I Was A Middle Aged Writer

June 17, 2009

Rogue 5 Word Count

Filed under: writing — danielrdavis @ 4:34 am
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Just figured I’d add a daily word count update. Got 2,398 words today. If I have more time later I’ll add more to it.

4520 / 30000 words. 15% done!

June 2nd, 09

Got 1,808 words today.

6385 / 30000 words. 21% done!

June 3rd, 09

2,635 words, possibly a little more.

9001 / 30000 words. 30% done!

June 4th, 09

Only 1,212 words today, but it got me where I wanted to be.

10209 / 30000 words. 34% done!

June 5th, 09

Only got 1,518 words today. Kind of a let down as it’s under my goal. Guess I work on Saturday.

11746 / 30000 words. 39% done!

June 6th, 09

Felt bad that I didn’t get word count on the 5th, so I worked a Saturday and got 2,521 words. I feel better now.

14267 / 30000 words. 48% done!

June 8th, 09

Sunday I worked a little, even though I was taking a day off, but it was a meager 943 words. Then on the 8th I got 4,027 words. Did a happy dance. Got closer. Realized my rough is going to go over the word count likely.

19293 / 30000 words. 64% done!

June 9th, 09

Okay. Got 2,784 words today. Unfortunately, I’m looking at the thing and I think it’s more like going to be 40,000 words long…at least I hope it won’t be any more than that. If it is I may actually expand it instead of shrinking it and make it into a full novel. Still, I’d love to see it in the anthology, and I do tend to be wordy when I write, so perhaps it’ll shrink up a bit in edit. We’ll see. If it’s gonna be 40k words then I’m only halfway done, but we’ll see when we get there. I project perhaps another 4-6 days to get to the 30k mark, depending o how much I end up writing each day. I’m averaging around 2-3k with an occasional 4k, so we’ll see how it goes.

22117 / 30000 words. 74% done!

June 10th, 09

Word count for today is 2,703. Some of it was a minor scene rewrite, so it won’t come out exactly right on the count, but it fixed a plot issue.

24283 / 30000 words. 81% done!

June 11th, 09

So I got 3,785 words today. I may not have changed the word count a lot because some of it was a rewrite, but it made the scene a million times better as a result. The novella is quickly becoming a full length novel. Ah well. Gonna be sweet regardless. I can’t wait to see this monster finished!

27114 / 30000 words. 90% done!

June 16th, 09

Just figured I’d restart the post above the other. Anyway, I had a bit of a vacation, so it’s been a couple days. Had a trip to WV and then my wife’s Birthday, so didn’t write, but I’m back in the saddle, sort of. I have to split my time between writing and cleaning/prep for a little party. So, the writing has dropped a little, but I’m still plugging away. Got 1,088 words today. In truth I’m nowhere near 94% done, but I’ll adjust the count once I hit the current goal of 30k words. It’s coming along excellently. I hope it ends up being well received when it’s finished.

28212 / 30000 words. 94% done!

June 17th, 09

Got 1,937 words today. Not bad. Got through a big battle. Bout to learn some important info. Bout to lose some friends. Bout to deal with some revealing moments. And reached 30k words, so you’ll notice I added another 10k to the goal.

30139 / 40000 words. 75% done!

June 18th, 09

2,294 words today. All in all a productive day. Cleaned up three rooms and got the word count I was hoping for.

32431 / 40000 words. 81% done!

June 19th, 09

Got 1,837 words. Not quite 2k, but close and I’m not complaining considering I was also making cakes and cleaning and it was an information segment. I call them information segments when there’s info given or revelations…er, revealed. No writing tomorrow or likely Sunday as well, so I’ll see you Monday.

34275 / 40000 words. 86% done!

June 22nd, 09

So I got in the zone today, that mystical place where all I can see is the screen the keyboard and my flying fingers and tore through 4,406 words. That makes the total 38,681 and next time I’ll be raising the goal again up to 50k. Tomorrow’s gonna be an outdoor day, so my count will be a little low, but I’ve got to get into the garden and weed, plus gotta fix my mower.

38681 / 40000 words. 97% done!

June 23rd, 09

I got 2,110 words today, putting me over the 40K mark, so that goal goes up to 50K. On the downside, the mower is broken and I don’t know what’s wrong with the clutch. Now the battery is dead too, so it looks like the grass will be ignored for another few days. It’s getting pretty high. If it gets too high I won’t even be able to cut it with the deck raised and I’ll have to get my Dad to come by with the bush hog mower. Got a lot of weeding done today though and the potatoes mounded, so that’s a good thing.

40829 / 50000 words. 82% done!

