Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ten and Counting

Almost there! Only ten days away from the completion of this project and I'm getting more excited by the moment! I've been slowly lining up what needs to be done and what needs to be ordered (software, postcards, etc.). The plan is to go through the manuscript one last time before shipping it off for editing and proofing.

In the meantime, I'm pushing forward to complete the first draft of the book's sequel,  Leonard the Great: Giant Killer. At this point, I'm at just under 50k words (around two hundred MS Word pages). My goal is to average between 500 and 1000 words a day until completion -- hopefully by the end of May. My word count "sweet spot" for the sequel will be around 60k.

I'll be keeping track of my first draft progress with a word count widget I ran across (over on the right of this page). I know it sounds kind of silly, but little things like that are a great motivator for me and the ability to update my word count provides a feeling of accomplishment. Hey, I guess we authors all have our little mind tricks, eh?

This is so cool. Thanks again, everyone!


Keith Robinson said...

I can't wait to see the edited manuscript, assuming you're still planning to let me! Congrats on the funding and keep up the sterling word count.

I'm having a good day of writing myself, but this is the first chance I've had for a week and I hate it when I feel like I've "lost the plot," so to speak. It takes work to get back up to speed.

Roger Eschbacher said...

Thanks, Keith. I'll definitely be sending you the edited manuscript.

I'm finding it's taking me a while to get back into the sequel's plot so I know exactly what you're talking about. I just finished re-reading what I wrote in November. It's taking a lot of effort to get the wheels turning again, but the good news is it doesn't suck half as bad as I thought it did back then!

Downloaded Labyrinth of Fire last weekend on the Kindle - looking foward to diving into that in the days to come!

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