Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The first draft of Chapter 10 is done!
Current Word count: 52,216

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I haven't had much of a chance to write lately. My wife had our first child! So I've been busy with that, and not getting much sleep. ;)
I did decide I just had to re-name a character. I have one character named Jack that I named as such to show Australian ancestry. (A quick web search showed that Jack is one of the more popular Australian names.) Ever since I created the character, for some reason I keep wanting to call him Jake. This has resulted in my referring to him as both Jack and Jake both in person, and in the draft. Obviously, this has confused everyone. So I finally decided to just give up and call him Jake.
Current Word count: 50,430

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Over a year of working on it so far, and I've finally got to the halfway mark. I'm hoping to have some more time to work on it here shortly. I hope I finish the first draft before the two year mark! Then the real work can start: editing, re-writing, polishing, etc. Since I've started writing a novel, I've developed a lot more appreciation for the time between books in other series I've enjoyed.
Current Word count: 50,020

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wow, it's been a whole month since the last update! Work and home stuff have been keeping me busy, and I've only had a little time for writing. Last week I was on vacation and in-between slacking off and riding my bike I managed to finish Chapter 9.
That was a lot of fun, as it has a battle scene in it that I've been itching to get to. I'm going to try to keep the pace up, as next month it will be a year since I started writing this. I hope to be be at least half done with the first draft by then! (Well, the story is roughly around the halfway mark by now. I'm using 100,000 words as a benchmark goal for the length, though it might end up and be slightly longer or shorter.)
Current word count: around 44,900

Monday, June 30, 2008

A few more updates to the encyclopedia, including maps of SeQish and Alkask.
I've written a little bit more, but I've spent more time planning on where the plot is going from here. I've planned out up to this point and the ending, but I'm not quite sure exactly what happens between.
Current word count: 42,100. Or somewhere near that...

Monday, March 24, 2008

I'm about 35% done with the first draft now.
It's kinda hard to tell exactly at this point though ;) The average length for a novel is 100,000 words, so that gives me a rough gauge of my progress: 35,000 words equals 35%. Of course, since I haven't finished the first draft, I don't know exactly how close to done I am. The final story might be a bit over or under 100K words.