Novel Progress Report: Week of February 20, 2017

Writing Stats for February 20-26, 2017

  • Starting word count: 133,459
  • End word count: 136,166
  • Net new words written: 2,707
  • Scrivener hours (per Rescue Time): 6 hours 30 minutes

status updates for the week

  • Chapter 2: First draft complete at 1,892 words
  • Chapter 5: 66% complete at 2,110 words

Writing Process

For chapter 5, I was starting with a full outline a la 2k to 10k – or so I thought. Some of the scenes were outlined just right, but some were not nearly detailed enough. Getting closer…

I’m still doing a good bit of cutting what I write. It’s a bit appalling for my total wordcount over a week to be what I could write in a single day during NaNoWriMo (my daily average in 2016 was 2350 words). It makes me feel like I’m dickering around.

Writing Practice

With a full new chapter of writing, and no already written text to incorporate, I was able to go back to my tried-and-true method of Pomodoros (using Cuckoo.team). I tried out a few of Cuckoo’s 15-minute timed blocks, but I think I’ll be sticking to full 25-minute Pomodoro sessions going forward.

Work Plan for Next Week

I haven’t yet accomplished what I set out to, over the past two weeks of setting writing goals. I’m not sure if I’m being too ambitious or if I’m simply not putting in enough work time. Judging from my decrease in hours over the past couple weeks, I’m guessing the latter. Or maybe I should try mixing up what I work on – I’ll add in some paper editing of later chapters that are in better shape, rather than only working chronologically.

These progress reports are an experiment in my writing process (I love to try new techniques!) so we’ll see if they help or waste time that I could spend writing. I may need another level of accountability to keep me moving forward at a reasonable speed.

  • Finish writing Chapter 5
  • Outline Chapter 6
  • Write Chapter 6 (incorporating old text)
  • Edit Chapter 41

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About Tracy Durnell

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

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