This is the longest I’ve been dedicated to the project, even with outside distractions. I just want to start out by saying thank you for reading and taking this journey with me. Now on to what I accomplish today.
Format: Alright, I was trying to complete this book in 30 days. With a word count of 2,334 words a day. Some days were easier than other, but I still find myself at least 2 chapters behind. The fix? No I’m not going to write 4 chapters tomorrow. Although it helped me to finish the rough draft, I’ve never really used the book past the first week. Not to say that it isn’t a good resource for writers, especially those who are trying to publish quickly. I think I will use the daily goals to help make sure parts of my book are tight, but I will not be writing on a strict word count daily schedule.
Genre: I stated before that I’m a big fan of the mystery genre. From television shows like CSI, Law&Order: SVU, and Criminal Minds. To books like Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Mercy Thompson, and the Dresden Files. There really are two books that really motivate me to write these days. I stated them earlier, Save the Cat by Blake Snyder which is a screenwriting book. The contents are geared towards story structure an element I keep seeking to improve on.
Writing and Selling your Mystery Novel is really interesting as well. It’s a great book on writing the mystery genre and works well with Save the Cat. In her book, Hallie tries to write a minimum 500 words a day. Now, for me at this stage in my career, that seems to be a more obtainable goal. Don’t get me wrong, I want to challenge myself, but after missing my word count the last two days ( I miscounted), I don’t want to fall into the pity trap. You know, when you are so behind you either try to make up for lost time and get frustrated. The other side ot the pity trap is that you fall behind and become disgrunteld and frustrated. Both options are not fun and may be the chief reason why the third draft has taken over three years to do at this point. So, yeah, I’m using those two for my writing. I’m a mystery writer, go me! A minimum of 70,000 for a novel is also obtainable. Divid that by 500 a day and that gives me 140 days. Divide that by 28 days means we’re looking at 5 months. Now that seems too long for me, but I realize that it will allow me to really work on my description, action, dialogue, and emotional sentences. I’m very structure when it comes to writing, which then brings about my creativity. I think most writes are creative first and then structure comes to them. I might even beat that time table because some chapters will flow like water.
This Blog: I will journaled what I did to complete or promote the book. In hopes of publishing my very own how to write a novel book. Now with me writing at least 500 words a day, that means I won’t be doing any excerpts, and if I do expect them to be very short. This is the part where I will use the Book in a Month system and complete the worksheets so that I can have content to tell you about other than what I did and didn’t do.
I’m still outlining the first books of Angel Protocols, The Pack, and Knights of the Ring series, as well as my adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Once I finish them, I will try to write them in addition to Favor of Ares. That’s another benefit on cutting down my word count to 500, it will allow me to write more books.
I hope you are enjoying this journey and thank you again for reading.
Remember to Be Terrific!