The 25-Day Novel Challenge: Day Eighteen

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PAGES EDITED: 80/220

We are now on Day Eighteen of the 25-Day Novel Challenge. That means that there is just one week left in the challenge. I am pretty sure I will finish the editing process before Day 25, but we’ll see.

I don’t have much else to say today, except that I’m also working on the second book in the series at the same time I am editing this book. The second book is coming along pretty well, but I don’t expect to be finished with it until July, perhaps.

I can reveal it’s title, however: The Superhero’s Team. Stay tuned for more details after the 25-Day Novel Challenge.

Anyway, that’s enough for today. On to Day Nineteen!

The 25-Day Novel Challenge: Day Seventeen

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PAGES EDITED: 40/220

We are now at the start of the editing phase. I hit my 40 pages for the day, which is the goal I’ve set for myself for this period, as I mentioned in yesterday’s post.

I didn’t find too much to edit, except fixing some typos, awkwardly-worded sentences, and changing details for consistency’s sake. I usually write clean, though, so I’m not surprised, although I am grateful, because it means I will hopefully be able to get through this phase quickly and without delay.

I don’t hate editing, but like many writers, I prefer writing by far. It is just a lot more fun to me to write a book than to edit one. I edit because it is necessary, even if only to fix typos and the like, but I don’t like it and try to avoid spending months and months on editing.

In fact, that’s one of the reason I write cleanly. The better I write, the less editing I have to do. And since I dislike editing, that works out well for me. I highly recommend that any writer who dislikes editing should learn how to write a good first draft in order to minimize editing.

Anyway, I’m still on a roll, so on to Day 18!

The 25-Day Novel Challenge: Day Sixteen

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WORD COUNT: 66,098/66,098 (WRITING PHASE: COMPLETE)

Yes, you read that right. As of today, I finished the first draft of The Superhero’s Test. Yay!

Now, I know that I said I was aiming for 75,000 words, but the story ended up being 9,000 words shorter and I generally dislike padding out a story. A story should be as long as it needs, whether that is 5,000 words or 50,000 words, and no more or less. I might add some more words during the editing phase, but I doubt it will be more than a couple thousand words or so, if even that much, since the story is pretty complete as is.

According to LibreOffice, the book is 220 pages, so if I edit 40 pages a day, as is my goal, then it should take me five days to edit the whole book. That will leave four more days for my copy editor to fix any little typos or errors I made, and since she works very fast and this book isn’t very long, I might be able to actually publish this book before Day 25. I sure hope I can, because it would be awesome to write, edit, and publish a novel in 25 days.

So tomorrow I will start work on the editing phase. I will also probably start writing Book 2, which I will discuss more about here in the coming weeks.

Now, without further ado, let us go to Day 17 and to the final leg of the 25-Day Novel Challenge!

The 25-Day Novel Challenge: Day Fifteen

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WORD COUNT: 60,044/75,000

Today I hit the 60k mark, so that means that I am now 80% through the book, according to the progress bar on my site here. And it definitely feels like the ending is near. The protagonist is about to fight the antagonist and I have a feeling it’s going to be a great fight scene. Really looking forward to writing it tomorrow.

Speaking of antagonists, they can sometimes be some of the funnest characters to write in a story. The antagonist for this book, Master Chaos, is especially fun to write. I won’t go into any detail about him, because I want to keep his personality a surprise for readers, but if you like comic book villains of any sort, I can guarantee that you will like Master Chaos.

Making a good antagonist, while fun, can also be hard. You don’t want an antagonist who is a pushover and poses no threat whatsoever to your protagonist (unless it’s a comedy or maybe a minor antagonist whose sole purpose is to be easily beaten by the heroes for laughs or something like that), but neither do you want an antagonist who is so powerful that you need a Deus ex Machina to defeat him.

A good antagonist will be strong enough to give your protagonist a run for his money, but can still beatable within the rules of the universe. You can make the method to defeat the antagonist unknown at first, but if you’re going to do that, you should throw in subtle clues at various points throughout the story foreshadowing it so that when you do reveal it, it comes across less as a Deus ex Machina and more like an organic and logical part of your story or your story’s universe.

Anyway, that’s my thoughts for today. On to Day Sixteen!

The 25-Day Novel Challenge: Day Fourteen

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WORD COUNT: 56,041/75,000

All right, everyone! We are now on Day 14 of the 25-Day Novel Challenge. I’ve entered the final act of the book and am confident that I will be able to wrap it up by Day 18, which is when I should hit the 75k mark. Pretty excited about that.

Speaking of final acts, it’s always important to have a good ending for a novel. A good ending gives your reader a sense of satisfaction and closure, unless it’s a series novel, but even with a series novel, you want to give some closure, even if you leave some loose ends to be addressed in later books.

