My Indy Journey – Day 8 stats

Posted On Jul 9 2014 by

  Well, I’m in a hotel room in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Yesterday I was in a hotel room in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I’ve always struggled to write in hotels. I don’t know why. It seems that when I have lots of time alone, I get lazy. Last night my boss and I got into Chattanooga and went out to dinner. We got back at nine, full of steak and sleepy. But I opened the Macbook and forced myself to write. I hit my 1400 word target. And today… Now I Knew You – 2000 words written. 15,000 words total since July 1st. I’ll …


Value Added Writer

Posted On Jul 9 2014 by

Here’s how my brain is functioning these days: I’ve been chasing the publishing dream for about ten years now. Typical of the part-time writer. My observations have been thus: 1. It takes anywhere from a few months to a few years to write a novel. 2. It takes about a month or so to write a synopsis, craft a letter, and submit to an agent. 3. It takes an agent up to six months to respond. 4. You will repeat steps 2 and 3 quite often until you get a positive response. 5. The agent will submit your book to …


My Indy Journey – Day 7 stats

Posted On Jul 7 2014 by

Okay, I’m one week in. The goal is 10,000 words per week on the wip, along with 2 scenes per night edited on the last book, and plotting of the next book. So here’s where I’m at after one week: Now I Knew You: 11,594 words written. Camp Dogs: Fast edited up to halfway point. Searching for professional editor. Almost settled on book cover. Trying different fonts. Scorpion Summer: About 10 scene cards of 60 filled in. I’ve also made contact with a wife of a crew member and a daughter who was 8 years old at the time of the incident. …


Indy Journey – July 4th weekend stats

Posted On Jul 6 2014 by

I took advantage of the long weekend and got my writing done early in the morning so that I could celebrate at family gatherings and even attend a 4H fair, where I was drafted to judge the tomato plants. It’s Michigan, so no ripe tomatoes yet. Just green cherry ones, which I picked, counted, and weighed. The winning plant was nearly five feet tall and had 78 tomatoes on it! And now…my stats: Now I Knew You (YA) – 5,887 words written. Running total 10,114 words. Though I have an issue with Scrivener. The running total it gives me is about …


Indy Journey – Day 3 Stats

Posted On Jul 3 2014 by

Today’s stats: Now I Knew You – 1,247 words written. Running total 4,227. Scorpion Summer – Research and one scene outlined. Camp Dogs – Worked on cover design. Yes, it’s a slow day but I’m going to take a break and make it up over the long weekend. My word count goal is 10,000 per week. I started on Tuesday, as you’ll recall, so I’ve got four days to write 5,800 words. That’s 1,450 words per day. But, like I said, I can write in longer bursts over the weekend, despite a family party and 4H fair to go to.


Day 1 Stats

Posted On Jul 1 2014 by

I started plotting Scorpion Summer at work during my lunch or when inspiration for a scene hit me. I use an index card app called, oddly enough, Index Card on my iPad. That way I don’t have to carry my Macbook to work. I like my electronics. Anything to avoid a pen and paper. Here’s what the app looked like after I filled in my mid-point scene and conclusion scene:   As you can see, I’m a firm believer in starting from the middle. The mid-point is the defining moment for the hero. So it should go up first like the center …