My visual arts background, such as it is, is entirely self-taught. I learned how to do cover art by doing it, over and over. But my skills aren't quite to the point where I can market myself as a professional cover artist. Truth is, I don't know what I don't know yet. So here's a challenge to rectify that gap.
This year, I wrote a little over 230,000 words in fiction, non-fiction, and journaling. The figure might be a little higher, because my record keeping system was crap for much of the year, so I think some titles didn't counted properly. I had no word count goal for the year, so even though I feel like I could've done more, 230k is a win.
Finished typing Tracy Hickman's novel, StarCraft: Speed of Darkness. The book clocks in around 52,000 words, and I wrote about 10,000 words today throughout the day. Sounds like a lot, but the only fatigue I'm feeling is some tension in my fingers. So I'll have to do some stretching before going to bed. So... this was … Continue reading SPEED OF DARKNESS: Day 10
I inadvertently took a day off from typing Speed of Darkness yesterday, and in fact got no writing done at all. But the events of yesterday are over, and so business as usual. Got about 3,000 words and decided to stop so I could work on the short story Saint Uriah Resurrected. That leaves about 8,000 words … Continue reading SPEED OF DARKNESS: Day 9
Getting close to finishing retyping Tracy Hickman's book. I'm right about at the three-quarters mark, nearing the final act. The main story questions have been answered, now the characters have to decide what to do about it all. I'm really guessing how many hours I've spent on this, and I'm rounding up in my estimate. … Continue reading SPEED OF DARKNESS: Day 7
Another day of retyping Tracy Hickman's novel. Words: 5,166... total: 31,075 Hours: 3... total: ?
Fifth day of retyping Tracy Hickman's StarCraft novel. According to my Kindle device, I'm right at the halfway mark. Did shorter sessions today, so didn't really keep track exactly my word count per session. My hours spent are really just an estimate, and are actually a little on the high side. Word count: 3,524... total: … Continue reading SPEED OF DARKNESS: Day 5
Day 3 of retyping StarCraft: Speed of Darkness by Tracy Hickman. Started a little earlier than the other two days, beginning typing around 1 pm, worked for about three hours. Went to dinner with a local writer and came home to work on the typing for another hour. The word count for my sessions was: 1900, … Continue reading SPEED OF DARKNESS: Day 3
This is my first day of the challenge I mentioned in the previous post. Namely, I am copying some of my favorite novels as practice in writing. Doing this I hope helps me strengthen my writing habits by putting me in the chair and typing, as opposed to staring at the blank screen. The first … Continue reading SPEED OF DARKNESS: Day 1