This pass through CURSE is done!

Oh, this feels soooooooo good. Here are the stats.

  • 58 chapters
  • 205,000 words
  • I received the green light midway through April. Finished 27 weeks later.
  • Looking at my time records, it took me a total of 345 hours to finish this draft.  And the lion’s share was new stuff.  This took less time than it normally does for me, but it’s the freaking forth time through and I know the world and characters.
  • I averaged about 13 hours per week. It still bothers me I couldn’t get that closer to 20 hours.
  • This translates to a rate of about 600 words per hour, and that’s with daily edits, thinking, backtracks.  I’m not going to win any speed contest, but at least I’m consistent.

Of course, it took me an additional 105 hours of work to finally get an outline we could agree on. If I add that, it brings my stats down a bit. But, overall, I’m pleased. For those who want to read an excellent article on writing productivity, look at Kevin J. Anderson’s “The Mathematics of Productivity.”

Now I need to take the next two weeks to cut about 10%. And fix the weather stripping on our French doors to keep the hordes of  #@!$%! spiders from coming in. Wish me luck.

Note: it bugs me my bullets don’t show up. Some day I’m going to get someone to fix the stylesheet on this website.

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8 Responses to This pass through CURSE is done!

  1. Jared A says:

    Bravo. I can’t wait to read it!!!

  2. Bryce says:

    So excited for you. Way to stick with it, John! I was just talking about you with my wife today, and about how much I’m looking forward to you getting another book in this series out. Sadly, I won’t see you at LTUE next year because we up and moved all the way to Pennsylvania when my wife got a great job offer, but if you’re ever out in the Philly area, you’ve got a place to stay and get some free meals. 🙂

  3. Bryce says:

    That first sentence really needs some capslock and an exclamation point. Should read “SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!” 🙂

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  5. John Brown says:

    Holy crap, Bryce. Pennsylvania! You know, we spent a few years in Ohio. I hope you love it. What type of work does your wife do?

  6. Bryce says:

    Behavioral Analyst. She works with people of all ages with disabilities that exhibit problem behaviors.

  7. David Walton says:

    Congratulations, John! A great milestone to hit. Good luck with the trimming.

  8. Dixon says:

    Congrats, John!