supposed to talk to a machine?

I had voice command on my computer in the 90s.  It was cool for a day or two, but then it was like, yeah, I'm just gonna use the mouse.

I sometimes think if I had money--you know, like those writers in movies that always seem to be rich because their first book sold so well or whatever--I could have a personal assistant and dictate to them and they could type it all down.  But then I'd worry they'd be like judging you as you "wrote" and they'd be like, are you sure that's what you want to write? or, even if they didn't, I'd be wondering if they were and trying to interpret every little gesture to determine whether or not they thought what I was writing was any good and then I'd be so sidetracked by that or I'd end up second-guessing everything before I dictated it, that probably not very much would be written at all.

Stupid personal assistants.  Ugh.

You could try talking into a tape recorder and having someone (or maybe yourself) transcribe it later.  I did some transcription jobs back in the early 90s.  The client liked micro-cassettes, so it was good that I had purchased a micro-cassette player so I could listen to the tapes and transcribe them.  Was kind of time-consuming though, as I had to frequently back up the tape to either confirm or make out what was being said.  I don't know what I charged but it should have been more.  LOL.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: lea_owens on April 24, 2019, 07:14:28 AM
I know I can write 3,000 words in an evening without too much stress... and yet I dither and don't. I've made a concerted effort to reach at least 2,000 words a day since April 8 when I started this new stand-alone action/adventure, but haven't made that average. Just below where I'm writing, under the notes for that chapter (which I copy over from my chapter outline so that I can stay on target with plot and don't let characters re-invent the plot as they go along), I put the word count for that day when I finish. I'll put it below. It makes an average of about 1650 words a day since I started.

If I could write more and dilly-dally less, I could make the target of 120,000 words by mid-June. It's difficult to avoid the negative self-talk, the negativity from people around, the anxiety, and everything else that sucks the energy out of writing... but I'm trying. So many books to write, so little focus. I can't get my head around dictation - and yet I have the sentences formed in my head as a voice whose words I type down. So, I plug away typing in Word because that's where I'm comfortable.

(edited to add - these are the CUMULATIVE totals -  Grin - not what I achieve each day.)
April 8, 0
April 9, 1952
April 11, 3925
April 12 5022
April 13 7175
April 14, 9113
April 15, 10,885
April 16, 12,461
April 17, 14,822
April 18, 16,486
April 20  18,009
April 21, 20,632
April 22, 22,783
April 23, 24,667
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on April 24, 2019, 07:28:10 AM
April 8, 0
April 9, 1952
April 11, 3925
April 12 5022
April 13 7175
April 14, 9113
April 15, 10,885
April 16, 12,461
April 17, 14,822
April 18, 16,486
April 20  18,009
April 21, 20,632
April 22, 22,783
April 23, 24,667

Well, that was scary.  At first, I read the line that you can write 3,000 words in an evening and then I jumped to the list, where I thought those were your daily word counts.  I was impressed at 10,000; I think that surpasses Amanda Lee.  Then you hit 12k and 18k and 24k and geesh.  If I could write 24k words a day, I'd have all my WIPs finished in 6 months.  LOL.

I was a bit relieved when I figured out it was the cumulative total.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: lea_owens on April 24, 2019, 07:51:40 AM
April 8, 0
April 9, 1952
April 11, 3925
April 12 5022
April 13 7175
April 14, 9113
April 15, 10,885
April 16, 12,461
April 17, 14,822
April 18, 16,486
April 20  18,009
April 21, 20,632
April 22, 22,783
April 23, 24,667

Well, that was scary.  At first, I read the line that you can write 3,000 words in an evening and then I jumped to the list, where I thought those were your daily word counts.  I was impressed at 10,000; I think that surpasses Amanda Lee.  Then you hit 12k and 18k and 24k and geesh.  If I could write 24k words a day, I'd have all my WIPs finished in 6 months.  LOL.

I was a bit relieved when I figured out it was the cumulative total.

lol I should have used the word 'cumulative'. In fact, I shall edit (if possible). That last day, with 24,000+ words would have been a doozy. :D
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on April 24, 2019, 11:30:13 AM
Dan, if I could transcribe, I could type it directly into the laptop without a recorder go-between. Even typing a few paragraphs aggravates the shoulder.

I wouldn't transcribe without a dictaphone in any case. Foot controls for speed, replay, FF, REW, etc. I could bang out dozens of pages, but then that was my job.

Lea, I'm with you. When I type I can hear the words in my head which should mean I can dictate a sentence as easily as I write. I only wish that were the case.

But I'll keep plugging away at it. The Comfort Fit shoulder harness with ice pack helped and tomorrow I go see the ortho for the results of the MRI. Unless I have a really bad tear, I'll be insisting on trying PT first.

I also had two brownies tonight and I'm sure they had magical curative powers.


Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on April 24, 2019, 01:01:10 PM
Dan, if I could transcribe, I could type it directly into the laptop without a recorder go-between. Even typing a few paragraphs aggravates the shoulder.

Sorry, I meant you could transcribe it later, when you're all healed up.

Our voicemail system at the office automatically transcribes messages and sends them in an eMail.  They are usually very, very wrong, but it might make for some entertaining writing.   :icon_think:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on April 24, 2019, 10:29:56 PM
Dan, if I could transcribe, I could type it directly into the laptop without a recorder go-between. Even typing a few paragraphs aggravates the shoulder.

Sorry, I meant you could transcribe it later, when you're all healed up.

Our voicemail system at the office automatically transcribes messages and sends them in an eMail.  They are usually very, very wrong, but it might make for some entertaining writing.   :icon_think:

Okay, that's a thought.

I used to take lists of my co-workers names and run them through spell check. That was definitely entertaining. Now spell check is much more sophisticated and I wouldn't get such weird (and sometimes very apt) names.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on April 25, 2019, 10:09:23 AM
No tear  :banana: and I successfully dictated 50 good words today.  :dance:

Doc found the source of the inflammation and injected cortisone directly into that spot. I'll still use the ice and I'll be checking on exercises as soon as I'm well enough to strengthen those shoulder muscles. I see marathon writing in my future.   :cheers  :band:  :cheers
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on April 26, 2019, 06:09:36 AM
April 23rd:  675
April 24th:  875

None yet for today.  I have no chance of beating January or February's daily averages but I do have a shot at beating March's daily average word count.

Getting close to the 170k mark on this one.  Target is 180k, probably.  Who knows.  The characters wound up encountering the big big bad before taking on the big bad, so not sure how things are going to pan out.  If I stuck with my original plan, I'd probably end up taking another 100k to wrap it up.  Oy.

In other news, on my space opera, the one whose word count I'm not counting here, I seem to have written myself into a corner.  Finally reached the space cat chapter and one of the two-ish main characters called something into question which sort of throws a wrench into how the chapter was supposed to go down.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on April 26, 2019, 08:06:16 AM
I wrote 1,140 words today, which puts me just past the 170k mark.  Some of the characters have now been captured by the big big bad.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on April 26, 2019, 09:34:45 AM
Not much, but 211 words is better than yesterday. It's going to be a short battle scene.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on April 28, 2019, 11:58:35 AM
Only 68 words yesterday but they were really bad words. They've been tossed.

Right now, I'm struggling with the battle scene and had to do a lot of research to make it as authentic as possible. Actually, I ended up devising my own strategies and they make sense to me. So, I'm 188 words further along today.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on April 29, 2019, 08:02:25 AM
Up and down for me . . .

April 26th:   360
April 27th:   460
April 28th: 1065

Put one of the characters through the ringer today in an example of bad naked.  One of the bad guys is kind of sadistic.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on April 29, 2019, 09:38:34 AM
Okay, the battle is won after 308 words, mostly dictated. I typed the last couple of sentences since they were dialogue.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: lea_owens on April 29, 2019, 04:02:03 PM
I'm up to 34,886 in 20 days (when I started this new book), and I've written every day except one (I think), so that's an average of  1,744 a day.
Gotta lift my game.
Gotta write more.
Gotta stop chasing cyber butterflies every ten minutes.

My aim is to lift the average to 2,000 words a day... then 3,000. But I'm always aiming high and falling short - then shrugging a, 'whatever.'
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on April 30, 2019, 08:19:52 AM
I wrote 1,535 words today.  Looks like my daily word count average will be better than March, but not as good as either January or February.  Maybe May will be better.

I've now hit the 175k mark which means I'm actually about 1,500 words short of 175k.

Not sure it will end at 180k as previously predicted.  I keep coming up with ideas for the big confrontation scene.  I mean, I've had the scene in mind since probably around when I started the book, but I keep coming up with stuff to build on it.  I think it will be a fun scene, if I can ever get to it.  LOL.

On the flip side, the character that was supposed to die 2/3rds of the way through the book hasn't.  Yet.  The character will still die, just not 2/3rds of the way through because I'm not writing another 100k in this book.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on April 30, 2019, 09:06:47 AM
Good count, Dan.

Okay, the battle is won and it's time to tend the seriously injured unloved husband. Took 294 words to get there. This is so frustrating. I could always sit down and knock out 2K words at a time, but now I either stumble through dictation or can only type a bit before the arm starts acting up. Piffle.  :HB
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on May 01, 2019, 08:16:56 AM
I wrote 2,660 words today.  The big, big bad is dealt with, presumably, and the characters are on their way to face the big bad.  The MC has finally made his change from whiny wanderer to warrior in his hero's journey.

I wound up writing 21,950 words for the month with a 713.67 words per day average which isn't as good as January or February but it did best March's word count of 18,005 words with a 580.81 daily word average.  Hopefully May will go better and I can wrap this one up.

The scene I thought would go on longer didn't seem to play out on paper as long as it did in my head.  I also realized after finishing the chapter that I had omitted a small detail I had meant to include.  Not sure whether to go back and add it tomorrow, fit it in somewhere else or leave it out entirely.  I am leaning towards one of the first two options.  I am now around 176k in actual word count.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on May 01, 2019, 08:37:11 AM
I am back to work on my series.  I had to take a short break to rework some ideas, but I think we have them all fixed.  Not easy to trim a series from six months to six weeks (storyline time) but I think we've done it!

My co-author has decided she prefers writing children's stories...and she just finished an amazing one...so I'm going to wrap this up and move on to my next book.  :smilie_zauber:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on May 02, 2019, 07:45:37 AM
I've gotten May off to a good start with 1,045 words today, which gives me a daily average of 1,045 words per day for the month so far.  LOL.

Starting the big battle scene.  Would have written more, but a big storm (IRL) is supposed to be coming and I don't like to have the computer on when there's lightning.  Why take chances, eh?
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on May 02, 2019, 09:04:40 AM
Giving up the battle for now. But not the war. Never the war. 

I have to dictate so slowly, nothing makes sense and I have to toss what I've allegedly written. Or I try to type and after a short while, my arm starts to hurt so bad I have to stop. I can't get enough momentum for the words to flow and everything I write is crap.

I think I'll concentrate on training my dragon by reading into it. Maybe after a week or so, it will accept my voice.

Keep up the good work everyone. Hopefully, I'll be back before long.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on May 03, 2019, 08:23:40 AM
I wrote 1,795 words today which puts me within 1k of 180k of actual word count.

The characters are battling their way towards the big bad.  Maybe tomorrow or over the weekend they'll reach him.

Hopefully, they packed a lunch.  :hehe
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on May 04, 2019, 06:29:00 AM
I wrote 2,200 words today as the characters battle their way to reach the big bad.

Doing fairly well so far this month with a three-day total of 5,040 words.  As I mentioned earlier in this thread, my personal best is 6,752 words over three days and this may be the closest I've come to that in quite a well.  Heck, if I could write 3,000 words tomorrow (LOL), I could set a new personal best.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: EC Sheedy on May 04, 2019, 06:37:49 AM
I wrote today--but not counting.  All I'll say is it was enough to qualify for this thread. And enough to know I've hit a wall.  :HB Pondering whether to pound through said wall or have a glass of wine. Too early for wine, so . . .

This is not an "I love writing" kind of day. :tap
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: notthatamanda on May 04, 2019, 07:31:43 AM
Go Dan go!
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on May 04, 2019, 08:36:05 AM
Giving up the battle for now. But not the war. Never the war. 

I have to dictate so slowly, nothing makes sense and I have to toss what I've allegedly written. Or I try to type and after a short while, my arm starts to hurt so bad I have to stop. I can't get enough momentum for the words to flow and everything I write is crap.

I think I'll concentrate on training my dragon by reading into it. Maybe after a week or so, it will accept my voice.

Keep up the good work everyone. Hopefully, I'll be back before long.

Maybe you'll make it smarter.  It couldn't hurt.  :smilie_zauber:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on May 04, 2019, 08:39:39 AM
I wrote today--but not counting.  All I'll say is it was enough to qualify for this thread. And enough to know I've hit a wall.  :HB Pondering whether to pound through said wall or have a glass of wine. Too early for wine, so . . .

This is not an "I love writing" kind of day. :tap

(https://media.giphy.com/media/Rxi58QcF8b2c8/giphy.gif)

Crash through the wall...then the wine?  :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: EC Sheedy on May 04, 2019, 10:24:02 AM
I wrote today--but not counting.  All I'll say is it was enough to qualify for this thread. And enough to know I've hit a wall.  :HB Pondering whether to pound through said wall or have a glass of wine. Too early for wine, so . . .

This is not an "I love writing" kind of day. :tap


(https://media.giphy.com/media/Rxi58QcF8b2c8/giphy.gif)

Crash through the wall...then the wine?  :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em

Good advice. Tomorrow is another day. I will crash through my wall, accept the headache, and move forward.  :dizzy

“Try looking at your mind as a wayward puppy that you are trying to paper train. You don't drop-kick a puppy into the neighbor's yard every time it piddles on the floor. You just keep bringing it back to the newspaper.”
― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: solo on May 04, 2019, 01:56:53 PM
I did some recalculating.  At my current average (589 words per day) and if I make some my WIPs novellas, I can finish everything in 23.3 years.  If I make everything (with a couple exceptions) a minimum of 50k, it will take me 34.64 years to complete.


Love this. Thanks, Dan.

My mind now is mush. Need a break.

                                                                WIP 1                                     WIP 2                              WIP 3                 WIP 4
                                                            Amazon Deadline!              Amazon Deadline!                     Running on Patreon and
                                                                                                                                                        serialized website
                                                                                                                                         (probably will polish and publish later)

March 3 to April 28                                 51,476 finished!                       23,942                            5,567                  13,144
                                                          (subject to review;
                                                      probably will reach 55K)
April 29                                                        -                                        1,313                            1,200                      -
May 1                                                           -                                        1,441                              -                          -
May 2                                                           -                                          -                                1,265                      -
May 3                                                           -                                        1,562                              -                           -


Thanks for reading.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on May 04, 2019, 10:17:36 PM
Still training my dragon. Reading from a book directly into Word through Dragon at normal speed and volume. Fairly accurate. Now I have to learn to think and talk at the same time.

 :rant
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on May 05, 2019, 08:50:17 AM
I wrote 1,115 words today.  The characters had to fight through a bunch of enemies and are now looking at the door which will open into the room where they will find the big bad.  Not all will survive.

But that will be for tomorrow.  Also, I should probably decide on who will deliver the final blow as any of those who survive will be capable of it.  (And who dies I've known since early on as this is a scene I've had planned in my head for maybe since I started writing this book.)

And then the book won't be over because they will still have to clean up the mess as some of the big bad's underlings are still back in the town the characters had to leave to get to the big bad.  So, after that, taking down the little bads.  LOL.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on May 06, 2019, 09:02:37 AM
I wrote 1,385 words today.  Still no big battle.  Instead, both sides were making their final preparations.  Also took care of a minor plot hole.  Well, not so much a plot hole as a question of logic.  That is, I knew why certain things were the way they were, but there was no in-story explanation and the reader would have had to have first read In Search of the Legendary Phineas Ray (or, possibly, Bad Fiction as the explanation might have also been in there) but I figured it best that it be stated explicitly in the current book.  It was an offhand reference anyway that actually presented a real world explanation, but even people that read Phineas Ray don't seem to have picked up on it.  And that sort of thing is actually a concern to me as sometimes I feel I may be making certain things too obvious, yet people still miss it.

Anyway, perhaps tomorrow they will all be ready to rumble!
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on May 07, 2019, 06:59:44 AM
I wrote 1,925 words today.  The big bad's soldiers have been defeated, but the big bad is still alive.  However, now one of the good guys is dead and the surviving good guys plus the big bad have all been captured by the big big bad.  Also, it occurs to me maybe I shouldn't be talking about spoilers like this.  :icon_think:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Harry J Langley on May 07, 2019, 07:07:26 PM
First real productive day yesterday on first draft of book three in my series, 1783 yesterday
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on May 07, 2019, 09:39:51 PM
I wrote 1,925 words today.  The big bad's soldiers have been defeated, but the big bad is still alive.  However, now one of the good guys is dead and the surviving good guys plus the big bad have all been captured by the big big bad.  Also, it occurs to me maybe I shouldn't be talking about spoilers like this.  :icon_think:

I love Cliff Notes. Sorry about your dead good guy. I'm sure he meant a lot to you.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: EC Sheedy on May 08, 2019, 12:08:52 AM
First real productive day yesterday on first draft of book three in my series, 1783 yesterday

Give yourself a star! Nothing feels better than a productive day.

I didn't get near your count but I'll take the 267 I scribbled yesterday. Also discovered I have too many characters. That can really mess things up, unless you're writing another Game of Thrones. Which I am definitely not!
 :writethink:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on May 08, 2019, 12:48:02 AM
I wrote 1,925 words today.  The big bad's soldiers have been defeated, but the big bad is still alive.  However, now one of the good guys is dead and the surviving good guys plus the big bad have all been captured by the big big bad.  Also, it occurs to me maybe I shouldn't be talking about spoilers like this.  :icon_think:

I love Cliff Notes. Sorry about your dead good guy. I'm sure he meant a lot to you.

Said character has been fated to die in this battle since very early on when I started writing the book.  At the time, it was meant to be more humorous but the book has since taken a more serious tone, so maybe it's a bit more tragic now.  Not sure.  I'll have to go over the scene again when I'm finished to make sure the death comes off well.

No animals die though, unless you count the mutants that are part squirrel.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on May 08, 2019, 03:15:40 AM
I wrote 1,925 words today.  The big bad's soldiers have been defeated, but the big bad is still alive.  However, now one of the good guys is dead and the surviving good guys plus the big bad have all been captured by the big big bad.  Also, it occurs to me maybe I shouldn't be talking about spoilers like this.  :icon_think:

I love Cliff Notes. Sorry about your dead good guy. I'm sure he meant a lot to you.

Said character has been fated to die in this battle since very early on when I started writing the book.  At the time, it was meant to be more humorous but the book has since taken a more serious tone, so maybe it's a bit more tragic now.  Not sure.  I'll have to go over the scene again when I'm finished to make sure the death comes off well.

No animals die though, unless you count the mutants that are part squirrel.

One of the worst death scenes was Sirius Black. Bad enough that a beloved character got Kadavra'd, but it was almost like a throw away line. Maybe it was two lines. I had to go back and read it a few times before it sunk it. As fast as I read, I might have even missed it.

The squirrel thing depends. Was it the squirrels who became part human (or whatever they mutated into), or the humans who became part squirrel. If it was the former, then it definitely counts as a dead squirrel, although they are considered rodents in England and probably a lot of other places.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on May 08, 2019, 03:25:32 AM
One of the worst death scenes was Sirius Black. Bad enough that a beloved character got Kadavra'd, but it was almost like a throw away line. Maybe it was two lines. I had to go back and read it a few times before it sunk it. As fast as I read, I might have even missed it.

Well, in mine, there's no real death scene.  The other characters spot the body in the aftermath of an event.

The squirrel thing depends. Was it the squirrels who became part human (or whatever they mutated into), or the humans who became part squirrel. If it was the former, then it definitely counts as a dead squirrel, although they are considered rodents in England and probably a lot of other places.

More along the lines of a mad scientist's creation.  So more of a DNA mix than subjecting squirrels to gamma rays.  ;)
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Harry J Langley on May 09, 2019, 06:04:40 AM
1091 yesterday, 2038 today.  Feel like I'm starting to get somewhere!
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on May 10, 2019, 08:29:27 AM
Guess I've missed updating for a few days.

May 7th: 1,095 words
May 8th: 1,215 words
May 9th: 4,250 words

This novel may never end.  LOL.  The big bad is on the run.  The big big bad has been dealt with.  But . . . quite unexpectedly, a big big big bad has arrived on the scene.  So now the characters have to figure out how to both take care of the big bad and also figure out how to defeat this new big big big bad.  And do so without the help of the character that was lost in the big battle.  Also, they are out of weapons.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on May 10, 2019, 10:39:10 AM
Guess I've missed updating for a few days.

May 7th: 1,095 words
May 8th: 1,215 words
May 9th: 4,250 words

This novel may never end.  LOL.  The big bad is on the run.  The big big bad has been dealt with.  But . . . quite unexpectedly, a big big big bad has arrived on the scene.  So now the characters have to figure out how to both take care of the big bad and also figure out how to defeat this new big big big bad.  And do so without the help of the character that was lost in the big battle.  Also, they are out of weapons.

Start a fight between the big bad and the big big big bad.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on May 11, 2019, 09:30:05 AM
I wrote 1,825 words today.

Which means my three day total is 7,290 words.

Which means, to the best of my knowledge, I have set a new personal best.

My previous best, set back in high school many, many moons ago, was 6,752 words over the course of three days.

That was a full story, though, and this is only part of a book, but it's still more words.

So I've beaten the word count by 538 words.

And there's still the possibility that tomorrow's word count might beat Thursday's which would mean I would set another new personal best.

Yay!
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on May 12, 2019, 11:45:06 AM
Almost 3k words today!  And my two book series is going to be three...but trilogies are good, right?  :angel:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on May 12, 2019, 11:53:16 AM
Almost 3k words today!  And my two book series is going to be three...but trilogies are good, right?  :angel:

 :tup3b
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on May 19, 2019, 07:00:39 AM
I'm back to work on my series and have about another 3k finished over the past few days.  Hope all is going well for everyone!
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: diisha392 on May 19, 2019, 11:52:32 AM
246 words today that I think I'll actually keep. This story has involved a lot of starting, running into a wall, deleting, and repeat, but I feel like I'm finally making some forward progress.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: diisha392 on May 22, 2019, 11:31:19 AM
84 words today but not sure how long some of them will stay.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on June 09, 2019, 03:30:01 AM
I'm stuck in finals for a few more days...how is everyone else doing?  I hope to start writing again on Monday.  :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on June 09, 2019, 07:46:02 AM
I'm stuck in finals for a few more days...how is everyone else doing?  I hope to start writing again on Monday.  :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em

I have plans for tomorrow. Not sure what I'll be writing. A small brain wave hit me this morning and I started a new story completely different from what I've been working on. Wrote 198 words. Yup, just realized I had some wordage to report. Don't know if it will go anywhere or not.

 :writethink:

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: diisha392 on June 12, 2019, 12:22:55 PM
Two 1K days in a row  Grin
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on June 13, 2019, 12:49:51 PM
Two 1K days in a row  Grin

 :goodpost: :cheers :clap:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: diisha392 on June 14, 2019, 12:23:31 AM
186 words out of today's first 15-minute writing block. I have a feeling I am going to need five of them to reach 1K for the day instead of the four I needed yesterday.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on June 14, 2019, 03:14:51 AM
I've got a plan to do some writing tomorrow. Hope my plan doesn't slide into the mud like my Sunday plan did. But, I think I have a better plan this time around.  :Healing:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on June 14, 2019, 08:18:47 AM
I'm back and hoping to write tomorrow!  So glad to have a little more free time for a few weeks.   :smilie_zauber:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: diisha392 on June 14, 2019, 11:01:28 PM
I'm back and hoping to write tomorrow!  So glad to have a little more free time for a few weeks.   :smilie_zauber:
I've got a plan to do some writing tomorrow. Hope my plan doesn't slide into the mud like my Sunday plan did. But, I think I have a better plan this time around.  :Healing:

Good luck!
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on June 15, 2019, 02:06:12 AM
Well, it worked out better than I thought. I'm working on the new idea and I got 1194 words in this morning.

My Sunday plan is back on track, I hope.  :tap
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: diisha392 on June 16, 2019, 05:14:01 AM
1049 words today, now 2 graduation parties and a trip to library to "play" with the die-cut machine
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on June 17, 2019, 04:41:27 AM
951 words. I was hoping for more but I was at McD's and rain was a serious threat.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: diisha392 on June 17, 2019, 12:06:47 PM
513 words. Spent the majority of the day with family celebrating my niece's baptism :)
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on June 17, 2019, 11:36:57 PM
513 words. Spent the majority of the day with family celebrating my niece's baptism :)

Congrats on both counts.

No writing plans for me today. Definitely tomorrow. I have an appt to get my car serviced and that should give me an hour or two of writing time in the waiting room.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: diisha392 on June 18, 2019, 08:12:59 AM
513 words. Spent the majority of the day with family celebrating my niece's baptism :)

Congrats on both counts.


Thank you :)  It was a lovely day with family and I managed a few more hundred words before going to bed.

Today I wrote 1012 words, but it's only 6:12 here so I may add a few more...
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: diisha392 on June 19, 2019, 10:34:34 AM
Another 1K day to keep my streak going!

My characters just had a short discussion about doughnuts; I'm thinking this scene might need a little more meat to it...
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Post by: Maggie Ann on June 19, 2019, 11:01:50 AM
Another 1K day to keep my streak going!

My characters just had a short discussion about doughnuts; I'm thinking this scene might need a little more meat to it...

Sugar without protein can leave you unbalanced.  :icon_rofl:

My auto appt got rescheduled to tomorrow so I'll be sitting in the waiting room with my AlphaSmart writing snappy dialogue about Victorian houses and mice. Should be interesting.

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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on June 20, 2019, 03:08:28 AM
1500 words last night, and they finally got the book open! Now, I just have to decide what's in it. LOL
 :catrun
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Post by: Maggie Ann on June 20, 2019, 05:27:55 AM
I discovered that my car only takes synthetic oil which does not break down in the FL heat like regular oil. I'd just sat down to wait for my car to get an oil change when they came over and told me I wouldn't need an oil change for another 4K miles. Okay. Good news. Except I'd just sat down to write.

117 words.  :littleclap Better than nothing.

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Post by: diisha392 on June 20, 2019, 02:02:57 PM
I got a little bit of meat to balance the scene but now they've wandered down to the beach and are doing some random poses
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Post by: Maggie Ann on June 24, 2019, 12:43:39 AM
Finally made it to Panera this morning where I got 1542 words written. The story took a turn I hadn't expected, but it's a good one. I find that my characters mostly know what they should be doing.

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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on June 24, 2019, 03:17:46 AM
Almost 2k words yesterday.  Hoping to finish this book in about a week.  :smilie_zauber:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on June 24, 2019, 03:35:23 AM
Almost 2k words yesterday.  Hoping to finish this book in about a week.  :smilie_zauber:

 :band:
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Post by: Hopscotch on June 24, 2019, 05:43:15 AM
Finished latest historical Western few days back, always get the blues when a book is done.  Single malt and choc ice cream usually cure.  This time feel so down I'll have to mix the two together to get boosted back to fulltime writing.  But I did manage 50+ words this morning and that's a spark of light at tunnel's end.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on June 24, 2019, 05:51:43 AM
Finished latest historical Western few days back, always get the blues when a book is done.  Single malt and choc ice cream usually cure.  This time feel so down I'll have to mix the two together to get boosted back to fulltime writing.  But I did manage 50+ words this morning and that's a spark of light at tunnel's end.

It's always good to jump back on the horse.

 :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em
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Post by: diisha392 on June 24, 2019, 09:41:05 AM
65 words today.

I might write more later but still pretty tired from driving 18 hours over three days for a wedding reception several states away.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on June 25, 2019, 01:31:19 AM
65 words today.

I might write more later but still pretty tired from driving 18 hours over three days for a wedding reception several states away.

Amazing after that marathon drive you found the energy to even write 65 words. Dedication!  :tup3b
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Post by: diisha392 on June 25, 2019, 06:28:44 AM
65 words today.

I might write more later but still pretty tired from driving 18 hours over three days for a wedding reception several states away.

Amazing after that marathon drive you found the energy to even write 65 words. Dedication!  :tup3b

Thanks! Although today's grand total is still at 0.

I'm trying to work out the next part of the story but really it's just a day of procrastinating...
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Post by: Maggie Ann on June 25, 2019, 09:11:17 AM
65 words today.

I might write more later but still pretty tired from driving 18 hours over three days for a wedding reception several states away.

Amazing after that marathon drive you found the energy to even write 65 words. Dedication!  :tup3b

Thanks! Although today's grand total is still at 0.

I'm trying to work out the next part of the story but really it's just a day of procrastinating...

I'm not even trying today. My muse hides on laundry day. I don't blame her at all. BTW, her name is Fiona.
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Post by: diisha392 on June 25, 2019, 11:43:13 AM


I'm not even trying today. My muse hides on laundry day. I don't blame her at all. BTW, her name is Fiona.


Love it!

648 words today
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Post by: Maggie Ann on June 26, 2019, 01:12:53 AM
Went to the library today and knocked out 1185 words. Also edited Sunday's work, so it was a good day.

Oh, and a  :dog1: decided to show up. Also some seniors who I think will play a good part in the mystery.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on June 26, 2019, 02:59:07 AM
Congrats on the word counts!  :goodpost:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on June 26, 2019, 04:13:12 AM
I won't post daily totals since it's been almost two months since I last posted.

I think the day of or after I last posted, our family dog went to the vet, then to the emergency care facility the following day.  Then, stayed in the doggy hospital for a couple days, then had surgery.  Came out of surgery okay and came home a day or two later.  Then back to the doggy hospital that Saturday morning where she passed away.

I didn't get a lot of writing done during that time, or after, and there were two days I didn't write at all, except maybe a few words on the space opera, which I haven't counted in these posts.

I ended May with a total word count of 33,865 words which was an average of 1,092.42 words per day.

Did better this month.  Last week, I wrote 8,200 words over a three day period which bested the 7,290 words written over a three day period in May.  I think I mentioned that in my last post.

I finished the novel today, which means my word count for June (through today) is 42,735 words which works out to be an average of 1,709.4 words per day.

Still have to edit and still only have one (potential) beta reader, but as it stands right now, this novel is 252,133 words long with 68 chapters.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on June 26, 2019, 05:13:33 AM
Aw, Dan, I'm so sorry about your doggie. It's heartbreaking, I know, to lose a fur baby.

But congrats on finishing the novel. That's an epic accomplishment.

 :smilie_zauber:
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on June 26, 2019, 06:10:12 AM
Dan, so sorry about your dog.  It's never easy.

Congrats on finishing the book! 
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on June 26, 2019, 08:11:24 AM
Book 2 is done! Now, to start book 3 in the series. We're hoping to have it finished before the end of August.  :catrun
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Post by: Maggie Ann on June 26, 2019, 08:42:46 AM
Book 2 is done! Now, to start book 3 in the series. We're hoping to have it finished before the end of August.  :catrun

Yay!!!  :banana:

I've had so many do-overs this year, I'm not sure when (or even if) I'm going to be able to say that.  :shrug
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on June 26, 2019, 08:50:59 AM
Book 2 is done! Now, to start book 3 in the series. We're hoping to have it finished before the end of August.  :catrun

Yay!!!  :banana:

I've had so many do-overs this year, I'm not sure when (or even if) I'm going to be able to say that.  :shrug

Thank you, Maggie Ann!  You'll get there.  :smilie_zauber:
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on June 26, 2019, 11:11:52 AM
I won't post daily totals since it's been almost two months since I last posted.

I think the day of or after I last posted, our family dog went to the vet, then to the emergency care facility the following day.  Then, stayed in the doggy hospital for a couple days, then had surgery.  Came out of surgery okay and came home a day or two later.  Then back to the doggy hospital that Saturday morning where she passed away.


So sorry to hear that, man.  I know how tough it is to lose a pet.   :icon_sad:


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I didn't get a lot of writing done during that time, or after


Perfectly understandable, and I'm surprised you got as much done as you did.


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as it stands right now, this novel is 252,133 words long with 68 chapters


That word count translates to somewhere in the neighborhood of a 1000-page ebook on Amazon.   :icon_eek:


Book 2 is done! Now, to start book 3 in the series. We're hoping to have it finished before the end of August.  :catrun


Congratulations.   :cheers


I've had so many do-overs this year, I'm not sure when (or even if) I'm going to be able to say that.  :shrug


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Post by: diisha392 on June 26, 2019, 11:56:54 AM
Sorry for the loss of your dog, Dan  :(
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Post by: Maggie Ann on June 27, 2019, 03:18:04 AM
Surprised myself with 1206 words today. I may have spent too much time on the dog, but he was just so darned cute.   :dog1:  He also provided a good distraction for the sister when brother didn't want her to overhear his conversation with Chief.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on June 27, 2019, 06:53:29 AM
Aw, Dan, I'm so sorry about your doggie. It's heartbreaking, I know, to lose a fur baby.

