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Wordcount Wrap-up

I’m pretty pleased with my wordcounts lately. Admittedly, there are still under-1000 days, but most of them are above that, and there’s even some over 2000 days. And no days at all in February where I didn’t write anything. It’s very reassuring.

I’ll admit, I was worried. There didn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to why some days worked and some days didn’t. I still don’t know what it was that turned the key for me. Certainly, relaxing myself into my natural workflow has helped. But I have trouble believing it could really be that simple.

That doesn’t mean I’m anywhere near caught up. The werewolf sequel is going longer than I planned; I started working on a series of linked short stories; research has eaten up more time than I expected. I’ve reluctantly decided that I need to drop a release from my planned schedule for the year, since my late winter story is now going to be a spring release, if not early summer.

But, if I can keep up this pace, I should be able to have something (or maybe two somethings) out for Halloween, another out for Christmas and then another spring release. Plus a few other little bits and bobs. Not a bad schedule, for someone also working two daytime jobs. It’s hard to be satisfied with it, though, because I know I could be reaching for 3000 and 4000 word days, if I had the leisure to build up to that level.

Someday, I’ll have the leisure to work my way up there. Until then, I’m going to enjoy what I have, and not stress about the occasional low-wordcount day. Everyone deserves a day off once in a while.

Even the plot bunnies. ūüėÄ

Werewolves, Witches, and Wordcounts

It’s always a guessing game, when you start a new story. How long will it be? How many chapters? What subplots will jump up to surprise you?

When I started Bite Me, I figured it was likely going to be a bit longer than Bite Me Tender. After all, I had Levi’s story from before he met Glyn, and then the story of their time together in New York.

Bite Me Tender ended up being about 35K. So, I figured–I’m telling two separate stories. They’re both taking place over extended periods of time. There’s a lot of world-building character establishing in there. (And Gram wants a chapter again. Shoot me now, please. *passes out*)

My guess was–oh, about 40,000 words. Give or take a thousand or so. I actually figured I’d be wrapping it up in about the same space as Bite Me Tender, but I know I also tend to underestimate, and to underwrite things, so I padded my guess.

(I can hear Gram laughing now.) I have at least four more chapters to go and, as I go through it before sending it to beta, it may grow another one too. For a while, I was thinking it might end up going to 50,000.

Now I’m thinking 60.

So, yeah, if you want someone to guess your age, I’m probably your girl.

Take that, January Wordcount Goal! And a loosey-goosey review of Something New Under the Sun

Lol! I realised today that I just surpassed my January wordcount goal. Yay! And, just to prove it, here’s a screenshot of the Spreadsheet of Splendor!

Spreadsheet Jan 20, 2013

Along the left side, you can see the totals and the percent accomplished for each month and for the year as a whole. The coloured column is my daily wordcounts. The colour legend is on the right. It’s a quick and easy way for me to spot trends in my writing. When I mentioned that my spreadsheet was blushing the other day, I wasn’t kidding. Look at all that red! I find this frustrating, because during the summer my daily range was more like 2500 to 3500 words per day.¬†But I wasn’t working full time then and now I am. And then some. Gotta remember to keep my goals reasonable.

I like my spreadsheet, though. It’s a much better motivator than I would ever have imagined. I can be falling down dead tired, but if I’m close to making it to the next colour, it keeps me in my chair until I hit that point. I’d like to start having more blues and oranges on the weekends, but I’ll settle for yellows on a consistent basis.

One thing that this has reassured me about is that I will have time to finish Knight and have it edited, beta’d and re-edited before the deadline. Providing there aren’t any major incidents in the personal life.

Picked up LA Witt’s new book, Something New Under the Sun, last night, because I had pre-ordered it. It’s the sequel to Chip in His Shoulder, which is indirectly responsible for my own scifi, If/Then. I won’t talk much about the storyline, in case I spoil it for anyone, but I have to say she took a few turns I wasn’t quite expecting, and one I was, but which was logical and in character. Except for one extra word that somehow escaped obliteration during the editing process, the novel is as tightly edited and sleek as anything coming out of one of the big six publishers. The world building is excellent–you can almost feel the pollution down in the Gutter and are extremely glad you can’t smell it.¬†With the¬†main plot of this novel¬†being the thriller, not the romance,¬†it drags you along at breakneck speed. I did find that I didn’t feel the relationship¬†between the two main characters as intensely as during the first one, but the focus this time around was¬†more on the action and less on the characters and their relationship to each other. All in all, I would give it a 5 out of 5, for those who like scifi with a bit of romance thrown in.

Next post is the Tuesday Tickle, where you get to read a little bit of one of the stories. And Friday is my post in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop. So don’t forget to visit!