Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The (quarter) million word march

The other day I calculated that I've written 222, 000 words this year--by far my most productive year ever. Yay! These are all first-draft words, not revisions, although I do count significant additions to later drafts (such as the three poker scenes added to Bad Company in the second draft).

The breakdown:

Voice of Crow: 113K
Bad Company: the final 68K (begun in 2005)
Angel's Gambit Book One: the final 26K (begun in '03, continued in '04)
"The Wild's Call": 15K

Which leaves 28K to hit the quarter-million word mark by the end of the year. This normally wouldn't be a problem (I usually about 2K/day when I'm in full first-draft mode), except that I'll have revisions to Voice of Crow (which don't count toward the total, remember, unless I add scenes) and will probably only include one chapter in my Wings of Crow proposal.

But I will make the 250K mark, even if it means cranking out the first 100 pages of Wings of Crow or Angel's Gambit Book Two in the last week of December.

It's good to have goals, however random. Anyone else have end-of-the-year goals or unfinished New Year's 2006 resolutions?

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8 Comments:

I'll make my wordcount goal if you make yours! I've got 18K to go... :)

-Catie

Posted by: Blogger CE Murphy at 11/29/2006 10:43 AM

Oh, I can match your word count! Of course, the words might not make much sense :-)

Cecilia

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 11/29/2006 3:51 PM

My goals are always to love my Mom and cats every day as they deserve,

P.S. This is Kathy but I'm posting under my mom's stuff because I had to temporarily take my computer apart. We have people coming in tomorrow to install new windows and a new patio door so I had to move my computer out of the way. My mom has a portable laptop.:-)

Posted by: Blogger LindaJ at 11/29/2006 9:32 PM

So this totally has nothing to do with this blog, but I thought I would tell you that I'm shamelessly promoting your books to all my friends and their friends. (I think they all think I'm nuts, but I'm ok with that! lol)
I even put something about your books in my new blog (not that anyone reads it yet since it's new, but it's the thought that counts right?!?) check it out sometime..
http://dragonsjoye1.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Anonymous Jess at 11/30/2006 9:07 AM

Good luck, Catie!

Catie's too modest to say it, but she's working on 400K. She's a machine!! A cute, funny machine that/who writes great books.

Oh, and I discovered that for me, in MS Word, 27K is more like 135 pages. Gulp. I am so screwed.

Cecilia, you could start with "All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl." Hmm, maybe that's what I'll do.

Kathy, good luck with the new windows and door. Hopefully they'll keep out the cold winter air.

Jess, thanks! I'm sure your friends already know you're nuts--lol. And I'll add your blog to my roll and be sure to stop by often to keep up with you.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 12/04/2006 9:10 AM

I've got 10K to go! How much do you have left? *cheers you on* :)

-Catie

Posted by: Blogger CE Murphy at 12/08/2006 9:20 AM

Still 28K. :-p

No panic: I'll get it all done in the last two weeks of December. I've got a proposal due December 15 (which should be worth 5-7K), then it's bugger all the promo, blogging, appearances, etc. Time to turn back into an actual writer again.

For two glorious weeks I'll write pieces of anything, whatever I feel like. Roughly 10 pages a day if I take off Christmas and New Year's Eve.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 12/08/2006 10:17 AM

P.S.: Go Catie! Next year: half a million words for you...

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 12/08/2006 10:17 AM

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