Dan, so sorry about your dog.  It's never easy.

So sorry to hear that, man.  I know how tough it is to lose a pet.   :icon_sad:

Sorry for the loss of your dog, Dan  :(

Thanks all.


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as it stands right now, this novel is 252,133 words long with 68 chapters

That word count translates to somewhere in the neighborhood of a 1000-page ebook on Amazon.   :icon_eek:

And then, sometimes, when editing, I tend to add words so who knows what the final word count will be.  Plus, I have yet to write the Acknowledgments section.

Already went through the first three chapters today and, yep, added words.

Maybe I can also do a "summary" version.  LOL.  Sold separately, of course.   :hehe

Does KU still pay by the page?  If so, cha-ching!  LOL.  You know, if anyone actually reads the whole thing.

Probably ought to do a paperback version for this one too.  It'll make the eBook look like a bargain.

The cover's done.  Yet, once again, I foolishly did not think ahead and designed for the eBook without considering the paperback.  I guess I can use the excuse that I originally designed the cover five years ago.  (Made minor revisions this year to make it "pop" more.  Hopefully.)
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Post by: 2-Bit D on June 27, 2019, 06:58:21 AM
Okay, with the fantasy epic (I guess it counts as an epic when it's 250k long) finished (except for editing and all that jazz), I can now move on to focus solely on the space opera that's been limpering along with a scant handful of words written each day.  (Is limpering not a word?  Spell-check does not approve.)

Except I haven't.

No.  Yesterday, I saw my "lame space opera" sitting on my hard drive and thought, hmm, I should work on that.

Also, did you know "lame" is now considered an offensive word?  Oy.

Anyway, so, today, I wrote 1,090 words on my lame space opera.  Technically, it was a lot of rewriting a short I wrote a while ago that I figured I could incorporate into this novel(la).  But, I added some new words too.
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Post by: diisha392 on June 27, 2019, 10:21:56 AM
1085 today although there are definitely some segments that will need editing later.

The #1000wordsofsummer challenge has been a big motivator the last week and a half for me.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on June 28, 2019, 04:07:57 AM
Couldn't make it to the library today because I had a couple of appointments. Brought my AlphaSmart and managed 764 words while I was waiting.

I'm having a problem conceptualizing the covers for this series. I guess I'll wait until the first book is finished before deciding. Might be no-people covers.

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Post by: 2-Bit D on June 28, 2019, 08:09:07 AM
Edited four chapters today.  Added some words, of course.

Wrote 1,140 words in the "lame space opera" but also rewrote a portion of yesterday's to make a scene less "adult" in nature and more goofy (hopefully).
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Post by: diisha392 on June 28, 2019, 11:54:54 AM
1018 written. Also fixed the formatting for the inside of the paperback version of the first novella in my trilogy (now if I could just get KDP Cover Creator to let me delete and rewrite some text, I'd be good to go!)
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Post by: Maggie Ann on June 28, 2019, 09:49:00 PM
1018 written. Also fixed the formatting for the inside of the paperback version of the first novella in my trilogy (now if I could just get KDP Cover Creator to let me delete and rewrite some text, I'd be good to go!)

I make my covers in PowerPoint. It's really very versatile.
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Post by: The Doctor on June 28, 2019, 10:25:33 PM
346 words today so far (it's a quiet day at work).
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Post by: Maggie Ann on June 29, 2019, 01:11:25 AM
I was waffling about going to the library this morning (I do my best writing there) because I had some errands to run this morning, but my muse (Fiona) had other ideas. Started to walk out the door, but I automatically picked up the messenger bag with my AlphaSmart in it and drove to the library. Wrote 1254 words. Fiona obviously knows best.

My average has always been 1K words per hour and I'd put in a two hour writing session. Now I'm averaging a lot more words in an hour. I wrote this 1254 in about 45 minutes and that's pretty close to what I've been doing since I started going to the library every day.

I don't think it's the library. I walked away from the series I was working on and went with an idea and characters that popped into my head one morning. I think I like these characters a lot better than the other series and that's why I'm able to put out more wordage.

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Post by: diisha392 on June 29, 2019, 10:19:48 AM
I was waffling about going to the library this morning (I do my best writing there) because I had some errands to run this morning, but my muse (Fiona) had other ideas. Started to walk out the door, but I automatically picked up the messenger bag with my AlphaSmart in it and drove to the library. Wrote 1254 words. Fiona obviously knows best.

Good job!


1005 words today for me
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Post by: 2-Bit D on June 29, 2019, 11:18:35 AM
Visited a haunted building, edited one chapter in the epic fantasy and wrote 1,285 words in the lame space opera today.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on June 29, 2019, 12:12:17 PM
Visited a haunted building, edited one chapter in the epic fantasy and wrote 1,285 words in the lame space opera today.

Research or fun?

Sounds like the lame space opera isn't so lame with all those words you've been adding.

I was waffling about going to the library this morning (I do my best writing there) because I had some errands to run this morning, but my muse (Fiona) had other ideas. Started to walk out the door, but I automatically picked up the messenger bag with my AlphaSmart in it and drove to the library. Wrote 1254 words. Fiona obviously knows best.

Good job!


1005 words today for me

 :tup3b
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Post by: Maggie Ann on June 30, 2019, 02:18:51 AM
Pretty good morning at the library. 1174 words and just for fun I strolled down the aisle where four of my books are shelved. Lovely. Keeps up the motivation.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on June 30, 2019, 05:42:05 AM
Pretty good morning at the library. 1174 words and just for fun I strolled down the aisle where four of my books are shelved. Lovely. Keeps up the motivation.

 :band:
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Post by: diisha392 on June 30, 2019, 01:01:21 PM
1015

Plus waffles with a friend and family time all through the afternoon
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Post by: Maggie Ann on June 30, 2019, 09:49:24 PM
1015

Plus waffles with a friend and family time all through the afternoon

Now I need some waffles, but the places that let me sit for a couple of hours writing don't serve waffles. <sigh>
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 01, 2019, 02:33:54 AM
Only 759 words today. I suspect I had waffles on my mind.
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Post by: diisha392 on July 01, 2019, 10:18:07 AM
Only 759 words today. I suspect I had waffles on my mind.

You need my local coffee shop, space to work and waffles on the weekends.


1036 words for me today and now I start shifting the focus of the story.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 02, 2019, 04:30:48 AM
Visited a haunted building, edited one chapter in the epic fantasy and wrote 1,285 words in the lame space opera today.

Research or fun?

Business.


Sounds like the lame space opera isn't so lame with all those words you've been adding.

It's not good.

I wrote 1,085 words on it on Saturday and another 1,065 words on Sunday.  (Giving my a five day average of 1,134 words per day.)  Or, I should say I rewrote that many words.  I started this lame space opera in May of 2016 before it went on the backburner for a while.  I've worked on it sporadically ever since.  Then, when getting close to finishing the fantasy epic, I started looking at it again as the next book to finish.  I realized I had what I had so far in it, plus a short story from several years ago that would be usable, plus a different short story from around the same time plus a series of three shorts I wrote a few years after that.  They were all space humor stuff and I figured by merging characters and rewriting the whole thing, I could marry them all together into one cohesive book that I could finish relatively quickly and get out prior to my other space opera being finished.

But, it's not going so well.  I'm trying to keep a lighter tone with this one, especially coming off the fantasy epic which had some dark (and adult) moments in it, and one of the short stories had an adult scene.  But, I've managed to silly it up (I hope) which makes it less adult despite a couple characters being completely naked in the scene.  But then the three story series that are the bulk of what I have written and would thus become the bulk of this book are a completely different style than everything else.

Melding the styles into one style is proving more difficult than merging characters.

Would possibly be easier if I hadn't apparently completely lost my ability to write humor.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 02, 2019, 05:01:11 AM
Visited a haunted building, edited one chapter in the epic fantasy and wrote 1,285 words in the lame space opera today.

Research or fun?

Business.


Sounds like the lame space opera isn't so lame with all those words you've been adding.

It's not good.

I wrote 1,085 words on it on Saturday and another 1,065 words on Sunday.  (Giving my a five day average of 1,134 words per day.)  Or, I should say I rewrote that many words.  I started this lame space opera in May of 2016 before it went on the backburner for a while.  I've worked on it sporadically ever since.  Then, when getting close to finishing the fantasy epic, I started looking at it again as the next book to finish.  I realized I had what I had so far in it, plus a short story from several years ago that would be usable, plus a different short story from around the same time plus a series of three shorts I wrote a few years after that.  They were all space humor stuff and I figured by merging characters and rewriting the whole thing, I could marry them all together into one cohesive book that I could finish relatively quickly and get out prior to my other space opera being finished.

But, it's not going so well.  I'm trying to keep a lighter tone with this one, especially coming off the fantasy epic which had some dark (and adult) moments in it, and one of the short stories had an adult scene.  But, I've managed to silly it up (I hope) which makes it less adult despite a couple characters being completely naked in the scene.  But then the three story series that are the bulk of what I have written and would thus become the bulk of this book are a completely different style than everything else.

Melding the styles into one style is proving more difficult than merging characters.

Would possibly be easier if I hadn't apparently completely lost my ability to write humor.

That's why I dumped my lame medieval historical romance. You lost your ability to write humor. I seem to have lost my ability to write historicals. I finally gave up the struggle. I was forcing the story and I didn't particularly like the characters. And I was only writing maybe once a week.

I'm now working on a contemporary mystery with some romance elements. Or it might be a contemporary romance with some mystery elements. Not sure. But I'm writing nearly every day. I don't know if I'll be able to keep it up, but so far, so good.

You shouldn't have to tie yourself in knots to write a story. Hard to type that way, anyway.  :writethink:
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on July 02, 2019, 05:54:19 AM
You shouldn't have to tie yourself in knots to write a story. Hard to type that way, anyway.  :writethink:

 :goodpost:
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on July 02, 2019, 05:56:02 AM
I took a few days off and now getting back to book 3.  I'm not sure if there will be a book 4 or not.  It depends on how much we can resolve in this one.  :angel:
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Post by: diisha392 on July 02, 2019, 06:46:27 AM
1015 today. If I get the urge to do a little more this evening, I will be over 23K in this piece.
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on July 02, 2019, 07:03:40 AM
Would possibly be easier if I hadn't apparently completely lost my ability to write humor.


Brevity is the soul of wit.  My advice: go watch the movie Fletch Lives.  Nothing does quick-hitting humor as well as that movie.  Watching it should help get your brain in the right gear.
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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on July 02, 2019, 01:25:14 PM
Jumping in.

2351 on book 3 of my steampunk series, just starting things off. It's always fun in the beginning. Didn't get to my edits of book 2, really need to just finish those last few chapters, so I will make an effort tomorrow. ARC readers chomping at the bit.

650 or so on a pirate cat mermaid short story for an anthology submission.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on July 02, 2019, 01:45:11 PM
650 or so on a pirate cat mermaid short story for an anthology submission.

Congrats!

And you have me intrigued with this one!  :smilie_zauber:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 03, 2019, 12:38:33 AM
Jumping in.

2351 on book 3 of my steampunk series, just starting things off. It's always fun in the beginning. Didn't get to my edits of book 2, really need to just finish those last few chapters, so I will make an effort tomorrow. ARC readers chomping at the bit.

650 or so on a pirate cat mermaid short story for an anthology submission.

Welcome to the thread. And congrats on the wordage.

I think I wrote some good words this morning. Advanced both the mystery and romance aspects with 1064 words. I'll be adding just another sentence or two because something else occurred to me on the way home.

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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 03, 2019, 12:39:19 AM
650 or so on a pirate cat mermaid short story for an anthology submission.

Congrats!

And you have me intrigued with this one!  :smilie_zauber:

Yeah, just what is a pirate cat mermaid? Definitely intriguing.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 03, 2019, 06:30:28 AM
Wrote 1,015 words yesterday and 1,455 words today on the lame space opera.  Still mostly rewriting while adding some new content in the mix.  Still not merging well, but getting a better feel for it as I continue rewriting the old content to fit into the new.  Will need a larger rewrite later, but getting it merged and in place will help with that.

Edited eight chapters in the fantasy epic.  Keeps getting longer as I do.  LOL.  So, it will probably stay over 250k in length.  Only forty-three chapters left to go!
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Post by: diisha392 on July 03, 2019, 11:46:43 AM
about 500 words today  :confused:  My motivation slipped away today.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 03, 2019, 01:05:06 PM
Wrote 1,015 words yesterday and 1,455 words today on the lame space opera.  Still mostly rewriting while adding some new content in the mix.  Still not merging well, but getting a better feel for it as I continue rewriting the old content to fit into the new.  Will need a larger rewrite later, but getting it merged and in place will help with that.

Edited eight chapters in the fantasy epic.  Keeps getting longer as I do.  LOL.  So, it will probably stay over 250k in length.  Only forty-three chapters left to go!

At first I thought you said you added eight chapters. Then I realized that you probably couldn't have done that overnight. Phew. Edited, right.

about 500 words today  :confused:  My motivation slipped away today.

500 is way better than 0. Pat yourself on the back for working through your lack of motivation.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 04, 2019, 12:59:01 AM
Once again, I was forced by circumstance to have breakfast out while I waited for something in the area. I'm thinking I should always have my AlphaSmart with me when I leave the house just in case a writing opportunity arises.

So, 1029 words this morning, but I think I came up with this clue to early. I'll see if I can work around it or if I need to plop it in three or four chapters down the road.

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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on July 04, 2019, 02:11:23 AM
Thank for the welcome! Meant to come back yesterday to say I finished editing book 2 and got another 1800 words on book 3.

Anyway, I'm writing a story for an anthology themed "swashbuckling cats" aka any ocean-going felines. I've always wanted to write a pirate/mermaid romance. So I'm sort of doing Treasure Island meets The Little mermaid with lesbian cats. I'm trying to think of a good name for the mermaid cats. I didn't like purrmaid, so right now I'm going with merkitty. Wanted something gender neutral so I didn't need a separate term for the boys. Half the characters are merkitties, the other half are regular cats who are pirates.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 04, 2019, 03:21:49 AM
Editing . . .

"He folded his arms over his shoulders."

How does one do that?   :hug:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 04, 2019, 08:08:04 AM
Reached the halfway point (in chapter numbers, not necessarily word count) in editing the fantasy epic.

And wrote 1,200 words in the lame space opera.  Er, rewrote.  Whatever.
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Post by: diisha392 on July 04, 2019, 12:21:58 PM
1028 today
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 05, 2019, 01:37:57 AM
Must have been in the zone today. Wrote 2003.

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Post by: diisha392 on July 05, 2019, 06:17:27 AM
Must have been in the zone today. Wrote 2003.

Awesome work!


5k run this morning and now 1K written
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 05, 2019, 02:45:35 PM
Wrote (or rewrote) 1,220 words yesterday.

Edited five chapters, I think, in the fantasy epic.
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Post by: RJRugroden on July 06, 2019, 05:20:01 AM
Wrote 3k today. Yay!
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on July 06, 2019, 06:11:10 AM
Wrote 3k today. Yay!
Wow! Well done.  :smilie_zauber:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 06, 2019, 07:17:09 AM
Wrote 3k today. Yay!

Great! Now I don't have to since you did enough for both of us. Kidding!

I had this great plan. I had tons of errands to run and other stuff to do around the house. One of my errands was AT&T and I've never just walked in there and gotten taken care of. Figured I'd sit and write while I waited. Nope. They were all just sitting around waiting for me. Piffle.

But there's always tomorrow when I, too, might write 3K words.  :tap
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 06, 2019, 07:58:30 AM
Wrote 1,025 words today in the lame space opera and edited five chapters in the fantasy epic.  Only 22 chapters left to edit!

Also wrote 500-600 words in the other space opera.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on July 06, 2019, 08:30:55 AM
500 words in book 3...hope to do more tonight!   :catrun
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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on July 06, 2019, 10:28:34 AM
I was sick the last two days. Wrote 2786 today.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on July 07, 2019, 06:11:50 AM
Another 1k words last night.  Hoping to find time to write that much today!  :angel:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 07, 2019, 07:54:05 AM
1759 today. I had hoped for 2K and I would have made that and more, but stormy weather intervened. Had to scoot home ahead of the rain.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 07, 2019, 09:46:31 AM
Three chapters of the fantasy epic edited and 1,400 words written in the lame space opera, plus 297 words written in the regular space opera.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 07, 2019, 12:36:44 PM
Three chapters of the fantasy epic edited and 1,400 words written in the lame space opera, plus 297 words written in the regular space opera.

How do you keep it all straight?

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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on July 07, 2019, 01:05:53 PM
I was out most of the day. Wrote 334 words.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 08, 2019, 01:09:42 AM
Wrote 1667 this morning, but then I added a bit when I had to make some corrections.

The story is moving too fast again. I'm up to a total of 17.5K words and I need to hit at least 50K. At this rate, I'll have the mystery solved by the end of the week without reaching my goal.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 08, 2019, 01:16:11 AM
Three chapters of the fantasy epic edited and 1,400 words written in the lame space opera, plus 297 words written in the regular space opera.

How do you keep it all straight?

I don't know.  Three different books, three different sets of characters.  I guess it's not unlike following the plot lines of multiple TV shows.

I might put the lame space opera on the backburner though.  I'm just not getting it to work out well.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 08, 2019, 01:17:31 AM
The story is moving too fast again. I'm up to a total of 17.5K words and I need to hit at least 50K. At this rate, I'll have the mystery solved by the end of the week without reaching my goal.

Add in a character that's a moron and keeps messing things up.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on July 08, 2019, 04:52:53 AM
Wrote 1667 this morning, but then I added a bit when I had to make some corrections.

The story is moving too fast again. I'm up to a total of 17.5K words and I need to hit at least 50K. At this rate, I'll have the mystery solved by the end of the week without reaching my goal.

Add a romance?  Maybe an obstacle to finding the next clue?  Have fun with the story!
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 08, 2019, 05:32:45 AM
The story is moving too fast again. I'm up to a total of 17.5K words and I need to hit at least 50K. At this rate, I'll have the mystery solved by the end of the week without reaching my goal.

Add in a character that's a moron and keeps messing things up.

That might work. One of the three friends is kind of a dingbat and clumsy to boot. She might do very nicely.

Wrote 1667 this morning, but then I added a bit when I had to make some corrections.

The story is moving too fast again. I'm up to a total of 17.5K words and I need to hit at least 50K. At this rate, I'll have the mystery solved by the end of the week without reaching my goal.

Add a romance?  Maybe an obstacle to finding the next clue?  Have fun with the story!

Already is a romance and I keep going back and forth with that. I'm genetically incapable of writing anything without a romance in it.  :kiss:

There are four main characters and my goal is a four book series. Two men have also popped up in the story that will do for two of the friends and I'm sure another one will poke his head out of the woodwork soon.

The last mystery/romance series I wrote consisted of 50 pages, 114 pages, 91 pages and 101 pages, and it's my best seller. The bundle is 309 pages and hardly sells at all. Maybe I should just stick to what works. I'm already at novella length (barely), and if I stop worrying about how many words/pages I need, the story will end when it's supposed to end.

Thanks, guys. I appreciate the help.

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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 08, 2019, 07:00:02 AM
"The fence stood nearly teen feet high . . ."

Unless it's formed with bodies, this is a typo.  :hehe
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 08, 2019, 08:20:00 AM
Five chapters edited (only fifteen chapters to go!) and 1,465 words written in the lame space opera.

And 41 words written in the regular space opera.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 08, 2019, 10:10:30 AM
Five chapters edited (only fifteen chapters to go!) and 1,465 words written in the lame space opera.

And 41 words written in the regular space opera.

Just can't walk away, can you.  :tap
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 08, 2019, 10:49:57 AM
Five chapters edited (only fifteen chapters to go!) and 1,465 words written in the lame space opera.

And 41 words written in the regular space opera.

Just can't walk away, can you.  :tap

It's a terrible, terrible train wreck and I'm in the middle of it.  Hard to walk away from that unless you're David Dunn. 
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 09, 2019, 07:29:00 AM
Nine chapters edited (six to go!) in the fantasy epic, 1,030 words written in the lame space opera and 156 words written in the regular space opera.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 09, 2019, 09:12:31 AM
A mere 67 today.

I had planned on editing and thought the first 17 out of 73 pages were done. Nope, I've made some serious blunders in space and time and even the first paragraph needs to be rewritten.

Didn't even describe anyone's eye color (a la JKR) so I spent a few hours writing up mini-bios for all the main characters (still a couple of secondary to go), changing many of the names, and finally settling on some place names.

Time to get serious.  :icon_redface:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 09, 2019, 10:15:43 AM
Does 696 words of bio and settings count?

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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on July 09, 2019, 11:57:25 AM
Still fighting this cold. Wrote 2410 words today before I got dizzy/light-headed and had to stop.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 09, 2019, 12:55:04 PM
Still fighting this cold. Wrote 2410 words today before I got dizzy/light-headed and had to stop.

Summer colds are always the worst. Hope you feel better soon.   :Healing:

While re-editing the first 17 pages (+1), I wrote enough words to add on another page. I'll call it the standard word count for a page. 250.
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on July 09, 2019, 05:25:01 PM
I'm in outlining mode right now.  I wrote 60k words of the first draft and was on page 10 of my 12-page outline, but then I stopped because the book didn't end the way I liked.  So I'm re-outlining the conclusion.  Once that's done, I'll wrap up the draft.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 10, 2019, 01:12:19 AM
Back to the library and 1499 words. I'm planning on editing another ten or so pages and will probably get more wordage out of that.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 10, 2019, 05:09:05 AM
I have finished editing the fantasy epic.  Yay.  It closes out at 252.9k words.

Now I need to line up a second beta reader volunteer somehow.

And finish the cover design.

Oh, and write the acknowledgments section, but I usually do that last, after the beta readers (but usually before editing . . .).
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on July 10, 2019, 06:09:39 AM
I have finished editing the fantasy epic.  Yay.  It closes out at 252.9k words.

Now I need to line up a second beta reader volunteer somehow.

And finish the cover design.

Oh, and write the acknowledgments section, but I usually do that last, after the beta readers (but usually before editing . . .).

 :goodpost: :cheers :clap:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 10, 2019, 08:01:28 AM
Cover design . . .  I think it's done.

Also, wrote 1,145 words in the lame space opera and 281 words in the regular space opera.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 10, 2019, 08:11:14 AM
I have finished editing the fantasy epic.  Yay.  It closes out at 252.9k words.

Now I need to line up a second beta reader volunteer somehow.

And finish the cover design.

Oh, and write the acknowledgments section, but I usually do that last, after the beta readers (but usually before editing . . .).

 :band:

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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on July 10, 2019, 10:55:55 AM
Feeling a little better today. 2395 words. Thanks for the well wishes.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 11, 2019, 05:14:52 AM
Wrote (er, rewrote) 1,130 words in the lame space opera today.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 11, 2019, 07:39:09 AM
On the fantasy epic, I wrote 14 words for the acknowledgments if that counts.  LOL.  It's just weird not working on this one.  And those words were notes for the acknowledgments not the actual acknowledgments yet.

Also, I want to type it as "acknowledgements" but manage to refrain.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 11, 2019, 08:30:51 AM
I'll be editing tonight. Nothing written. I had hoped to write during the interminable wait at the doc's office but they fooled me by being totally efficient and on-time. Piffle.
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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on July 11, 2019, 09:05:10 AM
Wrote 2050 words today before I had to leave for the evening.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 11, 2019, 10:34:54 PM
No new wordage, but I did edit 25 pages and designed all four of the covers for the series. They're still in mock-up mode after 492 (maybe 493, I lost count) versions, but I think I've got it. Now I'll be sending out the images for cutting out and whenever they get back to me, I'll finalize the covers. No rush at all.

I'm counting pages and not chapters because I don't chapterize until after the final edit.

The library and and the story are pulling me onward this morning.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 12, 2019, 07:31:13 AM
No work done today on the fantasy epic.  Sent eMails yesterday to two people I need to list in the acknowledgments to see if it's okay and how they want their names listed.  Haven't heard anything yet.  Also haven't heard back from my prospective beta reader.  And on this one I really need beta readers because the villain(s) really do some nasty stuff to people and I want to make sure it's coming off as villainous rather than gratuitous, if that makes sense.

Wrote (er, rewrote) 1,280 words in the lame space opera.  It's at 22,208 words at the moment and the target was 30k.  Still about 7,100 words of old material to be rewritten, so that would put it at around 30k.  After that, I still need to mesh it all together better than what it is.  And I need to change the characterization of one character to make him more goofy and less "adult".
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 12, 2019, 08:47:18 AM
With 1277 added today, I'm up to 20.5K total. It's getting there.

Now to work some more on those covers and edit a few more pages.
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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on July 12, 2019, 11:39:00 AM
3254 words today on the main book. Still haven't touched the short story with the cat pirates/merkitties this week, really need to make time for that because it's due at the end of the month and I want time to polish it.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 12, 2019, 12:58:06 PM
3254 words today on the main book. Still haven't touched the short story with the cat pirates/merkitties this week, really need to make time for that because it's due at the end of the month and I want time to polish it.

You must be feeling better.  Grin
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 13, 2019, 05:58:32 AM
Wrote (re-wrote) 1,395 words in the lame space opera.

Wrote 28 words in the regular space opera.

Did nothing on the fantasy epic.  Still waiting to hear from people.
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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on July 13, 2019, 11:53:24 AM
3254 words today on the main book. Still haven't touched the short story with the cat pirates/merkitties this week, really need to make time for that because it's due at the end of the month and I want time to polish it.

You must be feeling better.  Grin

Slowly, yes. I'm also gaining momentum so it's easier to write even when I'm not feeling in top shape. 2676 words today.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 13, 2019, 12:03:17 PM
Nothing written, but I did do some editing and found that about half a page was missing. It was still in my Alpha Smart so I had no trouble pasting it back in. Phew. Could have been much worse.

Also worked on the covers. Having a hard time with one of the figures. I finally settled on a good pose but when I tried to remove the background, I ran into all sorts of problems caused by her wearing a gray sweater and the background being shades of gray. Spent way too much time on it and this was just the mock-up. I haven't even bought the images yet.

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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 14, 2019, 12:13:45 PM
GD wanted to go to the farmer's market this morning and granddaughter trumps writing any day.

But the good news is that I conquered the background removal, bought the images and finalized the covers. Not that I have the books written, of course. I gave up on GIMP. I got it right one time and then failed to get it right numerous times after that. I then went to paint.net, watched a tutorial, and VOILA!! Easy, beasy. Removing the brick wall was harder and more time consuming, but I did it. I even removed an arm that was in an awkward position. Very proud of myself.

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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 15, 2019, 12:24:39 AM
Back on track with 1177 words. Hope to get some editing done this afternoon.
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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on July 15, 2019, 10:15:43 AM
Spent time with family yesterday. 2565 words today.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 15, 2019, 11:36:57 AM
Wrote 1,130 words yesterday and 1,440 words today in the lame space opera.

Wrote 219 words today in the regular space opera.

Sent copy of the fantasy epic to my beta reader yesterday.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on July 15, 2019, 02:40:37 PM
I changed another cover!  Hoping to have more words tomorrow.   :writethink:
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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on July 16, 2019, 10:10:04 AM
2513 words today. I'm also rewriting all of my blurbs. Currently finished: 2.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 16, 2019, 10:43:27 AM
Wrote 1,480 words today for the lame space opera.

Wrote 73 words in the regular space opera.  Slow but it's a tough chapter since not everything going on is real.

Heard back from my beta reader for the fantasy epic.  Claims to be excited to start reading it.  I feel so sorry for her.

Also, fixed a computer.  Had to do some resoldering to get the screen working again.  Don't know how long it will hold out but it's working for now.  Next I need to get a rubber foot so the keyboard won't be wobbly.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 17, 2019, 08:57:35 AM
Wrote 1,050 words in the lame space opera and 170 words in the regular space opera.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on July 18, 2019, 02:17:11 AM
Finally got some writing done!  Added about 1k words and happy with story now. :smilie_zauber:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 18, 2019, 02:23:39 AM
Finally got some writing done!  Added about 1k words and happy with story now. :smilie_zauber:

Wordage is important but happiness with the story is everything.

Did some editing yesterday. Wrote 1449 this morning. I'm happy, too.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 18, 2019, 06:53:00 AM
I wrote 1,365 words today on the lame space opera.  Again, technically, it was rewriting.  And, I will probably have to rewrite and lot of the rewriting later.  LOL.  But I'm starting to maybe get a feel for how to pull it all together which is probably good considering I'm about 30k words into it at this point.

Also wrote 430 words in the "regular" space opera.

Also, kind of itching to do some work on the space adventure series I mentioned in my thread in the
Deep Space Infinity subforum.  Haven't done any writing but have done some thinking on it which I think counts for something.  Also did an illustrated character sheet showing the main characters.

Also my beta reader reported in that she is making progress reading the fantasy epic.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on July 18, 2019, 12:05:13 PM
Back to playing with covers tonight!  As soon as I finish this book, I'm going to write some mysteries.  :catrun
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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on July 19, 2019, 06:51:49 AM
I haven't been sleeping so that makes it hard to focus. I wrote 664 words yesterday, none on Tuesday.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 19, 2019, 07:51:39 AM
Wrote 1,735 words today in the lame space opera and 129 words in the regular space opera.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 19, 2019, 08:07:23 AM
Back to playing with covers tonight!  As soon as I finish this book, I'm going to write some mysteries.  :catrun

My one mystery series outsells all my romance books, although there's a strong element of romance in the mystery. I'm writing another mystery series now. Fingers crossed it does as well.
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on July 19, 2019, 10:09:15 AM
I finished outlining the conclusion of my story.  I'm now ready to resume writing it and push to the finish line.  Once the first draft is done, I'll have to do some more outlining for the remaining books in the series.  I've got some other things I need to do, too.  Once all that's done, I'll start the second draft.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on July 19, 2019, 12:06:39 PM
I haven't been sleeping so that makes it hard to focus. I wrote 664 words yesterday, none on Tuesday.

Hope you feel better soon.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 19, 2019, 11:20:22 PM
Same problem here, Kristen. Only getting about half my normal sleep. I'm just editing now to keep my mind in the story. Has to be done anyway and better sooner than later.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 20, 2019, 07:38:55 AM
Wrote 0 words today in the lame space opera, but I did do some manuscript clean-up and organization: deleted older text that was rewritten, deleted no longer needed notes and organized the characters in a chart.  The latter is still a work in progress but it's more organized than I was before.

Wrote 103 words in the regular space opera, so I still hit the 50 word count minimum for the day.  :banana:
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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on July 20, 2019, 10:18:57 AM
Wrote 2276 words today.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 21, 2019, 02:47:55 PM
Wrote 205 words yesterday in the lame space opera.

Just spent about a half hour drawing an alien.  Was almost finished--only had to draw the hands--and the drawing program froze and I lost the whole thing.
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Post by: notthatamanda on July 21, 2019, 10:53:11 PM
Wrote 205 words yesterday in the lame space opera.

Just spent about a half hour drawing an alien.  Was almost finished--only had to draw the hands--and the drawing program froze and I lost the whole thing.
Oh man that stinks.  Sympathies.  Good luck recreating it.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 22, 2019, 01:16:43 AM
Wrote 205 words yesterday in the lame space opera.

Just spent about a half hour drawing an alien.  Was almost finished--only had to draw the hands--and the drawing program froze and I lost the whole thing.

Piffle! Hope you can recreate him/her/it.

1209 words this morning and more clues have crossed our intrepid reporter's path. Will they bring him any closer to solving the mystery? Or will they only lead him down another blind alley with only his adorable dog, Sammy, for company.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 22, 2019, 07:06:42 AM
Wrote 330 words today in the lame space opera.  Pace has really dropped.  LOL.  It's harder now that I'm working on integrating it all together into a cohesive whole.


Wrote 205 words yesterday in the lame space opera.

Just spent about a half hour drawing an alien.  Was almost finished--only had to draw the hands--and the drawing program froze and I lost the whole thing.

Piffle! Hope you can recreate him/her/it.

Oh man that stinks.  Sympathies.  Good luck recreating it.

Thanks.  I was so disappointed last night after losing it that I didn't attempt to redraw it.  Instead I drew a rock in a landscape which was like really, really simple.  LOL.

I suppose it's not a big loss.  These are generally little more than glorified doodles.  There's one that I plan to refine and making into a greeting card, but most aren't anything to get excited about.  Maybe character ideas for books or whatnot but not so far.

Earlier today, I did recreate the drawing.  I feel the one I did (and lost) last night was slightly better but at least its "regeneration" survives.

I try to do a drawing every day.  I started in February and I don't think I've missed a day yet.  It is sometimes difficult to come up with a new idea every day.  In March, I had like a week and a half of aliens then almost a week of weird animals in March.  Then, in April, almost two weeks of aliens again.

