Writing in the First 10 Days of 2014

Today has been my best writing day of the year so far, the first day in which I’ve broken 4-digits in terms of word count. I’ve written every day of the year so far (and every day for the last 173 consecutive day) but my word count is down. My 7-day rolling average is hovering just barely above my daily goal of 700 words/day. Since January 1st, I’ve written about 8,000 words of fiction.

Of course, I’ve been busy with other things, too. Recovering from vacation, settling back into the day job, moving my home office upstairs, reading for my book review column, and preparing for an upcoming seminar I’m giving1. That makes me feel a little better.

The truth, however, is that this novella is a tough one, and I’m fighting my way through it tooth and nail. I’m having a blast doing it, but that doesn’t make it any less tough. I passed the 16,000 word-mark on it today and I think I’m close to reaching the climax of the story. I suspect it will come in at around 20,000 – 22,000 words. The longest novella I’ve ever written.

And once it is done, I can start on the second draft. The second draft is my favorite part. It’s like dessert after dinner. Second drafts usually go faster as well. I expect the final draft of the novella, which is currently titled, “Strays,” to be under 20,000 words.

For those keeping score, 173 consecutive days of writing means I am one week away fromĀ half a year of consecutive writing. Bigger picture: I have now written for 316 out of the last 318 days.

And speaking of writing streaks, if you are interested in starting a streak of your own, but don’t want to make use of my scripts for Google Docs to track your writing, I’d point you to the spreadsheet that Christie Yant has made available for folks. It’s a bit more of a manual process, but it gets the job done.

  1. More on this later.