The Journal, Monday, 7/31

Hey Folks,

The Last Day of July! Woohoo! Today I’ll finish my 26th novel. With any luck, I’ll begin the 27th. Well, I might wait until August 1 just to be honest about it.

Today, and Writing

Headed out to the Hovel at around 10. Struggling a little as I head for the end game on this one. The characters tossed up one more twist. Very weird.

So I wrote awhile, then cycled back through almost the whole book to make sure everything fit. Then I wrote some more, cycled back some more, and wrote some more.

Well, I found the end, but I didn’t finish. Mea culpa. Guess I’m not as bulletproof as I thought. Tomorrow I will have missed one month in my goal to complete a novel every month. But I think I won’t mourn too long. (grin)

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Nothing today.

Fiction Words: 4125
Nonfiction Words: 150 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 4275

Writing of Graham’s Road (tentative title, novel or novella)

Words brought forward…… 1070
Day 1…… 3012 words. Total words to date…… 4082
Day 2…… 2675 words. Total words to date…… 6757
Day 3…… 2181 words. Total words to date…… 8938
Day 4…… 4913 words. Total words to date…… 13851
Day 5…… 2543 words. Total words to date…… 16394
Day 6…… 1207 words. Total words to date…… 17601
Day 7…… 0816 words. Total words to date…… 18417
Day 8…… 0869 words. Total words to date…… 19286
Day 9…… 0503 words. Total words to date…… 19789
Day 10… 0761 words. Total words to date…… 20550
Day 11… 0653 words. Total words to date…… 21203
Day 12… 3725 words. Total words to date…… 24928
Day 13… 4125 words. Total words to date…… 29053

Total fiction words for the month……… 25021
Total fiction words for the year………… 362978
Total nonfiction words for the month… 11280
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 119110
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 482008

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 613 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 7 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 25
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179

The Journal, Sunday, 7/30

Hey Folks,

Cool. I woke this morning to a request to include yet another of my books, Rise of a Warrior, in a bundle at BundleRabbit. Not only is it a good stand-alone novel, but it’s also the first book in the Wes Crowley series. Uh, yeah. I’ll do that. (grin)

If you don’t have your work listed with BundleRabbit yet, why not? Check it out at http://bundlerabbit.com. The account is free, and every time your story or book is bundled, you gain access to new readers.

And yes, you can upload short stories and collections as well as novellas and novels. Just do it already.

***

Still a few slots open for the writing intensive. As a reminder, it’s on Wednesday, 16 August, here in beautiful downtown St. David.

***

I actually sacked out early last night and rose early this morning. Feels good to be back on track. I spent the first couple of hours playing, looking at parlor-sized (3/4 sized) guitars online.

But I don’t think I’m gonna buy one just yet. I still have stories to tell, and I really don’t have time for more than one passionate pursuit.

Today, and Writing

To the novel at 6. I’m getting anxious to have this one over and done. That string of three-digit word counts is bugging me.

Ran into another problem with the situation. I know the end is close, but I also don’t have a clue where it is. Exciting but frustrating too.

I’m pretty sure now I won’t wrap this one until tomorrow. I won’t rush the ending either, but I don’t think I’ll need to anyway. As I said, it feels like I’m in the proximity.

Worked on it off and on during the day, mostly in 15 and 20 minute bits. Around noon I took a couple hours off to watch the Cubs play the Brewers. Then around 2:20 I headed out to the Hovel (first time since I’ve been back) to put in at least one solid session today.

Little girl’s been really needy today, following me around and so on. Right now she’s under the bed (thunder in the area) so I went to the Hovel.

I have to find a way to get to the Hovel more often. All day in those short bits, I wrote about 1700 words. In one hour and a half session in the Hovel, I wrote the rest. Wow. That’s the power of having a place where your subconscious is trained to write.

I think I could have written more too, but I worked myself into a corner and ran out of time. I might need to rethink what time I post the Journal. (grin)

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Via Linda Adams on her Facebook page, you’re cheating yourself of a great time if you don’t read “Self Publishing Destroys the Universe at https://medium.com/@kevintumlinson/self-publishing-destroys-the-universe-9b4cb0276518/. It’s a little long, but a ton of fun.

