The Journal, Wednesday, 1/4

Hey Folks,

It’s going to be a great day. I scanned through an earlier novel and highlighted sections of it for information. I consider this research.

I gleaned characters, situations and places that will appear in the next novel. Unless something untoward happens today, I should have a good writing day.

Of Interest

Yet more good comments at Dean’s 1/1/17 Daily… Some Learning… (

Also check his 1/3/17 Daily (

Today, and Writing

Rolled out at 2:30, so I’m at least getting back to normal. By 3 I was going through an old novel, gleaning some bits of it. Finished that in about 2 hours, then took time off around 6 to make breakfast, etc. as everyone else was getting up.

After that I returned, sporadically, to browsing the earlier novel I mentioned. I found four characters or groups of characters that would serve to begin the next novel. Eventually I settled on a group, put my fingers on the keyboard and began typing whatever came.

The opening scene flew out of my subconscious and took off with itself. It felt wonderful.

A little over three hours of writing, and I was sa-MOKIN’ (for me) at around 1300 words per hour. (grin)

Back tomorrow.

Fiction Words: 4391
Nonfiction Words: 210 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 210

Writing of The Claim (novel, working title)

Day 1…… 4391 words. Total words to date…… 4391

Total fiction words for the month……… 6019
Total fiction words for the year………… 6019
Total nonfiction words for the month… 3070
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 3070

Total words for the year (fiction and nonfiction)…… 9089