Some writing updates from Matt, plus background on the Indie Author Society and news about the launch tomorrow!
Last week, I spent two incredible days at the Smarter Artist Summit 2016, a conference for writers and indie authors in Austin, TX.
A few weeks ago, I read from my scifi thriller novel The Auriga Project to a full room at Malvern Books in Austin, TX. This is a recording of my piece of that event.
Realistic expectations for my writing goals this year based on what I learned in 2014 about my own writing process and self-publishing in general.
What are Reverse Foreshadowing and Reverse Salting and why do they matter in writing? Plus, a couple nuggets of wisdom from writers more experienced than me.
I finished the rough draft of my first novel recently, and I thought it would be educational to both myself and other writers if I shared the data I gathered during the process, and what I learned along the way.
1,000 words a day
The one thing that helped me get started—and helped me follow through with—writing this book was the realization that writing a book was a simple equation. Effort over time equals words.
Yes, it’s that simple.
I realized that if I wrote 1,000 words a day, after 30 days I’d have a novel (or a novella, if you want to split hairs.)
From there, it was simple math. I expected my story to be 30,000 – 50,000 words, so it would take me 30-50 days of work.
That took the fear out of it. It made the prospect of writing the story—not just the story, but the novel—much less daunting. Not that I expected it to be easy (and it certainly hasn’t been), but it suddenly seemed achievable.
Keeping track of my word count
To make sure I kept the one-thousand-words-a-day promise to myself, I decided before I began that I would keep track.
Here’s how it works:
It takes me about 2-3 hours of focused effort to write 1,000 words (sometimes less, often more). At the end of each writing session, I write the date and word count in my notebook, with occasional notes (you can see some of the notes below). Some days, I put in multiple sessions of varying lengths. I might write 237 words in the morning and 744 in the afternoon. Not ideal, but they still add up the same.
At the end of the process, I had a bunch of data. Here’s a graph of my progress (click to enlarge):
My scifi adventure short story, Stolen Choices, is now available on Kindle as an ebook. Will Commissioner Ming do his job? Or do what's right?
The cover is clean, powerful, simple—everything I wanted. I'm very happy and I want to say a public thanks to Jonathan Kurten for the awesome work (and for putting up with me changing my mind about almost everything).