Certainly, none of these will ever hang in a gallery.  LOL.

I didn't do daily drawings last year but did have a number of drawings throughout the year and used them, with commentary, in my newsletter.  I may do the same this year, but it would be a huge issue if I use them all.  LOL.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 23, 2019, 04:58:09 AM
Wrote 345 words today on the lame space opera.

And only 82 words so far in the regular space opera.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on July 23, 2019, 07:04:09 AM
Dan, I'm glad you recreated your drawing!  And Maggie, your book sounds very intriguing.

I spent last night making a video that I hope will get people to try my books.  We'll see.  LOL :pdt
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 24, 2019, 03:19:34 AM
I wrote 235 words for the lame space opera today.  It really needs a lot of work.  I like the prologue but I'm not yet happy with anything else.

I ended up writing more on the regular space opera yesterday, so I finished with a total of 350 words on it yesterday.  And I've written 269 words for it so far today.

I'd really like to finish the lame space opera first, because it was supposed to be an easy thing to finish, and I thought it would give me something in the genre to release prior to the regular (more serious) space opera.  The plan was for the lame space opera to be around 30k words.  Maybe 40k?  But it's at about 33k right now and nothing much has really actually happened yet.  There's supposed to be tons of space battles and whatnot and it's a lot of dialogue.  Except for the prologue.  The prologue is pretty balanced with action and dialogue.  The rest, ugh.


I spent last night making a video that I hope will get people to try my books.  We'll see.  LOL :pdt

Good luck with the video!
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 24, 2019, 04:13:46 AM
Dan, I'm glad you recreated your drawing!  And Maggie, your book sounds very intriguing.

I spent last night making a video that I hope will get people to try my books.  We'll see.  LOL :pdt

Thanks, Lori. I'm hoping for at least interesting, but I'll take intriguing. ;)

Good luck with the video. I have a few up on youtube but never could figure out what to do with them.

Finished editing the WiP last night. Nearly 25K and 104 pages.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on July 24, 2019, 11:10:23 AM
I like making book trailers and I think they help a little with sales.  I mainly post them on social media.  This video has four trailers that I added in a 'playlist' and I have a few people watching all the way though...so that's a start!  :cheers
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 24, 2019, 12:36:48 PM
Too many errands to run today, but I did manage 208 words. Not a lot but at least it was something.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 25, 2019, 07:31:17 AM
Wrote 340 words for the lame space opera today.  It's a hot mess.  I really should stop working on it and step away from it for a time and come back to it fresh.

Yesterday, I ended up writing 567 words for the regular space opera and I've written 45 words for it so far today.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on July 25, 2019, 08:50:45 AM
Power went out last night during a thunderstorm, so no writing for me. 
It was back on this morning, so maybe I'll get some words down tonight.  :writethink:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 25, 2019, 09:08:32 AM
Power went out last night during a thunderstorm, so no writing for me.

Reminds me of the time I had a big Latin test back when I was still in school.  I wrote a computer program to quiz me and help me study for this test.  Night before the test, I think I started studying using my program and then . . . thunderstorm . . . power outage . . .  I think the power was down for like two hours.  And then it was bedtime . . .
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 25, 2019, 10:48:57 PM
Power went out last night during a thunderstorm, so no writing for me. 
It was back on this morning, so maybe I'll get some words down tonight.  :writethink:

You need an AlphaSmart. It runs on AA batteries which last about a year. Lightweight and easy to take anywhere. Just plug it into your laptop, hit send, and it uploads the wordage into your doc.

They don't make them anymore, but you can get them on Amazon or Ebay. I like the Neo best. Some of them have internet capability and some don't. I like not being plugged in while I'm writing.

About $30-40.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 26, 2019, 06:24:51 AM
Wrote 1,040 words today for the lame space opera.

Didn't write anymore on the regular space opera yesterday and have only written 35 words for it so far today.


As for the sketch I had to recreate the other day, here he is for a limited time:

(http://www.dcrblogs.com/clients/dcrwrites/mesmerizing-alien-20190721-1304.png)

An eight year-old could probably do better but it is what it is.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 26, 2019, 11:51:33 AM
Wrote 1,040 words today for the lame space opera.

Didn't write anymore on the regular space opera yesterday and have only written 35 words for it so far today.


As for the sketch I had to recreate the other day, here he is for a limited time:

(http://www.dcrblogs.com/clients/dcrwrites/mesmerizing-alien-20190721-1304.png)

An eight year-old could probably do better but it is what it is.

Aww, he's sweet.

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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on July 26, 2019, 12:37:38 PM
Dan, nice drawing! What's that logo on his shirt? :smilie_zauber:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 26, 2019, 01:20:58 PM
Aww, he's sweet.

Thanks!

Dan, nice drawing! What's that logo on his shirt? :smilie_zauber:

Thanks!

The emblem either represents whatever space military he's in or his particular duty classification.  I haven't fully decided.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 27, 2019, 02:02:22 AM
I didn't think I was going to make it to the library today, but my writerly self drove the car there instead of WalMart. I'll take the library any day over WalMart. So, 1420 words that I'm happy with. The story, both the mystery and romance sides, are progressing nicely.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 27, 2019, 02:32:50 AM
So far, zero words written in the lame space opera and 7 words written in the regular space opera.

The lame space opera's word count is likely to drop from 35k to 7k today.  I am thinking about scrapping about 28k of it and starting over at chapter 3.  I'll still use some of that 28k, but will work it in as I revamp this thing.

Unless I change my mind once I get into it.  LOL.

But, as I was thinking of it last night and this morning, I think that may be the best way get this story on track.  I mean, it was supposed to be a short work to begin with, 30k-40k words I figured, and it's at 35k words and nothing has happened.  Plus two characters that were supposed to be in the main cast have fallen by the wayside and haven't been mentioned since the first chapter.  And there's thirty-three chapters so far!

So, I think I'm going to go over the characters, maybe do some trimming and merging, and see if I can get this thing on track.


Today's alien:

(http://www.dcrblogs.com/clients/dcrwrites/alien-commander-20190726-0121.png)
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 27, 2019, 02:49:48 AM
So far, zero words written in the lame space opera and 7 words written in the regular space opera.

The lame space opera's word count is likely to drop from 35k to 7k today.  I am thinking about scrapping about 28k of it and starting over at chapter 3.  I'll still use some of that 28k, but will work it in as I revamp this thing.

Unless I change my mind once I get into it.  LOL.

But, as I was thinking of it last night and this morning, I think that may be the best way get this story on track.  I mean, it was supposed to be a short work to begin with, 30k-40k words I figured, and it's at 35k words and nothing has happened.  Plus two characters that were supposed to be in the main cast have fallen by the wayside and haven't been mentioned since the first chapter.  And there's thirty-three chapters so far!

So, I think I'm going to go over the characters, maybe do some trimming and merging, and see if I can get this thing on track.


Today's alien:

(http://www.dcrblogs.com/clients/dcrwrites/alien-commander-20190726-0121.png)

Not as sweet as the other one, but a very inventive alien.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 27, 2019, 07:05:41 AM
Okay, so 580 words written in the lame space opera today.  I think I've figured a way to salvage most of the 28k words that would have been scrapped.  Have still done some trimming, but I merged one character into another and demoted another character.

The problem is that the captain seems reasonably capable in the first chapter, but comes across as an utter moron in subsequent chapters.  That problem was caused by trying to merge different works together.  Now, the captain from chapter one remains the captain and the captain from subsequent chapters has been demoted.  So, now the character can remain a moron and the captain can still appear reasonably capable.  I think it's funnier now.

Not as sweet as the other one, but a very inventive alien.

Thanks!
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on July 27, 2019, 07:53:18 AM
Today's alien:

(http://www.dcrblogs.com/clients/dcrwrites/alien-commander-20190726-0121.png)


This one's a bit more Lovecraftian than the other one.  I approve.   :cool:
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Post by: Tom Wood on July 27, 2019, 08:01:35 AM
Neil DeGrasse Tyson has a few rants about how badly designed we are. Like, placing our breathing in a place where we can easily choke to death on our food. But his most fun observation is about our crotch: It's like building an amusement park in a sewer!

Not sure why this came to mind, so, carry on!
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 27, 2019, 10:44:00 AM
Neil DeGrasse Tyson has a few rants about how badly designed we are. Like, placing our breathing in a place where we can easily choke to death on our food. But his most fun observation is about our crotch: It's like building an amusement park in a sewer!

Not sure why this came to mind, so, carry on!

Thanks so much for that visual. I'm not sure I want to visit those nightmares I'll be having tonight.
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on July 27, 2019, 03:33:53 PM
But his most fun observation is about our crotch: It's like building an amusement park in a sewer!


That's an old engineering joke.  I first heard it back in the 90s, and I'm sure it's much older than that.  It goes like this (http://www.analyticalq.com/humor/engineers.htm):

Quote
Four engineers were sitting around one day trying to figure out what kind of Engineer God is.

The first engineer says "I think God is a Mechanical Engineer, because of joints and muscle and sense of balance." The other three nod there heads and say "Yeah, could be."

The second engineer says "I think God is an Electrical Engineer, because of the nervous system and neural network." The other three nod there heads and say "Yeah, could be."

The third engineer says "I think God is a Chemical Engineer, because of hormonal balances and metabolism." The other three nod there heads and say "Yeah, could be."

The fourth engineer snaps his fingers and shouts out "I know, God MUST be a Civil Engineer!"

The other three ask "Why?"

"Well" says the fourth engineer, "who else would put a waste water drainage right through a prime recreational area?"
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 28, 2019, 11:04:20 AM
Thanks, Jeff. Now I remember the joke.

Managed to squeeze out 129 words. Hope to do much better tomorrow.

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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on July 29, 2019, 04:30:30 AM
No writing, but I did update two covers. 

And I have a question...if my book gets up to #1 in a free category on Amazon, does that make me a BestGiving author?  :hehe
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Post by: diisha392 on July 29, 2019, 07:06:44 AM
Haven't written for almost three weeks (decided to simply focus on the traveling) but am back with new ideas :)

Wrote 150 words on a short story so far today.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 29, 2019, 10:09:29 AM
A good 1572 words today. Up to about 28K now.

No writing, but I did update two covers. 

And I have a question...if my book gets up to #1 in a free category on Amazon, does that make me a BestGiving author?  :hehe

You're entitled to that honorific. I've never even made it to #1 in Free.



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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 29, 2019, 10:46:24 AM
No words yesterday on the lame space opera due to a missing hard drive issue.

Wrote 240 words today in it.  Working better with the character changes I made.


Yesterday, I wrote 63 words on the regular space opera which barely qualifies me for this thread.  LOL.  Wrote 338 words today so far.  Finally nearing the end of a chapter I've spent way too long on.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on July 29, 2019, 04:19:40 PM
A good 1572 words today. Up to about 28K now.

No writing, but I did update two covers. 

And I have a question...if my book gets up to #1 in a free category on Amazon, does that make me a BestGiving author?  :hehe

You're entitled to that honorific. I've never even made it to #1 in Free.

Only made it to #9 in espionage so far, but thought I'd ask. :angel:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 29, 2019, 11:33:44 PM
A good 1572 words today. Up to about 28K now.

No writing, but I did update two covers. 

And I have a question...if my book gets up to #1 in a free category on Amazon, does that make me a BestGiving author?  :hehe

You're entitled to that honorific. I've never even made it to #1 in Free.

Only made it to #9 in espionage so far, but thought I'd ask. :angel:

I think anything in the top ten works just fine. Maybe even the top hundred since Zon uses that number when listing both paid and free.
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Post by: diisha392 on July 30, 2019, 11:59:19 AM
166 words today
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 31, 2019, 02:40:46 AM
For the lame space opera, I wrote 215 words yesterday.

For the regular space opera, I wrote 502 words yesterday.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 31, 2019, 06:56:11 AM
For today, 220 words written for the lame space opera and 21 words so far for the regular space opera.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on July 31, 2019, 10:14:00 AM
For today, 220 words written for the lame space opera and 21 words so far for the regular space opera.

I keep wondering if you're going to put "Lame Space Opera" as the title.  :hehe
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Post by: 2-Bit D on July 31, 2019, 10:23:46 AM
For today, 220 words written for the lame space opera and 21 words so far for the regular space opera.

I keep wondering if you're going to put "Lame Space Opera" as the title.  :hehe

It was originally going to be Dan's Lame Space Opera but now it's [super secret title] a.k.a. Dan's Lame Space Opera.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on July 31, 2019, 10:42:11 AM
For today, 220 words written for the lame space opera and 21 words so far for the regular space opera.

I keep wondering if you're going to put "Lame Space Opera" as the title.  :hehe

It was originally going to be Dan's Lame Space Opera but now it's [super secret title] a.k.a. Dan's Lame Space Opera.

Better run it by Lulu.  :dog1:
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Post by: diisha392 on August 01, 2019, 12:01:24 PM
294 words today
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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 01, 2019, 12:31:16 PM
I wrote 115 words today for the lame space opera.  Woohoo.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 02, 2019, 07:38:29 AM
Going to switch gears this month and focus on getting the regular space opera finished.  I started it on August 1st of 2016 with the plan of writing 5,000 words a day and finishing it in 10 days.  :icon_rofl:  It's been three years now, so I probably ought to finish the thing.

My starting word count is 66,246 words.  I'm thinking maybe 90k when done.  But, maybe longer because it doesn't feel like it is two-thirds of the way finished.  But, I am fairly certain it will not be 250k+ words like the fantasy epic.  LOL.

With the fantasy epic, I averaged about 1,700 words per day for the last month I worked on it.  Last month, working on the lame space opera, I wrote 26,825 words which is an average of 865.32 words per day.  If I can get back up to at least 1k a day, I can get the regular space opera almost to the 100k mark.

So that will be this month's goal.

Will work on the lame space opera when I feel like it.  LOL.

So, for today so far, 0 words written for the lame space opera and 664 words written for the regular space opera.
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Post by: diisha392 on August 03, 2019, 07:15:08 AM
600 words yesterday, 212 today to put the short story over 2K.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 03, 2019, 07:20:09 AM
Wrote 1,059 words yesterday and 57 words so far today.
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Post by: shrouded1 on August 04, 2019, 09:31:23 AM
I've really been in a slump, but I got 117 words done today.  :icon_rolleyes:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 04, 2019, 09:42:50 AM
I only wound up with 500 words yesterday and today, so far, I am at five.

Main issue is that I am a bit stuck.  That is, I know how the characters get out of their current situation and the characters have a vague idea of how to get out of it, but I need to figure out a convincing way for them to figure it out without it seeming like they randomly unlocked the puzzle.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on August 04, 2019, 12:21:34 PM
You'll get there, Dan! :tap

I had a similar problem with my series but finally, came up with a solution. :cheers
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Post by: diisha392 on August 04, 2019, 01:31:32 PM
68 words (and ran a 5K)!
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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 04, 2019, 03:34:49 PM
Only 250 words written yesterday.


You'll get there, Dan! :tap

I had a similar problem with my series but finally, came up with a solution. :cheers

Thanks.  Hopefully I'll figure out something soon.  I'm already thinking of detours for them to wind up on after they get out of their current situation and I worry if I don't get them out soon, so many other detour ideas will pile up that they'll never get back to the main plot.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 05, 2019, 06:38:16 AM
I may have jumped the gun with today's wordage (1132). I've got to stop moving ahead so fast.  :writethink:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 05, 2019, 07:16:24 AM
I may have jumped the gun with today's wordage (1132). I've got to stop moving ahead so fast.  :writethink:

Take the highs whenever you can.  Helps balance out those days you struggle to get any words down.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 05, 2019, 07:46:38 AM
Not a word count update but a new sketch I did earlier today:

(http://www.dcrblogs.com/clients/dcrwrites/alien-science-officer-20190804-0043.png)

His mouth is right near his stomach for convenience.  Also means he doesn't have to worry about choking on his food because his nose holes are nowhere near his stomach intake orifice.  Makes wearing standard-issue uniforms problematic though.

If I could actually draw, I would do a comic book with some of these characters.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on August 05, 2019, 09:08:57 AM
Not a word count update but a new sketch I did earlier today:

(http://www.dcrblogs.com/clients/dcrwrites/alien-science-officer-20190804-0043.png)

His mouth is right near his stomach for convenience.  Also means he doesn't have to worry about choking on his food because his nose holes are nowhere near his stomach intake orifice.  Makes wearing standard-issue uniforms problematic though.

If I could actually draw, I would do a comic book with some of these characters.

Maybe, try it anyway?  The drawings are unique and your fans might enjoy it!  :cheers
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Post by: shrouded1 on August 05, 2019, 10:15:15 AM
I made it up to 450 today  :banana: Just 10,000 to go to get this short story done.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 05, 2019, 10:35:07 AM
Not a word count update but a new sketch I did earlier today:

(http://www.dcrblogs.com/clients/dcrwrites/alien-science-officer-20190804-0043.png)

His mouth is right near his stomach for convenience.  Also means he doesn't have to worry about choking on his food because his nose holes are nowhere near his stomach intake orifice.  Makes wearing standard-issue uniforms problematic though.

If I could actually draw, I would do a comic book with some of these characters.

The characters are great and you don't have to be Stan Lee to do comics just like we don't have to be James Patterson to write a thriller. I say go for it. These are wonderful drawings and you can put your own humorous stamp on the story.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 05, 2019, 10:35:43 AM
I made it up to 450 today  :banana: Just 10,000 to go to get this short story done.
:tup3b
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Post by: diisha392 on August 05, 2019, 11:38:17 AM
540 words today
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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 06, 2019, 05:16:12 AM
I wrote a whopping 75 words yesterday.  I guess my excuse is that Spider-Man: Homecoming was on TV last night and I watched it (for the first time) rather than, um, writing.

Also, did this guy before bed last night:

(http://www.dcrblogs.com/clients/dcrwrites/starship-captain-20190805-0152.png)

Obviously, he works out his right bicep more than his left.  Also, when looking at him now, he seems to be the love-child of Conan O'Brien and Donald Trump.  :icon_think:


Maybe, try it anyway?  The drawings are unique and your fans might enjoy it!  :cheers

Fans?  LOL.  I have more of these kinds of fans than book fans:

(http://www.dcrblogs.com/clients/My_Vintage_Fan.jpg)


The characters are great and you don't have to be Stan Lee to do comics just like we don't have to be James Patterson to write a thriller. I say go for it. These are wonderful drawings and you can put your own humorous stamp on the story.

Thanks, but I don't seem to even be able to write humor anymore, else the lame space opera would be done by now.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 06, 2019, 12:10:03 PM
I'm pretty happy with the 1023 words I wrote tonight and I'm also happy with where the story is going.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 06, 2019, 01:26:59 PM
Wrote 195 words today, unless I write more in the next half hour, which is an improvement over yesterday's 75 but still not near the 1,000 I was hoping for each day.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on August 06, 2019, 01:54:59 PM
I realized there will be a book 4 in the series.  I was really hoping to keep it to 3...but now there will be a Christmas party! :smilie_zauber:
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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on August 06, 2019, 01:59:56 PM
Haven't been writing much because of vacation and now I'm moving. But I've made some progress.

Finished the pirate mermaid cat story before the deadline and submitted it. Now back to the steampunk book 3. Wrote 3254 words today. Want to finish the first draft this month but I'm only a third of the way there and who knows how much time/energy this move will take.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 07, 2019, 11:25:08 AM
Didn't write any more in the last half hour of yesterday so the word count remained static at 195.  I have written 600 words so far today with a chance I might write more in the next couple hours.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 07, 2019, 11:26:10 AM
And this morning's drawing was an owl in a suit on the red carpet.
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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on August 07, 2019, 11:28:42 AM
I want to see the owl in a suit drawing, sounds cute!

Wrote 2870 words today.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 07, 2019, 11:37:46 AM
Wanted to write a bit more but I lost track of the story and had to go back and reread the last four or five pages. Edited while I was at it but still added 1018 words for a total of 31.3K.
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Post by: diisha392 on August 07, 2019, 11:39:22 AM
200 words
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Post by: notthatamanda on August 07, 2019, 12:45:03 PM
I want to see the owl in a suit drawing, sounds cute!
Me too!  I am pro-owl.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 08, 2019, 01:59:02 AM
By popular request, I guess . . .

(http://www.dcrblogs.com/clients/dcrwrites/sharply-dressed-owl-20190806-0104.png)

Cue the disappointed groans.  :hehe
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 08, 2019, 03:00:10 AM
Definitely not disappointed, Dan. He looks like a college president giving a welcome speech to the new freshmen.
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on August 08, 2019, 08:04:20 AM
By popular request, I guess . . .

(http://www.dcrblogs.com/clients/dcrwrites/sharply-dressed-owl-20190806-0104.png)

Cue the disappointed groans.  :hehe


With apologies to ZZ Top...


Big eyes, sharp beak
Ate lots of mice this week
Taloned feet, wide wings
We birds of prey kill all the things

I ain't no wimpy guinea fowl
I'm a predator, a sharp-dressed owl.

 :band:
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Post by: notthatamanda on August 08, 2019, 09:41:04 AM
My kids want you to name him Bill.  Just a suggestion.
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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on August 08, 2019, 09:50:08 AM
I love the owl! He's very dapper.

Wrote 3062 words today. Must go back to packing and tomorrow I have to take another load of boxes between houses, so I'm not sure if I'll have much time to write.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 08, 2019, 10:03:53 AM
My kids want you to name him Bill.  Just a suggestion.

I don't know that I can do anything about that.  It's not my fault Mr. & Mrs. Tanyard named him Jeff.  :hehe
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on August 08, 2019, 10:10:41 AM
My kids want you to name him Bill.  Just a suggestion.


And give him a long beard and a fuzzy white guitar.   :cool:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 08, 2019, 11:42:56 AM
I think Bill could be our forum mascot!

 :banana:

An even 1K words tonight.
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Post by: diisha392 on August 08, 2019, 11:43:26 AM
145 words (plus about 2 hours of curriculum work)
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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 08, 2019, 11:58:17 AM
I'm at 63 words for the day so far.  :rant

I think Bill could be our forum mascot!

Timothy couldn't afford the licensing fee.  :hehe
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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 09, 2019, 10:00:58 AM
I finished out with 85 words yesterday.  :dizzy

Tried another drawing and turned out pretty badly.  No need to show it here.  LOL.

I think this is more my style, maybe:

(http://dcrblogs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/snookers-martian.gif)

Anyway, here is an important life lesson for writers, especially younger writers regardless of whether that's in terms of age or starting out, and that is to save everything you write.  Not only that, but keep it accessible.

When I started writing, I didn't have a computer.  So everything was hand-written.  Then, my family later got a computer.  But, computer storage back in the ancient times of my youth was at a premium.  So, you didn't store much on disks.  On top of that, printouts were on dot matrix printers and publishers didn't like that.  I eventually bought a typewriter to type up stuff to send out, rather than use a dot matrix printer because, as I said, bad.  Publishers no likey.  Whatever.

Anyway, computer storage eventually became larger but you still didn't store much on the computer.  Digitizing documents wasn't really a thing because scanning quality wasn't real high, at least not for the average user.  And the highest quality scans took up a lot of space anyway so you were back to the storage problem.  Consequently, you didn't store a whole lot on the computer.

But, nowadays, it's not so bad.  A "small" file these days would have filled your entire hard drive way back when.  Consequently, in recent years, I have been endeavoring to get copies of everything I've written on my computer.  I don't scan in all the drafts, but I scan in final copies or significant drafts.  Also, notes, drawings, and so on.  I keep each story in its own folder and I have a spreadsheet with all (well, most) of my WIPs.

Why do I mention this?  Well, I haven't scanned in everything.

Some of you have mentioned I should perhaps give doing comics a go, despite my lack of actual drawing skills.  One possibility are the space-faring characters I've created.  But, I've had another idea percolating in my brain but couldn't quite figure out the write overall story world in which to tell it.

And then I remembered this story I started a long time ago.  It's even listed in my spreadsheet of WIPs.  (There's also a short story I wrote several years ago that could be folded in as part of the overall story.)  I had this story set in three time periods with most of the action taking place in the present day, well, what was the present day.  LOL.  And this idea that's been percolating would fit into the first time period, which I had, if I recall, only planned to write the ending of to show how that worked into the second time period and finally into the present day.  It makes more sense than the way I just described it.

I remember coming across this story not too terribly long ago when I was sorting through stuff to organize and toss and whatnot.  And I remember thinking, well, I am not going to be doing anything with this story for a while with all the other WIPs I have going, so there's no need to scan it in right now.  So, I didn't.

And now that I kind of want to work with it maybe, um, I am not entirely sure where it is.  I should have scanned it when I had it in my hands.  Oy.

So, the lesson is to both save everything you write and also keep it accessible.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 09, 2019, 10:26:14 AM
Dan, I think your style has morphed into stitching old stories together. With all the practice you've had on the lame space opera, this one should be a piece of cake.

And I really like how the little alien's eyes and mouth move.
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Post by: diisha392 on August 09, 2019, 12:01:41 PM
217 words added to a part earlier in the story
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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on August 09, 2019, 12:22:07 PM
Today I moved boxes and wrote 3369 words. I feel a bit like a superhero. Yeah, I know some people do 10k words a day without breaking a sweat, but this was a good day for me.

Almost reached the middle of the novel. When I'm not writing it, the ideas are just floating through my head and I'm itching to get back to it. Love this part of a draft. The worst is when I get close to the end and then have to, y'know, write a good ending. But right now there is so much room to explore and have fun.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 09, 2019, 01:06:44 PM
Not as much as I wanted to, but then again, it never is. 867 tonight.
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Post by: diisha392 on August 10, 2019, 12:09:04 PM
79 words (after working a yard sale for 6 hours and then doing curriculum work for an hour--can I count some of those words?  :help)
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 10, 2019, 12:32:34 PM
79 words (after working a yard sale for 6 hours and then doing curriculum work for an hour--can I count some of those words?  :help)

You did your 50+ and that's all that you have to do. After a six hour yard sale, I doubt if I'd even be able to push the power button on.

I thought I might take today off, then I kicked myself out of my lethargy and did 532 words. I'm up to 148 pages. My goal is 160 minimum and I'm confident now that I'll make it.

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Post by: diisha392 on August 10, 2019, 12:44:56 PM
I thought I might take today off, then I kicked myself out of my lethargy and did 532 words. I'm up to 148 pages. My goal is 160 minimum and I'm confident now that I'll make it.

 :tup3b
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Post by: diisha392 on August 11, 2019, 12:26:12 PM
85 words today and only 3 hours at the yard sale
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 11, 2019, 12:34:13 PM
85 words today and only 3 hours at the yard sale

Hope it was successful.

1382 and I didn't think I would get that far tonight.
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Post by: diisha392 on August 12, 2019, 06:10:47 AM
I told myself I was going to finish the first draft of this short story that I've been poking at for the last three weeks and I did!

1226 words today, 4996 words in the story (I'm a little annoyed to be 4 words short of 5K but figure things will change once I edit)

85 words today and only 3 hours at the yard sale

Hope it was successful.

1382 and I didn't think I would get that far tonight.

We made over $250 profit for very low stress so definitely a successful fundraiser for the team :)
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 12, 2019, 11:44:19 AM
I had to quit at 570 words because I realized I'd messed up my timeline. Back to the drawing board.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 12, 2019, 12:56:34 PM
Here are a few days' worth of disappointing word counts:

8/8 105 words
8/9 120 words
8/10 50 words


I had to quit at 570 words because I realized I'd messed up my timeline. Back to the drawing board.

The downside of being a slow writer is that I sometimes forget where the characters are.  Well, not where specifically, but like whose sector of space they are in.  I long for my younger years when I could remember these details for years rather than days.

But, yeah, timelines too.  Like I have had to recalculate stuff to try to figure out how old characters were when certain events occurred which has been a bit troublesome because one character is older and the other is younger but the younger one had to be old enough to have done a certain thing when the older character was at a certain event and also the event has to be long enough ago that it feels like ancient history.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 12, 2019, 09:39:38 PM
Here are a few days' worth of disappointing word counts:

8/8 105 words
8/9 120 words
8/10 50 words


I had to quit at 570 words because I realized I'd messed up my timeline. Back to the drawing board.

The downside of being a slow writer is that I sometimes forget where the characters are.  Well, not where specifically, but like whose sector of space they are in.  I long for my younger years when I could remember these details for years rather than days.

But, yeah, timelines too.  Like I have had to recalculate stuff to try to figure out how old characters were when certain events occurred which has been a bit troublesome because one character is older and the other is younger but the younger one had to be old enough to have done a certain thing when the older character was at a certain event and also the event has to be long enough ago that it feels like ancient history.

Ages, too. I think I'm going to have to make the grandparents the great-grandparents and kill them off. Nah, I'll let them die peacefully in their sleep. I did some figuring last night but I think I'm going to have to do a chart like a family tree.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 13, 2019, 01:29:18 AM
I think I'm going to have to make the grandparents the great-grandparents and kill them off. Nah, I'll let them die peacefully in their sleep.

Unlike the screaming passengers in their car.  :hehe
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 13, 2019, 08:45:54 AM
I think I'm going to have to make the grandparents the great-grandparents and kill them off. Nah, I'll let them die peacefully in their sleep.

Unlike the screaming passengers in their car.  :hehe

 :icon_rofl:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 13, 2019, 09:11:14 AM
I think I'm going to have to make the grandparents the great-grandparents and kill them off. Nah, I'll let them die peacefully in their sleep.

Unlike the screaming passengers in their car.  :hehe

 :icon_rofl:

It's from a joke I heard long ago.

"When I die, I want to die like my grandfather who died peacefully in his sleep. Not yelling and screaming like all the passengers in his car."

Not sure the original source.  The Internet, which is not always the most reliable of sources, seems to indicate Will Rogers (which seems a bit unlikely since he died in 1935 and it feels like a more modern joke) or Will Shriner who was born in 1953 so perhaps he is a bit more likely?  I don't know.  Who knows, maybe lots of people died when Model T drivers fell asleep at the wheel.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 13, 2019, 10:19:40 AM
I think I'm going to have to make the grandparents the great-grandparents and kill them off. Nah, I'll let them die peacefully in their sleep.

Unlike the screaming passengers in their car.  :hehe

 :icon_rofl:

It's from a joke I heard long ago.

"When I die, I want to die like my grandfather who died peacefully in his sleep. Not yelling and screaming like all the passengers in his car."

Not sure the original source.  The Internet, which is not always the most reliable of sources, seems to indicate Will Rogers (which seems a bit unlikely since he died in 1935 and it feels like a more modern joke) or Will Shriner who was born in 1953 so perhaps he is a bit more likely?  I don't know.  Who knows, maybe lots of people died when Model T drivers fell asleep at the wheel.

I knew the joke, Dan, but I had to laugh anyway.

Just finished the family tree. I had to do two family trees. The birth family and the adoptive family. Why do I make things so complicated for myself?

Time to write, I hope.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 13, 2019, 11:26:45 AM
I knew the joke, Dan, but I had to laugh anyway.

I figured you might but I didn't want anyone else thinking I was trying to claim it as my own or something.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 13, 2019, 11:28:04 AM
Wrote 330 words yesterday.  Woohoo.  Thought I was going to be done with this chapter with the characters having escaped a deadly monster but now one character wants to go back and check something out.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 13, 2019, 12:06:58 PM
Wrote 1213 words and made a few minor changes to the family tree. It's making more sense now.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 15, 2019, 01:29:30 AM
Wrote 210 words on Monday and 195 yesterday.

Finally got out of the chapter I've been in for ages, though I feel like I need to go back and add some description to the closing scene.  Anyway, started the next chapter either last night or the wee hours this morning--who can remember?--and this features different characters so it'll be a nice change for a bit, especially since the main character in this chapter has a few loose screws.  I will have to review his character arc at some point to make sure his descent into madness doesn't contradict the initial scenes where he seemed to be a suave semi-hero.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 15, 2019, 11:33:28 AM
1075 tonight. I'll have to do some research tomorrow. Hope I can find what I need quickly.

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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 16, 2019, 07:55:26 AM
Wrote 1,105 words yesterday.  Delved maybe too deep into the assassin's psyche otherwise the chapter would have basically been "he shoots, he scores!", you know?  Oh, 1,105 words and he hasn't even spotted the target yet, so that'll be for tonight's writing session.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 16, 2019, 11:46:01 AM
323 words. Not much but I'm going to be editing what I wrote last night. I did the research and found what I needed but I really didn't understand it. I'm just going to go by what I heard in conversation from someone who knows. I'll have to make it more of a general thing.

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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 17, 2019, 08:01:33 AM
Only 170 words yesterday.  None yet today.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 19, 2019, 01:12:19 AM
Had to make up for two lazy days so I wrote 2009 words this morning. Also had a flash of brilliance that told me how to fix my historical romance. But that's going to have to wait. Mostly, it'll be timeline changes. I need to compress everything together.

