About Tracy Durnell

Seattle-area graphic designer and SFF writer inspired by the Pacific Northwest, crafting a sustainable and intentional life.

Weekly Novel Progress: Week of April 17, 2017

Writing Stats for April 17-23, 2017

  • Starting word count: 130,190
  • End word count: 134,949
  • Scrivener hours (per Rescue Time): 4 hours
  • Outlining (estimate): 1 hour 45 minutes

status updates for the week

I got a cold two weeks ago that really knocked me out, and having Norwescon the weekend right after didn’t help. I spent a lot of my creative time this week working on my artwork for Liminal Stories rather than writing.

At this year’s Norwescon, I didn’t learn so much as get inspired and think about what type of story I want to tell. I’ve struggled with the beginning and decided this week to add back in several chapters that I previously removed, including the prologue.

  • Reorganized opening and some middle scenes
  • Roughly outlined chapter 8
  • Quick slash of text that I know I’m not going to use in adapting existing scenes

work Plan for Next week

I’m keeping my work plan light because I still need to color my Liminal artwork.

  • Refine outline for Chapter 8
  • Write Chapter 8

Weekly Novel Progress: Week of April 3, 2017

Writing Stats for April 3-9, 2017

  • Starting word count: 130,544
  • End word count: 130,190
  • New words written: 217 words outline
  • Words deleted in revision: 571
  • Scrivener hours (per Rescue Time): 1.5 hours
  • Editing (estimate): 1 hour
  • Outlining (estimate): 30 minutes

status updates for the week

This week was a crapshoot, with only three hours of working time. Sometimes your brain needs a break, I suppose.

  • Chapter 8: completed chapter worksheet
  • Revised chapter 49 (removed net 571 words / 27%)

work Plan for Next week

It’s Norwescon this coming weekend, and I need to finish my illustration for the next issue of Liminal Stories – and I’m coming down with a cold – so I foresee next week being low output as well.

  • Outline Chapter 8
  • Finish updating outline for second half of book

Evaluating the Usefulness of Novel Progress Reports: Two Months In

Over the past two months, I’ve completed a weekly check-in on my novel progress during the week. Now that I’ve completed the weekly progress report eight times, I want to check in on whether it’s helpful to my writing process or time that would be better spent writing.

I’m revising, so I’m working on a blend of (outlining and) writing new scenes, expanding and combining existing scenes to reflect a changed outline, and simply revising already written scenes.

What I’ve Accomplished in Two Months of Novel Revision

Word Count: Feb-Mar 2017

  • Starting word count (Feb 2017): 129,679
  • End word count (April 2017): 130,544
  • Total words written: 12,967
  • Total words removed in revision: 5,177
  • Average words written per week: ~1,625

Hours Writing: Feb-Mar 2017

  • Scrivener: 55.5 hours
  • Outlining and editing: 21 hours
  • Total hours working on novel: 76.5 hours
  • Average hours per week: 9.5 hours

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Novel Progress Report: Week of March 27, 2017

Writing Stats for March 27-April 2, 2017

  • Starting word count: 131,338 (removed 1,765 word chapter)
  • End word count: 130,544
  • Words deleted in revision: 1209
  • Scrivener hours (per Rescue Time): 9 hours
  • Editing (estimate): 2.5 hours

status updates for the week

  • novel chapter progress sheet april 2017

    Chapter by chapter progress, as of April 2, 2017. “First draft” gets checked off when I amend the current draft to reflect the updated outline; “revised draft” gets checked off when I’ve done a first pass of editing on paper.

    Chapter 44:

    • revised on paper
    • decided to move up Chapter 48 as a replacement (two scenes)
    • revised both new scenes (removed net 130 words / 6%; added net 744 words / 77%)
  • Chapter 45:
    • revised (removed net 689 words / 29%)
    • moved second scene into the chapter
    • revised new second scene (removed net 202 words / 19%)
  • Chapter 46:
    • revised
    • moved a couple hundred words from the previous chapter and added partial new ending (added net 188 words / 12%)
  • Removed Chapter 47 (not written)

Work Plan for Next week

  • Chapter 6: write add-on (~500 words)
  • Chapter 8: complete chapter worksheet and outline; write first draft
  • Chapter 9: revise existing text / write new text to match updated outline
  • Revise Chapter 49
  • Finish updating outline for second half of book

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Novel Progress Report: Week of March 20, 2017

Writing Stats for March 20-27, 2017

  • Starting word count: 131,481 (removed 4,000+ words of outline & unneeded scenes)
  • End word count: 133,103
  • New words written: 2,349
  • Words deleted in revision: 727
  • Scrivener hours (per Rescue Time): 7 hours
  • Editing (estimate): 2.5 hours

status updates for the week

I completed everything on my work plan for the first time(!), and added on a couple other items.

  • Chapter 2: outlined and wrote second scene (+1,594 words)
  • Chapter 5: finished writing (+755 words)
  • Chapter 42 (misnumbered as 43): revised remaining scene and entered revisions (removed net 159 words / 12%)
  • Chapter 43 (misnumbered as 44): revised and entered revisions (removed net 568 words / 22%)
  • Chapter 44: started editing
  • Updated outline for first half of book
  • Created (analog) chapter tracking spreadsheet

Work Plan for Next week

After creating a chapter tracking spreadsheet, I realized that I need to pick up the pace on revisions to get through all my chapters by this summer!

  • Chapter 6: write add-on (~500 words)
  • Chapter 8: complete chapter worksheet and outline; write first draft
  • Chapter 9: revise existing text / write new text to match updated outline
  • Chapter 44: revise
  • Chapter 45: revise
  • Chapter 46: revise
  • Finish updating outline for second half of book