Reading and Writing Progress

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything, so I thought I’d share my reading progress. 

I made a reading goal on Goodreads to read 50 books for the year. So far I’ve read 34 and I’m currently well on my way with the 35th. To see what I’ve been reading click here

While I was exploring Goodreads I found some cool data about my reading goal. 

The number of pages I’ve read by year:

The number of books I’ve read each year (what the heck happened in 2016 I have no idea):

The books I’ve read by the year they were published and the year I read them:


I thought those things were kinda neat. I accessed this data on the Goodreads website, not the app, by clicking My Books at the top left side of the page then clicking Stats on the left side navigation column. 

As for my writing progress…

I haven’t done much mostly because I’ve been waiting on feedback from beta readers. The MS right now is 72k and 201 pages in Word and will grow from the feedback I received. 

I asked my beta readers to keep in mind the following while reading (authors probably don’t do this normally, but this was necessary for me for certain reasons):

  • Chapter lengths – short, too long, just right?
  • Diction – does it read well? does it read like a young adult novel?
  • Dialogue – not awkward/forced? natural?
  • Mr A’s stories – do you need to know more about him? less? 
  • Mr A in general – how is his character overall? does he sound too far fetched?

I’m thinking of handing out the MS to one more beta reader to check for grammar and punctuation errors while I rewrite a few scenes, add some details, and do my own editing. Overall I’m happy with the feedback I received and I’m looking forward to getting back to writing. 

Until next time. 

Happy Writing!

MH

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Editing Progress #19

Horror Novel:

  • Word Count = 68, 565 (5, 526 words added!)
  • Pages = 192 (14 pages added!)
  • Chapter 13 = written and edited! Words = 5, 361; Pages = 13

One more chapter to write and edit then I’ll be all set for Round 2 and 3 of my editing process. How’s your writing going?

Until next time.

Happy Writing!

MH

Editing Progress #18

Horror Novel:

  • Word count = 63, 039 (2, 998 words added)
  • Pages = 178 (9 pages added)
  • Chapter 11 = written and edited! (3, 008 words and 8 pages)

Two more chapters to write and edit. I’ve managed to write and edit chapter’s 10 and 11 in a day so I’m hoping to do the same for 12 and 13. I also chopped chapter 10 in half (14 pages was too long) and brought up my total number of chapters to 30.

Word count goal is still 70k or higher and I’m only 6, 961 words away from that goal. 6, 961 words should equal two more chapters.

Until next time.

Happy Writing!

Editing Progress #17

Horror Novel:

  • Word count = 60, 041 (2, 377 words added)
  • Pages = 169 (6 pages added)
  • Chapter 10: written and edited; 5, 517 words overall; 14 pages double-spaced!

There’s one chapter done, only three more to go! Look at that word count. It’s so beautiful!

I’m hoping to start and finish Chapter 11 tonight. It’s a bit ambitious but hey, I think I can do it.

Until next time.

Happy Writing!

MH

Editing Progress #16

Horror Novel:

  • Word count = 57, 664 (1,897 words added)
  • Pages = 163 (4 pages added)
  • Editing Chapter = 10 (well, I’m really writing a whole new chapter then editing it)

Nearly done with chapter 10 then I will edit it and move on to chapter’s 11-13.

70k here I come!

Until next time.

Happy writing!

MH

Editing Progress #15

Horror Novel: 

  • Word count = 55, 767 (1,927 words added since last Thursday!)
  • Pages = 159 (4 pages added to the Word document with normal margins, double-spaced, Calibri size 11 font)
  • Chapters edited: 23-26 out of 26 (total count will be 29 after a few scenes are finished and polished)

The first round of edits is mostly done (about 90%). I am writing four more chapters to give the middle of the story a little more bulk. I’ve already tidied up loose ends throughout and checked plot consistency. I have two more run-throughs to do after these four chapters are complete and edited. 

As a bonus, here are the titles for the four chapters I’m writing:

CHAPTER TEN – BLACK HALLWAYS

CHAPTER ELEVEN – THE JACKAL

CHAPTER TWELVE – SIX HEADS, ONE MIND

CHAPTER THIRTEEN – THE GRIMLOCK
Progress, progress, progress!

Until next time.

Happy Writing!

MH

Editing Progress #14

Horror Novel:

  • Word count = 53, 840 (+304)
  • Pages = 154 (+2)
  • Chapters edited = 21 & 22 (out of 26)

The end is nigh! I might aim to finish this first round of edits tonight as there are only 23 pages left to go. I can’t wait to finish this WIP.

Until next time.

Happy Writing!

MH