Monday, February 12, 2018

Pierwalker Log: February 12, 2018

Writing start: 10:36 AM.
Finish: 3:00 PM.
Total new words: 1300
Edited (est.): 11,800


1. Book Two of Angel: three chapters (Stage 1 Edit)
Notes: Stage 1 edits are completed. I'm pleased with this novel. It should inspire lots of people, and outrage lots of people, and maybe get some folks to think a little. I'll take some time off here from the manuscript so that when I start the Stage 2 edits it'll be a fresher read. I've worked very hard on this story.

2. Failure: 400 new words
Notes: An easy beginning to this chapter. I know exactly where it wants to go.

3. Book Three Melody: 500 new words
Notes: Some logistical issues coming, but nothing too serious. The chapter is a little over 3K words; I anticipate at least another thousand before it's finished.

4. Watson: Read-through
Notes: I anticipate slow-going from here out.

5. Book Two Cheapery St.: Off

6. Dread Pirate Roberts (2): 400 new words
Notes: Some character-driven exposition. (Oh my! Hide the kids!)

7. Slum: Off

8. T-Bag (new fan-fiction from Prison Break): Off/Thursday

Extra note: Having a word-count goal is, in my opinion, counterproductive. I've noticed over the years that, typically, I'll put in a daily minimum of 500 words, and so have come to quasi-expect to meet that "goal" every day. But I've always worked at reminding myself that that minimum isn't a real goal, it's simply what, historically, I've naturally written before the well goes dry, so to speak.

As time has passed, that number has gone steadily up. It's not uncommon for me these days to get 1000 words down, or 1300, like today, or sometimes higher. But if I don't get there--if I only write 400, or 300, or even 100 words, I refuse to put myself down or get on myself as being undisciplined or whatever.

Of course, many days I write no new words at all. Sometimes my schedule calls only for editing or what I call "read-throughs." Those are just as important, if not more important, than writing new words!

Writing (and editing, for that matter) shouldn't be some sort of dick-swinging contest that so many writers turn it into. So you write 3K words a day? Don't expect a parade from me. I'm much more interested in celebrating the writer who puts in a 100 excellent words compared to your 3K garbage ones.