A Week of Mondays – Week 11 #BehindTheBook

YAY! I’m back to drafting! If you remember from a previous post, I’d stopped drafting and went back to start revising from the beginning. I feared that I was starting to lose the trail of the story and I needed to start fixing up the first 3/4 of the book before finishing the last 1/4.

This week, I was back in drafting mode and it felt good to just GO again!

Plus, that means, it’s time for another CHART! (You’ll note that this chart includes the weeks where I was revising, on those days there may or may not be a bump in word count depending on which scene I was revising.) You’ll also notice a HUGE drop in my mood rating around Halloween. Yikes! I must not have been having a great week!


Mood Chart week 11


(Click chart to see it larger.)

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


Date: 11/13/14 – 11/19/14
Weekly Words Written: 15,651
Total Words to Date: 90,101 (holy crap this book is long. Don’t tell my editor!)
Number of Writing Days: 7
Average Daily Words: 2,236 (v. good)
Weekly Pages Written: 65
Total Pages To Date: 395
Average Daily Pages: 7
Average Mood  (1-10): 8 

At this point, I’m mostly worried about length. This book is really long and it’s still going! I don’t feel like there’s anything superfluous being thrown in, but we’ll let my editor be the judge of that. Some books are just long, I guess. And I do have SEVEN Mondays to write! I’m so close to the end now, I feel like the writing this week is like rolling down a hill, it’s gained all this momentum and now I just have to let it roll on through the finish line. I have the whole last day outlined out so I’m feeling pretty good at this point. Hopefully no major surprises this late in the game. I’ll undoubtedly finish next week and then I’ll have a few days over Thanksgiving to re-read, brush up some stuff, fill in some remaining gaps and placeholders, and get this thing turned in!

I’m so close I can taste it! This is always and exciting part of the process and a terrifying part. What will the editor think? Will she hate it? Will she tell me to start over and rewrite the whole thing from scratch. YIKES!


In case you missed the first post, I’m 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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