A Week of Mondays – Week 12 (LAST WEEK!) #BehindTheBook

This is it! The FINAL week of the first draft of A WEEK OF MONDAYS! I finished the draft this week and it was sent to my editor for her comments! I just want to say, this was SUCH a fun project–blogging my progress of writing a book. And if you’ve been following the posts, I hope you found them helpful or interesting!

Here’s the final chart, stats and commentary!

 

Mood Chart week 12

(Click chart to see it larger.)

Here’s a recap of what I did on this last week!

WEEKLY SUMMARY:

Date: 11/20/14 – 11/25/14
Weekly Words Written: 15,920 (6k on the LAST day! Yikes!)
Total Words to Date: 106,021 (WHOA. Cuts will have to be made!)
Number of Writing Days: 5
Average Daily Words: 2,653
Weekly Pages Written: 75
Total Pages To Date: 470 (WHOA squared!)
Average Daily Pages: 13
Average Mood  (1-10): 8 

Okay, so yes, the book is too long. I will take the next week to do a final read through and see if I can trim it down (Update: I managed to trim it to 103k), but hopefully my editor and I can work together to find places to trim some more. Or, maybe it’s just a LONG book. Some books just are!

I’m very happy the the final result. As you can see from the chart above I hit some rough spots around word 43,000 and word 70,000. I can’t say how “usual” that is for me because this was a book of a whole different color, being that I had to repeat one day seven times. So the rough spots probably came at different times than most manuscripts which follow a more linear timeline.

I still think the book as a whole needs some polishing but I had a blast writing it and I got some major feels as I was writing the last few chapters. It was kind of strange and surreal to write a standalone again, knowing this is it. I’ll never write these characters again! Aww…that’s a little sad!

I’ve got my fingers crossed that my editor likes it! Wish me luck!

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In case you missed the first post, I’ve been live blogging (diary style) the progress of writing my new manuscript,  A WEEK OF MONDAYS (which will be released by FSG/Macmillan in Spring 2016), to give fellow writers (and readers) an inside look into my writing process. And maybe give me a little insight as well!

Click here to read the first post or you can follow all the posts by clicking here.

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