June 24th, 09

Well, it was a close one, but I ended up hitting 2,469 words today, which takes me to 43,309. It was going so slow I nearly stopped at 1,400, but after gardening a bit I was able to come back in and focus a little more. I’ve been half asleep in a fog all day, which made it tough. Got 6 rows of cucumbers put in and a bunch more words written. Not bad.

43309 / 50000 words. 87% done!

June 25th, 09

2,225 words today. I’m now at 109 pages and 9 chapters. 45,569 total words not counting chapter headings. Still going. Maybe 2/3 to 3/4 of the way there now.

45569 / 50000 words. 91% done!

June 26th, 09

Only got 1,091 words today. It was a rough day. The scene needed a lot of thought and it took pretty much all day to get through it. At least I hit 1k. Still, I wish it had been more. Tomorrow should be better.

46815 / 50000 words. 94% done!

June 27th, 09

1,432 words today. Just started chapter 10. Adding a scene I didn’t plan on, but it made sense to add it, so it’s going in. I’m resigned to the fact that it’s gonna be too big for a novella, so I’m just gonna go for it. I’ll probably go back and add more scenes in later, once I get the story finished. It’s shaping up to be a sweet story! Next time I write, I’ll be…you guessed it, raising the goal again!

48261 / 50000 words. 97% done!

June 29th, 09

Got 2,825 words today. It was hairy for a while, but I worked late and got the count. It was a scene that was sort of needed, but I wasn’t sure about and I’m through it. I feel slightly drained now. Ah well, tomorrow’s another day. I’ve raised the goal total, as I’m now past the 50k mark. YIPPEE!

51106 / 60000 words. 85% done!

June 30th, 09

Wrote 2,434 words today and tomorrow, for those paying attention, I may add a little excerpt. Maybe the first page or so. Something to whet the appetite and show you what I’ve been all going on about. Stay tuned.

53522 / 60000 words. 89% done!

July 1st, 09

2,871 words. My wife really wanted me to finish a scene after I read up to where I stopped, so we ordered pizza, I watched a couple episodes of Genesis Climber Mospeada and continued on. I know I mentioned an excerpt, but I’ll wait a bit on that. It’s coming though. Honest.

56401 / 60000 words. 94% done!

July 6th, 09

Well, on Friday I was a little distraught over only getting 930 words. I was sort of down about a couple things in the story, but I think the time off was good. Came back today with a whopping 4,750 words, so I’m completely psyched now. What’s more, I’ve reached the final conflict of the book. Even better, I’ve hit another benchmark. EVEN BETTER, I’ve gone over 150 pages, so, yay me!

62155 / 70000 words. 89% done!

July 7th, 09

I…am…exhausted! I just finished writing an entire chapter, 5,473 words, probably a third to a half of the final combat scenes! I’m purely and utterly, mentally and physically…and metaphysically drained. I hope the finale of this book doesn’t give people heart attacks. I need a drink!

67628 / 70000 words. 97% done!

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June 10, 2009

Work Station

Filed under: writing — danielrdavis @ 4:40 pm
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This is just a minor break from the word count, but it will be continued in the post below, so keep watching it climb.

A while ago some of the authors on Magical Words decided to post a pic of their work stations and I felt, since I got myself a new desk that I’d do the same here. It will likely evolve as time goes by, but this is it as it stands now.

Work Station

Anyway, what I’m working on is the new project that the word count is for. I’ve got my coffee cup and warmer there on the desk. Taped to the upper portion of the desk are pics of my daughter and wife, showing me one of the reasons why I’m writing in the first place. Those papers clipped to the side of the desk is my current project synopsis and sitting on the desk is the characters, weapons, ships, etc, that go in the story.

On the wall there is a picture of me in costume at a haunted orchard we helped with last October and beside it is a picture of the cover of my RPG supplement I wrote, should it ever see the light of day. Hanging there between them is one of those cool little pirate heads you see sometimes hanging at bars or restaurants. My step mother’s parents gave it to me for Christmas because they knew I was writing about pirates. Below all that is a giant artists clipboard with a map on it for one of my other writing projects.

It’s hard to see, but between the pill bottles and pens on my desk, there’s a mug for Hobgoblin Ale that my sister got me for Christmas. Don’t tell her I’m not using it to drink out of. It’s made in China and I don’t wanna take the chance they colored it with lead paint. But it’s sweet and I like the thing and so it’s got some wrapped Werther’s coffee candy in it.

There’s a little pirate standing on my monitor. The papers are mostly writing and the one hanging out is my writing tally worksheet. The books are pretty much all game book as of now, but I’m considering moving them to my other cabinet and putting the writing book up there.

The pills are those which keep me in a semblance of health, because of the Crohn’s disease.

