I belong to a LiveJournal community called “Get Your Words Out.” At the beginning of the year, each member makes a word count pledge for the year, starting at 150,000 and moving up to 350,000. Words can be from original novels, fanfics, blog posts, poetry – basically anything creative that you choose to write yourself (i.e. not schoolwork). Last year was my first year doing the challenge, and I beat my 150,000 pledge in June. (I was writing the Jaded trilogy fanfic at the time, so in hindsight this is not surprising.) For 2012, I decided to up the ante and pledged to write 250,000 words. As of May 4, I have written 108,579 words.
Many of those words were written while brainstorming Robber Barrons. I used Michael Stackpole’s 21 Days to a Novel process, which was extremely helpful for a first-time novelist. (Look for an upcoming post about going through the process.) 7,050 of those words were written for the novel itself. As always, I planned to have much shorter chapters than I actually do. And to think I was worried about reaching an overall 100,000 word count…
So, in short, the update on Robber Barrons is:
- Prologue and Chapter 1: first draft completed
- 7,050 words written
- Main characters introduced
- Plot set in motion
- Nanci = satisfied
My goal is to finish my first draft by the end of July. Pressure me to keep to that goal, internet.