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Weekly Update: March 25, 2016

March 25, 2016

Happy Friday to everyone! I hope it's been a fantastic week for all. Those of you still in school get to look forward to summer being right around the corner! I remember this was around the time I started counting down the days until freedom. Those of us with jobs, well, we get to look forward to sunny days. 

 

This week has been productive in the realm of Star Runners. If this is your first time checking out the blog, I plan on including regular updates as I progress through the fourth book in the Star Runners' series. You can view last week's update here. 

 

I know you all are busy. Let's get right down to the nitty gritty here.

Star Runners 4

The fourth book is still moving along. I am writing this blog post first thing in the morning (in other words I haven't written anything in the book today, yet). At this exact moment, the word count of Star Runners 4 sits at nearly 28,000 words (27,600 to be precise). A greater word count does make for a terrific book, but I like to keep track to make sure I'm moving toward my goal. Every writer is different. Some hate deadlines. Some love deadlines. Some say, "what deadline?" 

 

I like deadlines because I don't think my work would ever finish without them. I write with a program called Scrivener, which has a nifty little way of tracking your word count. A nice loud buzzer goes off when you've reached your daily goal, which it tracks based on the date you put in as your completion date. Very cool. 

 

Someone asked me this week why I shoot for at least 100,000 words in a novel and what that number looks like. I didn't have an answer to that other than it's one way to track my progress and keep a schedule. Off the top of my head, the first Star Runners book was a bit over 100,000 at publication and the second was a bit lower. I think Mission Wraith was right at 100,000 (or perhaps a shade under). If this still means nothing to you, I'll give you some other examples. Ever heard of the "To Kill a Mockingbird" novel? I found a website claiming it clocked in at 99,121 words. ("Grapes of Wrath" came in at 169K and "War and Peace" finished at a hefty 587K) In other words, the story will be as long as it needs to be. A wise man once told me the story will be done when it's done. I agree. 

 

But I still like to hold myself accountable. 

 

That's all I have for an update this week. I need to get back to writing -- daylight's wasting. 

 

Have a great weekend and stay frosty!

 

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