a 10k day

Yesterday was a successful writing day, because I wrote 10,000 words of FROSTBORN: THE SHADOW PRISON.

I write relatively fast, but even for me, 10k days are extremely rare. Everything has to go just right in Real Life – no computer problems, no home maintenance tasks, my brain has to be firing on all cylinders, and so forth, but yesterday was one of those days.

In fact, the last time I hit a 10k day was November 30th, 2014, when I wrote 10,000 words of GHOST IN THE RAZOR in a single day. It was right after Thanksgiving, and I was snowed in with nothing else to do, so I just kept going and going on GHOST IN THE RAZOR. I think the section I wrote was the part where Caina and Kylon reunite under the Ring of Cyrica and run into their old friends from the Kindred.

Some people really like that scene, so I think it worked out. 🙂


4 thoughts on “a 10k day

  • April 11, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    You ever thought about writing serially? Like releasing a few chapters of something a week and making it like 99 cents? 10k is absolutely insane. I’m not sure I know another author who makes 10k words in a week <_<.

    • April 12, 2017 at 3:26 am

      Thanks! 🙂

      Actually, I structured THE THIRD SOUL as a serial, and I wrote THE BONE QUEST that way, and I’ve come to the conclusion that a large majority of readers simply do not like serials and prefer novels. Both THE THIRD SOUL and THE BONE QUEST get a lot of complaints because of their length.

      I think the only way a serial would work is if you wrote the entire thing in advance and made sure each, say, 10k words were ready to go every Friday, like a webcomic artist who prepares three or four weeks in advance. Of course, if you did that, you could just release it as a novel to fewer complains about length. 🙂

      • April 12, 2017 at 9:50 am

        That explains those series. AHHH I just remembered, why does 3rd not have a novella? She just…appears. As Mara-lite. With memory issues. She’s awesome, but also very Athena-esq on page.

        • April 12, 2017 at 1:20 pm

          I didn’t write Third an origin novella because it would have spoiled most of the rest of the series – Third’s character doesn’t make sense without Mara and the Traveler and the world gate. So I put what would have become that novella into THE FALSE KING when Third and Calliande are talking about Ridmark.

          In hindsight, I should have handled her introduction better. I thought it would be obvious that there was a gap of about a year between THE HIGH LORDS and THE FALSE KING, but one of the most common questions I get about FROSTBORN is “who the heck is Third?” so clearly it didn’t work.

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