Novel Writing: Update #1

In November,  I began writing a book (mentioned in this post).  I’m going to try to stick to a monthly update on my blog. I’m hoping this will keep me accountable, and I also want to share more about my story. For each update, I will share three things about the story (including word count).

Genre: I began the novel thinking that it was going to be an urban fantasy novel. After extensive reading in this genre, I began to wonder if my story might fit better within the paranormal mystery genre. I went to the local used bookstore to pick up a few paranormal mystery books. Hopefully I will have a more solid idea next month.

Word Count: In the month of November, I had written over 50,000 words. However, that included back story and world building. In December and January, I started distinguishing between my draft and my notes. Here are my current stats:

  • Story: 39,104
  • Notes: 40,764
  • Total: ~80,000 words

Obviously, I’ve slowed down quite a bit in 2017. I’d like to think it’s because I’m writing better quality, rather than stream of conscious writing like I did in November.

Setting: Originally, I created a slightly post-apocalyptic earth with magic unleashed upon everything living. I still like this world, but I don’t think it fits with my story. So, I think I’m going to stick with a more modern-day setting in Texas but I have to decide on how fantastical/paranormal I want it to be.

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What do you want to know next about my story?  Do you have any paranormal mystery books or authors to suggest?

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3 comments

  1. Anonymous · · Reply

    Wow, i am impressed, Go for it.. want to see the outcome.

  2. […] November,  I began writing a book (mentioned in this post).  Last month, I decided to hold myself more accountable with monthly updates. For each update, I will share […]

  3. […] and I’ve been keeping myself accountable by posting an update roughly every months (posts 1 and 2). For each update, I share three things about the story (including word […]

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