Evolution of a Writing Schedule

Published August 19, 2014 by glennmaynard

I never really had a writing schedule like other writer’s speak about. I wrote when I felt like writing. I worked on a book, then began another as I tried to find a publisher for the first one. I finally got my first publishing contract for “Strapped Into An American Dream” in 2009. By then I had two manuscripts. After editing and the publishing process was complete, the marketing phase took over and consumed my life. After a couple of years I revisited my second manuscript, which was much shorter than the first. I found out that I had to add to it to turn it into a fiction book as far as page numbers or number of words. I tried to bring it to 70,000 words, but made it to 60,000 words. I successfully sold it to a different publisher than the first, and it was considered a short novel. I published it in February of 2014, and so the marketing phase kicked in once again. “Desert Son” is a horror-type story being marketed as a paranormal romance.

I decided to write a third book, and it would be a sequel to “Desert Son.” I played around with a writing schedule in order to undertake such a task of writing a larger novel. I am shooting for 100,000 words to get to the NOVEL size. Apparently, that’s the way of the world. I did get very positive reviews about my characterization and plot twists and turns in “Desert Son”, but I wanted to expand the length for the sequel. I decided to write 1,000 words a day, but since some days are impossible to write, I tweaked it to 5,000 words a week. That quota fit me perfectly, and to this day I am at 65,000 words after 13 weeks…right on schedule.

I have pretty much made it through the outline for the sequel, but I am adding a major scene into the book which, as it turns out, will be one of the most intense chapter of the book. That’s the way it goes when writing. Sometimes things spiral out of control and it turns out pretty damn good. It’s another world, but it’s fun to pull people in to what i’ve created. Gotta go…I’m smellin’ 70k sumpin’ fierce!


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