PS:  I passed the 40K mark.  :dance:
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on August 19, 2019, 05:24:03 AM
Had to make up for two lazy days so I wrote 2009 words this morning. Also had a flash of brilliance that told me how to fix my historical romance. But that's going to have to wait. Mostly, it'll be timeline changes. I need to compress everything together.

PS:  I passed the 40K mark.  :dance:

Well done!   :goodpost:
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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 19, 2019, 06:52:42 AM
Wrote 105 words on Friday and 95 words on Saturday.  I'm at 105 words for today so far.  Only way I can even match last month's daily average is if I write 1,500+ words per day for the rest of this month.  That seems unlikely.

Had to make up for two lazy days so I wrote 2009 words this morning.

Ten words short of the year.  :shrug
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 19, 2019, 08:26:49 AM
Wrote 105 words on Friday and 95 words on Saturday.  I'm at 105 words for today so far.  Only way I can even match last month's daily average is if I write 1,500+ words per day for the rest of this month.  That seems unlikely.

Had to make up for two lazy days so I wrote 2009 words this morning.

Ten words short of the year.  :shrug

Darn. I'd better go back and add in those words. Don't want to look lazier than I already am.

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Post by: diisha392 on August 19, 2019, 09:58:03 AM
PS:  I passed the 40K mark.  :dance:

 :clap:


1001 words today on a new piece that I hope will be the first novel in a trilogy.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 19, 2019, 11:06:53 AM
I really need to boost my daily word count.  If I use this month's daily word count average and apply that to all my WIPs with their target word counts, it would take me 44 years to finish writing all of them.  If I use my daily word count average for the year so far, it would take me just a little over 13 years to finish everything.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 19, 2019, 12:12:09 PM
I really need to boost my daily word count.  If I use this month's daily word count average and apply that to all my WIPs with their target word counts, it would take me 44 years to finish writing all of them.  If I use my daily word count average for the year so far, it would take me just a little over 13 years to finish everything.

The longest novel starts with but a single press of a letter on the keyboard.

Just did 1110 more tonight. Working up to a very emotional reunion between mother and child. Of course, the mother is 89 and has Alzheimer's and the daughter is 71, but tears will definitely be shed.

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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 20, 2019, 10:46:51 AM
Only 488 tonight. I'm on my laptop and not my AlphaSmart which always stifles my word count. Didn't quite get through the emotional reunion scene but I'm one paragraph away from it.

Also took another look at my historical and the actual events surrounding it. So far, it's not as bad as I imagined. I guess I just needed to step away from it for a bit. It's the second book in the series that I have serious doubts about even though I'm about 1/3 of the way through.
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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on August 20, 2019, 11:10:45 AM
I have survived the worst part of my move. Been too exhausted and sore to write most days. Did squeak in a few words here and there, I don't remember them all anymore since I didn't keep track.

But today I was sitting around a lot while work was getting done on the house (cleaning up a bad rat infestation, so much fun) so I actually did several solid hours of writing. 3581 words was a great chunk to catch up! I'm at 45k now so definitely halfway done, I planned this at 85k but I tend to write at least a little over, probably 90k in the first draft.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 20, 2019, 11:18:00 AM
I have survived the worst part of my move. Been too exhausted and sore to write most days. Did squeak in a few words here and there, I don't remember them all anymore since I didn't keep track.

But today I was sitting around a lot while work was getting done on the house (cleaning up a bad rat infestation, so much fun) so I actually did several solid hours of writing. 3581 words was a great chunk to catch up! I'm at 45k now so definitely halfway done, I planned this at 85k but I tend to write at least a little over, probably 90k in the first draft.

Congrats on the move. Every time I move I swear I'm never going to move again but I can't seem to stay in the same house for more than ten or eleven years. It just works out that way.

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Post by: Lynn on August 20, 2019, 11:21:07 AM
I really need to boost my daily word count.  If I use this month's daily word count average and apply that to all my WIPs with their target word counts, it would take me 44 years to finish writing all of them.  If I use my daily word count average for the year so far, it would take me just a little over 13 years to finish everything.

Now that you've put this idea in my head, I have to go figure out my own timeline and weep.  :icon_cry:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 20, 2019, 11:28:43 AM
I really need to boost my daily word count.  If I use this month's daily word count average and apply that to all my WIPs with their target word counts, it would take me 44 years to finish writing all of them.  If I use my daily word count average for the year so far, it would take me just a little over 13 years to finish everything.

Now that you've put this idea in my head, I have to go figure out my own timeline and weep.  :icon_cry:

At my age, I don't even want to think about how long it would take me to finish the two series I'm working on.
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Post by: diisha392 on August 20, 2019, 12:03:32 PM
First day of the new school year done and almost 200 creative words :)
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 20, 2019, 12:08:26 PM
First day of the new school year done and almost 200 creative words :)

Our kids started a week ago. I can't believe how early they start. We used to start the day after Labor Day.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 21, 2019, 04:10:29 AM
First day of the new school year done and almost 200 creative words :)

Our kids started a week ago. I can't believe how early they start. We used to start the day after Labor Day.

Probably a sneaky way to get us to adopt a year-round school year.  They just slowly tack on days until it is year-round.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 21, 2019, 04:14:00 AM
Wrote 145 words yesterday.

So far today, I wrote 262 words before, ahem, falling asleep and ending up with a couple lines of gibberish.  And ants.  Yes, ants.  Some special symbol keyboard opened up and I had a series of numbers plus a line of ants.

On the plus side, at least I didn't (apparently) end up accidentally deleting large portions of text or accidentally open up a weeks-old draft and add to it instead of the current draft.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 21, 2019, 06:14:56 AM
First day of the new school year done and almost 200 creative words :)

Our kids started a week ago. I can't believe how early they start. We used to start the day after Labor Day.

Probably a sneaky way to get us to adopt a year-round school year.  They just slowly tack on days until it is year-round.

Since we are no longer a farming economy, it makes sense to have school year round.

Wrote 145 words yesterday.

So far today, I wrote 262 words before, ahem, falling asleep and ending up with a couple lines of gibberish.  And ants.  Yes, ants.  Some special symbol keyboard opened up and I had a series of numbers plus a line of ants.

On the plus side, at least I didn't (apparently) end up accidentally deleting large portions of text or accidentally open up a weeks-old draft and add to it instead of the current draft.

Sounds like a win to me ... except for the ants, of course.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 21, 2019, 06:23:07 AM
Since we are no longer a farming economy, it makes sense to have school year round.

If I recall, some teachers made the same or more money at their three-month summer jobs than they did the other nine months.

Plus, I think having three months off school is good.


In other news, my beta reader reported back that she's enjoying the book so far, so that's encouraging, even though she hasn't gotten to some of the darker stuff yet.  :worried:  Oh, we don't have an emoji for worried.  We have like five thumbs-up emojis but not a single worried emoji.  :confused:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 21, 2019, 06:29:27 AM
Since we are no longer a farming economy, it makes sense to have school year round.

If I recall, some teachers made the same or more money at their three-month summer jobs than they did the other nine months.

Plus, I think having three months off school is good.

I'm not thinking about the teachers or the kids. I'm thinking about the working parents who don't have three months off from work in the summer and have to worry about, and pay for, three months of child care.


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In other news, my beta reader reported back that she's enjoying the book so far, so that's encouraging, even though she hasn't gotten to some of the darker stuff yet.  :worried:  Oh, we don't have an emoji for worried.  We have like five thumbs-up emojis but not a single worried emoji.  :confused:

Hmmm, our Tim must be an optimist.

UPS just pulled up and I don't have anything on order. How disappointing.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 21, 2019, 07:38:40 AM
UPS just pulled up and I don't have anything on order. How disappointing.

I know, right?  The FedEx truck stopped outside our door at the office earlier today, but then left.  It's like, don't tease us like that!

We should start one of those online petition things to demand delivery drivers NOT stop outside places they don't have a delivery for.  It's a form of mental torture.  :hehe
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 21, 2019, 07:46:41 AM
UPS just pulled up and I don't have anything on order. How disappointing.

I know, right?  The FedEx truck stopped outside our door at the office earlier today, but then left.  It's like, don't tease us like that!

We should start one of those online petition things to demand delivery drivers NOT stop outside places they don't have a delivery for.  It's a form of mental torture.  :hehe

I think they enjoy it.
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Post by: diisha392 on August 21, 2019, 10:31:58 AM
Word doc is only 57 words longer than it was at the end of yesterday but I deleted a segment and rewrote it to be stronger so I'm good with the low word count.

Now back to revising notes for the students.
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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on August 21, 2019, 11:46:46 AM
1753 words today.

It would be nice if I never had to move again. I was in my last house for almost ten years, which is the longest I've ever lived in one place. The thing is that we accumulated a lot of things by staying in one place for so long. Two years ago, we knew we wanted to start saving up to move so we actually did a major house purge/reorganization because we knew moving would be painful with so much stuff. Even still, it was chaotic and disorganized and I'm still trying to figure out how to get the last few big things from the old place without renting another moving van. Wish I had a good friend with a pickup truck or something.

But if it's at least another ten years, I'll be happy. Maybe by then I can have a runaway bestseller, become a multimillionaire, and then I can hire professionals to do all the work when I move into my fabulous mansion. ;)
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 21, 2019, 12:02:11 PM
1753 words today.

It would be nice if I never had to move again. I was in my last house for almost ten years, which is the longest I've ever lived in one place. The thing is that we accumulated a lot of things by staying in one place for so long. Two years ago, we knew we wanted to start saving up to move so we actually did a major house purge/reorganization because we knew moving would be painful with so much stuff. Even still, it was chaotic and disorganized and I'm still trying to figure out how to get the last few big things from the old place without renting another moving van. Wish I had a good friend with a pickup truck or something.

But if it's at least another ten years, I'll be happy. Maybe by then I can have a runaway bestseller, become a multimillionaire, and then I can hire professionals to do all the work when I move into my fabulous mansion. ;)

Sounds like a plan!

1368 tonight and I'm up to 184 pages. I was hoping to hit 200 pages and it looks like that's in sight.

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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 22, 2019, 10:45:59 AM
Wrote 425 words yesterday.  Two characters died.

No words written yet today.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 22, 2019, 12:14:06 PM
Only 778 tonight but I'm headed for the big showdown.

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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on August 22, 2019, 12:20:23 PM
3494 words today. I suppose I could have written six more words somewhere to make a round 3.5K but I reached the end of a scene.

Someone got shot but it's a cliffhanger to find out who it was. Dun-dun-DUUUUHHHHHN!
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Post by: diisha392 on August 22, 2019, 12:35:41 PM
Only 52 words today and I don't like most of them.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 23, 2019, 02:18:13 AM
Only 95 words written yesterday.  :icon_cry:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 23, 2019, 11:55:45 AM
1268 tonight. That puts me at 45.5K words and 192 pages. I'm probably going to change part of what I wrote. I think I got the guy shot too soon. I'll see how it goes.

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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 23, 2019, 12:05:34 PM
1268 tonight. That puts me at 45.5K words and 192 pages. I'm probably going to change part of what I wrote. I think I got the guy shot too soon. I'll see how it goes.

Han shot first.
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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on August 23, 2019, 03:58:38 PM
2342 or so words today, half of which were written in the car. Didn't get carsick this time.
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on August 23, 2019, 07:18:02 PM
About a thousand words, all non-fiction.  I'm answering questions for an author interview.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 23, 2019, 09:03:46 PM
1268 tonight. That puts me at 45.5K words and 192 pages. I'm probably going to change part of what I wrote. I think I got the guy shot too soon. I'll see how it goes.

Han shot first.

Darn right he did!!!
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on August 24, 2019, 12:38:28 AM
Only 105 words yesterday which broke my trend of not having the same word count duplicated in a month.  Now, do I go for a hat trick or stay with doubles?
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Kristen.s.walker on August 24, 2019, 11:22:38 AM
3693 words today.

Han shot first, and I should take that as a lesson not to revise things too much. Sometimes the first instinct is the best one.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on August 24, 2019, 11:35:57 AM
3693 words today.

Han shot first, and I should take that as a lesson not to revise things too much. Sometimes the first instinct is the best one.

Boy, you're just barrelling right along. How many words are you up to now?

1412 tonight, bringing my word count to 46.8K and the page count to 198. I'll get a couple more pages out of the hostages being rescued, but for now, the bad guys have been taken into custody by the SWAT team using smoke grenades and a can of WD-40. Not standard equipment for a hostage situation, but they were in an old abandoned farmhouse and the hinges and knob were very likely rusty and squeaky. I thought it was a nice touch.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: diisha392 on August 24, 2019, 12:44:25 PM
Word count has a gain of 102 words after I edited the ending of what I wrote yesterday before moving a tiny bit forward tonight.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on August 25, 2019, 11:42:23 AM
1732 words tonight. I'm now up to 48.5K words and 204 pages.

I'm going to have my work cut out for me when I do the first edit. Used to type 90wpm net. I'm still pretty fast, but my accuracy is in the toilet. I may have to switch to Dragon. I'll see how bad it is.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on August 26, 2019, 01:36:57 AM
1418 this morning. Just broke 50K and I'm up to 210 pages.

I'm sure the first draft will be done by the end of the week or even sooner.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on August 26, 2019, 03:04:28 AM
1418 this morning. Just broke 50K and I'm up to 210 pages.

I'm sure the first draft will be done by the end of the week or even sooner.

Congrats!!!  :goodpost: :cheers
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: diisha392 on August 26, 2019, 11:18:14 AM
207 words to sneak over the 2K mark in the newest piece.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on August 26, 2019, 12:16:16 PM
1418 this morning. Just broke 50K and I'm up to 210 pages.

I'm sure the first draft will be done by the end of the week or even sooner.

Congrats!!!  :goodpost: :cheers

Thanks, Lori. I did a little celebrating myself tonight.

207 words to sneak over the 2K mark in the newest piece.

Sneak over ... leaping over ... it's all good.

Speaking of sneaking, I snuck in another 1238 words tonight. Now that I'm in the habit of writing when my alarm goes off at 8pm to take my meds, I can't seem to skip a night either. I'm under the Imperious Charm of my phone alarm.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on August 27, 2019, 02:26:23 AM
Wrote 75 words on Friday, 160 on Saturday and 255 on Sunday.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: diisha392 on August 27, 2019, 09:36:41 AM

Speaking of sneaking, I snuck in another 1238 words tonight. Now that I'm in the habit of writing when my alarm goes off at 8pm to take my meds, I can't seem to skip a night either. I'm under the Imperious Charm of my phone alarm.

This is fantastic.
Both the extra words and the phone alarm's magic.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on August 27, 2019, 11:58:34 AM
1173 words tonight and I'm up to 220 pages. A lot of dialogue. I do so love writing dialogue.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: diisha392 on August 27, 2019, 12:38:01 PM
104 written, more ideas in my head.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Kristen.s.walker on August 28, 2019, 04:45:44 AM
3693 words today.

Boy, you're just barrelling right along. How many words are you up to now?

I am currently just over 58K. Planned 85K but as I may have mentioned, I tend to write over what I plan and then cut back in editing. I hoped to finish by the end of August but it looks like it won't happen at this rate. I have a lot of work to do at my old house this week before I hand the keys back to the landlord.

Wrote 2106 words yesterday between painting sessions. I have a hard cutoff for this book on September 20 for my editor, so my first draft+revisions have to happen before then. I will keep working when I can.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on August 28, 2019, 04:58:21 AM
Wrote 515 words yesterday.  Around 300 so far today.  When I finish this and start to work on the next, I really need to go back to outlining.

1173 words tonight and I'm up to 220 pages. A lot of dialogue. I do so love writing dialogue.

I get more words down when there's dialogue.  I worry characters talk too much.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on August 28, 2019, 05:11:15 AM
Wrote 515 words yesterday.  Around 300 so far today.  When I finish this and start to work on the next, I really need to go back to outlining.

1173 words tonight and I'm up to 220 pages. A lot of dialogue. I do so love writing dialogue.

I get more words down when there's dialogue.  I worry characters talk too much.

And I worry I do too much introspection.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on August 28, 2019, 09:20:51 AM
670 words today!  Finally, back in the story.

Even better news, this is the last book in the series!!!  I will miss the characters but excited to move on to a new adventure.  :smilie_zauber:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Kristen.s.walker on August 28, 2019, 10:34:40 AM
2450 words today, pushed me over 60K.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on August 28, 2019, 11:38:02 AM
2450 words today, pushed me over 60K.

Another milestone!

670 words today!  Finally, back in the story.

Even better news, this is the last book in the series!!!  I will miss the characters but excited to move on to a new adventure.  :smilie_zauber:

Know the feeling. You'll get to know the new characters and then they'll be your friends just like the ones you're saying goodbye to now.

Wasn't sure if I was going to continue last night's scene or start a new one, but I decided if I needed a break, my readers would need a break. I did go back to that scene eventually and ended up with 1619 words and the story is at 227 pages.



Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on August 29, 2019, 12:26:07 PM
Wrote 1,568 words tonight for a total of 55.6K and 234 pages. I'm getting pretty close to the end and I composed a last, short scene in my head for the ending. I may even finish tomorrow night, but if not, I'll hopefully finish Friday.

Getting ready for Hurricane Dorian.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on August 29, 2019, 12:42:19 PM
1086 so far.  :tap

ETA: Ended up with 1440 for the day.  On to the next chapter!
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on August 29, 2019, 12:43:32 PM
Wrote 1,568 words tonight for a total of 55.6K and 234 pages. I'm getting pretty close to the end and I composed a last, short scene in my head for the ending. I may even finish tomorrow night, but if not, I'll hopefully finish Friday.

Getting ready for Hurricane Dorian.

Hurricane?  Yikes!
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: diisha392 on August 29, 2019, 12:45:28 PM

Getting ready for Hurricane Dorian.

Stay safe


126 words tonight. Low numbers but better than 0.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on August 29, 2019, 01:34:21 PM
Getting ready for Hurricane Dorian.


Take care.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on August 29, 2019, 01:38:16 PM
Thanks, guys. The Cone of Warning shows it hitting us dead on at a Cat 3. But I've lived here long enough to know those things can change course in a heartbeat. I'm getting prepared, but not too worried.

The best thing is my AlphaSmart runs on AA batteries and I can just keep on writing.   :banana:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Mammasan on August 29, 2019, 03:52:15 PM


Getting ready for Hurricane Dorian.

Wouldn'tcha know it, I'm going away for the weekend with the return trip scheduled to land in Orlando --at the same time as Dorian.  :HB
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on August 29, 2019, 06:09:20 PM
Wrote nearly seven hundred words worth of a synopsis for a book I might write after Wheel of Fire is concluded.  I've had an idea for a trilogy rolling around in my head for a while, but the plot points hadn't come to me yet.  Well, now they have, or at least some of them have, so I had to get it all down while it was all fresh.

Still working on outlines for books five, six, and seven of the current series.  Once that's done, or once I feel like I've done as much as I can for now, I'll start the second draft of book four.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on August 29, 2019, 10:06:08 PM


Getting ready for Hurricane Dorian.

Wouldn'tcha know it, I'm going away for the weekend with the return trip scheduled to land in Orlando --at the same time as Dorian.  :HB

Yup, looks like Orlando is going to be right in the path. Even if it goes a bit further south, Orlando will be on the side with the heaviest thunderstorms.

At least I'll get to try out my new accordion shutters.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on August 30, 2019, 12:43:59 AM
So they finally named a hurricane after a literary figure?  ;)

Stay safe for those in its path.  Tornadoes are bad enough; can't imagine having to go through a hurricane.


Wrote 375 words on Tuesday and 115 yesterday.  Really need to decide what happens next so I can pick up the pace.  LOL.  I know the main characters need to get to A and B and I don't remember if they were going to get to A first then B or vice versa or if it really matters.  And then, of course, there is C which is the climax.  Or maybe D is the climax because there is another scene which needs to take place first and would work better before A (or is it B?) but then that begs the question of getting the main characters to that scene in a natural way.

I did conclude a subplot with another character, but the end result wasn't what that character had hoped for and is now running low on trustworthy-ish allies.

About 73k words in and still a long way to go.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on August 30, 2019, 04:01:11 AM
So they finally named a hurricane after a literary figure?  ;)

Stay safe for those in its path.  Tornadoes are bad enough; can't imagine having to go through a hurricane.


That was exactly my thought, but I also thought they could have picked someone better. At least they didn't pick Dracula.

They now expect Dorian to be a Cat 4. Unless there's a miracle, I don't see how we can escape this.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on August 30, 2019, 12:29:25 PM
Too pooped to write. In line to fill the gas cans for half an hour. In line at McD's drive through for forty minutes. After that, I didn't feel like writing, but my phone alarm made me sit down and do it.

I'm not going to post my word count because I kept falling asleep while writing it. Since I have very little idea what I wrote, I think I'll wait until tomorrow to either fix it up, throw it out, or finish it.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lynn on August 30, 2019, 01:05:40 PM
Too pooped to write. In line to fill the gas cans for half an hour. In line at McD's drive through for forty minutes. After that, I didn't feel like writing, but my phone alarm made me sit down and do it.

I'm not going to post my word count because I kept falling asleep while writing it. Since I have very little idea what I wrote, I think I'll wait until tomorrow to either fix it up, throw it out, or finish it.
Good luck and stay safe! And the fact that you wrote anything in light of what's coming and all the prep is awesome.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on August 30, 2019, 11:15:41 PM
Too pooped to write. In line to fill the gas cans for half an hour. In line at McD's drive through for forty minutes. After that, I didn't feel like writing, but my phone alarm made me sit down and do it.

I'm not going to post my word count because I kept falling asleep while writing it. Since I have very little idea what I wrote, I think I'll wait until tomorrow to either fix it up, throw it out, or finish it.
Good luck and stay safe! And the fact that you wrote anything in light of what's coming and all the prep is awesome.

Still prepping. I forgot to get cash and I need to pop a few things into my safe deposit box. Forgot to get pads for my poor  :dog1: who won't be able to go outside for probably a day or two. So, still running around.

Writing at least gives me a break from prepping.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on August 31, 2019, 01:33:29 AM
Hat trick achieved!  Wrote 105 words yesterday.


Still prepping. I forgot to get cash and I need to pop a few things into my safe deposit box. Forgot to get pads for my poor  :dog1: who won't be able to go outside for probably a day or two. So, still running around.

Writing at least gives me a break from prepping.

Has your dog used the pads before?  I know from experience that, even when they are used to using them, sometimes they think they just need to have their paws on the pad and it counts.  (It doesn't, especially when their front two paws are on the pad and, well, the waste expulsion orifice(s) is well off the pad.)

Stay safe!
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on August 31, 2019, 01:57:25 AM
Hat trick achieved!  Wrote 105 words yesterday.


Still prepping. I forgot to get cash and I need to pop a few things into my safe deposit box. Forgot to get pads for my poor  :dog1: who won't be able to go outside for probably a day or two. So, still running around.

Writing at least gives me a break from prepping.

Has your dog used the pads before?  I know from experience that, even when they are used to using them, sometimes they think they just need to have their paws on the pad and it counts.  (It doesn't, especially when their front two paws are on the pad and, well, the waste expulsion orifice(s) is well off the pad.)

Stay safe!

I was concerned he wouldn't use the pads myself. While I was in Target, a woman was buying a blue plastic kiddie pool. The clerk told me the idea is to put sod in the pool. I've got the perfect thing for it. A rectangular planter with a grid halfway up. I can put the pads under the grid and the sod on top. When I need to change the pads, we'll just have to lift the grid and put down fresh pads. Sounds good when I say it. Now I'll wait to see if it works. If it doesn't, thank goodness for tile floors.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on August 31, 2019, 02:19:32 AM
I was concerned he wouldn't use the pads myself. While I was in Target, a woman was buying a blue plastic kiddie pool. The clerk told me the idea is to put sod in the pool. I've got the perfect thing for it. A rectangular planter with a grid halfway up. I can put the pads under the grid and the sod on top. When I need to change the pads, we'll just have to lift the grid and put down fresh pads. Sounds good when I say it. Now I'll wait to see if it works. If it doesn't, thank goodness for tile floors.

Yep, wood is no match for doggie waste, no matter how much you wax them.  The floor, not the dog.

There are also astroturf doggie waste collection devices.  It's a large sheet of astroturf on top of a plastic platform maybe an inch or so high, as I recall.  The astroturf has holes in it so liquid waste goes through and collects in the bottom.  I don't remember if you put a pad on the bottom or just spill it out.  Solid waste you just pick up.  Then, the whole thing can be sprayed with a hose or washed in a large laundry tub or whatever when it needs cleaning.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on August 31, 2019, 03:01:33 AM
I was concerned he wouldn't use the pads myself. While I was in Target, a woman was buying a blue plastic kiddie pool. The clerk told me the idea is to put sod in the pool. I've got the perfect thing for it. A rectangular planter with a grid halfway up. I can put the pads under the grid and the sod on top. When I need to change the pads, we'll just have to lift the grid and put down fresh pads. Sounds good when I say it. Now I'll wait to see if it works. If it doesn't, thank goodness for tile floors.

Yep, wood is no match for doggie waste, no matter how much you wax them.  The floor, not the dog.

There are also astroturf doggie waste collection devices.  It's a large sheet of astroturf on top of a plastic platform maybe an inch or so high, as I recall.  The astroturf has holes in it so liquid waste goes through and collects in the bottom.  I don't remember if you put a pad on the bottom or just spill it out.  Solid waste you just pick up.  Then, the whole thing can be sprayed with a hose or washed in a large laundry tub or whatever when it needs cleaning.

Oh, yeah. I forgot about them. Well, I'll have my own little version of that. Right now, I just keep my orchid pots in the planter so they get good drainage. Got a dozen of those to bring in plus assorted other plants. Hope we have enough time. My house is going to be a jungle. At least this time, I don't have a rock garden to bring in.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on August 31, 2019, 03:40:58 AM
At least this time, I don't have a rock garden to bring in.

Did you already move that in?  ;)
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on August 31, 2019, 03:49:50 AM
At least this time, I don't have a rock garden to bring in.

Did you already move that in?  ;)

No rocks this time. I learned my lesson. Now I only have bricks!  :roll:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on August 31, 2019, 11:50:46 AM
I edited last night's wordage. Not as bad as I feared. Just some very creative spelling. Then I added on to it for a total of 1518 words.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: diisha392 on August 31, 2019, 01:32:49 PM
A little over 200 words today although some of them replaced words written yesterday.
Also edited a piece that is right about 5K.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on September 02, 2019, 04:19:54 AM
Wrote 185 words on Friday and 545 words on Saturday.  Only managed 8,509 words for the month of August which is a daily average of 274.48 words.  Quite a drop from July where I averaged 865.32 words per day or June where I averaged 1,613.5 words per day.

Also, couldn't have pizza last night because someone decided to create their own drive-thru.  No one was hurt but the place will be closed for a while.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: spin52 on September 02, 2019, 05:56:41 AM
I hope no one sustains too much damage from the hurricane. On a similar note but much smaller scale, I have had three grandchildren (6, 4 and 1) here for the weekend, so the interior of the house looks as if it's been hit by a small hurricane. I still managed to get about 750 words written tonight after they went home. Whew.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on September 02, 2019, 06:13:40 AM
I hope no one sustains too much damage from the hurricane. On a similar note but much smaller scale, I have had three grandchildren (6, 4 and 1) here for the weekend, so the interior of the house looks as if it's been hit by a small hurricane. I still managed to get about 750 words written tonight after they went home. Whew.

I think I'd take Dorian over three little ones, much as I adore the grandkids.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: diisha392 on September 02, 2019, 12:12:23 PM
Almost 600 words although starting to feel a little blocked for how to get to the next point...
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on September 02, 2019, 01:01:31 PM
I didn't get much writing done, but I did consolidate my pen name with my real name, changed the relevant covers, and made a new cover for my fairytale.  Hope everyone has a wonderful and safe week!  :smilie_zauber:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on September 02, 2019, 11:47:29 PM
Not doing anything right now. I wrote myself into a corner two nights ago and I haven't got the brain power to write myself out. Once I get the last of my outside things into the garage and close the shutter over my front door, I'm going to relax with a cup of hot tea and a slice of banana bread and let the words flow.

 :Healing:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on September 03, 2019, 09:50:18 AM
Wrote 575 words yesterday.  Figured out why they are taking a side trip instead of just going directly to where they need to go; hopefully I'll remember the reason why when I resume writing as I fell asleep in the middle of the characters' conversation regarding why they are making the aforementioned side trip.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: diisha392 on September 03, 2019, 10:53:13 AM
hopefully I'll remember the reason why when I resume writing as I fell asleep in the middle of the characters' conversation regarding why they are making the aforementioned side trip.

I feel this way when I come up with great ideas or dialogue while driving.


528 words today along with prepping lessons for tomorrow.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on September 03, 2019, 11:21:56 AM
Wrote 575 words yesterday.  Figured out why they are taking a side trip instead of just going directly to where they need to go; hopefully I'll remember the reason why when I resume writing as I fell asleep in the middle of the characters' conversation regarding why they are making the aforementioned side trip.


Maybe they had to stop by Tosche Station to pick up some power converters.   :nerd:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on September 03, 2019, 11:55:19 AM
Wrote 575 words yesterday.  Figured out why they are taking a side trip instead of just going directly to where they need to go; hopefully I'll remember the reason why when I resume writing as I fell asleep in the middle of the characters' conversation regarding why they are making the aforementioned side trip.


Maybe they had to stop by Tosche Station to pick up some power converters.   :nerd:

Or fight off Gorignak for a Beryllium sphere.

Did some figuring out myself tonight. I realized I need a bit of a transition to get myself out of the corner. Not a whole 'nother scene. Just a way to get one of the MCs from A to B. And it worked. 803 words plus two more ... THE END

Just a tad over 58K. I will be editing starting tomorrow.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on September 03, 2019, 03:27:56 PM
Only 170 words written yesterday but at least I now remember the reason for the side trip; just have to work out the specifics.

Is it bad that I'm still not finished with this space opera (not to mention the lame space opera which I tabled for now) and I'm thinking about an gritty urban superhero story utilizing a side character from an as-yet-unreleased novel (currently in the hands of my beta reader)?  Had an idea for this story for a couple weeks or more and just occurred to me over the weekend I could write it utilizing a character I've already created.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on September 04, 2019, 01:48:39 AM
While I'm waiting for something to happen outside (Dorian) and I can't do much inside (most of the outside is inside), I decided to edit. I won't go into the problems with my piece of crapola little laptop. Let's just say after a few hours, I got the filed opened from OneDrive and started to edit. Good words were starting to flow with one teeny-tiny little hitch. The space bar wouldn't work unless I paused for a second, then pressed hard. Can't get anything done that way.

So, I saved and closed intending to go back to my regular laptop (not as comfortable a working space) only to get a message that my edited file couldn't be uploaded to the server and as soon as the server was available, it would automatically be uploaded.

There goes my plan to while away the next couple of days editing. PIFFLE  :HB
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on September 04, 2019, 01:56:24 AM
The space bar wouldn't work unless I paused for a second, then pressed hard. Can't get anything done that way.

Seems to me I had a keyboard with a similar issue.  Might have been on a laptop.  No delay, but I had to hit the space bar hard to get it to register.  So, you'd type everything normally but have to remember to really whack your thumb on the space bar if you didn'twantyourwritingtolooklikethis.

Long before that, I had a keyboard with a broken key.  I don't remember what letter it was that was broken but, until I got a new keyboard, I got around the issue by copying the letter from a pre-existing document and then using the keyboard shortcut for "paste" whenever I needed to use that letter.  Did that for a couple months, as I recall, by which point I had gotten rather proficient at using that keyboard shortcut whenever that particular letter was required.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: notthatamanda on September 04, 2019, 02:27:29 AM
You can try blowing the keyboard with some compressed air, use a hair dryer with no heat, if you have nothing else.  The pause is weird, but needing to press the key hard may indicate some crud in there. 
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on September 04, 2019, 02:46:36 AM
The space bar wouldn't work unless I paused for a second, then pressed hard. Can't get anything done that way.

Seems to me I had a keyboard with a similar issue.  Might have been on a laptop.  No delay, but I had to hit the space bar hard to get it to register.  So, you'd type everything normally but have to remember to really whack your thumb on the space bar if you didn'twantyourwritingtolooklikethis.

Long before that, I had a keyboard with a broken key.  I don't remember what letter it was that was broken but, until I got a new keyboard, I got around the issue by copying the letter from a pre-existing document and then using the keyboard shortcut for "paste" whenever I needed to use that letter.  Did that for a couple months, as I recall, by which point I had gotten rather proficient at using that keyboard shortcut whenever that particular letter was required.

That reminded me that I do have an extra keyboard I can link up.

You can try blowing the keyboard with some compressed air, use a hair dryer with no heat, if you have nothing else.  The pause is weird, but needing to press the key hard may indicate some crud in there. 

I'll try that first. I didn't think of using the hair dryer.

