The Days of Noah
New end date 6/31
(Yeah, I keep moving it back every month. Sigh.)
Title: Hope and Pride
Current Word Count: 108,000
Projected Total: 110,000
Projected Finish: Sometime this year
Biggest encouragement: At our local ACFW chapter meeting, I led a well-received panel discussion about how to write a synopsis. Everyone, including the panelists, seemed to enjoy it.
Biggest discouragement: In writing a nonfiction e-booklet to offer as a promotional item on my website, I continually feel as if I am squeezing blood from a brick. It’s almost worse than news writing.
Why I’m still encouraged: Newsroom discipline turns out to be good training for this sort of thing.
Quick link: Totally blatant plug for Mary E. Hall, who did the maps for my book and Will’s: http://mapsforbooks.com/
Stage: 2nd Draft/Revisions
Current Word Count: 30,000
Target Word Count: 90,000
Projected Finish: June 30th
Biggest Encouragement: I made the semi-final round in the ACFW Genesis contest–Top 10, baby! I hope it means that I’m headed in the right direction. Now I just have to wait until mid-June to find out if I made the finals. *biting nails*
Biggest Discouragement: I’m still struggling to find balance between editing for clients and working on my own writing. I know that it takes time, and as my business increases, then I’ll have to continue to tweak my time.
Title: Secrets of the Dragon Seal
Current Word Count: 4,500
Biggest encouragement: The Conference I attended was wonderful, with a fire hose of information and an abundance of lovable characters. (their story characters are pretty fascinating and entertaining too!) Maybe one of the more encouraging things is when you mention a secondary project and someone excitedly asks, “And when will that one be out?”
Biggest discouragement: A month on the road is a long and busy process. Although it would be nice to envision myself writing away on my iPad on the long car trips, alas it’s but a dream. Between snack demands from kids, movies on the built in DVD player and my Husband’s taste for podcasts, I can’t say I got much written.
Why I’m still encouraged: I’m back home now, with a ton of notes and I even unexpectedly find myself with a “new” desktop computer and desk.
Working title: Rise of the Comets
Current word count: 45k
Estimated end word count: 65k
Estimated completion date: this year (if I can stay focused on one project)
Biggest encouragement: Got past a large plot hole I’m this document
Biggest discouragement: work and studying is still taking a lot of writing time from me and other works in progress still distract me.
Why I’m still encouraged: Art is art and I’m still creating.
Condition: 5th Draft editing – Complete!
Current Word Count: 125,000
Total Word Count: 125,000
Projected finish: Finished On Time, woot!
Encouragement: I can write a book three times and keep getting better as daunting problems say I can’t.
Discouragement: only sold 12 copies of my short story, Cornhusker: Demon Gene.
Links: My blog post on finishing Kaimerus http://timothycward.com/2013/06/03/an-authors-two-favorite-words-the-end/
Current word count: 26,000
Total word count: 105,000
Finish date: August 30th
Biggest Encouragement: Finally getting into a regular rhythm of writing again. Not everyday, but close.
Biggest Discouragement: Still trying to find a house. We’ve lost 3 homes now, so it’s been a definite stretching experience. Constantly looking at homes is draining and it’s definitely cut into my writing energy.