View Full Version : March 500 words/day thread--all genres welcome

Good Word
03-01-2007, 01:33 PM
Things have certainly taken on a life of their own here--the universal word count has been dramatically increased because of you folks. I know that e=mc2, but I swear the earth is a tad heavier with all these words. Or something.

A big congratulations to Mr. London for completing his manuscript.

(I'll be back soon.)

03-01-2007, 06:26 PM
I'm so glad you started these threads, because it's made a huge difference for me. :Sun: Thank you, and hope to see you soon!

Got lots of good progress on the revising last night. Curse these characters, they keep pointing out stuff I need to tear down and rebuild...but it's good because now for future novels I (hopefully) won't have to make dozens of revision passes to get it right. Hopefully I'm learning something about story construction from the start.

Here's to writing, in whatever form, every day. *clink*

03-02-2007, 02:52 AM
30 articles ranging from how to be a lawyer to how to build a trebuchet to how to fight. I am SO FREAKIN TIRED right now.

03-02-2007, 04:43 AM
I'm still in!

Also still in editing hell(which has been made easier by my totally fab new crit partner).

I'd like to be starting something new by the middle of the month, then I'll be tossing in my daily word count again :)

03-02-2007, 09:29 AM
256 words -- Preliminary Application for Financial Assistance by Mother Hubbard's dog. Plus a bunch of IM brainstorming & bringing my little brother in on the game.

We're having entirely too much fun with this!

03-02-2007, 08:14 PM
I got... *cough* 44 words yesterday...

Along with my 30 articles, but still... I was hoping to get ON TRACK on the first day of March.

And I haven't been repped in DAYS!!! *goes off to cry*

03-02-2007, 11:30 PM
200 words last night.

Half the time was spent checking references for necessary info which plays a part in the story.

03-03-2007, 01:48 AM
I have started a new novel, a sort of mystery-suspense-erotic horror piece. Lots of eccentric and downright weird people. I like weird characters!

03-03-2007, 04:38 AM
Revisions going great. Crossed the halfway point of the ms today, going forward in one direction (which was welcome considering I've been going back and forth til now) and with the new clarifications, there are some scenes I can't wait to get to.

I had hoped this would be my last pass through it, but it's going to need at least one more. That's okay though, I still have time.

JD, that new novel sounds like fun! Good luck with it and have a blast! :D

03-03-2007, 08:26 AM
365 on the murder mystery stuff.

03-03-2007, 08:53 AM
I feel so loved. You guys are awesome, you know that? :e2grouphu

03-03-2007, 09:31 AM
Between my last post and this one, I cranked out 715 words on my WIP. You guys are an amazing inspiration.

03-03-2007, 10:09 AM
And 320 more. Hey, actually made a goal with this nursery-crime stuff! :tongue

03-04-2007, 05:02 AM
693 on the newly-fledged WIP. My heroine has met a not-so-long-lost relative, who couldn't care less about her.

03-04-2007, 05:18 AM
No extra words, but put together (hopefully) the last pre-game piece for the murder mystery (newspaper with pertinent articles/letters). Probably more tweaking needed, but dunno what exactly.

03-04-2007, 08:33 AM
700 and something on my WIP. I forget how many ;) I'm being a good girl! :D

03-05-2007, 02:34 AM
729 on WIP today (murder mystery is waiting for response from co-conspirators)

Soccer Mom
03-05-2007, 04:20 AM
1000 new words today. And I've heard back from almost all beta readers and its great responses. Yee Haw. And the Mavs keep winning.

Oh yeah....and I quit my second job (effective Easter). That's a biiiiiiig Yee Haw!

03-05-2007, 05:22 AM
Yea! First job being writing, or OTHER?

03-05-2007, 05:52 AM
And the Mavs keep winning.

Hey now, this is supposed to be a good news thread! :tongue

Otherwise, congrats!