See Dean’s “Novel Four: Day Four” at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/novel-four-day-four/. Incredible. Here I am struggling to finish a single novel of only around 30,000 words (maybe) and he’s about to finish his fourth 40,000+ word novel of the month.

I don’t compare myself to Dean, but I do use him for inspiration and to realize what’s possible. (grin)

Fiction Words: 3725
Nonfiction Words: 550 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 4275

Writing of Graham’s Road (short novel)

Words brought forward…… 1070
Day 1…… 3012 words. Total words to date…… 4082
Day 2…… 2675 words. Total words to date…… 6757
Day 3…… 2181 words. Total words to date…… 8938
Day 4…… 4913 words. Total words to date…… 13851
Day 5…… 2543 words. Total words to date…… 16394
Day 6…… 1207 words. Total words to date…… 17601
Day 7…… 0816 words. Total words to date…… 18417
Day 8…… 0869 words. Total words to date…… 19286
Day 9…… 0503 words. Total words to date…… 19789
Day 10… 0761 words. Total words to date…… 20550
Day 11… 0653 words. Total words to date…… 21203
Day 12… 3725 words. Total words to date…… 24928

Total fiction words for the month……… 25021
Total fiction words for the year………… 362978
Total nonfiction words for the month… 11280
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 119110
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 482008

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 612 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 7 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 25
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179

The Journal, Saturday, 7/29

Hey Folks,

Well, the good new is, the intensive will go. We have four hearty souls signed up. There are four slots left. If anyone else wants in and you’re local, email me. (Please don’t fly in, etc. No need. If this goes as well as I expect, I’ll put it on audio later and make it available for sale to the public at something of a discount.)

***

I went to bed and read for about an hour last night (Raymond Chandler stuff, of Philip Marlowe fame). Then some moron got his vehicle stuck on the dirt road that leads to the highway.

He revved and revved and revved and revved etc. ad nauseam because, apparently, that’s all he knew to do. When that surprisingly didn’t automatically levitate him out of the mud, he laid on his horn several times.

Someone eventually pulled the guy out, but only after the kid (I assume) wore the rubber off all four tires and stressed his engine trying to throw mud from here to Deming, New Mexico.

This is in the midst of a fairly heavy rain during which we got almost a half-inch in about an hour.

In the midst of the same rain, the city fathers or mothers or whatever of St. David decided it would be the perfect night to set off July 4th fireworks. Yeah. Twenty-four days late, at around 8 p.m. in a driving rain.

Of course, all of that got me out of bed. I was annoyed. So here I am. Finally to bed around 11.

Today, and Writing

Got up a little late this morning. Mona had to drive back to Sierra Vista but I opted to stay here. Did a little of what all guys do when we’re left to our own devices — yard work — then came in to cool off.

Around 11 I started back on the novel. One more major mess to straighten out from a new twist the characters tossed at me while I was on the road.

But I’m also in the area where the novel will end. Probably another 6000 to 8000 words or so.

It dawns on me, this will be either my 26th novel or my 5th novella. Weird.

I worked through the final (so far) big twist. It took a couple of hours, but it worked out much more quickly and smoothly than I expected. That was a relief. Finally I got to write some brand new stuff. (grin)

But not a lot. Eyes gave out.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Nothing today.

Fiction Words: 653
Nonfiction Words: 430 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 1083

Writing of Graham’s Road (tentative title, novel or novella)

Words brought forward…… 1070
Day 1…… 3012 words. Total words to date…… 4082
Day 2…… 2675 words. Total words to date…… 6757
Day 3…… 2181 words. Total words to date…… 8938
Day 4…… 4913 words. Total words to date…… 13851
Day 5…… 2543 words. Total words to date…… 16394
Day 6…… 1207 words. Total words to date…… 17601
Day 7…… 0816 words. Total words to date…… 18417
Day 8…… 0869 words. Total words to date…… 19286
Day 9…… 0503 words. Total words to date…… 19789
Day 10… 0761 words. Total words to date…… 20550
Day 11… 0653 words. Total words to date…… 21203

Total fiction words for the month……… 25021
Total fiction words for the year………… 362978
Total nonfiction words for the month… 11280
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 119110
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 482008

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 611 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 7 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 25
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179

The Journal, Friday, 7/28

Hey Folks,

I get a lot of questions that I can answer, in general, with this one sentence:

“In storytelling, no single aspect is more important than the ability to pull the reader into the story and keep him there.”

