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Cirque de la Nuit – A WiP in Stats

I’m nearly (really very nearly) done with Cirque de la Nuit and I’ve been pushing myself these last couple of weeks to meet the target of publishing in August (yes I know there are only a few days left, but they still count!)

Someone just said about me finishing it up and “there’s just two more chapters to go” as if that takes a couple of hours to run off and be done with – and it made me respond by dragging up the stats to the current draft to quote just how long it takes to write a book, as I don’t think I’ll be finished today somehow!

So – not that I’m using this as a distraction from continuing Chapter 19 or anything – I thought it would be interesting to pull up all the drafts to date (I’m on version 5 currently) and see what has happened along the way.

Version 1 – started 3rd November 2015

35,006 words   Chapters 1-4   94 pages   3340 minutes

Version 2

63,636 words   Chapters 5-9   137 pages   2025 minutes

Version 3

85,373 words   Chapters ?   244 pages   4277 minutes

Version 4

103,100 words   Chapters ?   304 pages   6068 minutes

via GIPHY

So… I’m currently working through Version 5, which will likely become ‘CdlN – FINAL’ in my drafts folder before formatting for the various platforms to release. At present, it has taken just shy of four years to go from the first one-shot pieces that formed key scenes in this story to a finished book. And a total of 15,710 minutes of writing (up until today) or 261 hours of writing. It doesn’t feel like that much in some ways when you see it tabled up like that, but it sure feels like it as you go along, and especially when a lot of the time you only get a couple of hours here and there to write.

What about everyone else – do you know how long it really takes you to write a book? 🙂 Would love to hear how it is for others!

Mel x

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 11 – No editing!

first draftAnyone else struggle with the urge to go back and start editing / checking something you’ve recently written? When I open the document to begin writing again, I find that I have a tendancy to go back a few pages or so, re-reading to get myself into the flow…but then I find that I begin tweaking and changing and twiddling things whilst I’m there!

If you read any of the advice on the NaNo website, they advocate writing, writing and more writing -Editing is the enemy! 🙂 And I know that’s true, because my writing certainly flows differently if I’m not at all in the editing mode.

So, that is why today’s inspirational kick in the booty is this: “First drafts don’t have to be perfect. They just have to be written.” Now, all I have to do is actually listen the advice I’m giving myself.

 

TGIF Look Back – 4th May

Welcome to TGIF Look Back it just takes a few minutes: to play along, just answer the following questions with some Friday feeling…do one or all, whatever you feel like because it’s Friday 🙂

FUNNY – What made you laugh this week?

READING – What were you reading this week?

INSPIRED – What inspired you this week? 

DONE – What were you mainly doing this week?

ANGEL – Who was your angel/star of the week?

YUCK – What made you go ‘ewwww’ this week?
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My TGIF Look Back…

FUNNY – Hmmm… not much I can actually put on here in detail without getting in trouble, but although it’s been busy at work this week I’m appreciating working with some lovely people who help make the day go faster 😀 FM!

READING – I’m nearly done with Zed by Stephen Herfst and my ‘Friday Find’ for the week is Being Human by Patricia Lynne, which I’ll be reading soon. Next book on my TBR list is Last Stop This Town by David Steinberg. If you’ve not taken a look at the Indie Author Event on Aside from Writing yet, head over as you could win copies of all these books on the blog!

INSPIRED – I’ve been good this week and got caught up on some blog posting for Aside from Writing; some really interesting posts coming up in June from what I’ve seen.

DOING – It’s been work again this week I’m afraid – but with a long weekend to look forward to I might get sorted with some editing! Oh joy…

ANGEL – Two for me this week Tony and Stephanie – the lovely peeps who are joining the blog team over at Aside from Writing – looking forward to working with you guys and seeing more of your stuff 🙂

YUCK – Seagulls are big birds, but it still amazes me how giant their poops are…just wish they wouldn’t ‘amaze’ all over my car while I’m parked at work.
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So…how’s your week been?  🙂