I added 1299 words to my manuscript and finished Chapter 1 yesterday. Total word count is now 2398.
I was recently finished of one of the original “The Shadow” pulp novels and it got me thinking about the author. he primary writer was Walter B. Gibson. He wrote 282 of the 325 Shadow novels. The “house” pen name for the Shadow was Maxwell Grant. Anyway, I was thinking about how productive guys like him and Lester Dent (Doc Savage pulps) had to be. After reading up a little, I was blown away.
For a while the Shadow was a twice a month magazine, each issue being a novel length work. That’s right, for most months, Gibson cranked out two 60,000 word novels. In fact, for fifteen straight years he had over 1,000,000 words a year published. Published. Holy crap. And yeah, it’s not exactly high literature, but it’s still all fun and readable.
IF he can do that, I should totally be able to put out a novella every two or three months, right? That’s why I’m getting serious about writing every day.
In other news, I’m working hard on the major change that I have to make for St. Laurent. It mostly affects 3 or 4 chapters there in the middle and it’s quite a boondoggle. Once I get that done, it’s mostly minor changes, so it should go quickly.