What I’m working on

After a lot of thought, I’ve decided to start on the next book in the Solar Storm line. The way I work seems a little scattered at times. At least, it seems that way to me. Now and then, I’ll get an idea for a scene, but not for the book I’m working on. I have no less than eight books in various states; most are only a few scenes or notes.  A few are between 25 and 50 thousand words in their partially completed states.

To put that into perspective – Solar Storm: Homeward Bound is about 175 thousand words. I don’t worry too much about word count while I’m writing, other than as a tool to see if I’m getting anything done or allowing myself to be distracted. In today’s market, an average novel is somewhere between 80 and 90 thousand words, with 65 considered low and 120 high.

On a really good day, I can crank out 4-5 thousand words, unedited. I suspect my average is much, much lower. Closer to 1000. I’ve decided to shoot for 2000 a day.  I’m only hitting 1000, right now but I’m fairly confident that I can hit my goal as I get further into the book.

2 thoughts on “What I’m working on

  1. Richard Rhodes

    I’m really enjoying Homeward Bound so far, great job. I’m glad to hear that you’re working on #2. Reading your description of your work process makes me think about revisiting a couple of my own writing projects that have languished for years…well…several decades in one case. I kept thinking “a page a day for a year, that’s all I have to do.” I have since discovered that it’s not quite that simple, particularly when one has a “day job”.
    Please keep up the great work.

  2. Dee

    Loved SOLAR STORM because it was well-written, there were few misspellings and grammar problems, and it was easy to follow. The long photography and gun explanations were a bit tedious, but because I’m familiar with guns and some photography, they were okay. Some places, the skipping back and forth between the ten-year-old history and the present was hard to follow. Maybe those parts, if you use that format again, should be better identified as “now” or “then.” All in all, a great read. Bring on more,.


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