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Elemental Experimentation, Week 2

Talk-to-text is a resounding success! I have been missing out!

This has been a peculiar workweek for me, in that I played hooky one of the days (to go see Guardians of the Galaxy 2—loved it!) and have worked fewer hours than normal. This week and next, my husband has more free time in his work schedule than the other 50 weeks of the year, and were making the most of getting to spend more time together.

However, I have still managed to surpass my previous weekly word count record!

Elemental Progress This Week:

  • Beats (fleshing out the outline): 4.25 hours
  • Writing: 13 hours
  • Editing: 1.25 hours
  • Words written: 12,622!

My speed and astounding word count is all due to using Dragon, the talk-to-text program. Using it, I have reached more than 2,000 words/hour a few times, and am averaging closer to 1,000 words/hour. This is phenomenal for me, and more than I could’ve done on the keyboard.

One of the best things about not needing to be glued to my chair is that I’ve been able to work and exercise. I do a lot of crazy things to squeeze more movement in my otherwise sedentary days. I take eye breaks every 30 minutes, during which I hop on the elliptical machine and cycle through 2 minutes of jogging. I make a game each day of doing a different exercise after each bathroom break—squats, lunges, crunches, or planking. Then, I end every workday with a mile-long run on the elliptical or a 30+ minute walk outside.

Yet, one day of walking while writing gave me a better workout than all of the above. As bizarre as it sounds, my calves are sore from writing yesterday. I also need to get new writing apparel. It’s all well and good to sit in sweatpants and a long-sleeved shirt while barely moving in front of a keyboard; but it’s a whole different story when I’m up and walking (even if I’m not walking that fast). I put together quite the operation of fans the last few days to prevent myself from overheating as the weather got warmer. I also need new writing shoes. (The phrase “writing shoes” cracks me up every time I say it.)

I wasn’t prepared for quite how quickly I would dash through this story, and I would be writing right now if I hadn’t run out of beat-ready outline. So that’s the goal today: finish the beats for Elemental all the way through the end.

I completely abandoned A Fistful of Frost this week. Trying to write Elemental and edit Frost was netting me little progress on both. I can’t tell you how wonderful it felt to see real progress this week on a book, after months in which it felt like I’ve been treading water on Frost. Madison’s third book will continue to languish on my desk until Elemental is ready to go off to the copyeditor.

I thought I would have a snippet from Elemental for you today, but I haven’t had a chance to go back through and polish anything enough for your eyes. Instead, here are a few title ideas.

Defense of the Dryads
Blackwater Forest
Poison and Pewter
Fifty Shades of Harry Potter and the Hungry New York Times Bestseller Games (heh)

Okay, I confess that none of those are big contenders. Only Defense of the Dryads sounds intriguing, but I hope to come up with something more compelling. I want to find a good title rhythm that I can emulate on future stories, the way I did with ___ of the Gargoyles and A Fistful of ___, because there will be more in this series…

If any of you are good with titles, speak up now. I could use the help!

Last week I gave you the elevator pitch for elemental. Here it is again in case you missed it:

When a young air elemental journalist investigates the unrest of the local dryad population, she uncovers a deadly threat intent on destroying everything in its path—including her.

At my current rate, I’ll finish writing Elemental by the end of next week. Then it’s straight to edits. If I can get it done fast enough, I’ll have time to send it past beta readers, which would be awesome! (I select volunteers through my newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up if your interested.)

Happy weekend!

One Response to Elemental Experimentation, Week 2

  1. If you have writing shoes then you can have a dancing pen! I like ‘Poison and Pewter’. Then you can do ones like ‘Trouble and Tanzanite’ or ‘Elements and Emerald’ etc.

    I’m glad the talk to text is working and giving you time for your arms to heal and getting exercise too.

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