8/3: 246 words. I’m making progress, just not as quickly as I’d prefer. I’ve been averaging about 200 words/day for the last few days. At this rate, I’m not going to finish by the end of September like I’ve planned. So I’m going to have to kick things into a higher gear.
It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted, but I’m will writing. I’m now about 2/3 through Walls Ascending. I’ve had two different people read the first half of the book, and they’ve both given me the green light that it’s on course to be good.
Here’s what my word count has looked like for the last two weeks:
- 7/17: 261
- 7/18: 192
- 7/20: 807
- 7/21: 573
- 7/22: 396
- 7/23: 151
- 7/24: 382
- 7/25: 98
- 7/26: 1049
- 7/27: 140
- 7/28: 106
- 7/30: 438
- 7/31: 130
I’m no long on pace to finish it by the end of August, but with any luck (and some consistency that I’ve been lacking lately), I should finish by the end of September.
7/16: 376 words. Sometimes, I get myself in a situation where I’m either going to have (a) one extraordinarily long chapter, or (b) two chapters, one of which will be peculiarly short. And I do hate deciding between those things.
7/15: 766 words. It was a long time coming, but I’m slowly piecing together what the third quarter of Walls Ascending will look like. When I started writing the first chapter in the book’s second half yesterday, it felt a lot like running out of a tunnel from the locker room after halftime. Now, we’ll see if I make the necessary adjustments and perform well.
7/8: 725 words. Today, I had to write a particularly grisly and visceral murder scene for Walls Ascending. I had known for several days that I was coming up on it. But even still, the writing of it put me in a heavy mental space.
I was most of the way through the scene when my wife and kiddos came bopping into the room just as happy as can be, and greeting me good mornings. I wanted warn them, “Y’all be careful. I just did a murder. There’s blood and brain matter all over the place. And I’m still trying to extract this piece of metal from somebody’s head.”
Instead, I just greeted everyone and enjoyed the odd moment that exhibited the difference between real life and what was transpiring on my computer screen.
7/4: 141 words. Whatever. I moved the ball forward again. Maybe not even a full rotation. But still forward.
7/3: 484 words. Nothing revelationary to report today. Just putting more words on the page. Trying to get this Ending Payoff (Act 3) written to see if Walls Ascending ends like I think it’s going to.
7/2: 475 words. It’s unsettling to me that I’m having such difficulty figuring out the second half of Act 2. So in the meantime, I’m writing the chapters I know will transpire in Act 3, which opens with a fun chapter. So I’m just trying to enjoy this moment, rather than fret over what I don’t yet know.
7/1: 0 words. I had to spent more than two hours yesterday getting caught up on about three months worth of bookkeeping for my author business yesterday. Putting it off like that only makes it worse.
6/29 and 6/30: 0 words. Despite my 6/28 post talking about my determination to build on the process of the prior week, that hasn’t panned out. Yesterday, I had an 11-hour workday while also watching the kids, due to a childcare snafu. Today, I had to work on my presentation of paper for a speech I’m delivering at the Alabama State Bar Annual Conference in a couple of weeks. So even though I had the best of intentions, life has intervened. Again. I hope to get back to Walls Ascending tomorrow.