Second 2017 Writing Goal Complete

A novice novelist wrote words. So many words. Not pictured: madness.

Pant. Puff. Wheeze.

I hit 50,000 words on my novel last night. Two days past my personal deadline (as indicated by the slightly darker green on the right side of that graph up there). That was my fault, for taking too many days off, for writing a draft for one short-story, and then for writing/revising a second short-story. I also caught a gross cold. There are only 28 days in February, dude. In case you might have forgotten, like apparently I did. Not enough time to complete that many projects, jeez.

The miracle, really, is that I made it to 50,000 words at all. Only two days past deadline. Sure, accomplished writers could manage that by just flexing their fingers in the direction of a keyboard. But I’m not one of those (yet). I’ve only written this much on a single piece once before and that was six years ago. But I never could have done this last year. Back then, I might have quit around 10,000 words.

This, my friend, is progress. So I’m giving myself two rewards for such a feat.

1)  Taking today off to roll up a new Dungeons & Dragons character. I’m thinking a necromancer rogue? We’ll see how the mechanics shake out. Lichdom, here I come!

2) Pre-ordering this little gem:

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

All the Crooked Saints is a new fantasy Young Adult stand-alone novel written by my favorite author, Maggie Stiefvater. Most of the details haven’t been released yet, but Goodreads gives the description as “Saints. Miracles. Family. Romance. Death. Redemption.” Pre-ordering with Fountain Bookstore means I’ll get a limited edition, signed and doodled copy, but I’m just happy to read another one of Stiefvater’s fantastic stories.

I’ll stop fangirling now. Tomorrow, it’s back to noveling!

This progress tracker is from, which is a neat and simple tool for keeping up with your writing progress. It doesn’t just track your words, but also scenes, chapters, pages, lines, etc. If you, like me, get a high from watching that progress bar go up, check it out. And if you, like me, would care to have a writing buddy/cheerleader, look me up here.

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