03-05-2007, 07:20 AM
:snoopy: Finished! With the penultimate revision pass! :D I'm going to force myself to let the ms sit for at least a day before I make another pass. In the meantime I have neglected short stories to work on. Again, revising, but it's revising of different material.

Yay for WildScribe, Annie, JD, Soccer Mom, and everyone else in this thread!!! :Clap:

03-05-2007, 08:41 AM
And 599 on the Flash Fiction challenge (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=57160) -- short for me. I'm counting it (I usually don't) because it will fit nicely into my WIP! :D

03-05-2007, 08:37 PM
Weekend report: 560 words on Friday and 520 words on Saturday. Sunday was spent doing a little research and revising another project.

03-05-2007, 09:14 PM
198 words before I gave up last night... I wasn't feeling good yesterday.

03-06-2007, 02:37 AM
I pruned about 500 words today, and I'm still sitting just about 100K.

Oh, and I wrote my query, blech!

03-06-2007, 05:59 AM
18 articles today, all bread and butter. Maybe some words on my WIP tonight, but I'm gonna go READ for a little while. Cheesy romance, here I come!

ETA: 503 on the novel. GOAL!!!

03-06-2007, 09:53 AM
425 tonight. Not quite goal but I'll take it. :)

03-06-2007, 10:59 PM
Not doing so well with making myself leave the revisions alone for a day or two. I keep going back to it. I don't know if that's good or bad but there it is.

However I'm going to try again once I get this last scene shifted. It does need to sit and cook and I know it.

03-07-2007, 06:28 AM
100 words for Monday night. Cat had to go to the vet so most of the evening was used up.

We'll see how tonight goes.

03-07-2007, 06:46 AM
Instead of writing, I got about a half dozen queries out. One of them was on spec, so I guess I did write an 800 word article. YAY!

03-07-2007, 07:17 AM
Working on finalizing mystery dinner stuff, so probably no story tonight.

Soccer Mom
03-07-2007, 07:24 AM
Another thousand words. Yee Haw. I'm writing again. :D

03-07-2007, 08:03 PM
Tuesday: no writing. Took care of unhappy kitties.

03-07-2007, 08:52 PM
And you can still type? My hands were shredded last time my kitties got unhappy! You are my hero.

03-07-2007, 09:01 PM
And you can still type? My hands were shredded last time my kitties got unhappy! You are my hero.
No claws involved, thankfully. We keep their claws trimmed. Just lots of unhappy noises and yowls.

Male kitty has a bladder infection, on antibiotics right now, but is still uncomfortable. Female kitty (his sister) has been hissing and growling at him since he came back from the vet. Now he's retaliating by peeing in her favorite spots. As well as peeing in random places.


If I get even 50 words during all this, I'll be amazed. At the moment, I'm following him around with a bottle of carpet cleaner and a roll of paper towels.

03-07-2007, 09:08 PM
Oh, icky. Sounds fun. Our cats like to get into death matches just as we're falling asleep. Sometimes right on top of us. :rant:

03-08-2007, 02:44 AM
Yay Soccer Mom! :D

Aww Ace, I hope your kitty feels better soon. :)

I did it, I got that one last scene shifted and then I backed slowly away from the manuscript. I know I should work on other stories (I have two that are prime candidates) but I've been so focused on the WIP that my house looks like two little kids and a cat and a dog live here! :tongue So today I cleaned and I'll probably spend the forseeable future cleaning, since I want to come home to a clean house when we get back from out of town.

So I likely won't have any new words at all for a few days, but I'll be around. :)

03-08-2007, 02:57 AM
Couple new queries in the mail today. Gotta get on that magazine, stuff. ;)

03-08-2007, 08:54 PM
Wednesday: No words.

On the plus side, a flash piece got picked up. Huzzah!

03-09-2007, 03:22 AM
5 k bread and butter, AND I coordinated an interview with an idiot, finally, to get another article in on time (barely)

03-09-2007, 06:03 PM
Good for you WildScribe and Ace. :Thumbs:

Nothing to report on the new-words front, but that's okay. By design at the moment.

