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My friend, Ja’Nese Dixon
, and I decided to have our own 10K Day today, a day in which writers attempt to write 10,000 words over the course of 24 hours. When I set out to do this, I was only shooting for a goal of 7K, but once 1:30 pm rolled around, I was very nearly there, and so I decided to keep going.
Below are my three check-ins, complete with word counts and other info.:
My first check-in shows two writing sessions of 1,276 words and 1,335 words, giving me a current total of 2,611. Not bad, considering I have a headache. And am using Dragon NaturallySpeaking.
I’m rewriting Kal’s original backstory. In this new story, it’s not backstory, but the actual current story. I’m leaving out some things that are no longer relevant, and I’m changing a few details here and there. Once I get past all the material I wrote before, then I can move on to new events in his story. I don’t think that will happen today, but I should at least be able to put a good dent in it.
Check-in number two shows two more word counts of 1,437 and 1,070, bringing my current total to 5,118. If I stopped right here, it would be a 5K Day, but I’m not done.
This is a bit tedious, I’ll admit, this rewriting what I already wrote. But I’ve been making the necessary changes, as well. Still, I’ll be glad when I’ve finished going over this stuff and can begin writing new material.
Check-in three should actually be check-in four, as I should have checked in at least once more before now. Anyway, here’s what my last three writing sessions have looked like: 1,957 words, 1,782 words, and 3,363 words. My total now sits at 12,220. That’s my final word count for today. I’m not sure what my word count is for the week, but I’m guessing it’s up over 16,000. Not bad considering I had planned for today to be a 7K day.
Stuff I wrote today is all basically stuff I’m just rehashing. I’ll be really glad when I get to the new material.
I had one day this past week when I just basically took the day off — planned to, at any rate — and ended up finally figuring out where the story would take place. That gave me the much needed focus I had been lacking.
So what did I do? I drew a map. Then the next day, I drew a revised map, and I like it a lot better. It’s only a map of Kal’s country and the area surrounding it, but at this point, that’s all I need. I’ll add to it as I progress through the stories, adding other characters as I go, along with their respective countries.
This is going to be fun!
And on that note, I would like to mention that this coming Thursday, I’m going to start hosting 5K Days here on this blog. I’ll post an entry explaining what 5K day is, and then comments will be left open so that anyone who wants to participate can post their progress throughout the day. One of the fun things about these kinds of events is the ability for participants to cheer each other on. That’s one of the things that has always attracted me to the 10K Day events, and I want the 5K days to be just as much fun.
If you are a writer, brand-new or well seasoned of either fiction or nonfiction, feel free to join us. The more the merrier!