Thanks to both of you.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Kristen.s.walker on September 04, 2019, 09:02:45 AM
Yikes, Maggie Ann, I hope you're safe from the hurricane (and you got that keyboard issue sorted out).

I finished the last of the work on my old house, so my move is all done except for the unpacking. Much as I want that to all be done with since I'm sick of staring at piles of boxes, we need to take it at a slower pace now because everyone is tired and sore. Hasn't helped my carpal tunnel, either. slowly getting back into a more normal routine but we mostly took off the three-day weekend to just recover.

Wrote 1062 words yesterday. Wrote 2008 words today. And somewhere over the weekend I wrote about 1700 words of a new project which was going to be a short story but will probably become a novel/series.

Also, my pirate cat mermaid story wasn't accepted into the anthology so I'll self-publish that one myself when I can find the time. Right after I figure out what kind of cover you put on a story about pirate cats and cat mermaids that doesn't look like a children's book.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on September 04, 2019, 09:30:27 AM
Yikes, Maggie Ann, I hope you're safe from the hurricane (and you got that keyboard issue sorted out).

I finished the last of the work on my old house, so my move is all done except for the unpacking. Much as I want that to all be done with since I'm sick of staring at piles of boxes, we need to take it at a slower pace now because everyone is tired and sore. Hasn't helped my carpal tunnel, either. slowly getting back into a more normal routine but we mostly took off the three-day weekend to just recover.

Wrote 1062 words yesterday. Wrote 2008 words today. And somewhere over the weekend I wrote about 1700 words of a new project which was going to be a short story but will probably become a novel/series.

Also, my pirate cat mermaid story wasn't accepted into the anthology so I'll self-publish that one myself when I can find the time. Right after I figure out what kind of cover you put on a story about pirate cats and cat mermaids that doesn't look like a children's book.

We're pretty much outside the worst of Dorian. So far, the wind and rain bands seem to be circling around us. Might get some wind and rain overnight, but nothing we can't handle. Just got an alert that the evacuation orders will be lifted at 6am. I'm not in an evacuation zone, but lifting those orders is a good sign.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on September 05, 2019, 12:53:32 AM
Wrote 250 words yesterday on the space opera and 25 words for the gritty urban superhero thing.
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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on September 05, 2019, 08:35:52 AM
That's good to hear, Maggie Ann.

Wrote 2638 words today. Really easy, too, despite being in pain (all that moving is still catching up to me). I can feel things falling into place for the end of the novel.
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Post by: diisha392 on September 05, 2019, 10:36:02 AM
Good job, everyone, on your words!  :clap:

I haven't gotten to any writing yet today but I have listened to several recordings by my Spanish III students talking about their daily activities :)
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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 05, 2019, 10:59:23 AM
Up to page 50 in the editing and I've added about 500 words.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on September 06, 2019, 12:18:55 AM
Wrote 300 words yesterday on the space opera and 300 words for the gritty urban superhero thing.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 06, 2019, 12:12:29 PM
Edited another fifty pages tonight. I was hoping to start Book 2, but I fell behind on my editing this morning and had to finish tonight. My goal is 50 pages a day. Almost up to 59K words with the edits.

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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on September 07, 2019, 10:59:45 AM
My wrist was hurting too much to write yesterday so I rested for the day. (Carpal tunnel)

2402 words today.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 07, 2019, 11:56:47 AM
Only edited ten pages today but I did write a few paragraphs here and there. I'd better catch up tomorrow.

Also decided to change the title of the book.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on September 08, 2019, 06:44:03 AM
Wrote 130 words Thursday and 160 words yesterday on the space opera and 103 words Thursday and 65 words yesterday for the gritty urban superhero thing.

Coming up with the villain was the holdup on the superhero one.  Wanted something that was cute to make villainous but all the good stuff has been done.  So, had to drop the "cute" part.  Went with something I don't think has been done (but probably has) and am going with that.

Also had to decide whether the villain was a man or a woman.  Either way, there will be complaints in this day and age.
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Post by: diisha392 on September 08, 2019, 12:19:13 PM
111 words today.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 08, 2019, 09:41:39 PM
Did a bit of editing last night and enough words to skip to a new page. About 180. Hope to start book 2 today.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 09, 2019, 01:28:53 AM
I did start book 2 today and I think it's off to a good start. Wordage was 1305.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on September 09, 2019, 04:23:51 AM
I did start book 2 today and I think it's off to a good start. Wordage was 1305.

Congrats, Maggie Ann!  :clap:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 09, 2019, 11:28:33 AM
Edited about 117 pages with about 30 to go. I think I'm going to take one more run at it before I send it to my editor. It still needs more atmosphere.

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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on September 09, 2019, 01:14:36 PM
1427 words today.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on September 10, 2019, 02:01:10 AM
Wrote 160 words Saturday and 160 words on Sunday on the space opera, which gave me three days in a row of 160 words, and 215 words Saturday and 330 words Sunday for the gritty urban superhero thing which may not be so gritty.  :shrug
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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 10, 2019, 10:13:47 AM
First edit is done. I'll be doing one more before sending it to the real editor.

For now, I'll be adding some wordage to Book 2.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 10, 2019, 11:18:31 AM
Wordage added - 1,086

As usual, I have no idea where the story is going. Just some people and a basic premise. Hope I make it!  :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em
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Post by: diisha392 on September 10, 2019, 12:58:32 PM
74 little words which is more than I thought I'd get a half hour ago
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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 10, 2019, 01:02:45 PM
74 little words which is more than I thought I'd get a half hour ago

 :tup3b
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on September 11, 2019, 06:49:02 AM
Almost 1000 words during lunch.  Hope to write more tonight!
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Post by: 2-Bit D on September 11, 2019, 07:23:18 AM
Yesterday, I wrote 75 words for the space opera and 195 words for the gritty urban superhero thing which I feel needs more detail and tension, especially since it opens with a brutal murder.  Well, murders.  Almost 1,400 words so far.  Might be one where I add words when editing.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on September 11, 2019, 10:06:22 AM
I ended up with 2565 words for the day.  More than I've written in a while...but it feels good to be back!  :smilie_zauber:
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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on September 11, 2019, 11:06:52 AM
No words yesterday. 3770 words today. I'm doing everything I can to manage my carpal tunnel right now but I may just need to push through the pain to make this looming deadline. If I can finish it, I can take a rest while my editor works on it.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 11, 2019, 11:53:55 AM
No words yesterday. 3770 words today. I'm doing everything I can to manage my carpal tunnel right now but I may just need to push through the pain to make this looming deadline. If I can finish it, I can take a rest while my editor works on it.

When I had problems with my hands, I got a soft, elastic glove with no fingers from Walgreens. It wasn't perfect, but it helped and since I was a word processor at the time, I needed something to keep me going.

Second edit of Book 1: 14 pages

Wordage of Book 2: 1,397

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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 12, 2019, 11:20:23 AM
Up to page 65 in the second edit of the first book.

966 words added to the second book. I had a hard time getting started but then a character popped up and I started typing. Turns out he was the perfect person to bring up events from the first book. I appreciate his stepping up like that.  :angel:
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on September 12, 2019, 11:48:56 AM
285 words today.  Now stuck looking at granite countertops. They're remodeling the kitchen in the story.  :shrug
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Post by: 2-Bit D on September 13, 2019, 01:10:47 AM
Wrote 170 words Tuesday and 100 words yesterday for the space opera, where I've apparently written myself into a corner, and wrote 159 words Tuesday and 486 words yesterday for the superhero thing.

Finished the first chapter in the superhero thing and need to start the second.  The character had this big speech to start the chapter and it was clear in my mind before I started writing the book, but now that I've finished the first chapter, I can't remember any of the big speech.  And, of course, if I had written the speech first, I might have forgotten what was going to happen in the first chapter.  You can't win.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 13, 2019, 03:35:38 AM
285 words today.  Now stuck looking at granite countertops. They're remodeling the kitchen in the story.  :shrug

Personally, I'd go for quartz.  Grin
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Post by: notthatamanda on September 13, 2019, 03:40:05 AM
285 words today.  Now stuck looking at granite countertops. They're remodeling the kitchen in the story.  :shrug

Personally, I'd go for quartz.  Grin
Oh man, this is the best part of the job isn't it?  I love looking at house stuff for stories.  Check out the vetrazzo, recycled glass.

Today, I'm researching sperm donation, artificial insemination and plan b.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on September 13, 2019, 04:45:47 AM
285 words today.  Now stuck looking at granite countertops. They're remodeling the kitchen in the story.  :shrug

Personally, I'd go for quartz.  Grin

I know.  My co-author really wants granite and it makes sense for the character.  I think we're going to use River White Granite and a soft blue glass subway tile.  Their view is Puget Sound in the San Juan Islands...so blue seems like a good choice with the white cabinets. 

Here's our inspiration picture from Pinterest.  We've had this for a while.

(https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.15752-9/69952314_924362964597248_8008206882646786048_n.png?_nc_cat=103&_nc_eui2=AeGEKMOh8jXSk5cwdp4SjI7otjXsprAevX4dn1dYbxbIXxHLid1xnH0QEal6Z4QiyY_c8mknz86aHaEFmFmx7PqnP896dSnTOAhPPOeQH4FIVg&_nc_oc=AQn9_BJGv0r6UqYevJ8Vwcr2uO19gMKxJ6Wk6vheUF6zVegUEPsPywK9HZx_CrtrJLE&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=169ada2a166dfdc7cc066cfefe8370c5&oe=5DF44805)
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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 13, 2019, 05:49:16 AM
285 words today.  Now stuck looking at granite countertops. They're remodeling the kitchen in the story.  :shrug

Personally, I'd go for quartz.  Grin
Oh man, this is the best part of the job isn't it?  I love looking at house stuff for stories.  Check out the vetrazzo, recycled glass.

Today, I'm researching sperm donation, artificial insemination and plan b.

Here I was so happy with my quartz countertops. I'm still happy with the kitchen quartz, but I used Formica in the bathrooms. Now I want the glass for my bathroom but it is a really, really long countertop. I should never look at home improvement stuff.

285 words today.  Now stuck looking at granite countertops. They're remodeling the kitchen in the story.  :shrug

Personally, I'd go for quartz.  Grin

I know.  My co-author really wants granite and it makes sense for the character.  I think we're going to use River White Granite and a soft blue glass subway tile.  Their view is Puget Sound in the San Juan Islands...so blue seems like a good choice with the white cabinets. 

Here's our inspiration picture from Pinterest.  We've had this for a while.

(https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.15752-9/69952314_924362964597248_8008206882646786048_n.png?_nc_cat=103&_nc_eui2=AeGEKMOh8jXSk5cwdp4SjI7otjXsprAevX4dn1dYbxbIXxHLid1xnH0QEal6Z4QiyY_c8mknz86aHaEFmFmx7PqnP896dSnTOAhPPOeQH4FIVg&_nc_oc=AQn9_BJGv0r6UqYevJ8Vwcr2uO19gMKxJ6Wk6vheUF6zVegUEPsPywK9HZx_CrtrJLE&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=169ada2a166dfdc7cc066cfefe8370c5&oe=5DF44805)

White subway tile is so cold and commercial, but I could definitely go for soft blue glass subway tile.

Funny, I was just last night thinking about the kitchen in my new book. The house is a colonial.


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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on September 13, 2019, 05:55:58 AM
I love the mansion in this series, but I am looking forward to the next one with a small, coastal cottage.  :dog1:
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Post by: notthatamanda on September 13, 2019, 10:18:42 AM
285 words today.  Now stuck looking at granite countertops. They're remodeling the kitchen in the story.  :shrug

Personally, I'd go for quartz.  Grin
Oh man, this is the best part of the job isn't it?  I love looking at house stuff for stories.  Check out the vetrazzo, recycled glass.

Today, I'm researching sperm donation, artificial insemination and plan b.

Here I was so happy with my quartz countertops. I'm still happy with the kitchen quartz, but I used Formica in the bathrooms. Now I want the glass for my bathroom but it is a really, really long countertop. I should never look at home improvement stuff.

285 words today.  Now stuck looking at granite countertops. They're remodeling the kitchen in the story.  :shrug

Personally, I'd go for quartz.  Grin

I know.  My co-author really wants granite and it makes sense for the character.  I think we're going to use River White Granite and a soft blue glass subway tile.  Their view is Puget Sound in the San Juan Islands...so blue seems like a good choice with the white cabinets. 

Here's our inspiration picture from Pinterest.  We've had this for a while.

(https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.15752-9/69952314_924362964597248_8008206882646786048_n.png?_nc_cat=103&_nc_eui2=AeGEKMOh8jXSk5cwdp4SjI7otjXsprAevX4dn1dYbxbIXxHLid1xnH0QEal6Z4QiyY_c8mknz86aHaEFmFmx7PqnP896dSnTOAhPPOeQH4FIVg&_nc_oc=AQn9_BJGv0r6UqYevJ8Vwcr2uO19gMKxJ6Wk6vheUF6zVegUEPsPywK9HZx_CrtrJLE&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=169ada2a166dfdc7cc066cfefe8370c5&oe=5DF44805)

White subway tile is so cold and commercial, but I could definitely go for soft blue glass subway tile.

Funny, I was just last night thinking about the kitchen in my new book. The house is a colonial.
I priced the vetrazzo for my tiny island kitchen in my old house. 2 ft by 4 ft. It was ridiculous.
The house we are in now has rain forest green granite. I knew we were destined to live here, when I walked in and saw that.
Green's my thing.
I didn't even know subway tile came in colors, I don't like the white, it reminds me of the subway. I can't believe all those tile walls in NYC subways when I think about it now.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on September 13, 2019, 11:38:20 AM
Ended up with 2,565 words for the day.  :smilie_zauber:
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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on September 13, 2019, 11:49:33 AM
Wow, all those kitchen pictures are beautiful. When I'm writing scenery descriptions, it's usually industrial things like the boiler room of an airship or how cramped it feels inside the submersible. Maybe I should switch from steampunk to something with more of these beautiful mansions. Or go remodel a house in The Sims.

Today's scene was actually inside a bloody temple. Human sacrifice, of course. I'm trying to ramp up this ending to make it big. I always want to rush to end things because I'm just ready to be done, but then it's not dramatic enough, so I gotta drag things out. Which leads to procrastination. But today was 3964 words.

For my carpal tunnel, I wear a wrist brace and do exercises which were all recommended by my physical therapist. Also set a timer to take breaks instead of one long writing session. But there's only so much I can push, especially since I'm still recovering from all the heavy lifting of the move. I'm not supposed to lift more than 20-30 pounds even with both hands, but of course I did more than that when moving.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 13, 2019, 12:30:55 PM
Didn't get any writing done but I'm up to 115 pages edited. Boy am I finding a lot of mistakes especially in the kitchen description. It seems like I couldn't make up my mind but now I have.

Thanks for the inspiration, Lori and Amanda.

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Post by: notthatamanda on September 13, 2019, 08:24:46 PM
Didn't get any writing done but I'm up to 115 pages edited. Boy am I finding a lot of mistakes especially in the kitchen description. It seems like I couldn't make up my mind but now I have.

Thanks for the inspiration, Lori and Amanda.
If you ever want to talk interior design, I'm here for you.  I think part of my husband lives in fear of me hitting it big and what that will mean in the house department.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on September 14, 2019, 02:50:53 AM
Wrote 140 words yesterday on the space opera.  As indicated before, I had written myself into a corner, but I think I found a way out.  Just have to work out how to get the characters back on course.

Wrote 375 words yesterday on the semi-gritty superhero thing.

Also did some editing the other day on the lame space opera.  Tempted to give that a go again.  I do like the first chapter.  If I can recapture that tone for the rest of the book, I'm golden.

Hoping to hear from my beta reader soon on the fantasy epic.  Thought I might hear something back this week, but not looking like it.  Just sort of anxious to hear, you know?  But I'm not going to be a pest because they're doing it for free and I know they are busy with other things, so I'll just wait patiently.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on September 14, 2019, 11:09:11 AM
708 words today.  I had to stop everything and write a short chapter for the fairytale on my website.  It's one chapter a week and I almost forgot! :smilie_zauber:
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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on September 14, 2019, 12:31:09 PM
1020 words today. Still struggling with the ending.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 14, 2019, 01:02:08 PM
Edited up to pg 151 and wrote 157 words.

Not sure where this is going, or rather, I know where it's going but not how I'm going to get there.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on September 15, 2019, 05:47:35 AM
Apparently, I lied.  I only wrote 60 words on Thursday for the semi-gritty superhero thing.  And I wrote 215 words yesterday.

Wrote 105 words yesterday on the space opera.  I keep separating these two characters shortly after I put them back together again.  LOL.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on September 15, 2019, 09:41:30 AM
1493 words in the fairytale.  That should take care of the next few weeks.   :smilie_zauber:
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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on September 15, 2019, 11:16:18 AM
4849 words today and I typed THE END! That's the first draft in the bag. 83,378 words total.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on September 15, 2019, 11:17:20 AM
4849 words today and I typed THE END! That's the first draft in the bag. 83,378 words total.

Congrats!!!  :cheers
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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 15, 2019, 11:18:31 AM
4849 words today and I typed THE END! That's the first draft in the bag. 83,378 words total.

 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Edited Book 1 up to Page 210 and wrote 1077 on Book 2. The story was dragging a bit so I thought I'd throw in a body. It was going to happen anyway but I needed it to happen now.

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Post by: diisha392 on September 15, 2019, 12:20:06 PM
4849 words today and I typed THE END! That's the first draft in the bag. 83,378 words total.

Awesome!

And I had fun looking at the kitchen pictures as I caught up on reading this thread.

This week has been abysmal for my writing but I managed 100 words today (which makes me feel marginally better about spending $20 on a book promotion today that has netted 0 sales--lesson learned).
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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 16, 2019, 01:46:54 AM
4849 words today and I typed THE END! That's the first draft in the bag. 83,378 words total.

Awesome!

And I had fun looking at the kitchen pictures as I caught up on reading this thread.

This week has been abysmal for my writing but I managed 100 words today (which makes me feel marginally better about spending $20 on a book promotion today that has netted 0 sales--lesson learned).

Now I need a Victorian kitchen.  :doh: Time to hit Google images.

Back on track with 1729 words this morning. See? Nothing like a corpse to liven up a story.

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Post by: Hazard on September 16, 2019, 01:19:06 PM
Does 50 works on an outline count?

This thread looks encouraging to slowpokes like me compared to ones with steeper counts that seem insurmountable at most times.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 16, 2019, 10:20:51 PM
Does 50 works on an outline count?

This thread looks encouraging to slowpokes like me compared to ones with steeper counts that seem insurmountable at most times.

An outline definitely counts. A shopping list doesn't.  :icon_mrgreen:

Finished my second edit last night and sent it off to my beta reader. She's in the middle of a bathroom remodel and I doubt if she'll get to it anytime soon, but I'm in no rush. I want all four books written, edited and covered before I release the first one.

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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on September 17, 2019, 12:02:54 AM
Does 50 works on an outline count?

This thread looks encouraging to slowpokes like me compared to ones with steeper counts that seem insurmountable at most times.

Definitely!  :goodpost:

I made a new cover yesterday!  Didn't get much writing done, but I did have 496 words from the night before.  About 1/5 of the way through my book.

Although I like the big house and kitchen in this series, the next one will have a much smaller, vintage cottage on the San Juan Islands.  Here are a few inspiration photos I like from home, my happy place on Facebook...except I'd have beadboard for the kitchen backsplash instead of subway tiles.

(https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/67715513_2365585913731197_4998828851455852544_n.jpg?_nc_cat=104&_nc_eui2=AeE9VQM9_csySrIwBkDCTwlVRZ-69eLohPde9csjVyrtn2nYzLLBYRVFtQ64ObKaRLYUuRe0cY4Izt5gPhkbI3xPhxybtIgu-awkdRmku4sW0Q&_nc_oc=AQlqu4sR8TIlAOqWYqzkTIV0TMHpkevSR6nDcnBHOECsWXA0y6u-8xsku1IU9gtOo-8&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=775ea535303cdedb51083c13f3f0d16a&oe=5DFADC1A)
(https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/67743130_2365585860397869_8269776665920405504_n.jpg?_nc_cat=101&_nc_eui2=AeHrF6QBLw45bxHF511maCVEGd1SLH_2mfWlpSo-JcfRyrp49mcxOrbUDrdStYhOfeJwn-qAfN4VW40WgramassiUHXThegK0t_PKGewwAWbag&_nc_oc=AQkl0mwcPrgqUBcEgc_aJ4C2p_gaSQLxbAANWg6BpBXZhELNiLmm2d-AfZRaBRqvRmU&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=15d30ee6fae3f0dc3bee748c82fc362a&oe=5E04C9E4)

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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 17, 2019, 12:57:55 AM
Does 50 works on an outline count?

This thread looks encouraging to slowpokes like me compared to ones with steeper counts that seem insurmountable at most times.

Definitely!  :goodpost:

I made a new cover yesterday!  Didn't get much writing done, but I did have 496 words from the night before.  About 1/5 of the way through my book.

Although I like the big house and kitchen in this series, the next one will have a much smaller, vintage cottage on the San Juan Islands.  Here are a few inspiration photos I like from home, my happy place on Facebook...except I'd have beadboard for the kitchen backsplash instead of subway tiles.

(https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/67715513_2365585913731197_4998828851455852544_n.jpg?_nc_cat=104&_nc_eui2=AeE9VQM9_csySrIwBkDCTwlVRZ-69eLohPde9csjVyrtn2nYzLLBYRVFtQ64ObKaRLYUuRe0cY4Izt5gPhkbI3xPhxybtIgu-awkdRmku4sW0Q&_nc_oc=AQlqu4sR8TIlAOqWYqzkTIV0TMHpkevSR6nDcnBHOECsWXA0y6u-8xsku1IU9gtOo-8&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=775ea535303cdedb51083c13f3f0d16a&oe=5DFADC1A)
(https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/67743130_2365585860397869_8269776665920405504_n.jpg?_nc_cat=101&_nc_eui2=AeHrF6QBLw45bxHF511maCVEGd1SLH_2mfWlpSo-JcfRyrp49mcxOrbUDrdStYhOfeJwn-qAfN4VW40WgramassiUHXThegK0t_PKGewwAWbag&_nc_oc=AQkl0mwcPrgqUBcEgc_aJ4C2p_gaSQLxbAANWg6BpBXZhELNiLmm2d-AfZRaBRqvRmU&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=15d30ee6fae3f0dc3bee748c82fc362a&oe=5E04C9E4)

Love beadboard. Hate subway tile. The Property Brothers use way too much of it. I feel like I'm in a restroom in a public park.

Looking at the Victorian kitchens, the main thing seems to be freestanding tables and hutches. Appliances are a problem but they do have modern appliances with a Victorian or retro look. Too expensive for my (just starting out) buyers. I think I'll go with more of a mid-century modern look as if the kitchen had been modernized. Turquoise appliances, light-wood cabinets, speckled countertops (but quartz), and a table like this.

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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on September 17, 2019, 03:10:57 AM
If you have white cabinets, then white appliances will just blend in and the focus can be on knobs, the wall color and vintage table and chairs.  This is one of my favorites...without the red range.  Love the table and chairs with the knobs and other accessories!

My characters have wonderful luck at estate or yard sales and second hand shops.  My grandmother could always find treasures at these places, so it can happen.  Especially in a book!   :angel:

(https://cdn.trendir.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/mix-and-match-color.jpg)
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Post by: notthatamanda on September 17, 2019, 03:52:02 AM
I love the kitchen in Practical Magic.  And it opens up onto a greenhouse! Happy happy joy joy.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on September 17, 2019, 04:05:56 AM
Although I like the big house and kitchen in this series, the next one will have a much smaller, vintage cottage on the San Juan Islands.  Here are a few inspiration photos I like from home, my happy place on Facebook...except I'd have beadboard for the kitchen backsplash instead of subway tiles.

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Someone needs to breed cats that stay kittens.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on September 17, 2019, 04:12:14 AM
Space Opera: I wrote 50 words on Saturday but only 35 words on Sunday putting me in danger of being kicked out of this thread!

Semi-Gritty Urban Superhero Thing: I wrote 350 words on Saturday and 120 words on Sunday.  Working on a courtroom scene so I get to play a lawyer.  But, it's not modern day so I don't have to be a stickler for courtroom rules, laws and procedures and all that stuff.  Research, meh.  Who needs it?  ;)
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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 17, 2019, 06:00:14 AM
If you have white cabinets, then white appliances will just blend in and the focus can be on knobs, the wall color and vintage table and chairs.  This is one of my favorites...without the red range.  Love the table and chairs with the knobs and other accessories!

My characters have wonderful luck at estate or yard sales and second hand shops.  My grandmother could always find treasures at these places, so it can happen.  Especially in a book!   :angel:

(https://cdn.trendir.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/mix-and-match-color.jpg)

Absolutely perfect. I'm printing it out and taping it to the wall next to me.

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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 17, 2019, 06:02:02 AM
I love the kitchen in Practical Magic.  And it opens up onto a greenhouse! Happy happy joy joy.

Yes! A Victorian house would have a conservatory/greenhouse off one room. I'll have to add that.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 17, 2019, 06:03:47 AM
Space Opera: I wrote 50 words on Saturday but only 35 words on Sunday putting me in danger of being kicked out of this thread!

Semi-Gritty Urban Superhero Thing: I wrote 350 words on Saturday and 120 words on Sunday.  Working on a courtroom scene so I get to play a lawyer.  But, it's not modern day so I don't have to be a stickler for courtroom rules, laws and procedures and all that stuff.  Research, meh.  Who needs it?  ;)

You wrote 155 words total on Sunday so you're safe.

You should watch the old Perry Mason series. Being a former paralegal, I sometimes cringe at the ethics violations he just blithely commits.
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Post by: notthatamanda on September 17, 2019, 06:09:45 AM
I love the kitchen in Practical Magic.  And it opens up onto a greenhouse! Happy happy joy joy.

Yes! A Victorian house would have a conservatory/greenhouse off one room. I'll have to add that.

I have a giant dieffenbachia you can put in it.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on September 17, 2019, 06:25:37 AM
All my book houses seem to have sun porches or conservatories.

Photos courtesy of Pinterest

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Post by: 2-Bit D on September 17, 2019, 06:27:50 AM
You should watch the old Perry Mason series. Being a former paralegal, I sometimes cringe at the ethics violations he just blithely commits.

Been many moons since I've seen a Perry Mason episode.  I vaguely remember Matlock.

My faves were L.A. Law and Boston Legal.  And, of course, Night Court.

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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 17, 2019, 08:39:03 AM
You should watch the old Perry Mason series. Being a former paralegal, I sometimes cringe at the ethics violations he just blithely commits.

Been many moons since I've seen a Perry Mason episode.  I vaguely remember Matlock.

My faves were L.A. Law and Boston Legal.  And, of course, Night Court.



L.A. Law and Night Court, definitely. Never did see Boston Legal.

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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 17, 2019, 08:43:02 AM
I love the kitchen in Practical Magic.  And it opens up onto a greenhouse! Happy happy joy joy.

Yes! A Victorian house would have a conservatory/greenhouse off one room. I'll have to add that.

I have a giant dieffenbachia you can put in it.

Ah, the Mother-in-Law plant.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on September 17, 2019, 09:02:01 AM
L.A. Law and Night Court, definitely. Never did see Boston Legal.

Denny Crane.

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Post by: 2-Bit D on September 17, 2019, 09:26:06 AM
As a side note, Dan Larroquette played an attorney on both Night Court and Boston Legal.
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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on September 17, 2019, 10:37:03 AM
I edited five chapters on my novel today and wrote 1000 words for a Halloween short story.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 17, 2019, 11:35:03 AM
As a side note, Dan Larroquette played an attorney on both Night Court and Boston Legal.

He was really great. The whole cast was perfect. Too bad it's not on Prime Video or anywhere else.

Just finished writing 1,287 words on Book 2. Haven't heard back from my Beta reader, but considering she's dealing with the dust and rubble of a remodel, I don't expect her to read it until next week sometime.
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on September 17, 2019, 11:41:56 AM
I'm between drafts and currently doing a re-read of books 1-3 of Wheel of Fire.  I'm taking notes as I go, notes of things that I think I'll need to know when I write the second draft of book 4.

A side bonus of this re-read is that it gives me an opportunity to spot errors.  I've found one; I use the wrong name at one point.   :HB  I've fixed it and, as soon as my re-read of that book is complete, I'll be uploading corrected versions.
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Post by: Lynn on September 17, 2019, 01:30:48 PM
I'm between drafts and currently doing a re-read of books 1-3 of Wheel of Fire.  I'm taking notes as I go, notes of things that I think I'll need to know when I write the second draft of book 4.

A side bonus of this re-read is that it gives me an opportunity to spot errors.  I've found one; I use the wrong name at one point.   :HB  I've fixed it and, as soon as my re-read of that book is complete, I'll be uploading corrected versions.

What's that saying? Been there, done that. :D  :cheers

I'm also currently in the "I need to reread all those previous books and oh, dear God, I have to take notes this time" phase of writing my next books in my several series. I figure 28 books in one week and my eyes will be bleeding. :D Luckily not all are novels.

But I'm still writing every day, and hope to keep it up the whole time I do that rereading. I'm a very optimistic person.  :hehe
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Post by: 2-Bit D on September 18, 2019, 04:53:00 AM
I just wrote 386 words for a post here asking advice about something in my WIP only to work out the answer for myself so then I deleted those 386 words.  So, do those 386 words count for anything?


A side bonus of this re-read is that it gives me an opportunity to spot errors.  I've found one; I use the wrong name at one point.   :HB  I've fixed it and, as soon as my re-read of that book is complete, I'll be uploading corrected versions.

I know the feeling.  I read through my entire book (the fantasy epic) looking for errors and fixing them before sending it off to my beta reader.  A character from that book is making an appearance in another book I'm working on, so I pulled out everything referencing details about that character from the fantasy epic so everything matches up.  In doing so, I found where I had messed up the character's name.  :HB
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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 18, 2019, 11:19:47 AM
With 1107 words written tonight, I'm up to 44 pages and 10K+.

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Post by: diisha392 on September 18, 2019, 12:50:34 PM
Wrote a little over 100 words today in between timing and cheering my athletes on. Got home and put them into the Word document even :)
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Post by: Hazard on September 18, 2019, 02:27:23 PM
Did not expect such progress today, but a little over 800 words for the outline today, all after dinner even. I wanted to get an earlier start, but errands and then the internet distracted me.

Another interesting development, Book 1 outline hit a snafu, so took some ideas (the original premise) and a new Book 1 emerged, which is where the new outline advanced. Old Book 1 is now Book 2, which makes more sense with how it was progressing.
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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on September 19, 2019, 09:53:06 AM
Didn't have time to update yesterday, but I edited five chapters. Did another five today. I'm now halfway through my edit (30 chapters total).

The earlier stuff is easier because I've actually gone back a few times as I wrote later parts of the first draft. I was adding in details that would be important later in the novel. The roughest part of the edit will be the ending. I already know several things I'm going to change and re-write.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 19, 2019, 11:39:39 AM
A bit short of my goal at 960 words, but I'm really tired tonight. I'm up to 49 pages and just over 11,000 words and I'm happy about that.
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Post by: diisha392 on September 19, 2019, 12:41:51 PM
Just over 200 words. It's awkward in spots but at least the story is moving forward.
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Post by: Hazard on September 19, 2019, 01:05:53 PM
Just made over 100 words tonight.

This is about where the previous outline fizzled as it entered the middle act/second half. The characters are still relatively new to me, being revamped/remixed from bits and pieces of previous character concepts. Need to spend more time with them, get to know them more.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on September 20, 2019, 04:23:58 AM
Not doing so well with the words this month . . .

Space Opera:
Monday: 75 words
Tuesday: 90 words
Wednesday: 85 words

Semi-Gritty Urban Superhero Thing:
Monday: 105 words
Tuesday: 60 words
Wednesday: 250 words

Oh, and then I came up with a new hero character that I could either squeeze into the semi-gritty urban superhero thing or do a separate book for.  The former seems more appealing because, otherwise, one more book to add to the WIP list.  But, how many heroes can a single book have?  Oy.  Then again, I haven't seen anyone create a similar hero and it's rare to come up with an original-ish idea these days, so I really want to get it out there before someone else does.

Kind of like my fantasy epic that my beta reader is trying to wrap up . . .  I have a character do something in there that I thought would be fairly original and cool and, well, now there's a movie coming out next year but they're already talking about on different sites and the character in that movie does what the character in my book does, so now it will probably look like I got the idea from those discussions.

Every time I come up with something original-ish, someone else beats me to it.  Usually, it's because I take so long to finish stuff (you know, like, years) but this time I really wasn't that slow.  Sigh.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 20, 2019, 11:16:18 AM
I'm about 25% into Book 2, adding 1088 words tonight. Up to 53 pages and 12.2K words.

