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    Discussion in 'Progress Journals' started by nippy818, Jun 13, 2014.

    I enjoy the idea of making your goals public. I used the same tactic when I quit smoking and unplugged from my smart phone.
    Currently my novel is on its first draft.
    words: 45424
    First draft finished words: 80-100k
    genre: Space noir
    Title: not yet
    Publish: Self publish through Kindle
    I have an editor going through each chapter as I finish it. I am hoping to have my second draft finished by October.
    I am aiming to have it published early next year.
    I will post my progress updates as i write them.
    thank you all for taking interest
     
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    Current word count now 47295
    starting chapter 14 possible tonight. also i began to outline book 2
     
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    current word count 48863
    1500 words into chapter 14 and outlined 3 chapter of book 2
     
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    word count 50132
    reworked all of chapter 13
     
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    started the day at 50132 words ended with 52891
    began doing research for publishing on amazon e publish self publish
    set new goals for rewrite and finished chapter 14 and part of 15
     
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    Word count at the end of chapter 15 56787
    sadly i hit a wall today and was unable to do any outlining on book 2
     
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    Finally able to sit down and knock out chapter 17 final word count of the day is 63113
    so chapter 16 and 17 done in 2 days yay
     
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    knocked out chapter 18 tonight 3324 words putting my current count at 66437
    also wrote one of the most terrifyingly beautiful paragraphs i have ever written. i dont know if i can post it in this thread so i wont risk it lol
     
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    Chapter 19 has been knocked out. chapters word count was 4137
    current total word count 70574
    I am really enjoying the progress journal, looking back at my numbers and the dates, makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. this forum is really something special.
     
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    Wow, writing chapter 20 was intense. i lost one my major character, and one of my subplots came to an end. chapter word count 3491
    total novel word count now 74064.
    the intensity of writing this far, the character have become their own, have grown so much. i have done serial comics in the past but i have to say, writing a novel this quickly really begins to bring about the old saying, they grow up so fast. i know that i am now almost done with the novel and am going to need to start thinking of a name, i am actually starting to feel depressed as the end approaches. i hope i can end it with justice.
     
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    I did it i finally did it. i have broken through the wall of writers block i have been suffering as i enter the final stretch of my novel's first draft. after a week chapter 21 is done at 4022 words
    total novel word count 7806.
     
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    I appologize for how long its been since my last update. finished chapter 22
    chapter word count 3482
    novel word count 81568
    I fear my Main character. he has become something far darker and deeper than i feel i am. i mean im more 2d a character than he is. he has a more colorful past and life, and it makes me kinda sad. maybe its the mood im in after writing his realization that he is perfectly okay with his drug addiction and murder. perhaps its because im now imbarking on my final chapter
     
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    So I did it. my rough draft is compete. 23 chapters
    last chapter clocked in at 3195
    total for the book 84763
    gonna take a few weeks off and come back for the rewrite. have 3 chapters I'll need to add for plot hole fixing and another 25000 words to add, and who knows how many to remove.
     
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    You can always try the Workshop, if you've fulfilled your requirements. But brace yourself in case it doesn't have the same effect on other people.

    But then, maybe it will.
     
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    I feel a bit embarrassed to post a rough draft chapter online. I think I'll take you up on that offer when i rewrite it. thank you for the idea though.
     
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    Next weekend I begin my rewrite of book one. in the last few weeks i have been outlining book 2 and started the first chapter for it tonight. when im done for the night ill update with book 2s word count. Next week ill be updating book one and two info.
     
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    so after several months of delays and put offs, i have opened up my novel for a proper rewrite. what started as a space opera has evolved into a hard-boiled crime that happens to take place in the future in space. lets cross our fingers for the rewrite eh.
     
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    So its finally happened. i have defeated the evil that is writers block and revised my chapter one. it now a strong 2200 words, compared to 1500 in the first version. my revised outline is looking at an increase from 22 chapters to 24 and an increase from 80k words to 115k
     
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    BOOM. did a great job today rewriting chapter 2. 2480 words written, kicked some but and really getting the story chipped out.
     
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    It has been a long time. I think the last time i posted was in June, Been busy with school but I've still been writing. 30k into my second write through. my character development has changed from the first draft. the first draft was a cliche hero's journey but in the revision is a tale of redemtion and a man's journey between his gun and his god.
     
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    Finally posted a chapter into the workshop, its taken me long enough, also wrote 2 chapters tonight after my homework. The second write through is coming along great, slower than i would like but my lit class takes the majority of my writing time any more.
     
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    Finally graduated, now i can focus my homework time into rewrite time. Trying to find a name for my novel and I have a friend designing a cover. I'll be sure to post it when its all done.
     
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    Starting the last chapter in my second write thru. averaging 2200 words a day. ill start my 3rd write thru this week, aiming at having it done in December before sending it to my editor.
     
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    Nearly done with my final chapter of my 2nd write through. My third time thru I am going to connect my plot holes or get rid of them, add dialog and details and fine tune it for the Editor. should only take a few months. Also today i contracted an illustrator to provide at least one illustration per chapter. I worked with him on several comic books, so i trust his judgement and skill. Next move is to hash out a contract with my editor for services provided and price. wish me luck
     
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    Feeling depressed. just finished my second write through. I start the third one tomorrow and its absolutely frightening how much time and effort I've put into this. My goal now is to have at least 100 people read it.
     

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