I’m hoping to teach an intensive on how exactly to do that in the near future. The intensive will be geared for no more than 8 attendees. Two writers are already signed up.

I’ll cover

  • Openings,
  • Hooks,
  • Grounding the Reader in the Story,
  • Physical and Emotional Cliffhangers, and
  • Pacing.

Given time, I’ll talk a little about Endings as well.

The intensive will begin at 10 a.m. and run through about 4 p.m. It will be in St. David, Arizona. The cost will be $100.

After spending a few hours wrangling with writers via email (grin), I’m letting the 2 writers who are already signed up pick the date for the intensive.

I’ll pass along the firm date as soon as they let me know. Then if at least 4 writers sign on, the class will make.

I can’t promise I’ll do this again, maybe ever. So if you’re within driving distance and you’re interested, let me know.

Today, and Writing

Got up early (on time, for me) and put together the beginnings of the intensive I’m planning to teach. Information above.

Today is the third to the last vacation day for Mona, so whatever she wants to do is the priority. But I’ll write at least a little today. (grin)

Opened the story at 8:30 a.m. Went to Sierra Vista on a shopping trip at 9 a.m. (grin)

Back at the story after a long session of email, and realized today will be another cycling, cleaning, straightening day on the story. Sigh. A character came up with a new twist, and of course it has to be worked in through the whole book.

But I’m determined this will be the last day for that. Beginning tomorrow I’ll be powering through the rest of the story to the end.

Well, determined or not, I’ll have one more partial day of cycling. This thing is really twisted. 🙂 So tomorrow will be cycling and writing.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Via The Passive Voice, see “Your Book Needs These 6 Psychological Ingredients” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/07/your-book-needs-these-6-psychological-ingredients/. He links from there to the full article.

DWS talks on a podcast about being a prolific writer. Check it out at https://www.theprolificwriter.net/episode-33-dean-wesley-smith-on-the-myths-of-writing-and-publishing/.

If you’re a writer of SF or Fantasy, see Nate Hoffelder’s post on a prestigious new fan-based award at https://the-digital-reader.com/2017/07/27/voting-fan-choice-dragon-awards-ends-28-august/.

You can find more information at http://awards.dragoncon.org/faq/candidate-faq/.

Fiction Words: 761
Nonfiction Words: 410 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 1171

Writing of Graham’s Road (tentative title, novel or novella)

Words brought forward…… 1070
Day 1…… 3012 words. Total words to date…… 4082
Day 2…… 2675 words. Total words to date…… 6757
Day 3…… 2181 words. Total words to date…… 8938
Day 4…… 4913 words. Total words to date…… 13851
Day 5…… 2543 words. Total words to date…… 16394
Day 6…… 1207 words. Total words to date…… 17601
Day 7…… 0816 words. Total words to date…… 18417
Day 8…… 0869 words. Total words to date…… 19286
Day 9…… 0503 words. Total words to date…… 19789
Day 10… 0761 words. Total words to date…… 20550

Total fiction words for the month……… 24368
Total fiction words for the year………… 362325
Total nonfiction words for the month… 10850
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 118680
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 481005

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 610 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 7 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 25
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179

The Journal, Thursday, 7/27

Hey Folks,

If you’re into Orwellian stuff, it’s on the increase around us pretty much day by day. For one more than excellent example of DoubleSpeak, see today’s “Of Interest.”

Today, and Writing

Just a travel day today. I got up really late (for me) so no writing even for an hour or so this morning. There’s a chance I could write after we get home, but I’ll just call this a non-writing day.

IF I’m home early enough to write and IF I write, I’ll update this before it actually posts. Otherwise, back tomorrow.

Nope. No writing today. Too pooped. See you tomorrow.