03-09-2007, 07:42 PM
Thursday: No words.

Might be something tonight. We shall see.

Soccer Mom
03-09-2007, 11:51 PM
No new words yet. Maybe tonight.

03-10-2007, 04:25 AM
326 words on my brand new WIP.

And the good news: less than 2 hours after sending my first query on TEE, I had a request for a full. So yay me.

03-10-2007, 04:27 AM
I had to write some of the most boring articles ever. I didn't want them, but no one else did either, and I didn't want my boss left in the lurch. I am way too nice.

03-11-2007, 09:14 AM
582 on my WIP, plus a ton of work that I really didn't want to do. I avoid working on the weekends, but I got a ton of articles dropped in my lap yesterday and today. At least it's done.

ETA: Where is everyone else, today?

03-11-2007, 09:37 AM
Murder mystery dinner happened today, so no writing. It was a blast, tho. Much fun was had by all. (I'll write up something about it when I get a chance.)

03-11-2007, 10:18 AM
Friday night: No words. But the male cat is better and both kitties are behaving and playing nice. They even sat in the papa-san together.

Today, Saturday: 1300 words and finished the first draft of the WIP (novelette).

Sunday will be printing pages and beginning edits/revisions.


03-13-2007, 01:49 AM
1200 words on my new WIP. It's slow going and I'm making lots of notes.

03-13-2007, 06:36 AM
No words today. I just found out that something I have been eating contains a lot of lead. I'm really scared for what that means for my baby. Any prayers would be appreciated, guys.

03-13-2007, 08:02 AM
:Hug2: Prayers, WS. Don't stress yourself too much.

668 for me. Finally back to the WIP!

Soccer Mom
03-13-2007, 08:16 AM
Wildscribe! Hope everything will be okay. :Hug2:

500 new words in a story for the Buckaroo Rodeo contest. (gotta have it done by Thurs if I'm gonna submit. Yeah. It could happen.)

Slight bits of editing on WIP. Good feedback from betas. Oh, and got a rejection in the mail for something I thought was a perfect fit. :( At least it was prompt.

03-13-2007, 05:26 PM
:Hug2: WildScribe! Prayin' over here. :)

Picked the revising back up yesterday. Going great but too dang slow. Less than a week til I go out of town. I had wanted things wrapped up completely so I could just come home, give it all a once-over, and kick it out the door. Just have to see, I guess. :) I'd rather be a little behind schedule than send something out that I regret.

03-13-2007, 07:08 PM
WildScribe--hope all will be well.

No new words. In revisions.

But the next WIP should be underway by the end of the month...I think.

03-15-2007, 07:36 AM
It sure feels dead in here.

524 plus 23 articles.

03-15-2007, 09:21 AM
747 today. Finished at a crazy-late hour (relatively) due to watching a killer double-overtime ball game -- whew. :Sun:

Soccer Mom
03-15-2007, 05:38 PM
Done with a beta read and edited first half of my ms and sent off again to more betas.

I'm gonna be AWOL for a bit. I'm going on vacation and I'm NOT taking my computer.


Okay, but I'm taking several notepads and lots of books to read. :D

03-15-2007, 07:56 PM
I'm gonna be AWOL for a bit. I'm going on vacation and I'm NOT taking my computer.
LOL, me too! Just checked in here to say see-y'all-when-I-get-back, and then I'm gone until the end of the month. Have fun on your holiday, Soccer Mom! :D

I didn't get my revisions done, but that's okay. They're going well and I'll pick them up again when I'm home.

Everybody else, keep up the good work. :Sun:

03-15-2007, 10:18 PM
In final revisions for two stories, hopefully going out this weekend. (fingers crossed)

Wednesday: 160 word flash story.

Plus some story notes.

03-16-2007, 09:12 AM
Wow, it fell off the page. Have to work harder.

