December 13th, 2009

Life of a Work In Progress

I'd decided to log my progress on my latest WIP called Jewel of the Gods. While this manuscript did not evolve in the most straightforward manner, I still thought it might still be fun to share how it evolved over time.

There will be several spots where the starting number won't match the previous sessions end number - that's normally somewhere where I deleted notes I'd added at the end of the book I no longer needed.

There's also a huge gap in there or two where "Supernatural" took over my life. The muse went totally nuts and she had to be followed. Will try to add how much I wrote during those times as while the WIP may not have gotten attention, the writing of things never stopped.

Date Start End Words Days Since
?? 8,165
3/22/2007 8,165 8,670 505
3/26/2007 8,670 8,950 280 4
3/27/2007 8,950 9,283 333 1
3/29/2007 9,283 9,860 577 2
3/30/2007 9,860 9,865 5 1
4/2/2007 9,865 10,217 352 3
4/10/2007 10,217 10,435 218 8
4/19/2007 10,435 11,125 690 9
4/20/2007 11,125 11,400 275 1
5/9/2007 11,400 12,182 782 19
5/11/2007 12,182 12,642 460 2
5/18/2007 12,642 13,294 652 7
5/21/2007 13,294 13,815 521 3

Then Supernatural took over my life!

(June 2007 - "Sacrifice of the Heart" SPN fanfic - 26,167 Words) This is when they got posted
(July 2007 - "Appeasement" anthology submission - 4,600 words)
(July 2007 - "Jess" SPN - 32,376 Words)
(Sept 2007 - "Our Separate Ways" SPN - 24,400 words)
(Sept 2007 - "Serving the Public" - anothology submission - 5,000 words)
(Nov 2007 - "Broken Idols" SPN - 7,638 words)
(Dec 2007 - "Of Grief and Guilt SPN - 23,828 words)

Hah! You thought I was kidding didn't you? Totally took over! That's over 100K words in 6 months! I was SMOKING! Booyah! Go, Muse, Go!

12/27/2007 13,815 21,052 7,237 220
Multiple sessions forgot to list them! :(
12/28/2007 21,052 22,152 1,100 1

(June 2008 - "It's Not Working" - SPN - 2,234 words)
(Aug 2008 - "Heart of the City" - SPN - 48,344 words)
(Re edit of novel "Price of Mercy" already accepted by Zumaya Publications)

8/27/2008 22,152 23,012 860 243
8/28/2008 23,012 23,435 423 1
9/2/2008 23,435 23,815 380 5
9/20/2008 23,815 25,570 1,755 18

(Nov 2008 - "Weight of Failure" SPN - 28,297 words)
(Dec 2008 - "Snow" SPN - 6,032 words)
(Jan 2009 - "Dark Secrets" SPN - 35,524 words)
(March 2009 - "Winchester Interrupted" SPN - 31,235 words)
(March 2009 - reworked future WIP beginning Inner Demons into 1st Person)
(July 2009 - "Switch" SPN AU - 63,767 words)

9/1/2009 25,570 65,243 39,673 346
(Another chunk of Multiple sessions I forgot to list. Ack! Life was errr turbulent in late 2008 into 2009. Bleah!)

(Aug/Sept - Blog Week postings for Novel.net - 6,834 words)

9/2/2009 65,243 66,288 1,045 1
9/3/2009 66,288 67,501 1,213 1
9/4/2009 67,501 68,233 732 1
9/9/2009 68,265 68,917 652 5
9/10/2009 68,917 70,103 1,186 1
9/11/2009 70,103 70,410 307 1
9/21/2009 70,410 70,850 440 10
9/22/2009 70,850 71,182 332 1
9/23/2009 71,182 71,448 266 1
9/24/2009 71,448 71,740 292 1
9/25/2009 71,740 72,456 716 1
9/29/2009 72,456 73,295 839 4
10/1/2009 73,295 74,058 763 2
10/2/2009 74,058 74,841 783 1
10/5/2009 74,841 75,197 356 3
10/6/2009 75,197 76,216 1,019 1
10/7/2009 76,177 76,839 662 1
10/8/2009 76,839 77,653 814 1
10/9/2009 77,653 78,496 843 1
10/12/2009 78,496 80,003 1,507 3
10/13/2009 80,003 81,278 1,275 1
10/19/2009 81,278 81,725 447 6
10/20/2009 81,733 82,127 394 1
10/21/2009 82,127 82,949 822 1
10/22/2009 82,949 83,519 570 1
10/23/2009 83,519 84,268 749 1
10/26/2009 84,268 84,796 528 3
10/27/2009 84,796 85,599 803 1
10/30/2009 85,599 86,628 1,029 3
11/2/2009 86,628 88,339 1,711 3
11/3/2009 88,339 88,588 249 1
11/4/2009 88,588 89,092 504 1
11/5/2009 89,092 89,591 499 1
11/6/2009 89,591 90,420 829 1
11/9/2009 90,420 91,239 819 3
11/13/2009 91,239 92,295 1,056 4
11/16/2009 92,295 92,983 688 3
11/17/2009 92,912 93,180 268 1
11/18/2009 93,180 93,458 278 1
11/19/2009 93,391 93,883 492 1
11/20/2009 93,883 95,456 1,573 1
11/23/2009 95,456 95,831 375 3
11/24/2009 95,831 96,181 350 1
11/25/2009 96,181 96,635 454 1
11/30/2009 96,635 97,209 574 5

So let's summarize this mess.
SPN madness - 329,842 words! (Holy Molly! Yeah, 3 books worth in 2 years - Muse went INSANE I tell you! And she would NOT be denied!)
Other - 16,434
Re-edits and edits - who knows!
Jewel of the Gods WIP - 97K - Almost 3 years. Way, way, way longer than I meant it to. lol.

So there you have it! One author's road to a finished WIP. Bwahahahaha!