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    Writing goals

    I have 30,000 words now. I'm shooting for something like 80,000 words, which means that if I write 4,000 a week I should have a draft done by November 1st. I don't really like daily or weekly goals, so I'm going to try a date instead--I just did the 4,000 a week to get a reasonable date. On November 1st, my plan is to write The End on the first complete draft.

    So let it be typed, so let it be done.
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    Looking forward to your draft Zym!


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    Now at 40,000 words, and excitement remains high.

    I'm not good at asking people to read my stuff, but if anyone legitimately has any interest in reading any of this, I'll be glad to share it with you (well, most anyone ). Any positive feedback would be very encouraging to me, and any critical feedback will not be ignored.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zymologist View Post
    Now at 40,000 words, and excitement remains high.

    I'm not good at asking people to read my stuff, but if anyone legitimately has any interest in reading any of this, I'll be glad to share it with you (well, most anyone ). Any positive feedback would be very encouraging to me, and any critical feedback will not be ignored.
    I'm pushing 49,000 words now, so I'm keeping good pace with my goal. I feel like a couple of these recent chapters are flagging a bit, but I'm not too worried about that. Given that this will be my first complete novel, I think that sort of thing is probably expected. I'm still generally pretty happy with the direction and tone of the thing.

    I'm keeping a spreadsheet of word counts per chapter, and I've noticed a couple interesting trends: my average word count per chapter seems to be going down, slightly, although this is skewed by the fact that my first and third chapters are (incidentally) significantly longer than the others.

    The other trend is that my second of two POV characters has universally shorter chapters than the first. This might be because the character naturally lends himself toward shorter chapters; might also be because I don't understand this character as well as I do the first one.

    These trends could mean nothing, could mean that I need to do some expanding, or could be indicative of other problems. Hard to say.
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    I am enjoying it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Zymologist View Post
    I'm pushing 49,000 words now, so I'm keeping good pace with my goal. I feel like a couple of these recent chapters are flagging a bit, but I'm not too worried about that. Given that this will be my first complete novel, I think that sort of thing is probably expected. I'm still generally pretty happy with the direction and tone of the thing.
    Just like the second installment of a trilogy, it's fairly normal for the middle of a book to stall a little. It's the part where the goal is established, initial conflicts are over, the final conflict is still to come, but the character(s) have a lot of a work yet to do if they want to win.


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    These trends could mean nothing, could mean that I need to do some expanding, or could be indicative of other problems. Hard to say.
    I'm gonna go with "doesn't mean anything".

    You might come back and expand them, but it might just be that the character is vital but not as prominent.
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    Progress has been slow lately--I got to the end of the middle third of the novel, and found starting the final third to be pretty tough. But I think I've made some progress today, and I'm hopeful that I'm out of my rut. I'm at 54,000 words now, and still pretty happy with what I've written.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zymologist View Post
    Progress has been slow lately--I got to the end of the middle third of the novel, and found starting the final third to be pretty tough. But I think I've made some progress today, and I'm hopeful that I'm out of my rut. I'm at 54,000 words now, and still pretty happy with what I've written.
    I'm not here anymore.

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