723 today. Which means I broke 40K. :D

03-16-2007, 08:32 PM
Revisions continue. My beta reader noted a couple of inconsistencies in one of the stories. Have to go back and rework a few bits.

No new words. But a couple of new ideas so I made notes.

03-16-2007, 08:35 PM
723 today. Which means I broke 40K. :D
Nicely done!


Annie O
03-16-2007, 10:10 PM
What a great idea - can I join? :e2writer:

03-16-2007, 10:15 PM
Sure, but I've got dibs on the name. ;)

What are you working on?

Annie O
03-16-2007, 10:28 PM
It's a mystery for younger readers set in Dartmoor.

03-16-2007, 11:02 PM
I'm up to 50k, as you can see. No new words yesterday, but 20 bread and butters. I'm having some trouble with those, so keep your fingers crossed for me that they don't come back, or I'll have to rework a total of 43 arts this weekend.

03-17-2007, 01:03 AM
It's a mystery for younger readers set in Dartmoor.

Sounds like fun! :)

Annie O
03-18-2007, 05:00 AM
Reworked first two chapters today. Okay, does that mean I have to do double tomorrow? ;)

03-18-2007, 05:05 AM
Technically no, but that's what I'm doing today (double words). Yesterday was editing short stories.

eta: 1153 today! :D Plus a bit more editing.

03-19-2007, 01:50 AM
And 1198 today! I like this family-out-of-town thing. :D

Annie O
03-19-2007, 06:57 AM
More reworking. Some research - involved visiting story setting and taking pics. Only a few new words. :(

03-19-2007, 07:13 AM
Hey, all of it counts! (I'm especially impressed by research. I struggle with that.)

03-19-2007, 09:48 AM
Research. Lots of research.

Haven't written a word in days.

But I must research otherwise I'll screw up the book by not making everything - well, for the most part - authentic.


Annie O
03-19-2007, 06:18 PM
I hear ya!

Annie O
03-19-2007, 06:19 PM
Hey, all of it counts! (I'm especially impressed by research. I struggle with that.)

Thanks, Annie - I still feel guilty when I'm not writing.

03-19-2007, 07:35 PM
Friday: No words. It was date night. :)

Saturday: Finished revisions on two stories.

Sunday: Finished final edits on one story. Spent rest of the day doing chores.

(Kitty update: Kitties are back to normal and happily dragging the little planter box of wheatgrass around the living room floor. )

03-19-2007, 10:16 PM
I've been bad, but I can't remember how bad. I went to a LAN party Saturday which lasted all day, and did a second re-write of a whole mess of articles on Sunday. And I haven't been sleeping well, which isn't helping.

Annie O
03-20-2007, 04:36 AM
WIP - 600 words and I researched some possible markets for an article I have sitting around. Feel a bit happier that I finally wrote some new stuff today! :e2bear:

03-20-2007, 06:07 AM
'Ullo, ullo! Sorry to be gone so long, but I had to sit down and think about this new WIP for a while. I got 1403 words done today, and I think I actually know what I'm doing. lol!

03-20-2007, 07:46 AM
955 on my WIP today. I've got a hard press ahead of me to meet my self-imposed deadline.

03-20-2007, 08:55 AM
Way to go all!

1062 here. :D

Annie O
03-20-2007, 02:28 PM
Yay, let's give ourselves a big pat on the back!

Soccer Mom
03-20-2007, 09:01 PM
I'm back! ;) I know you all pined for me. I know you did. :D Anyway, I actually wrote a new short story on vacation and got lots of editing done. Okay, the story isn't done quite yet, but it will be in a day or so.

03-21-2007, 02:37 AM
I would have pined for you if I knew you were away, but I was away too!
I put in 767 words on the new WIP today, and am chugging right along.

03-21-2007, 05:03 PM
No words, and this week is looking baaaad. I have a ton of bread and butter work to do, and it seems I have caught the flu. Great.

