Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Writing Progress & Other Business #24

I'm writing the next book in The Alchemancer series. It's called The Nullification Engine and should be out soon. As a way to keep readers updated on my progress and also so I can gauge the same, each week I take a look at my current writing progress and report it here. Also, I discuss some other areas revolving around the business side of things.

I missed last Saturday's update post because I was off volunteering at a Memorial Day weekend event for some of our wounded soldiers. I'm happy to have been involved and to help out. These guys sacrificed a heck of a lot more than most of us ever will, so doing even my small part brought with it a certain amount of gratification.

Oh, and I also met a former President of the United States, namely President George W. Bush.

Back to the book… I was so very close to finishing The Nullification Engine prior to our leaving town, too. Like down to the last and final chapter close. But, I'm happy to say I just closed the book on that last chapter so that I am now officially done with the first draft. Almost 150,000 words written over about 6 months. Here's the final data:

Date Current Word
Count
Words Written Words/Day Words
Remaining
% Complete
12/1/2012 0 0 0 146,850 0.00%
12/8/2012 20,019 20,019 3,337 126,831 13.63%
12/15/2012 24,425 4,406 734 122,425 16.63%
12/22/2012 30,027 5,602 934 116,823 20.45%
12/29/2012 32,059 2,032 339 114,791 21.83%
1/5/2013 34,757 2,698 450 112,093 23.67%
1/12/2013 38,923 4,166 694 107,927 26.51%
1/19/2013 44,503 5,580 930 102,347 30.31%
1/26/2013 49,628 5,125 854 97,222 33.80%
2/2/2013 52,073 2,445 408 94,777 35.46%
2/9/2013 56,503 4,430 738 90,347 38.48%
2/16/2013 62,161 5,658 943 84,689 42.33%
2/23/2013 68,213 6,052 1,009 78,637 46.45%
3/2/2013 74,552 6,339 1,057 72,298 50.77%
3/9/2013 77,757 3,205 534 69,093 52.95%
3/16/2013 84,859 7,102 1,184 61,991 57.79%
3/23/2013 88,321 3,462 577 58,529 60.14%
3/30/2013 90,459 2,138 356 56,391 61.60%
4/6/2013 95,984 5,525 921 50,866 65.36%
4/13/2013 103,119 7,135 1,189 43,731 70.22%
4/20/2013 109,196 6,077 1,013 37,654 74.36%
4/27/2013 116,797 7,601 1,267 30,053 79.53%
5/4/2013 121,121 4,324 721 25,729 82.48%
5/11/2013 128,802 7,681 1,280 18,048 87.71%
5/18/2013 134,918 6,116 1,019 11,932 91.87%
5/25/2013 144,117 9,199 1,533 2,733 98.14%
6/1/2013 147,853 3,736 623 -1,003 100.68%

You'll notice I finished at over 100%. That's because the total word count was always just an estimate which changed over time based on various averages I computed.

So, what's next?

I should get edits back on The Hall of the Wood this week or next. Meanwhile, I need to get going on the additional chapters I plan to add to that novel. Then I need to start in on the edits for The Nullification Engine and start thinking about a cover and setting up an edit slot with my editor. Still lots to do!

Until next time.



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