Writing Journal/Random Notes, 3.11.2018: A minor resurgence as I come closer to the finish

Random pic of Spider Jerusalem to celebrate journos everywhere:


(I don’t know, maybe daylight savings time is making me loopy.)

And with that, let’s go to the totals to see:

+1,785 words written.

Days writing: 4 out of 7.

Days revising: N/A

Daily writing goals met (500+ words or 30 minutes of revisions): 1 out of 7 days.

All of these improvements over the past couple of weeks; or, at least, they are holding the line. A couple of items not on the above totals.

  1. I continued a dry spell of not writing for various reasons from last week (ran for about five days) but nipped that in the bud mid-week and have been writing steadily since then.
  2. This might have been one of the best writing weekends I’ve had to date.

The end of this project is well in sight. Some of the overall stats I am now looking at:

Current date: (3.11.2018)
Current word count (as of 12 p.m. 3.11.2018): 94,679 words.
Projected due date for first draft: 3.30.2018.
Projected final size for first draft: 95,000-99,999 words.
Projected word output to reach 99,999 words by 3.30.2018: 280 words per day.

A few Random Notes, somewhat related to the above.

  • As of right now, I have only two major scenes to finish – a press conference scene, which I am halfway through, and the final scene of the book. If I get ambitious, I might even be able to wrap up the first of those scenes today. I’ve pictured what the scene will be like for a while, but I always want to leave that last scene for the end, an ice-cream treat for the end of the drafting process.
  • Then comes the revising process, which if you know me, will be pretty detailed. I already started this a couple of days ago, when I replaced the word for the real, existing club with the one for my fictional club. Find/replace is a pretty cool feature of Microsoft Word, I’ve found.
  • I think, looking at this book, it will likely be a three-cycle revising process, which would leave me with about four separate drafts by the time I get done. Although I believe that I’ll go into it in more detail as a continuation of what I want to be a series on revising.

Looking forward to the finish line.



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