Winning at the Goal


Last week, I set a goal for writing of 60 minutes per day.  I more than made this with an average of 70 minutes each workday!  Family is in town this weekend, and they take priority, so the workload has gone down.  That’s a good reason!

Next week, hopefully, more of the same.  I feel very good about my book and figure at my present rate, I’ll add about 50,000 words between the second draft and the third draft.  I may have to cut, but that can be a new adventure.  As it is, this draft stands at 43,000 words.

My writing group has pointed out several things I’d like to fix in draft 3.5, with the largest being I avoid telling to the point I don’t imply enough.  I may have the details they need scattered across three or four chapters, unlinked and with no mark of importance.  Most of the group has missed several key details until they went and looked for them again, which isn’t ideal.  Hopefully, that will be less of a rewrite than draft 3.

Speaking of my writing group, y’all can be jealous.  If I haven’t mentioned it, the group includes another epic fantasy writer as well as a webcomic author, a dungeons and dragons DM and module writer, and a poet.  The poet helped me rename one of the houses in my book because as an engineer I had thrown together an acceptable collection of consonants and vowels.  Apparently, words can sound better than that.  Who knew?

I spent some time learning about free indirect speech, yet another concept not covered in Calculus class.  Not that I’d remember anyway; I struggled with Calculus.  I’d like to use this more often, but I need to consider it some more.  Do you have any thoughts on this style?

This week, I read The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi and City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.  I’m two books ahead of schedule on my 2018 reading challenge.  What are you reading?  Do you have any recommendations?

I stayed up too late Thursday night reading City of Bones because I had Friday off.  My body refused to sleep in so I was up at almost my usual time, and I felt like I had a hangover.  There was no alcohol though.  I guess I’m getting too old to stay up until 1AM!

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