Of Interest

If you still use the airlines, see “New TSA Rules Require Separate Screenings for Your iPad, Kindle, Kobo, and Other Tablets and eReaders” at https://the-digital-reader.com/2017/07/26/new-tsa-rules-require-separate-screenings-ipad-kindle-kobo-tablets-ereaders/.

Dean got a great start on his fourth novel for the month. See “Novel Four: Day One” at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/novel-four-day-one/.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 130 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 130

Writing of Graham’s Road (tentative title, novel or novella)

Words brought forward…… 1070
Day 1…… 3012 words. Total words to date…… 4082
Day 2…… 2675 words. Total words to date…… 6757
Day 3…… 2181 words. Total words to date…… 8938
Day 4…… 4913 words. Total words to date…… 13851
Day 5…… 2543 words. Total words to date…… 16394
Day 6…… 1207 words. Total words to date…… 17601
Day 7…… 0816 words. Total words to date…… 18417
Day 8…… 0869 words. Total words to date…… 19286
Day 9…… 0503 words. Total words to date…… 19789

Total fiction words for the month……… 23607
Total fiction words for the year………… 361564
Total nonfiction words for the month… 10440
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 118270
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 479834

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 609 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 7 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 25
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179

The Journal, Wednesday, 7/26

Hey Folks,

Had a very nice email last night and this morning from a reader and writer about a story I wrote.

Frankly, I don’t remember the story, though I recognized the title.

She wrote with a question, but was also kind enough to say the story had “amazing detail” and was “an amazing example of pacing.” Who knew? It was a great compliment and a total score. (grin)

Anyway, we’ll visit two more uncles today, then are considering having supper with another before heading back home. We miss our 4-legged babies.

We’re also considering staying one more night since the hotel is already booked and paid for. (grin) I’ll update this with the firm plan later in the day.

Today, and Writing

I started the day early, still cycling through to add a few bits of essential information (tweaking) a character discovered about the dead body from the first chapter. That might be all of the writing today, as it’s been the past two days.

Well, I ended up doing nothing but a little cycling today, clarifying details and cleaning up a twist in the story. I’ll be glad to get back to my routine.

I still feel like I’ll wrap up this novel in time.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Nothing I could find.

Fiction Words: 503
Nonfiction Words: 210 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 713

Writing of Graham’s Road (tentative title, novel or novella)

Words brought forward…… 1070
Day 1…… 3012 words. Total words to date…… 4082
Day 2…… 2675 words. Total words to date…… 6757
Day 3…… 2181 words. Total words to date…… 8938
Day 4…… 4913 words. Total words to date…… 13851
Day 5…… 2543 words. Total words to date…… 16394
Day 6…… 1207 words. Total words to date…… 17601
Day 7…… 0816 words. Total words to date…… 18417
Day 8…… 0869 words. Total words to date…… 19286
Day 9…… 0503 words. Total words to date…… 19789

Total fiction words for the month……… 23607
Total fiction words for the year………… 361564
Total nonfiction words for the month… 10310
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 118140
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 479704

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 608 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 7 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 25
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179

The Journal, Tuesday, 7/25

Hey Folks,

Yesterday on the trip over here, a line in a famous song touched me. I casually said, “That could be my next novel.”

My wife said it probably should be.

I won’t divulge here what the line is, but later, in the hotel room while checking email, I happened across this from The Passive Voice:

“Nothing is original” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/07/nothing-is-original/.

Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent. — Jim Jarmusch

That last sentence is pure gold: “Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent.” Wow.

Today, and Writing

I wrote a little this morning, mostly a result of cycling. No time to elaborate.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

See “How to Judge a Book by Its Cover” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/07/how-to-judge-a-book-by-its-cover/. Passive Guy links to the full article, but the value is in seeing his comments after the excerpt.