OH! The pirate flag. My Dad and step mother gave me that and it’s one of my favorites. We have a couple Jack Rackham flags around that we used for our pirate wedding, but the ‘Dead Men’ flag is my favorite.

Then there’s my junk shelf that’s there to the side that the flag is attached to. It’s got a bunch of stuff that I kind of use, but don’t want on my desk. It’s a mess.

And that’s about it, in a nutshell. Not depicted is the cork board that’s attached to the wall above the back of the desk that has various business cards, pictures I’ve drawn, a calendar and other stuff.

And that’s it. Keep watching the post below, WORD COUNT, to keep track of my progress as I continue to write the soon to be awesome tale, Rogue 5. Once it’s done I’ll toss a blurb out here for it. Check back.

Edit:

Just moved my books and wanted to list the books I have at hand:

These aren’t necessarily books I’m recommending, just books I have at my disposal.

2002 Writer’s Market
Arms and Armor of the Medieval Knight – David Edge & John Miles Paddock
Bo, Karate Weapon of Self-Defense – Fumio Demura
Book of Legendary Spells – Elbee Wright
Building Believable Characters – Marc McCutcheon
Casebook of Abnormal Psychology – John Vitkus
Disguise Techniques – Edmund A. Macinaugh
Filmmaking for Dummies – Brian Michael Stoller
Flexible Weapons – John Sanchez
Forgotten English – Jeffrey Kacirk
Gaelic Language on Cassette
Getting Your Book Published for Dummies – Sarah Parsons Zackheim & Adrian Zackheim
Mastering Witchcraft – Paul Huson
Mirriam-Webster’s Dictionary
Pirates of the Caribbean – Cruz Apestigui
Pirates, Terror on the High Seas from the Caribbean to the South China Sea – Various
Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs – Various
Roget’s Super Thesaurus 2nd Ed.
Secrets of the Ninja – Ashida Kim
The Druids – Peter Berresford Ellis
The Master Book of Candle Burning – Henri Gamache
The Writer’s Brief Handbook 2nd Ed. – Rosa/Eschholz
Writers INC – Sebranek/Meyer/Kempre
Writing Romance – Vanessa Grant
Writing Science Fiction & Fantasy – Crawford Kilian

Then there’s a lot of reference material in the various RPG books I own. Many of them have done their own research while writing those books.

D

June 1, 2009

Word Count

Filed under: Uncategorized — danielrdavis @ 8:31 pm

Just figured I’d add a daily word count update. Got 2,398 words today. If I have more time later I’ll add more to it.

4520 / 30000 words. 15% done!

June 2nd, 09

Got 1,808 words today.

6385 / 30000 words. 21% done!

June 3rd, 09

2,635 words, possibly a little more.

9001 / 30000 words. 30% done!

June 4th, 09

Only 1,212 words today, but it got me where I wanted to be.

10209 / 30000 words. 34% done!

June 5th, 09

Only got 1,518 words today. Kind of a let down as it’s under my goal. Guess I work on Saturday.

11746 / 30000 words. 39% done!

June 6th, 09

Felt bad that I didn’t get word count on the 5th, so I worked a Saturday and got 2,521 words. I feel better now.

14267 / 30000 words. 48% done!

June 8th, 09

Sunday I worked a little, even though I was taking a day off, but it was a meager 943 words. Then on the 8th I got 4,027 words. Did a happy dance. Got closer. Realized my rough is going to go over the word count likely.

19293 / 30000 words. 64% done!

June 9th, 09

Okay. Got 2,784 words today. Unfortunately, I’m looking at the thing and I think it’s more like going to be 40,000 words long…at least I hope it won’t be any more than that. If it is I may actually expand it instead of shrinking it and make it into a full novel. Still, I’d love to see it in the anthology, and I do tend to be wordy when I write, so perhaps it’ll shrink up a bit in edit. We’ll see. If it’s gonna be 40k words then I’m only halfway done, but we’ll see when we get there. I project perhaps another 4-6 days to get to the 30k mark, depending o how much I end up writing each day. I’m averaging around 2-3k with an occasional 4k, so we’ll see how it goes.

22117 / 30000 words. 74% done!

June 10th, 09

Word count for today is 2,703. Some of it was a minor scene rewrite, so it won’t come out exactly right on the count, but it fixed a plot issue.

24283 / 30000 words. 81% done!

June 11th, 09

So I got 3,785 words today. I may not have changed the word count a lot because some of it was a rewrite, but it made the scene a million times better as a result. The novella is quickly becoming a full length novel. Ah well. Gonna be sweet regardless. I can’t wait to see this monster finished!

27114 / 30000 words. 90% done!

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