Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Updates of a writer

When I started this blog, my intent was to chronicle my “journey of a writer.” Or, as more commonly known, the trials and tribulations of those of us trying to put words on a page, and make them interesting enough that someone might want to chip in a few dollars to get to read them (The whole thing seems like a really weird concept when you spell it out, right? That someone would want to pay to hear what I have to say. Most days I can’t pay people to listen to me!)

Anyway, I’ve noticed that lately my posts have gotten away from that original intent. But for good reason: I’m just trucking. That’s it. No major updates. No drastic life changes. No massive announcements. I’m working, slow and steady. But now, as I’m nearing the end of the first draft of Power Trio, I’m starting to get excited.

Even that sounds like a bigger deal than it is, because even though the first draft is almost done, I’m nowhere near the end of the road. I haven’t been writing for long, and the more I go back and read the first part of Power Trio, the more I realize that there is a lot (and I mean a lot) of work to be done. The best part, though, is realizing how much I’ve grown in these 100,000 words.

Because I haven’t been so great about sharing my progress, I wanted to provide an update tonight (even though I hope to provide a major announcement about finishing my first draft soon).

My progress, to date, is as follows:
Power Trio first draft file: 95,390
Messy incomplete word vomit: 2,234

Word counts are kind of meaningless, so it probably provides more insight to say that the messy file only contains two chapters. Two more chapters. That's it. When I clean them up, plump them up, and put a little mascara on them (so they’re ready for the world), I’ll move them over the Power Trio file. Then, it’ll be time to celebrate!


  1. not all units of measure can be logged. one day you might write 1,000 words. the next you might cut them and write only 200. But the cutting is still a step forward, if it makes the story better. i'm loving that you're still going at "power trio" after all this time. talk about perseverance!

  2. I think you're just fine. Just because you're not kicking up a huge word count doesn't mean you're not being productive. I spend most of the day yesterday working on my book, but the total word count for the actual draft is *drum roll* zero.

    So excellent job!

    And for the record, I don't think that you just have to talk about writing on your blog. Writers who only blog about writing can be...boring, stale, etc. Also, we're still learning so we don't always have nuggets of wisdom for people. I enjoy your posts about writing just as much as your posts about your French memo doors. :D