Fiction Words: 0869
Nonfiction Words: 200 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 1069

Writing of Graham’s Road (tentative title, novel or novella)

Words brought forward…… 1070
Day 1…… 3012 words. Total words to date…… 4082
Day 2…… 2675 words. Total words to date…… 6757
Day 3…… 2181 words. Total words to date…… 8938
Day 4…… 4913 words. Total words to date…… 13851
Day 5…… 2543 words. Total words to date…… 16394
Day 6…… 1207 words. Total words to date…… 17601
Day 7…… 0816 words. Total words to date…… 18417
Day 8…… 0869 words. Total words to date…… 19286

Total fiction words for the month……… 23104
Total fiction words for the year………… 361061
Total nonfiction words for the month… 10100
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 117930
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 478991

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 607 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 7 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 25
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179

The Journal, Monday, 7/24

Hey Folks,

On the road today, our first travel day. It’s only about six hours, but six hours these days is what ten or twelve used to be.

I’ll add to this if I’m able and have something relevant to say.

Topic: A Few Thoughts on Characters

It’s funny, in a way, how we (humans) — especially writers, with characters running around in our heads — often tend to think of other humans in one-dimensional terms.

Not long ago, a friend asked whether I appreciated beauty as expressed in my photos while I was still in the Marine Corps.

My response was “of course,” though I had less time available to express such appreciation back then. I wrote while I was doing the USMC thing too.

I keep waiting for someone to ask whether, during that time, I was as compassionate (read “wimpy”) concerning little creatures. Again the answer would be yes.

Several years ago, toward the end of a poetry reading I presented at a large writers’ conference, an attendee commented that I “seem more a biker than a poet.” (I was dressed in jeans, a t-shirt and an open black leather jacket.)

Over the years, I’ve received similar comments in which the person commenting juxtaposed myself as a writer or poet vs. myself as my job while I was in the Marine Corps.

Finally one day I hit upon what I consider to be a universal truth. It’s a truth to keep in mind as you’re allowing your characters to develop.

What we Do (our vocation and/or our avocation) is not necessarily who we Are.

When others focus on what we do, they see us hard, uncaring creatures. Characters in this guise become one-dimensional, or flat. Stereotypes.

As writers, we initially introduce characters (just as “real” humans are introduced at parties) by what they do. Ms. Smith is a banker. Ms. Randolph is an entrepreneur. Mr. Billingsley is a lawyer. Or a plumber. Or a mechanic. Or a writer.

All of those stereotypes come with a set of assumptions. They enable the reader to “recognize” the character immediately. To that end, stereotypes are not only valid, but necessary.

But after that, you have to let the reader know who the character Is. Not just what he does, but other aspects of his life.

When the focus shifts to who we (or characters) are — and most of us keep most aspects of that hidden away — we quickly become multidimensional. And both we and characters quickly become more interesting. More real.

This is easy to do with characters, at least for me as a fiction writer. I never do a “character sketch” or whatever they call it. Never have that I can remember.

I don’t want to impress on a character what I want him or her to be. I want them to simply be who they are, as they reveal as the story goes along.

Today, and Writing

I added another 800 words before we hit the road. Out of time for today, so I’m just gonna count what I wrote this morning.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Check Dean’s site. I recommend “Novel Three: Day Seven” at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/novel-three-day-seven/. A lot of little “how it goes” writing stuff.

Fiction Words: 0816
Nonfiction Words: 540 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 1356

Writing of Graham’s Road (tentative title, novel or novella)

Words brought forward…… 1070
Day 1…… 3012 words. Total words to date…… 4082
Day 2…… 2675 words. Total words to date…… 6757
Day 3…… 2181 words. Total words to date…… 8938
Day 4…… 4913 words. Total words to date…… 13851
Day 5…… 2543 words. Total words to date…… 16394
Day 6…… 1207 words. Total words to date…… 17601
Day 7…… 0816 words. Total words to date…… 18417

Total fiction words for the month……… 22235
Total fiction words for the year………… 360192
Total nonfiction words for the month… 9900
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 117730
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 477922

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 606 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 7 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 25
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179

The Journal, Sunday, 7/23

Hey Folks,

Well, my kitten is all right. I won’t go into details, but my wife and I considered putting off our trip (with nonrefundable hotel stays already paid for) to stay here with her. Thanks to my bride for considering doing that. (She brought the subject up.)

I’m always torn when I (or we) leave. It’s better for Bit and the other two babies to stay here in familiar surroundings. But it’s always difficult on me, being away from her for any length of time. I’ve never been quite selfish enough to take her with me, but I’ve been on the verge pretty much every time. (grin)

So anyway, we’re on the road sometime tomorrow morning.

