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10 Day Novel Challenge: Day 3

Woke up today at 7 am with a little less than 3 hours of sleep under my belt. Hard to convince your body that, yes, you really do need to get up. But I did. I try to get closer to four hours on Sunday morning, but creating yesterday’s blog post took longer than expected.

Went to church, coffee hour afterwards, then arrived home around 2:30 pm. Hit the sack until 6 pm. Talked with wife, went out to eat, then went grocery shopping. By a little after 12:30 am, had the groceries put away, the garbage taken out, and some hot gunpowder green tea brewed.  Finally checked email and blogs for the first time today, responded to one email. While wife had her computer time and got ready for bed, I clocked in 45 minutes on the novel, from 1:15 to 2 am, putting in 429 words. Part of that time I spent getting an idea of where I was going next and rough idea of how it would happen. I’m now past the point I’d written to those many years ago. So it is all new, and though I have an idea of what will happen, it can often take turns into ideas or plots/subplots I’d not expected.

Took a break to send the wife off to sleepy land, get myself some cashews and prunes, and return to my writing. Began typing anew at 2:45 and went until 5 with only some bathroom breaks. Added another 1065 words in 2.25 hours.

Total for the day: 1494 words in 3 hours, for an average speed of 498 w/h. Not great, worst average yet. But my fingers don’t seem to be very lose tonight. Plus the words were, for a while, coming in spurts instead of flowing. I actually was rolling better toward the end, but I need to get some sleep in. Though my wife only needs me for 2-2.5 hours of work tomorrow, I have several errands to take care of. I’m hoping I’ll get an earlier start on the novel tomorrow evening.

So the novel now stands at 5682 words, about where I’d hoped to be close to the first day to be on track. We’ll see if we can’t at least put in more time tomorrow and make better progress.

10 Day Novel Challenge totals for Dragon City:

Day 1: 2281 words in 3.5 hours (652 w/h avg.)
Day 2: 1907 words in 3.25 hours (587 w/h avg.)
Day 3: 1494 words in 3 hours (498 w/h avg.)


Novel Progress: 5682 words in 9.75 hours (583 w/h avg.)

About R. L. Copple
R. L. Copple enjoys a good cup of coffee and a fun story. These two realities and inspiration from the likes of Lester Del Ray, J. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, among others, caused him to write his own science fiction and fantasy stories to increase the fun in the world and to share his fresh perspective.
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4 Responses to 10 Day Novel Challenge: Day 3

  1. Lisa Godfrees says:

    Hang in there, Rick. You’re making progress. You can take advantage of all those breaks to figure out how to get mountains in Oklahoma. :)

  2. Alice says:

    hot gunpowder green tea!
    prunes and cashews!

    I’m now hungry for both. And I don’t even know what gunpowder green tea is! :)

    • R. L. Copple says:

      You made me laugh, Alice. As you’ve guessed, hot tea, cashews and prunes are my standard, in middle of the night, snack while writing. I’m not sure what makes gunpowder tea different from regular green tea, but that’s its name.

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