Posted by: oneyearbook | March 18, 2009

Wednesday progress report

Busy day – family visit this morning, with my father and my paternal grandparents. Left around 8:15, got back at about 1:30, and was hit by the urge to nap. By 3, up and at it again, but a little worried about making word count. Turned out not to be a problem: one scene pulled me through for 2,000 words in a big rush. It was a good scene for finding things out, for seeing a motivation for one character’s actions that I hadn’t seen before.

Word count thus far: 8,359

As my boyfriend pointed out yesterday, if I manage 10,000 words in the first week and then go on to match that pace, I’ll have a first draft in just over three months. I’ve just read that Stephen King highly recommends not spending more than a single season (so, three months) on a first draft. Stephen is well-known for being prolific, though. I wonder how long the first draft of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which was published ten years after Junot Diaz’s first book, took. I imagine that Diaz saw the turning of the seasons out the window of his writer’s room. Doesn’t seem to have hurt him any.

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  1. Well, perhaps it wouldn’t have hurt him – but Stephen’s advice is probably quite wise for those who are trying to make writing their livelihood.


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