Good Word
03-21-2007, 05:35 PM
Sheesh, it's great to see everyone doing so well.

I've officially commenced the official commencement of the rewrite of my novel.


I'm thrilled.

03-21-2007, 09:12 PM
No new words but sent three stories to market.

Starting next yarn shortly.

03-22-2007, 06:31 AM
1025 new words, bringing the new WIP up to 4980. It's not much, but it's a firm stake in the ground.

Wildscribe -- sorry about the flu!!

Good Word -- I'm glad it's official. *grin*

03-22-2007, 08:51 AM
I somehow managed to sit up long enough to get 907 words done today! Whee!

03-23-2007, 06:13 AM
780 words, and it's fun to write like this without having to worry about putting the clues out where the detective can find them. (The WIP is an erotic horror story; did I mention that?)

03-23-2007, 06:31 AM
Whee, JD! 25 arts today between 250 and 500 words each, but the worst part was that about ten of them were very detailed tax information articles. I thought I was going to die, but I can tell you what a 1041 is and where to shove...er...file it.

03-23-2007, 08:12 AM
867 today on the WIP. I think my eyes are bleeding... someone wanna check for me?

Annie O
03-24-2007, 01:15 AM
Haven't worked on my WIP for a few days but have sorted an article and some greeting card subs. Will buckle down this weekend!

Annie O
03-24-2007, 01:17 AM
Whee, JD! 25 arts today between 250 and 500 words each, but the worst part was that about ten of them were very detailed tax information articles. I thought I was going to die, but I can tell you what a 1041 is and where to shove...er...file it.


03-24-2007, 05:45 AM
668 words today. It was really too nice a day to work. I went out and watched my neighbor's peacock and his two peahens prowl around my garden, scratching for bugs. I hope they come back in the fall and eat the grasshoppers.

Annie O
03-24-2007, 05:18 PM
Them there peacocks make a heck of a noise when they start calling; you can hear them for miles! They are beautiful to look at though!

03-24-2007, 08:33 PM
519 here yesterday.

03-24-2007, 10:00 PM
Friday night: Started the new WIP and clocked in with 502 words.

03-25-2007, 04:59 AM
1097, plus a little short-story tweaking. (It's in the Suddenly Fiction forum (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=151). Go look! :tongue)

03-26-2007, 01:29 AM
730 today.

03-26-2007, 02:02 AM
I didn't get anything new done yesterday. I poked around with what I already had, and decided that my female main character needs to be more assertive. The poor dear is a bit passive for what I have in mind. So, I fixed that, and today I added 574 new words to the opus.

03-26-2007, 06:27 PM
Saturday: No words.

Sunday (yesterday): 479 words.

03-27-2007, 01:22 AM
Hi all, I'm back! :hi: I got zero writing done (which was fine) but lots hammered out and I'm jumping right back in it tonight. Can't wait. Would've already jumped back in but I was so exhausted early this morning.

So glad to see all the great work you guys've been up to! :D

Annie O
03-27-2007, 04:05 AM
Worked on article Saturday and Sunday. No words today.

03-27-2007, 07:57 AM
907 new words on my WIP today, plus a ton of bread and butter. I have SO MUCH work this week that I am almost scared, but it'll be fine - it always is.

03-27-2007, 08:07 AM
Short story tonight, roundabout 500 words.

03-28-2007, 06:04 AM
880 words today, which is only 440 each for yesterday and today, but what the hey! I have written the Big Scene at the end, so I have a goal to work toward, which is always a comforting thing.

03-28-2007, 05:43 PM
Great job everyone! Keep it up! :Thumbs:

As for me...waffling (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=59463). Sigh.

03-28-2007, 08:31 PM
*cough* 269 yesterday...
I know... BAD!


03-28-2007, 08:50 PM
Monday: No words.

Tuesday: 110 words.

Annie O
03-29-2007, 01:43 AM
Worked on article yesterday and today 250 words. Had a relapse of my M.E. so haven't the energy to do much more, but hey, if it wasn't for the M.E I wouldn't be at home writing anyway...I'd be at school teaching!

