Friday, March 2, 2012

Novel Update: The Key is Key!

One week ago told you I'd found the key. This week, further proof that the key works. It works, I’m telling you.

Actually sitting in front of a computer and making something go onto the screen every day—yeah, really every day even when you don’t really feel particularly like it but you know you’ve made apromise to do it and you’re accountable to a bunch of people who read your blog as well as yourself and let's face it you're a bit pig-headed about these things anyway so you do it except on your one day off which is at your discretion—actually produces results.

I know! Who would have thunk it? Astounding, but true.  

2+ hours a day (or > one). 6+ days a week. It’s key.

Current word count: 30,092 (+3668)

Current state:
  • solid short synopsis
  • clear overarching plot in mind
  • sketches for two illustrations
  • solid beginning (with small gaps) and established voice
  • vastly messy middle with large gaps, clearer plot points, a growing number of characters, and various black holes but many fewer toward the end.
  • and an ending! Even final a line!

Goal: A finished solid first draft by January 9th, 2013. 


  1. Also, I know hundreds of you are reading this blog daily (ah,yes, I see you!), but no one has decided to join my goal quest and post your progress updates or word counts in the comments.

    I wonder who will be the first... C'mon we're all in this together. It'll be fun!

  2. I've been trying to muster up the courage and willpower... ok. Here goes. I'm at 7803 on my YA. I want to finish it by the end of this year, but I'm thinking the middle of next year is probably more likley.

  3. P.S. I was the first! Yay! I can do this!

  4. That's terrific, Jenna. You're on your way! I'm updating every Friday, so I hope you'll drop by.