As usual, I have no idea where I'm going but I'll get there eventually.
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Post by: Hazard on September 20, 2019, 12:50:32 PM
About 350 words today, but not for the urban fantasy story I've been working on.

Out of the blue my mind wandered to a sci-fantasy concept, one of many I have on backburner. Even the small word count is significant as a lot of them are names and brief descriptions of setting features and locations/polities. Broke through some issues I had with progressing anywhere with that concept, but this does nothing for the main project I've been working on.

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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on September 20, 2019, 01:56:20 PM
Arrr, mateys! I be editin' five chapters o' me tale today.

(Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!)
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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 20, 2019, 09:38:52 PM
Arrr, mateys! I be editin' five chapters o' me tale today.

(Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!)

Aye, a tot o' rum for the saucy wench!!
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Post by: 2-Bit D on September 21, 2019, 03:21:18 AM
Yesterday, um, I wrote 10 words for the semi-gritty urban superhero thing and, er, 0 words for the space opera.  I must have edited or did something with the space opera yesterday because I did update the file, but no new words were added.  :icon_think:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 21, 2019, 04:38:12 AM
Yesterday, um, I wrote 10 words for the semi-gritty urban superhero thing and, er, 0 words for the space opera.  I must have edited or did something with the space opera yesterday because I did update the file, but no new words were added.  :icon_think:

Fer that ye' be walkin' the plank, matey! An' I'll be drinkin' yer rum ration.

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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on September 21, 2019, 12:03:07 PM
Haha! I did have some rum last night. I figured I'd earned a little reward, so I made mai tais.

Today, I edited 5 more chapters. The last five come tomorrow and then it's off to the editor while I move onto my new series. I just emailed my cover designer to commission the first book cover.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 21, 2019, 12:27:28 PM
Got Book 1 back from the editor so I'm working on that. I'll catch up on wordage tomorrow. Book 1 needs a lot of work.
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Post by: diisha392 on September 21, 2019, 12:33:46 PM
Only about a hundred words today especially since I did some editing.
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Post by: MCMLXXV on September 21, 2019, 08:00:04 PM
12,036 written today
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Post by: diisha392 on September 21, 2019, 10:38:42 PM
12,036 written today

Awesome work!
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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on September 22, 2019, 08:16:52 AM
12,036 written today

Wow, my hands hurt just thinking about that amount of work. That's awesome!

I edited the last five chapters today and sent the manuscript off to my editor! I might take a few days off before I start on the next book. We'll see how my health does. I may have another issue cropping up now that I need to see a doctor about.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on September 22, 2019, 09:36:46 AM
Yesterday, um, I wrote 10 words for the semi-gritty urban superhero thing and, er, 615 words for the space opera.

I was going to bang out a lot of words for the space opera last night, hoping to make up for Thursday.  I was going to come here and tell you how I wrote 5,000 words for the space opera.  LOL.  The best I got was 615.  And even if I had hit 5,000, it would have paled in comparison to 12,036. :eek:

So, I would have lost either way.  This way, at least, it took less effort to lose.  :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em
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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 22, 2019, 10:03:27 AM
Yesterday, um, I wrote 10 words for the semi-gritty urban superhero thing and, er, 615 words for the space opera.

I was going to bang out a lot of words for the space opera last night, hoping to make up for Thursday.  I was going to come here and tell you how I wrote 5,000 words for the space opera.  LOL.  The best I got was 615.  And even if I had hit 5,000, it would have paled in comparison to 12,036. :eek:

So, I would have lost either way.  This way, at least, it took less effort to lose.  :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em

That's still better than my big, fat 0 for yesterday.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on September 22, 2019, 10:47:08 AM
That's still better than my big, fat 0 for yesterday.

But you were working on revisions from your editor, so that counts as writing work even if you didn't otherwise create more wordage.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 22, 2019, 11:14:38 AM
That's still better than my big, fat 0 for yesterday.

But you were working on revisions from your editor, so that counts as writing work even if you didn't otherwise create more wordage.

Just read through a half a dozen comments but didn't do any revisions. So ... nannie-nannie-boo-boo ... I'm still worse than you.

Tonight, I sat down to add to the word count. Not sure how much I wrote before I accidentally deleted it. Couldn't have been much more than 100 words. So discouraged I ate a brownie with home-made banana ice cream and walnuts.  :writethink:
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Post by: diisha392 on September 22, 2019, 11:20:34 AM
Brownies are good.

I set a goal to run five miles today and write 500 words. I knocked the miles out before 11 this morning. Just now a little after nine at night, I finished my 500 words.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on September 23, 2019, 01:19:12 AM
Back on track with 1047 words.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on September 23, 2019, 03:30:29 AM
Yesterday, um, I wrote 10 words (hat trick!!!) for the semi-gritty urban superhero thing and 125 words for the space opera.

I think the problem is that the story moves faster than I can write.  On the superhero thing, I've been writing the same scene for several days now.  In my head, I've moved on to other parts.  The second part of the chapter played out in my head several days ago.  So the scene I'm writing has become boring because I've already played it out who knows how many times now and by the time I get to the second part, it will have run several times already too.  Plus, I've got another character I mentioned the other day that will need to be introduced and just this morning I came up with another.  So the story moves faster than I can write so by the time I find a few minutes to write, it goes slower because it's like "been there, done that."  I believe it's the same phenomenon that, when I later revisit a backburner project, I discover I don't have nearly as many words written down as I thought I did.  But because I've watched the scene(s) play out in my head so many times, it feels like I've already written it all out.  But I haven't.

And then the current chapter in the space opera has gone a completely different direction than originally intended.  My fault for trying to add in some detail to make an otherwise ho-hum scene get some life into it.  So, then rather than simply walking to their destination, well, stuff happens and their destination isn't there anymore.  Which means the whole reason for the scene, for plot and character development, needs to be written in somewhere else now.
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Post by: MCMLXXV on September 23, 2019, 04:57:53 AM
12,036 written today

Awesome work!

12,036 written today

Wow, my hands hurt just thinking about that amount of work. That's awesome!

I edited the last five chapters today and sent the manuscript off to my editor! I might take a few days off before I start on the next book. We'll see how my health does. I may have another issue cropping up now that I need to see a doctor about.

Thanks! Y'all are nice in here.  Grin
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on September 23, 2019, 07:02:30 AM
My mind is boggled at the prospect of writing 12k words in a single day.  That beats Amanda Lee's usual quota of 9k (though she also edits 9k per day, so maybe not the best comparison).  The most I've ever done was a little over 4k in one day.

Congratulations, Matt, on a notable accomplishment.   :cheers
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Post by: Lynn on September 23, 2019, 07:46:57 AM
Yesterday, um, I wrote 10 words (hat trick!!!) for the semi-gritty urban superhero thing and 125 words for the space opera.

I think the problem is that the story moves faster than I can write.  On the superhero thing, I've been writing the same scene for several days now.  In my head, I've moved on to other parts.  The second part of the chapter played out in my head several days ago.  So the scene I'm writing has become boring because I've already played it out who knows how many times now and by the time I get to the second part, it will have run several times already too.  Plus, I've got another character I mentioned the other day that will need to be introduced and just this morning I came up with another.  So the story moves faster than I can write so by the time I find a few minutes to write, it goes slower because it's like "been there, done that."  I believe it's the same phenomenon that, when I later revisit a backburner project, I discover I don't have nearly as many words written down as I thought I did.  But because I've watched the scene(s) play out in my head so many times, it feels like I've already written it all out.  But I haven't.

And then the current chapter in the space opera has gone a completely different direction than originally intended.  My fault for trying to add in some detail to make an otherwise ho-hum scene get some life into it.  So, then rather than simply walking to their destination, well, stuff happens and their destination isn't there anymore.  Which means the whole reason for the scene, for plot and character development, needs to be written in somewhere else now.
I have the same issue with boredom of a scene already written in my head, and I have a solution that works for me. I don't let myself think about my books when I'm not actively writing.

Yes, that's probably one big reason I write a bit slowly, but slow is better than stalled out. If I get bored, I hate writing and I pretty much fail to write anything at all every time I get bored. It's a huge struggle to get started again.

When that solution fails, because the story is just moving along in my thoughts while I'm away from the computer and I can't stop it (happened last night in the shower, because of course it would happen somewhere that I can't get to my computer), I have another strategy I use. When I get to the computer, I don't try to cling to what I wrote in my head. I let it go. I write whatever I want as the next bit. In almost all cases, my mind has decided to change things up because that's easier than trying to bring to mind all the words I'd already written in my head earlier.

I do not let myself compare the quality of the versions I've created. What I thought and what I wrote are equals and that's just the way it has to be. Later, when I go back to read it after the fact, that usually turns out to be true anyway. I've become confident that one path is as good as another, as long as I'm having fun with it. :)

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Post by: MCMLXXV on September 23, 2019, 10:40:26 AM
My mind is boggled at the prospect of writing 12k words in a single day.  That beats Amanda Lee's usual quota of 9k (though she also edits 9k per day, so maybe not the best comparison).  The most I've ever done was a little over 4k in one day.

Congratulations, Matt, on a notable accomplishment.   :cheers

That's really nice of you to say, thanks.

I find Amanda Lee inspiring. I really appreciate her word count and editing posts because they help spur me on when I don't feel like writing. It's the same reason I publicly post my own counts as a means to push myself to keep going and remain productive. I also hope someone will see what I'm doing and will want to do the same on days when they don't feel like doing it.

And, honestly, I think anyone can produce the same amount of new words each day as me... I'm just really fortunate in that I have the time each day to plant butt-in-chair.

For instance when we're talking about butt-in-chair time, I produced roughly 62k new words last week (Mon-Fri), and I'd do similar next week as well if I wasn't so close to finishing my current novel (likely will be done with it on Mon or Tue), which I'm not saying as a brag or a humblebrag or whatever - I'm pointing this out to say the reason I was able to do it is because I had/have the time to do it. I'm lucky in that respect, not skilled.

On average, I write between 6 and 7 hours every weekday, and I think most everyone here could likely produce similar word counts as me on each of those days if they had the kind of time to devote to it that I do. Heck, a lot people would probably leave me in the dust if they had that kind of time. I point this out to say that I realize I'm fortunate in this regard.

But, aside from all of that, I'm here to cheer everyone on no matter how many words they happen to crank out. It's really remaining productive in general that's the most important thing. If it's 5 words a day or 5000, as long as you keep plugging away. I'm just happy to have the time available to push and produce as many new words as I can, or as many I feel satisfied with.

Should also point out, with respect to word counts, it also helps I'm not that great a writer. lol That's not a woe as me self-pity thing, just the reality. I love writing and I love coming up with stories, but yeah, my writing is what it is. I do my best every time out, and I have fun too, but I lay no claim whatsoever to writing quality. Maybe in my case it helps me write a lot.

Which raises another impressive thing about Amanda Lee. The fact she can produce those numbers along with the quality. One can only dream of reaching that level. Well, for me it's a dream anyway.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: diisha392 on September 23, 2019, 11:28:57 AM
About 300 words today although I feel a chunk may get edited out later when cleaning the piece up.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on September 23, 2019, 11:37:41 AM
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But, aside from all of that, I'm here to cheer everyone on no matter how many words they happen to crank out. It's really remaining productive in general that's the most important thing. If it's 5 words a day or 5000, as long as you keep plugging away. I'm just happy to have the time available to push and produce as many new words as I can, or as many I feel satisfied with.

That's the whole point of this thread, Matt. It keeps me inspired just to put butt-in-chair-and-engage-fingers.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on September 24, 2019, 07:28:08 AM
Yesterday, I wrote 185 words for the semi-gritty urban superhero thing and 50 words for the space opera.

Thinking about pausing on the superhero thing and just writing down some notes for later.  Or, maybe finish out the month and then pause since there's only a week left.

On the space opera, slowed a bit since I'm working out the next bit.  Also, had to do some editing on the beginning of the chapter so that the new direction it is taking looks natural rather than like it shifted in the middle (which was the reality, LOL).  Have to work out what happens next.  Either the "bad thing" happens while the characters are separated or when they're back together.  The latter would be easier but the former would be a better fit.  Yes, so I guess I know which direction to take.  Oy.  Another box I'm writing myself into.  LOL.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on September 24, 2019, 11:41:11 AM
A mere 362 words and that was a struggle. Fugitive (possibly) in an abandoned farmhouse. Midnight. No moon. K-nines sitting quietly by their handlers, waiting for the signal. Not the kind of thing I usually write so I'm moving as cautiously as the two FBI agents approaching the house.

Hopefully, I'll do better tomorrow.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on September 24, 2019, 12:14:35 PM
K-nines

Did you dictate that and that's how your software interpreted it?  Because canines would be the same number of characters so there's no savings there for your fingers.  Abbreviating would be K9s or maybe K-9s.  :icon_think:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on September 24, 2019, 12:40:56 PM
K-nines

Did you dictate that and that's how your software interpreted it?  Because canines would be the same number of characters so there's no savings there for your fingers.  Abbreviating would be K9s or maybe K-9s.  :icon_think:

Yup, you're right. Thanks. And I even wrote another story about K-9s a few years ago, but I forgot. I'll fix it.

Thanks again.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: MCMLXXV on September 24, 2019, 06:37:59 PM
6,309 written today to finish latest WIP
26,613 edited today on said WIP
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on September 25, 2019, 12:26:41 AM
Yesterday, I wrote 155 words for the semi-gritty urban superhero thing and 65 words for the space opera.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on September 25, 2019, 07:45:47 AM
Forgot to include the latest drawing:

(http://www.dcrblogs.com/clients/dcrwrites/space-dancing-20190924-0107.png)

Still doing one a day.  Practice obviously doesn't make perfect.  LOL.

I figure this one is the member of some intergalactic boy band.  Or maybe just Earth but they perform in space.  It's a highly advanced bubble helmet that contains a special interior coating that converts carbon dioxide into oxygen and carbon.  The oxygen allows the dancer to continue breathing and the carbon adds strength to the helmet and is structured in such as way as to maintain its transparency.  Advanced science stuff, probably stolen from aliens who will one day come and wipe us out for using advanced technology for stupid stuff like letting boy bands perform in space.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on September 25, 2019, 08:56:28 AM
Forgot to include the latest drawing:

(http://www.dcrblogs.com/clients/dcrwrites/space-dancing-20190924-0107.png)

Still doing one a day.  Practice obviously doesn't make perfect.  LOL.

I figure this one is the member of some intergalactic boy band.  Or maybe just Earth but they perform in space.  It's a highly advanced bubble helmet that contains a special interior coating that converts carbon dioxide into oxygen and carbon.  The oxygen allows the dancer to continue breathing and the carbon adds strength to the helmet and is structured in such as way as to maintain its transparency.  Advanced science stuff, probably stolen from aliens who will one day come and wipe us out for using advanced technology for stupid stuff like letting boy bands perform in space.

Remember the Star Trek movie where they had to save the whales or aliens would blow up earth? Scotty used transparent aluminum for the whales' tanks. It seems like you went Scotty one better.

 :clap:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on September 25, 2019, 11:44:23 AM
Back on track with 1100 words. Hadn't planned on somebody being kidnapped, but this guy is always where he shouldn't be. Had fun researching how to break a choke hold.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: MCMLXXV on September 25, 2019, 07:30:46 PM
32,814 edited today
it was a slog
is there a 'sleepy' emoji?
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on September 25, 2019, 11:07:17 PM
32,814 edited today
it was a slog
is there a 'sleepy' emoji?

How about a dizzy one?

 :dizzy
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on September 26, 2019, 12:24:51 AM
Yesterday, I wrote 230 words for the semi-gritty urban superhero thing and 50 words (hat trick!) for the space opera.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on September 26, 2019, 11:27:53 AM
Such lovely words tonight, all 1,242 of them. That puts me about a third of the way through this book.

I'd gotten out of the habit of writing, but I feel now I've really hit my stride. I think Book 1 is in for a major rewrite.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: MCMLXXV on September 26, 2019, 07:36:15 PM
45,466 edited today
over 8 hours of fine-toothed combing
then I write a lengthy post here (in another thread)
and now I'm cross-eyed
good night  :icon_cool:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on September 27, 2019, 12:27:09 AM
Yesterday, I wrote 310 words for the semi-gritty urban superhero thing and 165 words for the space opera.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: MCMLXXV on September 27, 2019, 08:37:02 PM
16,717 edited today
book is done
hooray! *passes out*
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: notthatamanda on September 27, 2019, 08:43:34 PM
 :clap:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on September 27, 2019, 11:23:05 PM
I'm afraid I won't be writing for a few days. I bent over to change the sheets on my bed and my back went in to spasm. Couldn't walk at all yesterday but today, I can hobble around with a cane.

Back to bed.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on September 28, 2019, 12:54:17 AM
I'm afraid I won't be writing for a few days. I bent over to change the sheets on my bed and my back went in to spasm. Couldn't walk at all yesterday but today, I can hobble around with a cane.

Back to bed.

I hope you feel better soon!  :dog1:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on September 28, 2019, 01:33:05 AM
I'm afraid I won't be writing for a few days. I bent over to change the sheets on my bed and my back went in to spasm. Couldn't walk at all yesterday but today, I can hobble around with a cane.

Back to bed.

I hope you feel better soon!  :dog1:

Ditto.  :catrun
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on September 28, 2019, 01:33:26 AM
Yesterday, I wrote 210 words for the semi-gritty urban superhero thing and 205 words for the space opera.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lynn on September 28, 2019, 02:03:07 AM
Since I started writing every day a while back, I think I'm going to join in. Wrote 376 yesterday.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on September 28, 2019, 06:00:18 AM
I'm afraid I won't be writing for a few days. I bent over to change the sheets on my bed and my back went in to spasm. Couldn't walk at all yesterday but today, I can hobble around with a cane.

Back to bed.


Yikes!  Hope you get better soon.   :icon_eek:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lynn on September 28, 2019, 06:21:33 AM
I'm afraid I won't be writing for a few days. I bent over to change the sheets on my bed and my back went in to spasm. Couldn't walk at all yesterday but today, I can hobble around with a cane.

Back to bed.
My sympathies. I hope it gets better quickly!
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: notthatamanda on September 28, 2019, 09:36:27 AM
Feel better.  I'll swear you were doing something heroic when it happened if needed.  Hate the injuries from everyday stuff.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: VisitasKeat on September 28, 2019, 05:14:55 PM
I'm afraid I won't be writing for a few days. I bent over to change the sheets on my bed and my back went in to spasm. Couldn't walk at all yesterday but today, I can hobble around with a cane.

Back to bed.

 :tup3b :Tup2:  :cheers Wishing you a speedy recovery!  :tup3b :Tup2: :cheers

 :confused: BTW, why did this thread get into Bar & Grill area? :confused:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: MCMLXXV on September 28, 2019, 09:15:24 PM
4,317 written today in outline for new novel
one book finishes, another one starts
no rest for the wicked

PS - Maggie Ann, sorry to hear about your back, I threw my back out last year, was confining myself to bed to recover with heating pads, ibuprofen, etc, for about a week - and after a lot of medical googling (not usually an advisable thing to do unless you're trying to scare yourself half to death), I found that the bed rest idea for back injuries is now considered outdated and doctors are recommending for these injuries people do the opposite of strict resting and spend more time up and around keeping the blood going as it will hasten healing in the effected area, note: this doesn't mean bending, twisting, lifting per se, but rather just not being too ginger with it or inactive... I was skeptical of this at first and also reluctant because I was in a lot pain in my lower back, but I tried it and kept my rest periods in bed or on the couch short, and walked on my treadmill and around the house (though refrained from any lifting or straining activities which included doing dishes because that required bending and reaching) frequently... the pain that had lasted for several days when I kept myself still in bed went away in only a few after opting for the up-and-around treatment. Couldn't believe how quickly my back felt better and I have to believe there's something to that newer approach they're recommending.

Anyway, sorry for the lengthy passage, just thought I'd let you know what I'd found when I'd hurt my back. As always everyone's mileage will vary, and of course you know your body better than anyone. Get well soon!  :cool:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on September 28, 2019, 11:17:35 PM
Thanks so much for all the get well wishes everyone. I'm definitely on the mend. I'm at the stiff and sore stage, meaning my back is practically ramrod straight right now. Great for the posture.

Matt, thanks for the advice. I'd heard that about moving around being better than bed rest. If I could take Ibuprofen, I'd try it, but my GI doctor has forbidden me to take any kind of anti-inflammatory. The spasms are so bad, that for Thursday and half of Friday, I could only take half a step at a time. One foot could only go halfway past the other.

Now, I'll tell y'all about my magic socks. I had the same problem several weeks ago only not as bad, and the only advice I got was to take Tylenol four times a day. Didn't work. Then somebody told me about the magic socks. The rep came over and she had me step on these pads. It only took seconds to get relief. Not a cure, just pain relief. But, I forgot to put them on Thursday when I got back from an appt and that's why I had the spasm.

Feel better.  I'll swear you were doing something heroic when it happened if needed.  Hate the injuries from everyday stuff.

Yes, of course, I was doing something heroic like saving puppies from a burning building. And you saw me do it.  :icon_mrgreen:

I should be able to write again tomorrow.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: notthatamanda on September 28, 2019, 11:48:12 PM
I was going to say kittens, but okay.

If you have a link you can share on the magic socks, I would really like to know about those.   Debilitating back spasms and me are old frenemies.  I didn't know they changed the advice on bedrest either, so thanks for sharing that Matt. 
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on September 29, 2019, 12:39:02 AM
I was going to say kittens, but okay.

If you have a link you can share on the magic socks, I would really like to know about those.   Debilitating back spasms and me are old frenemies.  I didn't know they changed the advice on bedrest either, so thanks for sharing that Matt.

voxxlife.com/techwear

I ended up buying three pair of the athletic socks, but they come in all different styles and colors. You can put them in the washer, but not the dryer and they do take a while to dry.

Don't get the inner soles. They are too thick to fit in your shoes.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lynn on September 29, 2019, 03:03:01 AM
Wrote 558 words yesterday. :)
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on September 29, 2019, 08:35:32 AM
:confused: BTW, why did this thread get into Bar & Grill area? :confused:

Someone complained it was too distracting showing up in the unreads of where it used to be, so we all got dumped here.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on September 29, 2019, 08:36:48 AM
Yesterday, I wrote 185 words for the semi-gritty urban superhero thing and 50 words for the space opera.

Also, yesterday and today, I have been recreating the cover for my upcoming book so I think that should count for something too.  grint
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: MCMLXXV on September 29, 2019, 09:58:14 AM
Yesterday, I wrote 185 words for the semi-gritty urban superhero thing and 50 words for the space opera.

Also, yesterday and today, I have been recreating the cover for my upcoming book so I think that should count for something too.  grint

Agreed, cover design time should count towards word counts.

Okay, starting now it officially does.

In the spirit of that, I've created this handy chart:

5 mins. spent designing cover = 5,000 words written
10 mins. = 18,500 words
15 mins. = 36,775 words

I see nothing wrong with my math here.  :hehe
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on September 29, 2019, 12:49:42 PM
Yesterday, I wrote 185 words for the semi-gritty urban superhero thing and 50 words for the space opera.

Also, yesterday and today, I have been recreating the cover for my upcoming book so I think that should count for something too.  grint

Agreed, cover design time should count towards word counts.

Okay, starting now it officially does.

In the spirit of that, I've created this handy chart:

5 mins. spent designing cover = 5,000 words written
10 mins. = 18,500 words
15 mins. = 36,775 words

I see nothing wrong with my math here.  :hehe

I can mess around  spend four hours getting a cover just right so that would be 588,400 words. Yup, sounds right to me.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: MCMLXXV on September 29, 2019, 04:24:36 PM
Yesterday, I wrote 185 words for the semi-gritty urban superhero thing and 50 words for the space opera.

Also, yesterday and today, I have been recreating the cover for my upcoming book so I think that should count for something too.  grint

Agreed, cover design time should count towards word counts.

Okay, starting now it officially does.

In the spirit of that, I've created this handy chart:

5 mins. spent designing cover = 5,000 words written
10 mins. = 18,500 words
15 mins. = 36,775 words

I see nothing wrong with my math here.  :hehe

I can mess around  spend four hours getting a cover just right so that would be 588,400 words. Yup, sounds right to me.

Ah, so that's how Brandon Sanderson does it.  :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on September 30, 2019, 12:56:08 AM
A nice 1,193 words today and now that I think about it, I used nice too many times. Oh, well, easily fixed.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lynn on September 30, 2019, 01:58:27 AM
Wrote 74 words yesterday. Lucky I got those. ;D I would have settled for 24 if not for this thread.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on September 30, 2019, 03:04:29 AM
Yesterday, I wrote 120 words for the semi-gritty urban superhero thing and 55 words for the space opera.

Almost finished recreating the cover for my upcoming release.  Just one more thing to recreate and I think it's done.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on September 30, 2019, 04:02:38 AM
Yesterday, I wrote 185 words for the semi-gritty urban superhero thing and 50 words for the space opera.

Also, yesterday and today, I have been recreating the cover for my upcoming book so I think that should count for something too.  grint

Agreed, cover design time should count towards word counts.

Okay, starting now it officially does.

In the spirit of that, I've created this handy chart:

5 mins. spent designing cover = 5,000 words written
10 mins. = 18,500 words
15 mins. = 36,775 words

I see nothing wrong with my math here.  :hehe

I'm in!  :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on October 01, 2019, 12:11:27 AM
Yesterday, I wrote 680 words for the semi-gritty urban superhero thing and 85 words for the space opera.

Finished the new cover yesterday.  It's optimized for current Kindle cover size recommendations as well as a high enough resolution for a 6x9 paperback at 600dpi.  (I was tempted to go for 1200dpi but I think that may stress my old laptop out a little too much.)

Next step will be redoing all my other covers to match.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 01, 2019, 02:49:24 AM
I didn't know they'd changed the requirements for a paperback from 300dpi to 600dpi. Or is that something you do for maximum resolution?

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on October 01, 2019, 02:55:52 AM
I didn't know they'd changed the requirements for a paperback from 300dpi to 600dpi. Or is that something you do for maximum resolution?

I didn't check Amazon's requirements.  I just wanted to make sure it was a high enough resolution for our equipment because I'm still set on the idea of printing my own limited editions.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lynn on October 01, 2019, 03:13:14 AM
Wrote 110 or thereabouts yesterday. I deleted a bunch and started off in the hole and ended in the hole. But I did manage to fill it in a bit. :D
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 01, 2019, 12:45:54 PM
Added 1,217 words to the WiP. That brings me up to 78 pages and about a third of the way to my 50K goal. Did a bit of editing, too.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: MCMLXXV on October 01, 2019, 07:25:21 PM
3,558 written in outline today
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on October 02, 2019, 01:13:34 AM
Yesterday, I wrote 180 words for the semi-gritty urban superhero thing, 85 words for the space opera and 85 words for the lame space opera.  (Not the same 85 words.)

For the month, I wrote 9,928 total words which gave me a daily average of 330.93 words.  That was better than August but since it was divided among three works, er, not as good as August.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lynn on October 02, 2019, 02:30:41 AM
Wrote 1817 yesterday. Most on a novel, some on a short story. :)
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: MCMLXXV on October 02, 2019, 04:37:12 AM
For the month, I wrote 9,928 total words which gave me a daily average of 330.93 words.

Better than George R.R. Martin.  Grin
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 02, 2019, 05:38:40 AM
For the month, I wrote 9,928 total words which gave me a daily average of 330.93 words.

Better than George R.R. Martin.  Grin

That should make us all feel better.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on October 02, 2019, 06:00:12 AM
In other news, heard from my beta reader a few minutes ago.  Planning to finish it this week but likes it so far.  Thinks other people who read the genre will like it too; I will have to ask what genre that is because I'm not entirely sure.  LOL.

I should probably get started on the formatting.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 02, 2019, 12:23:14 PM
Not much tonight. Only 456 words. I got sidetracked with editing. Not that I did any. I was just thinking about starting on the edits for Book 1 tomorrow and I wanted to do them on my small HP Stream laptop. Unfortunately, the space key sticks and sometimes it takes twenty or thirty seconds for words to show up on the screen.

I spent some time on chat (which is just the computer putting up pre-printed questions) at HP but didn't get any satisfaction. Looks like I'm going to have to replace the keyboard which is irritating. I let my grandson use it for several months while he saved up for a new gaming PC and apparently he abused the heck out of it. Now I'm afraid it's going to cost me more than I paid for it to get it fixed.

I looked online for a replacement keyboard but nobody has one for my model. Might as well junk the darned thing.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 02, 2019, 12:29:49 PM
Dan, I'm glad your reader is enjoying the story!

Maggie Ann, how frustrating.  I hope you can get it working again.

I've been busy trying to reach BestGiving Author status again. LOL  I don't think I'm going to make it, but I'm up to #13 in FREE Holiday Fiction.  :angel:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on October 02, 2019, 12:41:06 PM
Now I'm afraid it's going to cost me more than I paid for it to get it fixed.

I looked online for a replacement keyboard but nobody has one for my model. Might as well junk the darned thing.

Can't it use a USB keyboard?

Or maybe there's gunk beneath the keyboard keys that need cleaning out?
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lynn on October 02, 2019, 12:45:40 PM
Unfortunately, the space key sticks and sometimes it takes twenty or thirty seconds for words to show up on the screen.


My space bar was sticking and I figured out it was the little metal hinge under the key. It needed to be bent just a little to fix it. Maybe the pounding your grandson did on the keyboard while gaming could have done something similar to yours?

I don't have a clue what's taking it so long to get words to show up on the screen though, if it's related to the sticking space bar. :)
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 02, 2019, 01:10:32 PM
Now I'm afraid it's going to cost me more than I paid for it to get it fixed.

I looked online for a replacement keyboard but nobody has one for my model. Might as well junk the darned thing.

Can't it use a USB keyboard?

Or maybe there's gunk beneath the keyboard keys that need cleaning out?

I have a wireless keyboard and mouse, but grandson lost the thingie that goes in the port. The key doesn't pop out, but I've tried using a keyboard vacuum and blowing it out. No dice.

So, I bought a keyboard to go with my 10" tablet for $35. Apparently, I can download the MS store from Amazon and since I have the Office subscription service, I should be able to install it on the tablet. Fingers crossed.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: MCMLXXV on October 02, 2019, 07:25:17 PM
4,892 written in my outline today
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 03, 2019, 12:58:32 AM
I usually don't write in the morning but the muse was tapping at my door. Add 1,147 words to the WiP for a total just shy of 20K. Up to 84 pages.

Hope my muse sticks around for another session tonight. I think the new character is responsible for the need to get down new wordage.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lynn on October 03, 2019, 01:19:19 AM
80 yesterday, on a short story. My Oct daily average is ... 80. :D
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 03, 2019, 03:34:36 AM
Unfortunately, the space key sticks and sometimes it takes twenty or thirty seconds for words to show up on the screen.


My space bar was sticking and I figured out it was the little metal hinge under the key. It needed to be bent just a little to fix it. Maybe the pounding your grandson did on the keyboard while gaming could have done something similar to yours?

I don't have a clue what's taking it so long to get words to show up on the screen though, if it's related to the sticking space bar. :)

In my chat with the HP computer, she had me try a couple of things. Since I couldn't get to the set-up menu, it nicely told me it was a hardware problem and I needed to replace it. Since I can't even buy the keyboard anywhere, I might try to pop up the space bar and see what happens. Can't be any worse.  It just seemed like it didn't want to pop.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lynn on October 03, 2019, 03:36:40 AM
In my chat with the HP computer, she had me try a couple of things. Since I couldn't get to the set-up menu, it nicely told me it was a hardware problem and I needed to replace it. Since I can't even buy the keyboard anywhere, I might try to pop up the space bar and see what happens. Can't be any worse.  It just seemed like it didn't want to pop.

When I took mine off, I thought I was about to break it. But like you, I couldn't live with the sticking...  Good luck! I hope you figure it out. :D
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Post by: MCMLXXV on October 03, 2019, 07:57:22 PM
4,348 written in my outline today
not a lot of words considering I'd spent 9 hours on the thing today, but it was tough sledding creatively, and I still have a ways to go
why am I a writer again?
 :Hqn66ku:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 03, 2019, 09:57:45 PM
4,348 written in my outline today
not a lot of words considering I'd spent 9 hours on the thing today, but it was tough sledding creatively, and I still have a ways to go
why am I a writer again?
 :Hqn66ku:

 :HB  But doesn't if feel good when we stop?

Added 371 words on to yesterday's total.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: MCMLXXV on October 04, 2019, 01:21:01 PM
3,229 written in my outline today
didn't get as many hours in as I would've liked
tomorrow I'm going to really put my nose to the grindstone
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Post by: Maggie Ann on October 05, 2019, 11:48:12 AM
A thousand even tonight.