Because you never know what the Internet will do in a strange place, and because my schedule will be all over the place time-wise, I’ll spend part of today pre-posting a few Journal entries as placeholders.

Then if I’m able and if I have anything relevant to say, I’ll update each of those pre-posts each day before it posts.

One of the two major plot points in the WIP novel is resolved, mostly, as far as I know, but I have no idea where the end is in this book. So I also plan to write two or three hours per day while we’re gone.

I don’t want to take for granted that I “might” be able to finish it in only the few days after we get back. (grin)

Topic: A Little More on Cycling

Or maybe on different versions of cycling.

I’ve mentioned that before I start writing for the day, I usually go back about 1000 words and start reading, allowing myself to touch the manuscript as I go.

I do this with the subconscious, reading strictly for pleasure, but with my fingers on the keyboard. When something needs to be added, I add it.

A few times recently, I’ve talked with other writers about cycling. They outlined what they do and how, and so on. It’s usually something similar.

In the introduction to the library edition of A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway wrote that before he began each day’s writing, he read through the entire novel up to that point, allowing himself to touch it as he did so.

So even he was cycling, if he kept his conscious mind still during those sessions and allowed only his subconscious to touch the work. Except he cycled through the entire thing each day until it was finished.

I just thought that was interesting.

Today, and Writing

Moved out to the Hovel around 8 after all the stuff above and preparing and pre-posting the Journal for the next few days.

I decided for this one I’d try Hemingway’s method, at least for today.

So I started reading at the beginning, allowing myself to touch the manuscript as I read through it.

By noon, including four or five interruptions as I moved from Hovel to house to outside desk and back in, I’d completed the read-through of the first 16,100 words.

That brought me up to the beginning of the last chapter I wrote day before yesterday. In that time, I added around 600 words.

I was glad I conducted this little experiment, but I won’t repeat it for this book. (That is, I won’t read from the beginning again.) From here on out, I’ll begin the writing day by reading over what I wrote the day before, then go from there.

So for now, a quick lunch. Then I’ll begin reading at Chapter 19. At the end of that, I’ll begin writing new stuff again.

Well, I got through the next chapter, then ran out of steam. (grin)

I hope to add more tomorrow but that will depend on how tired I am from the trip.

Anyway, back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Check Dean’s “Novel Three: Day Six” at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/novel-three-day-six/. An excerpt: “When you don’t know where the story is going, have the characters talk about how they don’t know what to do next.”

Fiction Words: 1207
Nonfiction Words: 650 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 1857

Writing of Graham’s Road (tentative title, novel or novella)

Words brought forward…… 1070
Day 1…… 3012 words. Total words to date…… 4082
Day 2…… 2675 words. Total words to date…… 6757
Day 3…… 2181 words. Total words to date…… 8938
Day 4…… 4913 words. Total words to date…… 13851
Day 5…… 2543 words. Total words to date…… 16394
Day 6…… 1207 words. Total words to date…… 17601

Total fiction words for the month……… 21419
Total fiction words for the year………… 359376
Total nonfiction words for the month… 9360
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 117190
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 476566

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 605 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 7 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 25
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179

The Journal, Saturday, 7/22

Hey Folks,

Just a placeholder today. My little girl doesn’t feel well, so Dad’s hanging around the house, staying close. Some things just take priority. The baby asks so little and she’s so precious to me.

Today, and Writing

Nada. Nonwriting day

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Nothing that I found.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 50 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 50

Writing of Graham’s Road (tentative title, novel or novella)

Words brought forward…… 1070
Day 1…… 3012 words. Total words to date…… 4082
Day 2…… 2675 words. Total words to date…… 6757
Day 3…… 2181 words. Total words to date…… 8938
Day 4…… 4913 words. Total words to date…… 13851
Day 5…… 2543 words. Total words to date…… 16394
Day 6…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 20212
Total fiction words for the year………… 358169
Total nonfiction words for the month… 8710
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 116540
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 474709

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 604 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 7 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 25
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179