Jamie’s Writing Update for June 2014

By Jamie Alan Belanger on July 1, 2014 10:53 am · 0 Comments

Day Skipper

I’ll admit, I skipped a few days of writing this past month. The first two were understandable, as I was helping my brother and sister-in-law in New Hampshire move. The third day I skipped, however, was just a total lack of motivation. I didn’t even feel bad about it; I just didn’t write. Twice I opened a document and stared at it, then closed the program and did something else.

I’m starting to find it more and more difficult to get my 2,014 words a day. Most days I barely squeak by, writing just about the bare minimum. Still, I haven’t resorted to intentionally bad prose just to hit my word count. There’s no “he was really really really really tired” type of word count finagling. At this point, I’m just trying to finish the first draft of all 9 books in my Chronicles of Palamar series. I’ll clear half a million words written at some point in July, but I really doubt I’ll have the motivation to hit the one million mark.


How Much Did I Write?

Fewest words written:  0 (June 12, 17, and 23)
Most words written: 8,483 (June 4th)
Average words per day: 2,384
Total words written in June:    71,528
Total words this year: 477,560


What did I write?

In March, I finally started the Chronicles of Palamar, which will be a 9-book fantasy epic set in a fantasy world I’ve been designing since I was in elementary school. This past month I worked on the sixth book, and took a few breaks to knock out some other short stories.


Fun With Word Count Statistics

By Jamie Alan Belanger on March 27, 2014 4:00 pm · 0 Comments

While writing my post yesterday about my word count statistics, I ran some other numbers through the ol’ spreadsheet and came up with some other interesting facts. I made these word count statistics by highlighting the actual stories, so if you compare to word counts at places like Smashwords, it won’t match up… I didn’t want to include things like copyright text and author biographies in these counts.

  • As a company, Lost Luggage Studios has published 12 books so far, for a total of 770,677 words… that’s about 4,000 words less than the Bible!
  • The Terran Shift universe now consists of more than half of a million published words… 541,973 to be exact.
  • The Scribings anthology series contains 149,461 words and will be closer to 200,000 when we publish Volume 4 in June.
  • Including Scribings, the Terran Shift anthologies, and How Mal 780, we’ve published 291,772 words of short stories.
  • Our fantasy world, Palamar, currently only has 12,286 published words… but that’s going to change by 2015 for sure. It should almost double when Dappil Goes to Hell comes out in Scribings, Volume 4 in June.


Jamie’s Writing Update for February 2014

By Jamie Alan Belanger on March 1, 2014 8:30 am · 0 Comments

Earlier this year, I talked a little about my goal to write 2,014 words a day, every day this year. The quest continues, and I did stick with it for another month. For me, I think the best part is that I can delete notes once I’ve written the stories and scenes. I’m cleaning up so much stuff that has been piling up over the past few years, that I’m finally getting to other projects, and have even started programming again!


How Much Did I Write?

Fewest words written:  2,041 (February 6th)
Most words written: 4,703 (February 19th)
Average words per day: 2,861
Total words written in February:    80,115

Another 80,000 words, which brings my total so far this year to just over 185,000 words.


What did I write?

Pariah — I got about halfway through the sequel before realizing that I was not actually writing the sequel, but was writing a book that happens between Pariah and its sequel. So then I wrote the sequel too, turning this into a trilogy. I jotted down some notes and now know that there’s at least two more books to write, in addition to the two I wrote this past month.

Dappil fans rejoice! I wrote the first draft of a short story / novella called… Dappil Goes To Hell

I also started to write a short story for the third volume of the Terran Shift Anthology, due out at the end of this year. My first draft of that is quickly becoming a novella. Yesterday it topped 20,000 words, and the story isn’t done yet.

Jamie’s Writing Update For January 2014

By Jamie Alan Belanger on February 1, 2014 12:12 pm · 0 Comments

Earlier this month, I talked a little about my goal to write 2,014 words a day, every day this year. I have a lot of novels and short stories floating around inside my head, and even if I don’t have enough time to edit and publish all of them this year, I’d like to at least get several of them written. Having first drafts of these stories is better than just having a line item on my TODO list and lots of random plot points and characters sloshing around inside my head. Plus, I read a nice little piece of advice late last year that said that every first draft is perfect… because all it has to do is exist. (quote by Jane Smiley)

So how did I do with this goal?
So far… quite well, actually.

Fewest words written:  2,035 (January 24th)
Most words written: 12,662 (January 3rd)
Average words per day: 3,387
Total words written in January:    104,991

Almost 105,000 words written in a single month… like I hinted at above, they aren’t perfect words and none of this is ready to publish, but it does feel very nice to have that much first-draft quality material written. Once I get a few more things out of my head, I’ll start the editing process and should be able to start sharing and publishing these stories later this year.

What did I write?

Fireteam Zulu — I wrote first drafts of two sequels to my 2012 novel, Fireteam Zulu. I also wrote the first draft of a prequel short story called Alpha Mission about how Sarge and Tank first got involved in their new life.

Pariah — I started to write a sequel to my first novel, Pariah. So far I’m about 5,000 words into it, so I’m really just getting started.


Writing Again

By Jamie Alan Belanger on January 7, 2014 9:30 am · 5 Comments

Every year on New Year’s Day, I make at least a few wild resolutions that even I know I won’t be able to keep. And, usually, by Day Two of the year, I’ve broken at least one of them. It’s gone beyond a tradition into a sort of running joke.

This year, I sat around on New Year’s Eve and really thought about what I wanted to do in 2014. One of the things I realized at this time was that I haven’t really written much in the past few months. Actually, I didn’t really write that much last year. I published a few things, but I didn’t write them in 2013. Third-Person Hero (Scribings, Vol 3) was written in November 2012. Netmare (Terran Shift Anthology Vol 2) was first written in about 2009, based on an idea I had in the mid-90s. The Museum Run (also in Terran Shift Anthology 2) was first written when I was in college, around 2000, and heavily revised in 2010 and 2012. As for new material? I wrote the first draft of one story, for Scribings Volume 4, and that was only about 1,800 words.

So that’s the first thing I wanted to change in my life for 2014. I have been experimenting with my own personal motivation methods. For a long time, I’ve tried to force myself to sit down and write for two hours every morning. The results… well, like I said, I didn’t write much of any new material in 2013. So my first resolution for 2014 was something that I hoped would be simpler than trying to force myself to type for two hours:

Write 2,014 words a day.

Considering the speed I think and type at, I figured this would take roughly 45 minutes. So how’s that been working out for me? On the first day of the new year, I wrote 3,173 words. The second day yielded 3,102. The third day came in at a whopping 12,662 words. In fact, on days 1 through 6 of this year, I wrote the first draft of a 42,000 word novella. And today, I resumed work on Fireteam Zulu 2. I figure that even if I only write 2,014 words a day, I should be able to write a novel a month. I’m hoping to get all these novels floating around inside my head (currently about a dozen of them) into words on my computer, so I can edit and publish them and clear my mind for other projects. Plus I really like writing and publishing, and hope that you enjoy reading the stories I create.

Are you a writer? What’s your plan?