03-29-2007, 02:57 AM
672 words, and chugging right along. I write scenes as they occur to me; I sure hope I can manage to connect the dots and make a book out of them!

03-31-2007, 05:51 AM
Everybody's got spring fever, right? :D

626 words
I decided that I'm not really in the mood to work on that erotic horror novel
I started, so I shelved it after 8500 words and have started a new mystery, with a nicely decayed naked corpse slumped in the corner of the sauna.

03-31-2007, 06:09 AM
I've been off my WIP because I have so much work to do right now. Writing for cash is just not the same as writing for myself, it seems. Anyway, I also realized that I'm scared to finish because then I have to edit.

03-31-2007, 06:56 PM
Thought of a much better way for my antag to get a hold of something he needs to get a hold of, and am writing those scenes into the ms now. 700 words day before yesterday, 500 yesterday. :D

Soccer Mom
04-01-2007, 03:21 AM
:hooray: Massive quatities of editing done. 2,000 words added to ms. (Yes, still the genie thing. It's expanding!)

04-01-2007, 06:26 AM
Hurrah for Soccer Mom!

I got 836 done today on my new WIP and it's coming along just fine. Lots of cheers and kudos for all of us!

:PartySmil :PartySmil :PartySmil

Annie O
04-01-2007, 06:55 AM
No new words but finished an article that has taken ages to complete! Phew! Tomorrow I will work on my WIP and do some greetings. I will, I will, I will!

Soccer Mom
04-01-2007, 07:18 AM
:Sun: Great job, everyone! Keep the words coming! :Sun:

04-01-2007, 08:27 PM
Sent off a dozen queries for "Icing" and got back two rejections, then did some research for the next. (Tough job: going to hockey playoffs.) Started the new WIP yesterday and am at 1800 words.

04-02-2007, 05:34 AM
1021 words and so far it looks like plain sailing. (It's when I get to around 30,000 that I start moaning that nothing is going right and I might as well give up and go to work for Taco Bell.)

04-02-2007, 05:36 AM
:Sun: for everybody else, since I was a bad girl today and wrote absolutely nothing. ;)

JD, if you throw in the towel and go work at Taco Bell, I'll come every day as the Customer From Hell and make you wish you'd stuck with writing. ;)

04-02-2007, 06:47 AM
I've been off the wagon for how long now? But, 1185 tonight (in the FF challenge of all things).

Back to it tomorrow, I hope.

Soccer Mom
04-02-2007, 09:39 PM

Another 1,000 words. Called in sick to work today. Bad case of spring fever.

04-03-2007, 01:29 AM
Spring fever...so were you outside to write, or inside? :tongue ;)

500 more words for me, which finishes off my added-in scenes, and back to polishing. THIS THING IS GOING OUT THE DOOR THIS MONTH IF IT KILLS ME!!!

04-03-2007, 02:27 AM
I just finished my taxes... which DID almost kill me! ;)

04-03-2007, 05:18 AM
555 words today. Plus got to exercise class, which would do me more good if a lady from church hadn't sent over a bunch of cookies!

Yay for done (& non-lethal) taxes!

04-03-2007, 06:51 AM
1400 words and another rejection. At least they've all been kind rejections. Won't get any words done tomorrow; Tuesdays are spoken for.

04-03-2007, 07:33 AM
666 words today -- the Number of the Beast. (Except that some scholars say that was a mistranslation. Tough! No one is going to change our minds after all this time!) Gosh, AnnieColleen we must have something in common, coming up with triplet numbers.

04-03-2007, 08:15 AM
I had a short story the other day that came out to 444 -- it's a sign!

(Maybe we should try the lottery?)

Annie O
04-03-2007, 08:59 PM
More greeting cards but no WIP - I'll get there eventually. Hey, all these triple numbers are beginning to spook me!