In addition to reading, I'm also writing. It's probably an exercise in self-delusion, but at least now I'm committing to it publicly. I'm also calculating it.
The book is intended as a standalone (the industry is tired of trilogies, and I'm just tired) YA fantasy. I thought 60,000 words was a good target, and 1000 each day was a pretty ambitious goal. (Especially when I start writing around 11 pm and wake up by 5:30 am). Then I estimated the word count of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone.
So now I've set a new goal. By the end of the calendar year (just over 100 days from now), I will have 100,000 words written on this novel. That will at least be the right number of words, assuming Janet Rowling got it approximately right. (I know that's a stretch.)
As I write this, I'm three days into it. Okay, four days, but with only three days writing behind me.
As of 8/15/10, I have about 3000 words. Chapter 2 is getting pretty exciting!
- Steve Shea
- A 40-ish publisher (editor, project manager, etc.), husband, and father of an even number of offspring, I grew up, or failed to, reading fantasy and sci-fi. I still enjoy reading, and now am trying to write. My favorite books include YA fantasy, manga, biography, and advice to authors. I'm also a former history major/grad student/high school teacher and assessment writer. Now I work for a school supplement publisher, specializing in high-low chapter books. I spend a lot of my time controlling reading levels. At night, I cut loose and use long words. W00t!