I always like writing the last books in a series, because then I can pretty much go crazy and answer all of the major questions and mysteries in the series while doing stuff I couldn’t get away with in the previous books. I always try to make the final book in a series the best and most exciting so that when a reader finishes it, it will feel like a great ending not just to that particular book, but to the series as a whole.

Anyway, onto Day Fifteen!

The 25-Day Novel Challenge: Day Thirteen

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WORD COUNT: 52,038/75,000

We are now thirteen days into the 25-Day Novel Challenge! The ending is now very clear to me, aside from a few minor details here and there. It could still change between now and the 24th, which is when I expect to finish the book, but I have a good idea of how the book will end now.

I don’t have much to say today, except that I am already thinking of what will happen in Book Two and I can’t wait to get started on it. Onto Day Fourteen!

The 25-Day Novel Challenge: Day Twelve

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WORD COUNT: 48,037/75,000

We have now reached the halfway point of the 25-Day Novel Challenge! I am now entering the last third of the novel, which is coming along pretty well so far. I don’t quite know what the ending will be like, but it is becoming clearer and clearer as I get closer to it and I am confident I will be able to end the book on or before 75k words.

Anyway, in the last post, I wrote that the next book is usually a writer’s best promotion. I didn’t go into too much detail on why that is, though.

The reasoning is pretty simple: The more books you have out, the more chances you have for readers to discover your books, buy your books, read them, and then become your fans.

For example, let’s say you have only one book out and a reader buys that book. Because they like your book, they search for other books you may have written, but if you have only one out, then your reader can’t buy any others, so you don’t get as much money as you ordinarily would.

But if you have a large backlist, then your readers have somewhere to go and your chances of turning them into fans increases exponentially. Also, having a large backlist gives you a lot of promotional options, such as bundling, multi-author box sets, and so on and so forth.

That is why, as soon as I finish The Superhero’s Test, I am going to start on the sequel so I can build out my backlist for this pen name. And I highly recommend that most indies should focus on writing and publishing as many book as they can, because in modern publishing, more books generally equals more money.

Anyway, that’s all for today. See you tomorrow for Day Thirteen!

The 25-Day Novel Challenge: Day Eleven

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WORD COUNT: 44,033/75,000

We are now eleven days into the 25-Day Novel Challenge. By this time next week, I should hit the 75,000 word count, after which I will edit the novel, have it copy-edited, and then publish it on Amazon. Yay!

Speaking of word counts, I have made hitting my daily 4,000 word quota my number one priority every day. Not just every day of this challenge, but every day of my life. If the only thing I get done on any given day of the week is meeting my daily quota, that day is a success in my book.

Why is it so important that I hit my daily quota? Because writing more books is the secret to success in indie-publishing. Or, rather, writing more books that people want to read is the secret to success in indie-publishing. You need to write lots of books that people want to read in order to make any real money at this business.

Among writers, there is a saying that your next book is always your best form of promotion. Other forms of promotion, like price pulses and Facebook ads, can be very effective as well, but for most writers, putting out your next book is always more effective than almost any other form of promotion.

Why that is true is a topic I think I’ll cover tomorrow on Day Twelve. See ya!

The 25-Day Novel Challenge: Day Ten

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WORD COUNT: 40,032/75,000

We are now on Day Ten of the challenge. I am now 40,000 words into the novel, which is awesome. I can already feel the climax of the book starting to form, but it’s nothing more than a minor, distant feeling at the moment, which is fine because I don’t like planning things out in too much detail, as I’ve already said.

For today, I didn’t get done as early as I usually do because I thought I had a dentist’s appointment today (turns out it’s actually supposed to be on June 16th, not May 16th) and then I had to get the lenses on my glasses replaced, since my old ones were starting to get scratched up from years of use.

All in all, I was out of the house for three and a half hours. That left me with less time to write than I usually have; nonetheless, I sat myself down and started writing until I met my word count goal for the day (of course, it helps that I already wrote 2,000 words before I left for my dentist appointment that is actually a month from today).

Under other circumstances, this would have been enough to derail me for the rest of the day, especially since I came home kind of tired. But I’ve learned not to let any excuse except for the most serious ones keep me from meeting my daily quota, a useful skill to have when you’re doing a novel challenge like this.

Meeting my word count quota is the most important part of my entire writing and publishing business, but I think I will discuss this more in-depth tomorrow on Day Eleven. See you then!

The 25-Day Novel Challenge: Day Nine

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WORD COUNT 36,029/75,000

As of today, I have reached the halfway point (48% complete according to the MyBookProgress plugin). I am both halfway through the challenge and halfway through the book itself.

So far, this challenge has been a lot of fun. Despite a few bumps in the road here and there, it really hasn’t been quite as difficult I thought. I think that the real challenge is going to be editing the whole book in seven days, which I have never done before with any book. I think I’ll be able to do it, but we’ll see.

Anyway, that’s all for today. See you tomorrow for Day Ten!