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Post by: MCMLXXV on October 05, 2019, 06:25:29 PM
6,751 written in my outline today
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Post by: Lynn on October 06, 2019, 12:35:42 AM
Oct. 2, 187
Oct. 3, -4 (I deleted more than I wrote. Does that mean I'm kicked off the thread?)  :icon_cry: It's probably going to happen again.  :icon_redface:
Oct. 4, 76

All caught up now.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 06, 2019, 02:45:33 AM
Lynn, no one gets kicked off for having a bad day.
 
I've had a bad few weeks, when it comes to writing...but I've had my hands full with these three little cuties!

(https://lavenderlassbooks.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/kittens.jpg?w=507&h=380)
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Post by: Maggie Ann on October 06, 2019, 03:02:02 AM
Lynn, no one gets kicked off for having a bad day.
 
I've had a bad few weeks, when it comes to writing...but I've had my hands full with these three little cuties!

(https://lavenderlassbooks.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/kittens.jpg?w=507&h=380)

My little cutie is now eleven years old and weighs sixteen pounds and when he sprawls out on the floor, he looks like a black walrus. But he's still a cutie to me.

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Post by: Maggie Ann on October 06, 2019, 11:02:03 AM
I usually read what I wrote last before I continue on. Oh, my. What a mess. Lots of spell-os, incomplete sentences, missing words. I ran spell check and then went over it line by line and fixed everything, I hope. Ten pages worth. And I hope the ten pages plus what I added in are lots better than they were.



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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on October 06, 2019, 11:11:42 AM
Lynn, no one gets kicked off for having a bad day.
 
I've had a bad few weeks, when it comes to writing...but I've had my hands full with these three little cuties!

(https://lavenderlassbooks.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/kittens.jpg?w=507&h=380)


Aw, man...   :heart:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on October 07, 2019, 03:44:23 AM
Productive morning with 1,524 words. That brings my total to 96.5 pages and just shy of 23K words.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 07, 2019, 05:56:48 AM
967 words in the fairytale...and kitty-proofed another room in the house.  :catrun
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 08, 2019, 10:04:43 AM
I finished 650 words in the fairytale today.  :smilie_zauber:
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Post by: MCMLXXV on October 08, 2019, 06:29:14 PM
5,183 written in my outline today
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Post by: Lynn on October 09, 2019, 02:00:54 AM
198 yesterday.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on October 09, 2019, 07:59:28 AM
Saw this on FB.

https://www.facebook.com/TheeReaderCafe/photos/a.417428401639051/2406750249373513/?type=3&eid=ARABzu_5CcCCX-GudBCe2-k6zknFfjnzVbGBe35crEr4kuIdRf5ANnpIXeeX-u7OXM8eyVuLUb7KxYZ0&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARA-Fco1rfMLgPIwl6ZYmT9wTpQd7Ditpji5an7R2kd4Q94z4REX82TKryLDE9SrMaIn_XzIp2j2vcQKdfwbipwNvRoY2pR1aMpWB-0hGQDkABnTS0gB05Ch8ui_ED4wV3HNnkUys6OkQDetqmREaonybAKhekiQ6fB3N8z3vgMCDtSOqc1z5q5ySzHV3L5E09AD1kuglWacrjkmoimcfmAFAYjisDGeEPten1LqF3y5VYQTI8BjwYy9eiGMMpxLTxJI3-UCCODnC51wiIVCB0Kp8CKMc2dgva1XfN-NGeJqBU03dhzjxSiCOOhRCPMeBWo3U4SZlDQmM1kscmZvj0SMfaqCZQxHbhS0OdxOwHnTxgBH7hEKn9AR&__tn__=EHH-R
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 09, 2019, 10:56:39 AM
Maggie Ann, that's so true!

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Courtesy of The eReader Cafe
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Post by: Maggie Ann on October 09, 2019, 11:41:59 AM
It just struck home, Lorri. I'm planning four books in this series, but characters keep popping up and telling me they want their own book. Noooooo!!!! I must be strong!!!

Got in a bit more of the mystery in tonight's 1,194 words. Now I have to go back and edit all those words.
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Post by: Kristen.s.walker on October 09, 2019, 01:32:47 PM
I took a break for a while after finishing my last book. Needed a rest. Kudos to all of you who keep going every single day. I see a lot of progress happened while I was gone.

Now I'm packing for a two-week vacation but I've also started a new book and it won't let me go. Things are always so exciting in the beginning, and this is a new series, too. I don't know how much time I will have to continue working on it this month because of the trip but I plan on sitting down in November and doing a good Nano session with this. Anyway, 1532 words today.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: MCMLXXV on October 09, 2019, 06:37:04 PM
5,329 written in my outline today
and finally, finally the darned thing might actually be done...
might  :Hqn66ku:
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Post by: Lynn on October 10, 2019, 02:23:55 AM
121 yesterday
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Post by: Maggie Ann on October 10, 2019, 11:16:36 AM
I am so sleepy but I was determined to write something. Ended up with 319 words. I think I'll make an early night of it.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: MCMLXXV on October 10, 2019, 05:21:18 PM
3,834 written in my outline today
just when I thought I was out... it pulls me back in  :icon_sad:
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 11, 2019, 07:19:46 AM
118 words yesterday in the fairytale.  Finished my chapter for this week's installment.  :smilie_zauber:
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Post by: diisha392 on October 11, 2019, 12:10:53 PM
201 words today, it's starting to look good for my weekly goal of 1K :)
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Post by: Maggie Ann on October 11, 2019, 12:48:17 PM
Thought I'd be too tired again tonight, but told myself I absolutely had to write 50 words. Fifty turned into 972 words and I'm happy with where the story is going. Up to 108 pages and 25.5K words.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: MCMLXXV on October 11, 2019, 07:00:09 PM
Spent 5.5 hours cutting, pasting, re-arranging my outline in a Word doc, but...
no new words added to the thing, so really, I'm not qualified to post in this thread at all today  :hehe

And, even with all the time I put in... I feel as though I've been un-productive  :shrug

Tomorrow will be better.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 12, 2019, 10:40:55 AM
3,774 words!  I finished my fairytale.  :smilie_zauber:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: MCMLXXV on October 12, 2019, 08:17:10 PM
5,790 written in my outline today
today was better

Congrats, Lorri, nicely done.  :cool:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 12, 2019, 10:26:44 PM
3,774 words!  I finished my fairytale.  :smilie_zauber:

 :tup3b :clap: :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em


Only 562 words last night. I had to stop to do a bit of research. I'll have to keep researching because I didn't find what I needed.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Kristen.s.walker on October 13, 2019, 01:00:29 AM
Congrats on finishing, Lorri!

I wrote 2000 words or so yesterday but forgot to update. I will keep track of any words updated on my vacation but probably won't visit here. Less than 24 hours til I leave and I still have so much to get ready.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lynn on October 13, 2019, 03:26:05 AM
Wrote 343 words yesterday

I'm lucky I've been writing anything. I'm on a reading binge and I've been reading about 2 books a day (going through old favorites) and am really struggling to break the cycle! :D
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 13, 2019, 04:21:24 AM
Thank you!  I really had fun with this one.  Now, back to my series. LOL
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Post by: Maggie Ann on October 13, 2019, 12:43:16 PM
I just wrote 1,166 words bringing my total to 27.2K and 115 pages.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 14, 2019, 11:04:25 AM
No writing today...but made two videos for my books.  :smilie_zauber:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 14, 2019, 11:36:32 AM
No writing today...but made two videos for my books.  :smilie_zauber:

Excellent! Will you post them here?

Just finished 1,181 words bringing me to 28.5K words and 120 pages.
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Post by: diisha392 on October 14, 2019, 12:57:33 PM
Over 100 words to break 10K in my current WIP :)
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 15, 2019, 01:59:54 AM
No writing today...but made two videos for my books.  :smilie_zauber:

Excellent! Will you post them here?

Just finished 1,181 words bringing me to 28.5K words and 120 pages.

I made a new trailer for my book.



And an overall what do you like to read video to show what type of books I write.



Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 15, 2019, 02:49:16 AM
Well done, Lori. I especially like the second one. That was a really good idea.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lynn on October 15, 2019, 02:56:01 AM
I deleted and rewrote the beginning of a story last night, and that was about 600ish words. Most of them don't count because they just replace words I took out.

So I wrote 56 yesterday.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on October 15, 2019, 11:27:57 AM
I wrote a 652 word scene that I'm not sure I'm going to keep. I know it was needed to show the MCs bouncing back from a difficult situation. I'm just not sure the readers will see it that way. Oh, well. I'm sure my editor will tell me if it's garbage or not.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lynn on October 15, 2019, 02:55:01 PM
Wrote 2,552 today.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on October 16, 2019, 11:14:01 AM
First I wrote 65 words that did what I wanted them to do but not in the right way. So I rewrote it as dialogue instead of exposition and I was much happier. Ended up 968 words richer.

That brings me to 128 pages and just over 30K words.

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Post by: diisha392 on October 16, 2019, 12:18:55 PM
55 words today. Off to a slow start this week.
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Post by: MCMLXXV on October 16, 2019, 07:41:57 PM
Had a nice long weekend (Canadian Thanksgiving)
Back at it with this interminable outline
5,197 written in it today
might be another week before it's finally done, oh well
hope y'all are hitting your goals
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 17, 2019, 12:45:36 AM
Well done, everyone!   :goodpost:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: MCMLXXV on October 18, 2019, 07:06:56 PM
Was so tired yesterday, I went straight to bed without reporting results...
4,287 written in my outline yesterday
3,060 written in my outline today
I'm grateful for this thread as it helps me keep myself accountable... when I'm not sleepy, that is  :confused:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lynn on October 19, 2019, 02:30:05 AM
Hm. I'm going to have to set a reminder to post because I keep forgetting. :)

Yesterday I wrote 1,856 words. The day before I wrote 1,515 words. And the day before that I wrote 157 words. :D
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 19, 2019, 03:19:51 AM
I've been doing some clean-up on two of my old laptops. Too many of my book files are stuck on one of them that is barely running but when I do get it running, it won't turn off. Next time, I'll just hold down the on button until it turns off. The other one is okay, but I did take some files off it and put them on a flash drive.

I'll be back to writing tonight.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 20, 2019, 03:53:33 AM
519 words on my timeline and I think I have the series worked out.  Yay!  This is the last book and it will be fun.  :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em
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Post by: Lynn on October 20, 2019, 04:56:19 AM
1,953 words yesterday. :)
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 20, 2019, 10:57:32 AM
Edited two chapters and wrote 362 words.  :dog1:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 20, 2019, 11:26:57 AM
Back to work and added 1,148 words for a total of 31.2K and 132 pages.

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Post by: diisha392 on October 21, 2019, 11:19:51 AM
Squeezed out 300 words today.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on October 21, 2019, 12:26:10 PM
Just added 1,375 words for a total of 32.6K and 138 pages.

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Post by: Lynn on October 21, 2019, 12:49:38 PM
1,331 words yesterday :)
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Post by: Lynn on October 22, 2019, 09:25:32 AM
1,890 yesterday.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on October 22, 2019, 12:03:19 PM
1,022 tonight for a total of 142 pages and 33.6K words.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 23, 2019, 11:04:28 AM
851 words so far.  Hoping to get a few more tonight!  :catrun
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 23, 2019, 12:43:50 PM
I thought I wasn't going to get anything done. I just sat around watching videos for well over an hour. But then something prodded me to get up (could have been the  :dog1: ) and I thought I would just do a few paragraphs. Turned into 1,109 words. I'm up to 34.7K words and 147 pages.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lynn on October 23, 2019, 01:07:51 PM
1,412 words yesterday.

So much trouble getting started today. Bet it'll show tomorrow when I post my word count for today. :writethink:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 23, 2019, 02:21:09 PM
Another 759 words.  I don't think I'll be done by Halloween...but maybe before Thanksgiving!  :angel:
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 24, 2019, 07:56:16 AM
739 words and I hope to get more done tonight!
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Post by: Maggie Ann on October 25, 2019, 12:07:12 PM
Took me a little bit to get started, but I ended up with 1027 words. That brings the total to 35.8K and 152 pages. My AS counts words differently than Word does, but the total from Word should be accurate.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 26, 2019, 12:37:02 PM
I've been starting a little later these past few days but I'm still getting the words in. 1215 for today and up to 32K and 157 pages.

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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 27, 2019, 10:42:24 AM
Over 700 words yesterday and 1417 today.  Finally, starting to come together.  :smilie_zauber:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on October 27, 2019, 12:17:07 PM
Added 787 words for a total of 37.8K and 161 pages.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 28, 2019, 11:02:43 AM
609 words and did some editing on the last chapter.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on October 28, 2019, 12:11:17 PM
Started cleaning up Book 1. Good comments and changes from my editor.
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Post by: Lynn on October 29, 2019, 03:35:42 AM
Yesterday I wrote 161 words.
Day before that I wrote 401 words.
Day before that I wrote 247 words.
Day before that I wrote 1,107 words.
Day before that I wrote 67 words.
Day before that I finally managed to write a few hundred words but then I deleted a bunch of straggling bits and ended up with -5 words. So I was right when I said:

So much trouble getting started today. Bet it'll show tomorrow when I post my word count for today. :writethink:

:D All caught up again.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on October 29, 2019, 03:49:05 AM
Where's Dan?

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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 29, 2019, 04:08:57 AM
I saw him in another thread.  I think he's glowing eyes right now.  :catrun
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Post by: notthatamanda on October 29, 2019, 04:34:08 AM
I was wondering the same thing.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on October 29, 2019, 06:00:54 AM
I saw him in another thread.  I think he's glowing eyes right now.  :catrun

Hiding from us, no doubt.  :dog1: :catrun
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 29, 2019, 11:51:28 AM
1,096 words tonight for a total of 39K and 165 pages.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 30, 2019, 02:38:16 AM
No words yesterday because...blizzard.  It looks like Christmas instead of Halloween!
And six degrees this morning.  (Fahrenheit, not Celsius.)  I am NOT ready for winter yet.  :lalala

(https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.dpQqKTKOKaUY42YP3z-67QHaHa&pid=Api&P=0&w=300&h=300)
(Photo courtesy of Facebook)
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Post by: Lynn on October 30, 2019, 03:50:35 AM
*Shivers* I'm just getting used to a frost in the morning.

Wrote 67 words yesterday, thanks to this thread and my (now) 85 day streak of writing every day.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 30, 2019, 03:55:14 AM
*Shivers* I'm just getting used to a frost in the morning.

Wrote 67 words yesterday, thanks to this thread and my (now) 85 day streak of writing every day.

Cograts, Lynn!  That's wonderful.  :clap:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on October 30, 2019, 04:49:38 AM
No words yesterday because...blizzard.  It looks like Christmas instead of Halloween!
And six degrees this morning.  (Fahrenheit, not Celsius.)  I am NOT ready for winter yet.  :lalala

(https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.dpQqKTKOKaUY42YP3z-67QHaHa&pid=Api&P=0&w=300&h=300)
(Photo courtesy of Facebook)

So sorry. It got down to 74 last night and I'm about ready to break out the flannels.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 30, 2019, 12:51:39 PM
2219 words tonight.   :smilie_zauber:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on October 30, 2019, 01:12:59 PM
1198, but I haven't uploaded them yet so I don't know the full page or word counts.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lynn on October 31, 2019, 04:16:21 AM
Wrote 2,157 words yesterday.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 31, 2019, 07:08:30 AM
1296 so far.  Hopefully, I'll get some more words tonight!  :catrun
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Post by: 2-Bit D on October 31, 2019, 08:01:15 AM
Hiding from us, no doubt.  :dog1: :catrun

Not really.  I was off WS for two or three weeks to, among other reasons, wrap up my latest book.  I wanted it out by the Halloween and I had missed my original release dates of October 1st and October 11th, so I was determined to release it on the 21st.  So I spent a whole lotta time on it to proofread and edit it.  Mind you, I had done that prior to sending it to my beta reader, but found stuff I'd missed.  I ran it through spellcheck and made those corrections.  Sometimes, there are words that are not spelled wrong but spellcheck thinks they are, so I spent some time uncorrecting words in some cases only to go back and correct them again.  Also, there are words that are both hyphenated and not and spellcheck likes one but not the other, and checking online came up with different results so, in the end, on some words, I picked a source I trusted and made sure all usages of the compound words were consistent (hyphen or not) throughout the book.

Finally got it all ready to go and had it formatted and then, the evening of the 20th, while doing a final check, discovered I had used a name that's in use elsewhere.  Maybe it wouldn't have been a problem, but I wasn't going to take any chances.  So, come morning, I changed the name to be on the safe side.  Finished formatting it, again, and uploaded to Amazon . . . wherein it got stuck.  Rather than pending, or whatever, it was stuck in not finalized or something mode wherein it said I hadn't completed all the steps but also wouldn't let me do anything with it.  After a couple hours, it hadn't changed so I thought, heck, I'm sending a support request.  I had already tried clearing my browser cache and even using a different browser to no avail.

The next day, I get a message (canned) saying how sorry they are that I am having problems accessing their website and that I should clear my browser's cache and all that.  Oy.

Meanwhile, however, the book had gone live so I guess it was stuck in manual review.

Once live, I started running AMS ads for it, hoping to get some sales on this one.

So far, zippo, which is a bit of a bummer but, on the other hand, at this point I am used to my books not selling.

Anyways, last week or so, I came upon an eBay listing for a Newton keyboard.  I should mention first that I have an Apple Newton MessagePad that I am quite fond of.  I'd long wanted a keyboard, not that I cannot use the onscreen keyboard but just that it'd be nice to type sometimes.  Mind you, I have an eMate 300 that does have a keyboard, but I haven't done the hinge repair on it so I try not to use it until I get brave enough to try to do the fix.  Anyway, so on Monday, the keyboard arrives and, excited to try it out, I get my Newton out and give it a whirl.

Keyboard doesn't work.  Seller said it was tested and it worked.  Is that true?  I dunno.  Meanwhile, I discover that all the data from my Newton is gone which is a major bummer.  At that point, I wasn't concerned with the keyboard anymore.  It gave me a warning that I needed to replace the battery or all data would be lost but I am pretty sure all data had been lost prior to that point.

You see, unbeknownst to me, or if it had been beknownst to me I had long since forgotten, the memory relies on power from the batteries.  There are the main batteries it runs on (four AAAs) and a backup battery (a 2032).  I had removed the AAA batteries a year or so ago after leakages had caused some minor damage to the inside.

I should explain that the Newton has a power issue that needs to be repaired.  Also requires a bit of bravery because the instructions come with warnings your Newton may not survive the attempt.  So, I haven't used it much because the batteries die out quickly or I forget about them and they leak.  So, I took them out to prevent further damage from leaking.

That was a stupid move.  Good for preventing physical damage--bad for maintaining the data.

The backup battery, being the sole battery in there, died, resulting in data loss.

Now, had I known or remembered it required power to maintain the memory, I would have kept batteries in it.

Anyway, so all the data is gone.  And it hasn't been backed up in 24 years.  I have a partial excuse in that the computer that it connects to with its special connector died five years ago.  But, I could have taken photographs or whatever but nope.  I didn't.  Stupid me.

One note on there had some sentimental value.  I was initially optimistic that this note had been preserved in the last backup, but, nope, the last backup was performed two days before that note was written.  On the plus side, four years ago, I did have the presence of mind to copy the contents of that note to a file on my iPad and I have a copy of that on my computer.  So I still have the content of the note and I can probably later recreate a reasonable facsimile of it on my Newton if I want to maintain a copy on there.  Won't be quite the same but better than nothing.

And I cannot seem to find a number of the applications that are on the Newton.  Most are still there but at least one is gone.  Hopefully, I installed it prior to the last backup because I cannot find the original install files anywhere.  The only thing I can think of is that they might have been on a Zip disk that went bad before I could copy its contents to other media because I have two dead Zip disks from that time period that are bad.  There used to be a site online that archived Newton programs, but it crashed a year and a half ago and is still offline.  So, hopefully, those programs are on the backup I do have.

The worst part is not knowing what was lost.  I don't think there was anything critical on there and I'd like to hope that anything important had been copied elsewhere, but I can't remember for certain.  On the one hand, I didn't use it that often.  I'd pull it out now and then and put fresh batteries in a use it for a week before the batteries ran down and then I remembered why I didn't use it that often.  And, also, a lot of times I just played a couple games that are on it, so hopefully, I haven't lost anything important.

Its greatest value was the time machine aspect in that I could start it up and see what things I had done way back when.  I have made a file and written down things I think might have been on there but I don't remember how long it's been since I last used it so I can't remember what all might have been on there.  And it's the not knowing that's the difficult part.  If I could see what was there, I might be like, oh, okay, I got all the important stuff.  But, not being able to see what's there and not remembering what's there, it's like, am I missing anything important?

I mean, my phone and iPad are far more capable than the Newton and I use the iPad almost daily but the Newton's been there for years and not knowing what things I might have recorded on there is a bummer.  I keep thinking of trying to build some kind of external power pack so it can run longer but who knows if I'll ever get to that.  I guess it's that the Newton is old and past its prime so maybe that's why I like it so.  I guess it's just like me in that now neither one of us can remember our adventures together.

Anyway, so that's been a bummer.  I'm awaiting a new 2032 and some rechargeable AAA batteries from Amazon.  After that, I'll see if I can figure out if I have a computer I can use to restore it from the 24 year old backup.

I've still been writing daily, trying to finish the space opera.  I'm not going to go back and post all the past totals, but I'll post the end of the month total after tomorrow and maybe start up with daily reports in November.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 31, 2019, 08:53:36 AM
Dan's word count for the day is 1,478.  :tup3b
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lynn on October 31, 2019, 08:59:26 AM
Dan's word count for the day is 1,478.  :tup3b

 :hehe
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on October 31, 2019, 09:18:55 AM
Sorry that happened, Dan.   :icon_sad:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 31, 2019, 10:44:45 AM
Hiding from us, no doubt.  :dog1: :catrun

Not really.  I was off WS for two or three weeks to, among other reasons, wrap up my latest book.  I wanted it out by the Halloween and I had missed my original release dates of October 1st and October 11th, so I was determined to release it on the 21st.  So I spent a whole lotta time on it to proofread and edit it.  Mind you, I had done that prior to sending it to my beta reader, but found stuff I'd missed.  I ran it through spellcheck and made those corrections.  Sometimes, there are words that are not spelled wrong but spellcheck thinks they are, so I spent some time uncorrecting words in some cases only to go back and correct them again.  Also, there are words that are both hyphenated and not and spellcheck likes one but not the other, and checking online came up with different results so, in the end, on some words, I picked a source I trusted and made sure all usages of the compound words were consistent (hyphen or not) throughout the book.

Finally got it all ready to go and had it formatted and then, the evening of the 20th, while doing a final check, discovered I had used a name that's in use elsewhere.  Maybe it wouldn't have been a problem, but I wasn't going to take any chances.  So, come morning, I changed the name to be on the safe side.  Finished formatting it, again, and uploaded to Amazon . . . wherein it got stuck.  Rather than pending, or whatever, it was stuck in not finalized or something mode wherein it said I hadn't completed all the steps but also wouldn't let me do anything with it.  After a couple hours, it hadn't changed so I thought, heck, I'm sending a support request.  I had already tried clearing my browser cache and even using a different browser to no avail.

The next day, I get a message (canned) saying how sorry they are that I am having problems accessing their website and that I should clear my browser's cache and all that.  Oy.

Meanwhile, however, the book had gone live so I guess it was stuck in manual review.

Once live, I started running AMS ads for it, hoping to get some sales on this one.

So far, zippo, which is a bit of a bummer but, on the other hand, at this point I am used to my books not selling.

Anyways, last week or so, I came upon an eBay listing for a Newton keyboard.  I should mention first that I have an Apple Newton MessagePad that I am quite fond of.  I'd long wanted a keyboard, not that I cannot use the onscreen keyboard but just that it'd be nice to type sometimes.  Mind you, I have an eMate 300 that does have a keyboard, but I haven't done the hinge repair on it so I try not to use it until I get brave enough to try to do the fix.  Anyway, so on Monday, the keyboard arrives and, excited to try it out, I get my Newton out and give it a whirl.

Keyboard doesn't work.  Seller said it was tested and it worked.  Is that true?  I dunno.  Meanwhile, I discover that all the data from my Newton is gone which is a major bummer.  At that point, I wasn't concerned with the keyboard anymore.  It gave me a warning that I needed to replace the battery or all data would be lost but I am pretty sure all data had been lost prior to that point.

You see, unbeknownst to me, or if it had been beknownst to me I had long since forgotten, the memory relies on power from the batteries.  There are the main batteries it runs on (four AAAs) and a backup battery (a 2032).  I had removed the AAA batteries a year or so ago after leakages had caused some minor damage to the inside.

I should explain that the Newton has a power issue that needs to be repaired.  Also requires a bit of bravery because the instructions come with warnings your Newton may not survive the attempt.  So, I haven't used it much because the batteries die out quickly or I forget about them and they leak.  So, I took them out to prevent further damage from leaking.

That was a stupid move.  Good for preventing physical damage--bad for maintaining the data.

The backup battery, being the sole battery in there, died, resulting in data loss.

Now, had I known or remembered it required power to maintain the memory, I would have kept batteries in it.

Anyway, so all the data is gone.  And it hasn't been backed up in 24 years.  I have a partial excuse in that the computer that it connects to with its special connector died five years ago.  But, I could have taken photographs or whatever but nope.  I didn't.  Stupid me.

One note on there had some sentimental value.  I was initially optimistic that this note had been preserved in the last backup, but, nope, the last backup was performed two days before that note was written.  On the plus side, four years ago, I did have the presence of mind to copy the contents of that note to a file on my iPad and I have a copy of that on my computer.  So I still have the content of the note and I can probably later recreate a reasonable facsimile of it on my Newton if I want to maintain a copy on there.  Won't be quite the same but better than nothing.

And I cannot seem to find a number of the applications that are on the Newton.  Most are still there but at least one is gone.  Hopefully, I installed it prior to the last backup because I cannot find the original install files anywhere.  The only thing I can think of is that they might have been on a Zip disk that went bad before I could copy its contents to other media because I have two dead Zip disks from that time period that are bad.  There used to be a site online that archived Newton programs, but it crashed a year and a half ago and is still offline.  So, hopefully, those programs are on the backup I do have.

The worst part is not knowing what was lost.  I don't think there was anything critical on there and I'd like to hope that anything important had been copied elsewhere, but I can't remember for certain.  On the one hand, I didn't use it that often.  I'd pull it out now and then and put fresh batteries in a use it for a week before the batteries ran down and then I remembered why I didn't use it that often.  And, also, a lot of times I just played a couple games that are on it, so hopefully, I haven't lost anything important.

Its greatest value was the time machine aspect in that I could start it up and see what things I had done way back when.  I have made a file and written down things I think might have been on there but I don't remember how long it's been since I last used it so I can't remember what all might have been on there.  And it's the not knowing that's the difficult part.  If I could see what was there, I might be like, oh, okay, I got all the important stuff.  But, not being able to see what's there and not remembering what's there, it's like, am I missing anything important?

I mean, my phone and iPad are far more capable than the Newton and I use the iPad almost daily but the Newton's been there for years and not knowing what things I might have recorded on there is a bummer.  I keep thinking of trying to build some kind of external power pack so it can run longer but who knows if I'll ever get to that.  I guess it's that the Newton is old and past its prime so maybe that's why I like it so.  I guess it's just like me in that now neither one of us can remember our adventures together.

Anyway, so that's been a bummer.  I'm awaiting a new 2032 and some rechargeable AAA batteries from Amazon.  After that, I'll see if I can figure out if I have a computer I can use to restore it from the 24 year old backup.

I've still been writing daily, trying to finish the space opera.  I'm not going to go back and post all the past totals, but I'll post the end of the month total after tomorrow and maybe start up with daily reports in November.

Dan, sorry you've had to deal with all this.

Congrats on publishing the book!  Glad you're back!  :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 31, 2019, 10:45:44 AM
Sorry that happened, Dan.   :icon_sad:

Yes, Dan. Really. That had to be so frustrating. But congrats on finishing the book and getting it up on Zon.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on October 31, 2019, 12:24:00 PM
Thanks all.  I know it's not a big deal in the grand scheme of things but, if I had been smarter, it was 100% preventable.  And I keep trying to convince myself nothing important was lost.  It was a few months after the computer died that I had copied the text of the aforementioned note to my iPad.  I wasn't thinking of the backup at all, partially because I thought the backup software was on a different computer, but I keep trying to tell myself I must have been concerned enough after the computer died that I took the time to copy over the content that was important.  And I know I used it more often to play games like Tic Tac Toe than to keep notes, so I'm hoping the two notes I copied were the only important things on there.  It's just the not knowing for sure that's troubling.  I keep wondering, did I have it when . . . and wondering if I wrote something down that's significant.  But I keep hoping those two notes were it.

My other backup plan is that time travel becomes possible in the future and I go back in time to earlier this year or last year when I know the device was unattended and borrow it for a bit to check things out.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 31, 2019, 12:41:23 PM
Here's a friendly household tip for Mr. Evil Entity. When you batteries leak corrosive acid, all you need is a q-tip and alcohol to clean it up. Of course, it goes without saying so I'll say it, put in fresh batteries.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on October 31, 2019, 12:54:38 PM
584 words tonight.  Book will not be finished by Halloween, but I'm hoping before Thanksgiving.  :angel:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on October 31, 2019, 01:01:50 PM
Here's a friendly household tip for Mr. Evil Entity. When you batteries leak corrosive acid, all you need is a q-tip and alcohol to clean it up. Of course, it goes without saying so I'll say it, put in fresh batteries.

I usually use vinegar and Q-tips.  The vinegar neutralizes the alkaline, if I recall.

For leaks that get into the electronics, then I use 91% alcohol.

If I had known or remembered the memory storage required power, I would have ordered rechargeable batteries a long time ago, as well as replaced that 2032.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on November 02, 2019, 05:07:49 AM
Okay, for the month of October, I averaged 190.65 words per day for a total of 5,910 words.  That was all for the space opera.  If I throw in the 115 words I wrote for the lame space opera on October 1st, that brings me up to a 194.36 words per day average and a total of 6,025 words.

I wrote at least 105 words every day except for October 31st where I only had 95.  I think I had planned to write more later, or I did the math wrong in my head when I finished, as I had a daily goal of 100+ words.

The space opera is at around 85k words now.  Original plan was 80-90k, I think, so it's gonna end up longer.  Maybe 120k.  I don't want to go 250k like the last one (which isn't selling).

Well, actually, the original plan was 50k and I was going to write 5,000 words a day and have it finished in 10 days.  :icon_rofl:


Still bummed about losing the data on my Newton though.  Always, always remember to backup everything.  I just finished backing up my iPad.  Been too long since the last backup so figured I better do it today.

Oh, and I have been trying to track down all the apps I had on my Newton.  Most are still there, but I wanted to find the original installers just in case I need them.  Was missing a bunch until I found a CD that had all the missing ones.  Yay!  It was one of those CDs with hundreds of programs and I only used about a dozen of them.

But, you know what?  There's one app I have on there that's mainly just for play because it doesn't really do anything but it's fun to have.  That one's listed as being on the CD.  I looked and looked for it in all the directions.  It was supposed to be in the Apps directory, but wasn't.  So, I checked Games.  Nope.  Checked every directory and couldn't find it.  Did searches for the presumed filename and parts of the filename.  Nope and nope.

Then I noticed a second program, which I didn't use, is also missing.  Ran the CD through a disk checker and there is a bad directory problem.  And, of course, disk recovery doesn't work on a CD.  So, what are the odds the one program I need is among the handful (two that I've found) that aren't accessible due to the directory corruption?  Oy.

And I know why I never saved the installer packages to disk--because I had them on CD.  Not a self-burned CD, but a professionally-produced CD.  The ones you burn yourself are supposed to last 100 years (according to the ads back then) and the pro ones even longer.  Of course, the ones you burn yourself tend to last about 5-10 years and, apparently, the pro ones aren't doing much better.  Argh.

Always, always keep multiple backups and archives on multiple forms of media.

I probably ought to charge up my iPod so I can do a backup of it . . .
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: notthatamanda on November 02, 2019, 07:05:42 AM


The space opera is at around 85k words now.  Original plan was 80-90k, I think, so it's gonna end up longer.  Maybe 120k.  I don't want to go 250k like the last one (which isn't selling).


Any natural breaks in the 250K that you could divide it up and do a permafree on part 1?
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on November 02, 2019, 08:24:14 AM


The space opera is at around 85k words now.  Original plan was 80-90k, I think, so it's gonna end up longer.  Maybe 120k.  I don't want to go 250k like the last one (which isn't selling).


Any natural breaks in the 250K that you could divide it up and do a permafree on part 1?

Not really.  But since Amazon's "Look Inside" shows the first 10% of the story, which amounts to about thirteen chapters, that's pretty much a permafree right there.  :hehe
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lynn on November 02, 2019, 09:37:13 AM


The space opera is at around 85k words now.  Original plan was 80-90k, I think, so it's gonna end up longer.  Maybe 120k.  I don't want to go 250k like the last one (which isn't selling).


