It’s March 22nd, 2015. Week eleven of writing 1,000 words per day of fiction. I am thoroughly insane at this point, but it’s time for the Week Eleven update on my 1K a Day Challenge!
Days 74 through 80 have been successes, with a minimum of 1,000 words per day written.
Stats for Days 74 to 80:
Day 74 – 1414 words
Day 75 – 1053 words
Day 76 – 1155 words
Day 77 – 1295 words
Day 78 – 1007 words
Day 79 – 1018 words
Day 80 – 1303 words
Total count for the year thus far is 108,243 words (whoo yeah six digits!). Average daily word count is 1,353 words. Gridfall is at 103,336 words. Based on my projections for the story, it is 52% finished.
So like last week, I’m talking about the round robin writing game I’m participating in. Last week I talked about The Bones of the Universe, my contribution. I have not written for this story since the first week, but I will get to write for it again soon and I’m excited to get back to it.
Next week I’m writing for The Reapers, which started out as potentially just a hitman style story, but it very quickly turned a corner when one of the other writers took it down a strange new direction, giving it a post-apocalyptic dystopian bent. You all know me by now. I love dystopian fiction. So when that happened I became doubly engaged in the plot. The Reapers are part evaluator, part executioner, both deciding who lives and dies by their contribution to society and fulfilling the kill orders. The hook for the story is an unexpected Reaper death, throwing the main character, Jamie, into a tailspin as he rushes to his family, thinking their secrets have been exposed.
Another reason I like this story is because the main character is in no way a bad ass. He’s actually kind of a candy ass. His wife, though, is the one to watch. She might be the secret main character, or at least the one that facilitates the plot moving forward.
Reapers has a lot of potential to be my favorite story in the mix, because it has all the markers of my kind of story, and that’s before I ever touched it! Dystopian retro-futurism, deeply flawed main character, a good mystery and the beginnings of a great bad guy. So I’m looking forward to exploring The Reapers a lot more.
Next week I’ll talk about the first humorous story I got to write for in the writing game, A Knight’s Taint, which has probably been the most fun to read and write so far.
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And remember, writing is a skill. So write the hell on, writers.
Congrats on six digits man! And to think, we’re barely into spring. Crazy.
Thanks, Gene! All things considered, after 80 days I should only be at 80k words, so I’m pretty excited to still be 25% higher.
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