Living with 1% a Day

My pace doesn’t exactly feel like this, but I’m happy that it’s steady.

I’ve written posts about editing my novel after C.L. Dyck’s substantive edit, from “Kickbox Editing” to “Gameday Editing” and “Learning to Write Dialogue that Shows.” I received my novel back September 14 and in 73 days, I’ve progressed 34% (but also added 20k words to make it 92k words currently). Despite the new words, it’s safe to say I haven’t progressed 1% a day like I have been the last few weeks. It’s amazing how hard it is to progress just 1%, but that’s a good measure of a day’s work for me, and that’s what I’m shooting for.

This fits with my “Kickbox Editing” post, which compared waking up every morning to go to my kickboxing class at Farrell’s with making an effort every day editing my book. I’m happy to have found a nice goal that both pushes me and allows me to enjoy my life. I wonder how things would be different on a deadline.

My editor, C.L., also recommended Lucky Baby by Meredith Efken. It’s not my style of genre, but the writing is a perfect example of what C.L. is trying to teach me, and I really enjoyed the sample. I’ll get it later this week, so here’s to reading outside my genre.

Does anyone out there have a sweetspot right now with their production?


About Timothy C. Ward

Timothy C. Ward is a Hugo nominated producer for Adventures in SciFi Publishing, who has been lost, broke and surfed with sharks on the other side of the world. He now dreams of greater adventures from his keyboard in Des Moines, Iowa. This summer he released two novels: his second Sand Divers book, Scavenger: A.I., where two parents use an ancient technology to fight a reproducing A.I. while trying to resurrect their deceased infant; and Godsknife: Revolt, an apocalyptic battle for godhood in the rift between Iowa and the Abyss.

6 comments on “Living with 1% a Day

  1. I’m in the midst of an edit and it’s officially become painful. My brain hurts just to think about it.

  2. Haha, sorry about reminding you then 😉

  3. Somewhere on the Writer’s Digest website, they mention that one of your editing passes should include reading it aloud. Your ear will pick up word repetition and inconsistencies faster than the eye. I’m reading it to my hubby and encouraging him to make suggestions, or MST it if necessary. We’ve already made a bunch of changes (like cutting the troublesome prologue).

  4. […] day of editing today, reaching my 1% goal, which I rarely do anymore. Do you remember my post, “Living with 1% a Day?” I’ve been tracking my percentage each day since November, and I’m averaging 3% a week. […]

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