Weekly Novel Progress: Week of June 12, 2017

Writing Stats for June 12-18, 2017

  • Starting word count: 136,618
  • End word count: 148,059 (uh oh)
  • New words written (including outlining): 4,947
  • Scrivener hours (per Rescue Time): 15 hours 47 minutes
  • Editing (estimate): 2 hours

status updates for the week

  • Wrote remaining new scenes for Chapter 10 and Chapter 14
  • Outlined two scenes in chapter 8
  • Outlined chapter 12
  • Revised scene from Chapter 10
  • Revised Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 (extensively)
  • Added back in Chapter 9
  • Reorganized part one (again)

work Plan for Next week

  • Write remainder of Chapter 8
  • Outline and write remaining scene for Chapter 6
  • Write Chapter 12
  • Revise Chapter 2
  • Revise remaining two scenes in Chapter 10

Weekly Novel Progress: Week of June 5, 2017

Writing Stats for June 5-11, 2017

  • Starting word count: 135,381
  • End word count: 136,618
  • New words written: 2,355
  • Scrivener hours (per Rescue Time): 4 hours
  • Editing (estimate): 1 hour

status updates for the week

So, I haven’t written a progress report since the end of April. Due to some personal issues, I lost forward momentum on just about everything, including my writing and exercise, during April and May – but I’m trying to get back in the groove for June.

I joined on to a joint google sheet where several of us are posting our daily word counts. I’m at around 4600 new words written for the first week and a half of June.

I’ve been mostly focused on reorganizing (yet again) the first act, reincorporating scenes that I had previously cut.

work Plan for Next week

  • Revise scene from Chapter 10
  • Write remaining new scenes for Chapter 6, Chapter 10, and Chapter 14

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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