Any natural breaks in the 250K that you could divide it up and do a permafree on part 1?

Not really.  But since Amazon's "Look Inside" shows the first 10% of the story, which amounts to about thirteen chapters, that's pretty much a permafree right there.  :hehe

I read half that and it was awesome. :D My God. The ..... friend stuff and the repetition of the .... spell absolutely made me laugh out loud, for real. I didn't want to pollute your also boughts so I didn't buy, but maybe you don't care about that so much?
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on November 02, 2019, 11:06:35 AM
I read half that and it was awesome. :D My God. The ..... friend stuff and the repetition of the .... spell absolutely made me laugh out loud, for real. I didn't want to pollute your also boughts so I didn't buy, but maybe you don't care about that so much?

Thanks.  I was concerned about it because it gets a little darker deeper into the book and I was worried I didn't keep up the humor enough to match the expectations set by the early chapters but my beta reader enjoyed it, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she won't be alone in that.

I don't worry about also-boughts; I get so few sales on any of my books that I doubt the also-boughts have any statistical validity for my books anyway.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on November 02, 2019, 11:26:56 AM
I read half that and it was awesome. :D My God. The ..... friend stuff and the repetition of the .... spell absolutely made me laugh out loud, for real. I didn't want to pollute your also boughts so I didn't buy, but maybe you don't care about that so much?

Thanks.  I was concerned about it because it gets a little darker deeper into the book and I was worried I didn't keep up the humor enough to match the expectations set by the early chapters but my beta reader enjoyed it, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she won't be alone in that.

I don't worry about also-boughts; I get so few sales on any of my books that I doubt the also-boughts have any statistical validity for my books anyway.

Link, please?

868 tonight, bringing the total to 41K and 174 pages.

A background character popped up and actually compelled me to write his side of the story. But now I'm 3/4 of the way through the book and I think it's going to be jarring. There are a couple of other places earlier in the book where I can insert his POV. It'll work and I think it will enhance the story. At least my editor thinks so.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lynn on November 03, 2019, 02:35:58 AM
Wrote 1,620 words yesterday, 928 words the day before, and 188 words the day before that.

Today I'm starting out 2,171 words to the negative because I just deleted a chunk of text from one of my novels in progress.  :writethink: This is when I really wish I tracked my words differently. It's going to be a bear today getting my count up to 1,714 so I can stay on track with my attempt to participate in nano this year.

Now to go bemoan how slowly I write while I drink coffee and wait for room temperature to rise about 60 F degrees.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 03, 2019, 05:21:15 AM
We published the first part of the book on Halloween!  :catrun

Hopefully, we'll get the rest done by Thanksgiving...or early December.  It's a long serialized story, so it's not the first time we've published a partial book.  I doubt I'll ever do it again (serialized story and with a co-author) but it has been fun. LOL
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on November 03, 2019, 05:44:49 AM
 
We published the first part of the book on Halloween!  :catrun

Hopefully, we'll get the rest done by Thanksgiving...or early December.  It's a long serialized story, so it's not the first time we've published a partial book.  I doubt I'll ever do it again (serialized story and with a co-author) but it has been fun. LOL

 :clap:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on November 03, 2019, 06:13:54 AM
Today I'm starting out 2,171 words to the negative because I just deleted a chunk of text from one of my novels in progress.  :writethink: This is when I really wish I tracked my words differently. It's going to be a bear today getting my count up to 1,714 so I can stay on track with my attempt to participate in nano this year.

Well, you could move the deleted words to the end of the document to be deleted later.  That way, you can still count how many words were written for the day without having to figure out how to deal with deletions.

In my case, I'm usually only deleting a small number of words at a time.  So a random word here and there is easy to "make up" for in a day's writing session.  Technically, you might have written 105 words, but it only shows up as 90 because of deletions or whatever.

I do have notes within the document that kind of pad the overall word count (though, when starting new documents, I make a note of how many words of notes I have and keep those close to the notes so I can quickly figure out the length of the actual manuscript by checking that count and deducting from the total word count).  There are times I could simply delete the notes, but then the overall word count drops and if I do that in the middle of the month, it makes tracking words per month more difficult.  So, if I delete notes, I wait until the first day of the month.  Usually, though, since they are at the end of the document (sometimes the beginning), I will use a strike-thru on the notes I'm done with rather than delete them.  Like this.  Keeps the word count the same but I can easily see what can be deleted later.  Again, those are at the end (or beginning) of the document, so it's not like they are mixed in with the active text, which would be a nightmare to hunt down later.

Like, right now, I said the space opera is about 85k words long.  It's actually maybe closer to 84k since there are about a thousand words of notes.

On the lame space opera, I did at one point delete about 5k words in the middle of the month, so I made a note on the sheet of paper where I track my daily word counts and separated the halves of the month so I could keep track of the word count still.  Or maybe I didn't because now I can't find the note where I thought I did that.

:shrug

Anyway, just some ideas.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on November 03, 2019, 06:14:16 AM
We published the first part of the book on Halloween!  :catrun

:tup3b
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on November 03, 2019, 06:14:53 AM
I wrote a whopping 105 words yesterday.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lynn on November 03, 2019, 07:17:38 AM
Today I'm starting out 2,171 words to the negative because I just deleted a chunk of text from one of my novels in progress.  :writethink: This is when I really wish I tracked my words differently. It's going to be a bear today getting my count up to 1,714 so I can stay on track with my attempt to participate in nano this year.

Well, you could move the deleted words to the end of the document to be deleted later.  That way, you can still count how many words were written for the day without having to figure out how to deal with deletions.

In my case, I'm usually only deleting a small number of words at a time.  So a random word here and there is easy to "make up" for in a day's writing session.  Technically, you might have written 105 words, but it only shows up as 90 because of deletions or whatever.

I do have notes within the document that kind of pad the overall word count (though, when starting new documents, I make a note of how many words of notes I have and keep those close to the notes so I can quickly figure out the length of the actual manuscript by checking that count and deducting from the total word count).  There are times I could simply delete the notes, but then the overall word count drops and if I do that in the middle of the month, it makes tracking words per month more difficult.  So, if I delete notes, I wait until the first day of the month.  Usually, though, since they are at the end of the document (sometimes the beginning), I will use a strike-thru on the notes I'm done with rather than delete them.  Like this.  Keeps the word count the same but I can easily see what can be deleted later.  Again, those are at the end (or beginning) of the document, so it's not like they are mixed in with the active text, which would be a nightmare to hunt down later.

Like, right now, I said the space opera is about 85k words long.  It's actually maybe closer to 84k since there are about a thousand words of notes.

On the lame space opera, I did at one point delete about 5k words in the middle of the month, so I made a note on the sheet of paper where I track my daily word counts and separated the halves of the month so I could keep track of the word count still.  Or maybe I didn't because now I can't find the note where I thought I did that.

:shrug

Anyway, just some ideas.

Lots of good ideas there. I do something similar, except these notes had been there for two years and were starting to bog me down on that story. I need to get back to it because I want to finish it like sometime this decade and I redrafted the entire first chapter so the document contained the old first chapter with those notes too. So it was time to get rid of them so I could see things from a fresh perspective and not get bogged down by old stuff.

But I do kind of usually just push big issues down the page so to speak (I write all in one document) and leave them until I just can't take it any longer and then finally delete them (cut them and put them in a cuts file for that particular book--learned that lesson early and well, because it can be a pain to remember which of the 105 backups contains the exact cut part I want to recover after all only to realize the cut part never made it into a backup because I wrote it, then cut it almost immediately and never backed the file up during that process).

I do sometimes mark in a column in my daily word count spreadsheet if I made a big cut so that I feel better when I see that I only wrote 10 words on a day I spent all day writing. But the truth is most of the time if I mark down that I wrote 10 words, I really only wrote 10 words. :D

The biggest issue is that my spreadsheet tracks exactly what I want it to track which is publishable words, and yet sometimes, I look at it and wish it tracked actual effort. :D But sadly I can't have it both ways and I like the ease of just logging ending word counts for my documents, because there's no real math required. The spreadsheet does it all for me.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: 2-Bit D on November 03, 2019, 07:56:14 AM
I only use a spreadsheet for the "big picture" and not my daily word counts.

For the daily word counts, I have a sheet of note paper.  Pocket-sized, though I almost never carry a pad in my pocket, but I make them that size for consistency and in case I do, and there are cases for when I do, just not for word counts.  Anyway, the top of the sheet has the starting word count, which is typically the word count from the end of the previous month.  Then, each day, I write the new total word count and next to it is where I write the words written for that day.  Occasionally, I resort to using a calculator, but I try to do the math in my head.  I figure it's a good idea to give the brain exercise and not rely on machines all the time.

For the "big picture" I have a spreadsheet listing all my books and planned books.  I update periodically with how many words are completed per book.  I don't have a set period for when I update.  I updated once in 2016, once in 2017, three times last year and five times so far this year.  Usually, I just update when I finish something or think of another WIP to add.

For example, when looking through the notes I had from my Newton from the last backup (two days before the note I wanted to be sure to keep - oy), I found a note for my writing.  Evidently, I had planned to write a screenplay for a short story I had written five years earlier.  Never did write said screenplay and not sure there'd be a point in doing so now, but that was the plan back then.  Also, I had planned to finish writing two novels that, twenty-five years later, remain unfinished.  LOL.  The other one was to write a novel with a title I don't recognize, so obviously it's something I've forgotten.  Do I add that to my WIPs?  Well, if I could remember what it was supposed to be about, I would.

But, that's typically when I update, when something is finished, when I have a new idea for a book or when I find a note for an idea I had a long time ago.  Then each work has an estimated word count for completion.  More like a target amount.

And then I'll update my current average word count.  I think the last time I took the average of several months, maybe the year so far, not sure, but I then use that to calculate how many years it will take me to finish everything on the list.  I really, really need to get back up to a minimum of 1,000 words a day average.  Otherwise, it will take me 72 years to finish everything.  At 1,000 words a day (minimum), I can wrap them up in about 13 years.
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Post by: Lynn on November 03, 2019, 08:15:55 AM
I only use a spreadsheet for the "big picture" and not my daily word counts.

For the daily word counts, I have a sheet of note paper.  Pocket-sized, though I almost never carry a pad in my pocket, but I make them that size for consistency and in case I do, and there are cases for when I do, just not for word counts.  Anyway, the top of the sheet has the starting word count, which is typically the word count from the end of the previous month.  Then, each day, I write the new total word count and next to it is where I write the words written for that day.  Occasionally, I resort to using a calculator, but I try to do the math in my head.  I figure it's a good idea to give the brain exercise and not rely on machines all the time.

For the "big picture" I have a spreadsheet listing all my books and planned books.  I update periodically with how many words are completed per book.  I don't have a set period for when I update.  I updated once in 2016, once in 2017, three times last year and five times so far this year.  Usually, I just update when I finish something or think of another WIP to add.

For example, when looking through the notes I had from my Newton from the last backup (two days before the note I wanted to be sure to keep - oy), I found a note for my writing.  Evidently, I had planned to write a screenplay for a short story I had written five years earlier.  Never did write said screenplay and not sure there'd be a point in doing so now, but that was the plan back then.  Also, I had planned to finish writing two novels that, twenty-five years later, remain unfinished.  LOL.  The other one was to write a novel with a title I don't recognize, so obviously it's something I've forgotten.  Do I add that to my WIPs?  Well, if I could remember what it was supposed to be about, I would.

But, that's typically when I update, when something is finished, when I have a new idea for a book or when I find a note for an idea I had a long time ago.  Then each work has an estimated word count for completion.  More like a target amount.

And then I'll update my current average word count.  I think the last time I took the average of several months, maybe the year so far, not sure, but I then use that to calculate how many years it will take me to finish everything on the list.  I really, really need to get back up to a minimum of 1,000 words a day average.  Otherwise, it will take me 72 years to finish everything.  At 1,000 words a day (minimum), I can wrap them up in about 13 years.

I only put stuff in the list on mine if I've written something for it more than notes, or if it's the next book in one of my series. I have 15 wips listed right now, but I'm only really actively working on 8 of those. (And 34 finished projects listed a few blank lines below those so my cumulative word counts stay accurate).

More recently, I had put dates on mine and used my average daily word count for the last 7 years (then last month because the 7 year average was too depressing) and let the spreadsheet tell me when everything would theoretically be finished if I wrote to a certain length which I never manage to do. Last novel was supposed to be 55,000 words and ended up 115,000. Last short story was supposed to be between 6000-9000 and ended up 24,000 words. So my estimates are not even halfway reliable in any way, so I deleted them.

I redo them every time I get stuck on something, because I'm obstinate if nothing else.

My sheet does have the big picture thing going for it too. Sheet one is a list of the stories and their current word counts (with a two line blank to separate finished things from unfinished things). Sheet two is where I paste the day's ending total and it calculates the daily total which becomes part of the daily log. Sheet three is the one that adds up the daily words into monthly words and yearly words.

I add things and take things away from the sheets all the time. Like, earlier this year, I was determined to track time. Then I got annoyed when I felt like I was spending all day writing but my sheet was telling me I'd spent one hour writing so I deleted that. I archive my file too often though, so I've done that probably four or five times a year since 2012 and recovered the data, then deleted it all over again. :D

I did try a paper log once, but I don't know how you keep it updated. I always forgot to do it. It was that extra step of being away from the computer for me I think that interfered.

I don't want to know the number of years it would take me to finish at my current pace. I did it once after you mentioned that in the past and I never, ever, ever want to do it again.   :lalala

And yes, I am pretty desperate to increase my daily word count average, because otherwise I'm going to croak long before I finish half the stuff I already know I want to write. :D
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 04, 2019, 06:39:23 AM
I wrote 515 words yesterday.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on November 05, 2019, 11:07:02 AM
Between yesterday and today, I wrote 1,628 words. I think we're headed toward the big confrontation.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 05, 2019, 11:53:36 AM
I wrote 580 words yesterday.
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Post by: Lynn on November 05, 2019, 12:21:14 PM
I wrote 408 words yesterday.
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Post by: 2-Bit D on November 06, 2019, 05:55:39 AM
I wrote 90 words yesterday.  Seemed like more but that was it.

I'm still feeling bummed about losing the data on my Newton.  What makes it even worse is that there is an option to backup the data to the card which is installed in the device.  I think I thought it was full, but it had enough room to back up all the data on the device.  If only I had tapped the "backup" button, all the data would have been saved.  But, no, stupid me, I never tried that.  So, 24 years of data gone.

It's really bothering me more than it should.  There were the two notes that I mentioned I had copied the contents of to my iPad.  Wish I had taken a photo or something to preserve them as they were.  They're gone.  The "originals" anyway.  It's like it shouldn't bother me because I have the contents saved, but still losing the originals bothers me.

There were two other things I thought I might have lost on there, but have subsequently found elsewhere.  One in particular gave me a great sense of relief.  Yet, the relief was only temporary and I revert to being really bummed about it all.

The biggest bummer is that a simple tap of that "backup" button would have saved it all.  And that message popped up every time I turned on the device.  Like I said, I thought the card was full, but why did I never let curiosity get the better of me and try it anyway?

When I copied the two notes I mentioned, I vaguely recall looking through the device and determining those were the things of importance.  And they probably were.  But there were assorted notes that gave a nice time capsule aspect to it.  They didn't seem as important, though surely I could have taken the time to make note of them, to write them all down.  I don't think there was a lot.  And that sort of bugs me too.  Why am I bummed out when when I had the data I didn't think it was a priority to keep the data?

Some of the notes I remember are ones that were preserved on the last backup.  It's all the stuff in between, scant though they may have been, that's missing.  I think I had a note about my dog on there.  I remember what it said, but when was it?  That feels important now though I guess it didn't before.

And the smiley face I had drawn.  When did I do that?  I can draw another, sure, but not the same.

Am I bummed out more at losing the originals of the notes I copied or at all the stuff I had deemed not a priority to save?  I know there wasn't much, so why should it bother me?  It's akin to losing a day's worth of eMails, which I've had happen before.  Maybe because it's like a day's worth of eMails spread out over 24 years?  I don't know.

The Newton MessagePad still works.  Most of the apps are still there.  But it's like seeing an old friend and they don't remember you.  And, maybe, if you'd been a better friend, if you'd tapped that "backup" button or made an effort to do a proper backup or even took pictures of stuff on the screen, maybe they'd remember you.

Always backup your stuff.  Even the stuff that seems unimportant.  It might be more important when you don't have it than when you do.  If you can't do a proper backup, take screenshots or photos or hand-write notes or whatever.

It's kind of like when you have multiple pets and one dies and you look at the other one(s) and it just makes you sad because it reminds you of the one you lost.  And you focus on what you lost instead of what's still there.  And, of course, you know you should focus on what's still there, but you can't help feeling down about what you've lost.

I don't know.  I shouldn't feel this bummed about losing stuff I apparently didn't deem important enough to save.

On the other hand, just one tap of a button would have saved it all.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on November 06, 2019, 07:38:11 AM
Aww, Dan!     :Healing:
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 07, 2019, 07:25:50 AM
601 words so far.  Hope to get a few more tonight!  :smilie_zauber:
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Post by: Lynn on November 07, 2019, 07:45:12 AM
Wrote 5,862 yesterday.



*These kind of days are kind of special to me. :D My best word count for one day is still in the 6k range. So yay!!!
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Post by: Lynn on November 07, 2019, 07:52:21 AM
I'm still feeling bummed about losing the data on my Newton.  What makes it even worse is that there is an option to backup the data to the card which is installed in the device.  I think I thought it was full, but it had enough room to back up all the data on the device.  If only I had tapped the "backup" button, all the data would have been saved.  But, no, stupid me, I never tried that.  So, 24 years of data gone.


Hugs. :D Seriously.

I did something stupider by far a few years ago and I'm still not over it. In 2014 I deleted my electronic journals for all previous years since I'd started keeping them in Evernote. I was in a terrible mood and I just deleted them.

A month later, I was over it and devastated. I thought I had a backup somewhere, surely, because even though I'd meant to delete them, I backed up my old computers and surely could paste together something.

Nope. No backups anywhere for any of them. NONE. I spent years looking for them, just in case I'd overlooked something. To this day, I wish I hadn't done that.

I made a note at the top of my journals (OneNote now), all caps, bold, yada yada:

Quote
REMEMBER - Do not delete journals again!

You very much regret doing it before. Don't make that mistake again.
Bump to put this at the top.

I hope it stops bothering you so much eventually. I'm sorry to say, don't count on it. But I did get used to it and have been able to let it go when I don't let myself think about it too hard. Maybe you'll be able to do that too.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 07, 2019, 09:34:01 AM
Wrote 5,862 yesterday.



*These kind of days are kind of special to me. :D My best word count for one day is still in the 6k range. So yay!!!

Wow! Congrats...great day!  :goodpost:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on November 07, 2019, 09:49:14 AM
Wrote 5,862 yesterday.



*These kind of days are kind of special to me. :D My best word count for one day is still in the 6k range. So yay!!!

More like a week for me.  :tup3b
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 07, 2019, 12:37:53 PM
Another 537 words.  I'm done for tonight...going to watch Murdoch Mysteries.  :mhk9U91:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on November 07, 2019, 01:25:59 PM
183. Trying to sneak up on the big scene.

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Post by: Lynn on November 08, 2019, 03:28:19 AM
I wrote 2,608 words yesterday.

And finally finished one of the many wips I have going. :D
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 08, 2019, 06:51:41 AM
I wrote 2,608 words yesterday.

And finally finished one of the many wips I have going. :D

Congrats!  :clap:
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 08, 2019, 11:42:28 AM
557 words today.  :catrun
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Post by: diisha392 on November 08, 2019, 12:22:58 PM
1300 words today.
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Post by: Lynn on November 09, 2019, 01:40:58 AM
Wrote 765 words yesterday.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 09, 2019, 08:43:22 AM
1,878 words.  It was a good day!
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Post by: Maggie Ann on November 09, 2019, 12:22:41 PM
I wrote 857 words today while waiting for my car not to be fixed. At least the time wasn't wasted. Up to 185 pages and 43.7K words. I don't think I'm as close to the big scene as I thought I was.

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Post by: Lynn on November 10, 2019, 05:14:31 AM
Wrote 3,491 words yesterday. :) On a bit of a roll I think. :D
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 10, 2019, 12:46:00 PM
1,523 words...at least halfway finished with this final book in the series!
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Post by: Maggie Ann on November 10, 2019, 12:50:50 PM
My  :dog1: did not want me writing tonight, but I prevailed. 1,094 words, 189 pages and 44.8K total words.

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Post by: Simon Haynes on November 10, 2019, 06:33:00 PM
After a few days at 2000-3000 I managed 6000 yesterday.  Today I'm fried. Plus we're out to dinner tonight, and I can never settle when I have something scheduled.


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Post by: Lynn on November 11, 2019, 06:12:49 AM
Wrote 1,315 words yesterday.

I read my finished story this morning and put in my proofing edits. I should write or move on to the other one I finished a couple of days ago and do the proofread of it too, but I can't focus. I usually move to publishing tasks at this point and I think the fact that I still haven't decided on publish order is throwing me for a total loop. :D

This is the first time this has ever happened to me. I've never had two stories finished at the same time. ;D Usually the moment I finish something, I do the edits, do my publishing stuff, and then publish.

I'm even debating trading the titles. I literally had these two titles reversed when I started them, decided that was wrong, changed them, and now I'm thinking I had them right to begin with. So indecisive today. ;D

I have a feeling I'm going to end the day with nothing done but a lot of waffling over my next move. :D
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 11, 2019, 09:22:20 AM
1,375 words today.  Tomorrow is the big party...finally!!!  :catrun
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Post by: Maggie Ann on November 11, 2019, 12:16:59 PM
Two writing sessions today and I did 1,442 words. Total is now 196 pages and 46.3K words. The big scene just snuck up on me and now I have to get them all out alive. Haven't a clue.

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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 12, 2019, 10:07:55 AM
1,139 words.   :smilie_zauber:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on November 12, 2019, 11:39:39 AM
Just lost all of tonight's wordage.  :HB
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Post by: Lynn on November 12, 2019, 11:41:43 AM
Oh no! What happened?
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Post by: Maggie Ann on November 12, 2019, 11:50:07 AM
Oh no! What happened?

Instead of starting a new file on my AlphaSmart, which I do every night, I forgot and started tonight's work at the end of yesterday's file. When I realized what I'd done, I selected the new wordage, intending to copy it into a new file. I wanted to make sure it copied over before I deleted it. I don't use the commands very often on the AS so I turned it over to double check. My fingers hit something and all of the selected text was gone. Just gone forever.  :dizzy

I can recreate it, I'm sure. I'm just feeling too discouraged to try right now. I don't think this has ever happened to me before. I've always been able to recover anything I accidentally deleted and even accidental deletions have very rarely happened.

Where's Hermione when I need her?
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Post by: Lynn on November 12, 2019, 01:33:37 PM
I'm so sorry!
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 13, 2019, 05:55:26 AM
Oh no! What happened?

Instead of starting a new file on my AlphaSmart, which I do every night, I forgot and started tonight's work at the end of yesterday's file. When I realized what I'd done, I selected the new wordage, intending to copy it into a new file. I wanted to make sure it copied over before I deleted it. I don't use the commands very often on the AS so I turned it over to double check. My fingers hit something and all of the selected text was gone. Just gone forever.  :dizzy

I can recreate it, I'm sure. I'm just feeling too discouraged to try right now. I don't think this has ever happened to me before. I've always been able to recover anything I accidentally deleted and even accidental deletions have very rarely happened.

Where's Hermione when I need her?

Maggie Ann, I'm so sorry.
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on November 13, 2019, 07:55:44 AM
I'm sorry, too, Maggie Ann.  I hope you can figure out how to get those words back.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 13, 2019, 09:29:55 AM
1900 words today and figured out a plot twist. :catrun


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Post by: Maggie Ann on November 13, 2019, 09:41:16 AM
Thanks for all the support, guys. I'm determined to write even better words tonight.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 13, 2019, 10:35:32 AM
Thanks for all the support, guys. I'm determined to write even better words tonight.

 :clap: :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em
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Post by: Maggie Ann on November 13, 2019, 12:48:54 PM
1,882 much better words. I couldn't stop writing and had to force myself to stop. YAY. I think I just turned lemons into lemonade.  Up to 204 pages and 48K total words.

Can't wait to finish this scene tomorrow night. I feel like I'm galloping to the end.
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on November 13, 2019, 02:09:28 PM
1,882 much better words. I couldn't stop writing and had to force myself to stop. YAY. I think I just turned lemons into lemonade.  Up to 204 pages and 48K total words.

Can't wait to finish this scene tomorrow night. I feel like I'm galloping to the end.


 :cheers
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Post by: Maggie Ann on November 13, 2019, 10:20:28 PM
Woke up this morning with the scene on my mind and a crucial point woke up with me. Just inserted another 179 words.
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Post by: Simon Haynes on November 14, 2019, 02:08:52 AM
Had an awesome writing day today. 8800 words so far (still going), and it's got everything. Twists, betrayals, reactions and even a boss fight.

Loving this novel.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on November 14, 2019, 01:32:02 PM
1,104 words tonight. I'm up to 210 pages and 49.4K words. This is turning out to be an awfully long scene. I don't think it's boring. We're at the hostage negotiator stage but it is coming to an end.

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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 15, 2019, 08:10:30 AM
1,158 words yesterday and 1,246 today.  :smilie_zauber:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on November 15, 2019, 02:18:22 PM
1,667 which brings the story to 217 pages with a total of 51.1K words.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 16, 2019, 02:31:33 AM
1,667 which brings the story to 217 pages with a total of 51.1K words.

Congrats! Over 50k.  :clap:
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 16, 2019, 12:18:27 PM
172 words, but I've decided to add another twist to the story!  :cheers
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Post by: Maggie Ann on November 16, 2019, 01:40:05 PM
900 even bringing the story to 220 pages and 52K words.

I finally finished that long scene (twenty pages), although I know I won't be letting it stand the way it is.  My chapters are usually around ten pages long so I have to break it up somehow.

I had hoped to finish the book by Sunday, and it still might happen, but that one scene took up so much time. So, I'll get it done Monday or Tuesday.

Forgot to edit ten pages on the first book. Piffle!
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Post by: Simon Haynes on November 16, 2019, 09:32:48 PM
4600 so far today, and that makes 28,000 in the past 5 days.

I'm only 3000 from finishing the novel, it's 7.30 in the evening and I'm feeling pretty good. So, I guess I'll keep going ;-)

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Post by: Maggie Ann on November 16, 2019, 10:47:07 PM
4600 so far today, and that makes 28,000 in the past 5 days.

I'm only 3000 from finishing the novel, it's 7.30 in the evening and I'm feeling pretty good. So, I guess I'll keep going ;-)

It's hard to stop when you're in the zone.
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 17, 2019, 08:36:50 AM
966 words today.  Hopefully, I'll get another scene done tonight! Imagine this as a jazz trio. LOL  :band:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on November 17, 2019, 01:20:49 PM
966 words today.  Hopefully, I'll get another scene done tonight! Imagine this as a jazz trio. LOL  :band:



1201 words tonight totaling 226 pages with 52.3K words and THE END!!! Lorri, may I borrow your jazz trio?  :band:

Still a bit shaky. Thought I'd lost the file again. Somehow, another file had overwritten it but this time I was able to retrieve the original file, only losing a couple of lines. I finished up the scene and added an Epilogue leading to Book 3. Not a cliffhanger.

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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 17, 2019, 04:10:20 PM
966 words today.  Hopefully, I'll get another scene done tonight! Imagine this as a jazz trio. LOL  :band:



1201 words tonight totaling 226 pages with 52.3K words and THE END!!! Lorri, may I borrow your jazz trio?  :band:

Still a bit shaky. Thought I'd lost the file again. Somehow, another file had overwritten it but this time I was able to retrieve the original file, only losing a couple of lines. I finished up the scene and added an Epilogue leading to Book 3. Not a cliffhanger.

Congratulations, Maggie Ann!! That's wonderful.  And of course, you can borrow the jazz trio.  :clap: :cheers :band:
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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 17, 2019, 04:14:32 PM
Another 564 words and the party is really swinging. LOL  I'm more in the mood for holiday music now.

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Post by: Maggie Ann on November 18, 2019, 12:19:44 AM
Another 564 words and the party is really swinging. LOL  I'm more in the mood for holiday music now.



Lovely.

Here's my favorite.



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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 18, 2019, 04:40:56 AM
REWRITE ~ But I think it will be even better. I'm redoing a few things in the last two chapters.  (They've found another body.)  :catrun
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Post by: Maggie Ann on November 18, 2019, 10:04:38 AM
REWRITE ~ But I think it will be even better. I'm redoing a few things in the last two chapters.  (They've found another body.)  :catrun

That's what I should be doing on the book I finished last night, not to mention plugging in the edits on book one. But the beginning of book three was knocking insistently on the inside of my head so I ended up with 1025 words and four pages.

My typing skills have gone down the drain and it's going to take a lot of time to get it all straightened out. I'm just going to have to dedicate an hour every day for each of the books if I want to get the first one ready for pre-order next week.

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Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 18, 2019, 12:08:33 PM
Finished the rewrite and added 290 words.   :smilie_zauber:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on November 18, 2019, 12:22:16 PM
Went over what I'd written this afternoon and added 98 words.

Now, I really am going to work on the book one edits.
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Post by: Lynn on November 18, 2019, 01:19:15 PM
I love checking in and seeing all your posts. I only wish I was as consistently productive! :D
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Post by: Maggie Ann on November 18, 2019, 01:53:09 PM
I love checking in and seeing all your posts. I only wish I was as consistently productive! :D

I just do what works for me.

Edited twenty pages in book one. I don't know how much I added, but it was at least a paragraph here and there. Judging by my editor's comments, I'm really out of practice. But, I knew it. That's why I like an editor that doesn't pull any punches.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on November 19, 2019, 07:06:59 AM
Just finished editing forty-one pages of book one. Sixty-six more to go. If I keep this up, I'll be done in two days.

I think I deserve at least a cup of tea, maybe even a bit of reading and a cuddle with the  :dog1:  The  :catrun won't cuddle.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on November 19, 2019, 01:31:43 PM
984 on book three for nine pages and 2,107 total words. It's a beginning.

I'm kind of struggling with the editing on book one. My editor and I have a basic disagreement on style and even sometimes the wording of a sentence. I feel as if it's bleeding ink like Tom Riddle's diary and I might be killing my sixteen year old self. Sorry, needed to whine a little bit.


Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 20, 2019, 05:40:40 AM
No words yesterday, but I did update my promotions trailer.  Taking a break really helped, and I woke up this morning with a great idea for the party scene!  :smilie_zauber:

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lynn on November 20, 2019, 06:10:21 AM
I keep trying to keep up but the way I count words means I've had a few negative days so I feel weird posting in a 50+ words a day no matter what thread. :D

However, in the last 9 days I've accumulated 371 words even including the negatives. So not a total fail? :D

I'm trying to keep my daily writing streak alive, and succeeding, but I'm thinking I might have to set a lower bar, because right now I have so many low-word days that I feel like I'm cheating!
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on November 20, 2019, 06:15:17 AM
I keep trying to keep up but the way I count words means I've had a few negative days so I feel weird posting in a 50+ words a day no matter what thread. :D

However, in the last 9 days I've accumulated 371 words even including the negatives. So not a total fail? :D

I'm trying to keep my daily writing streak alive, and succeeding, but I'm thinking I might have to set a lower bar, because right now I have so many low-word days that I feel like I'm cheating!

Not at all. The idea of 50+ words a day is that you sit down and write, not that your net word count is a certain amount. If anyone disagrees with me,   :lalala
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 20, 2019, 06:47:11 AM
If you write 50 words and cut 300...you still wrote 50 words!  :goodpost:
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on November 20, 2019, 07:09:06 AM
I think I added a few hundred words yesterday.  Not sure.  I'm working on the second draft, so word count isn't really my goal so much as filling in plot holes, fleshing out scenes with more detail, etc.  The manuscript is currently around 90k words.  My goal was for a finished product in the 100k-110k range, so I'm close to the target.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on November 20, 2019, 11:46:43 AM
No idea how many words I added/subtracted/changed, or even how many pages I edited tonight, but I finished. Just one more pass through. I think I'm safe to set up the pre-order.

Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Maggie Ann on November 20, 2019, 01:24:35 PM
648 words on book three, for a total of 11 pages and 2,757 words. I had a lot more to say tonight, but after an afternoon of gardening and an evening of editing, I'm too pooped to pop.

Tomorrow is another day. Fiddle-dee-dee.
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 21, 2019, 02:09:51 AM
No idea how many words I added/subtracted/changed, or even how many pages I edited tonight, but I finished. Just one more pass through. I think I'm safe to set up the pre-order.

 :clap: :cheers :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em
Title: Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
Post by: Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] on November 21, 2019, 08:48:35 AM
2,034 words and I'm almost done with the party.  :catrun