My third book is currently being edited and I am in the midst of hiring a book cover designer.
So naturally I decided to begin work on a third Kevin book.
The first two books were written with the plan of the story in my head, and consequently the story unfolded as I wrote the story. Because I now have a chapter book under my belt my work flow is a little different. I actually wrote out a couple of paragraphs detailing the story, then I broke that into individual chapters. It is with that outline I hope to write a first draft of the third Kevin book in about three weeks. The book in the outline form has 21 chapters. The final book should be somewhere in the 10,000-11,000 word range. That around 525 words a day. 525 words a day and in three weeks you have a book leveled for 3rd and up. Or you have a novella for adults. The point is with regular everyday writing, you pretty quickly have enough to put together a story.
As a side note, Hugh Howey’s first Wool novella was somewhere in that range. (No. I’m not going to look up an exact count. Do it. And leave a note in the comments.)
If I didn’t have a day job. I teach 5th grade. I could do it a lot quicker. I read that R.L. Stine at one point was putting out a Goosebumps book once a month.
Dean Wesley Smith writes a lot about the myth of writing slow. If you are unfamiliar with his work check it out, he blows the lid off the idea that writing a book must be slow.
The point is writing should be fun. And in this new world you should be putting out as much work as possible.
So here is hoping I can finish in 21 or so. I’ll keep you posted.
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