Okay so this latest leg has been a bit slow. I only got 153 words on Sunday because I was tied up with other stuff and didn’t know what to do with my scene. Monday I declared to be a reading day wherein I went over all of Act 3 from the Midpoint to the SPP (which is what I was stuck on). I finally figured out how to fix my totally blerg scene that took me forever to write last week. I realized most of Elodie’s actions were fine, it was her motivation that was wholly unbelievable. So the 252 words necessary to fix that is all I got on Monday. Yep, that’s right…only 252 words to totally change a scene from blerg to…well not BLAM but better. Reminds me of this post by Jami Gold on how small changes can make a BIG difference. And yesterday, I finally picked back up a bit with 965, which was as far as I got before hubs got home from work and we spent the evening working in the yard getting things mowed, weed-eated, edged, blown, and planted for the new pictures our realtor will be taking in a day or so.
I’m still on target to finish around August 15th.
Susan always laughs at me when I’m writing a book because I have my productivity spreadsheet to track everything I write over the year, but I also have all the nice pretty charts and tables produced by Write Way Pro, which gives all kinds of nifty numbers like your average daily word count, your actual word count, the number of words you have to write per day to finish by whatever date you choose, the date you’ll finish if you keep on writing at whatever your current rate of production is… These are things I often tend to get wound up with. She’s much more a “it’ll be done when it’s done” kind of gal. I like to plan and project and organize.
I know, you’re shocked by this.
When I first sat down to start writing Red, I anticipated being finished by end of April. I expected it to be a 75k novel at the time, and I was averaging a nice 650 words a day. This was an improvement over 2010 (the year of hubby’s leg break) during which I actually wrote fewer days than I didn’t (171 writing vs. 194 not writing) with an average production of 605 words on days I wrote. I was on SCHEDULE, and I had all kinds of plans of getting it out in May in time for summer, putting out Riven right behind, and Revelation in the fall.
Obviously here it is coming up on the end of July and I’m still writing Red, which is coming out closer to 95k. But I took a moment last night to actually count up how many ACTUAL days I have been writing on Red. I was surprised to see the total come out to 117 days. With an average word count of right around 650. A lot of life stuff happened on all the not writing days (all 75 of them, which I am trying REALLY hard not to look at as 48k missing words). And the writing of Blindsight took up about three weeks. So even though we’re 2 and a half months past my original deadline, I’m still producing the book with right at the same amount of effort/production I expected back in January. I found that kind of interesting.
What about you? Are you into tracking production and scheduling things?