I'm well into the 2nd Draft of my new book and at this point I'm pleased with the progress. At this stage I haven't released the title yet, but I'm fairly certain the acronym for it will be AOTB. That sounds a lot better than repeating "my new book" all the time. Anyways let's get into the progress report. I wrote approximately 40,000 words in the first draft and decided I wanted to go a different route in the middle so I basically scraped it and started over in the 2nd Draft. I'm not going to lie. Writing 40k words and then realizing this isn't where you intended to go is a bit discouraging but such is life.
According to George R. R. Martin there are essentially two types or writers. Architects who plan everything out and know exactly which scene goes where, similar to a blue print. And gardeners who have a general idea of what is going on and they plant seeds along the way to see how it grows. Mind you, I paraphrased that but you get the idea.
My 1st Draft of AOTB consisted of a rudimentary outline and a lot of gardening. I didn't like where some of those seeds led so I scrapped it, but not before learning a lot of great things about the characters, what stories they had to tell and how I could ratchet up the tension in several places. I then grabbed my hammer and chisel and returned to the drawing board where I made several improvements in areas such as world building, character arc, pacing, point of view, and voice. And that my friends is why I love rewriting so much.
Now my outline is much stronger for it and I can visualize every scene. For example, my outline consists of twelve chapters with four scenes each. The outline alone is well over 5k words and that doesn't even factor in the notes I've compiled in Scrivener for each character, place, and world building which is another 5k words if you're keeping count. I said that to say this, AOTB is on pace to weigh in at approximately 90,000 words, whereas my first two books averaged 75,000 words a piece.
I wouldn't put too much stock in word count though. I'd much rather wait another five years for Patrick Rothfuss to finish Doors of Stone and it be awesome, rather than he simply meet a word count or deadline for his publisher.
Anyways, I'm always asked about my writing process so hopefully that will give you some insight as to how it's going right now. Due to my jobs, I typically only write on the weekends knowing all too well that if I stay the course, little by little, I'll have a complete manuscript. Were I writing full time, I have no doubt I could produce two full length novels a year. If you really want to write, you'll find time to put your butt in the chair and write. It's hard work, few people will buy your books, fewer still will review your work on Amazon, but if you're passionate about telling stories then tell the stories only you can tell. Do that and someone, somewhere out there will appreciate your art whether they mention it or not.
Talk to you next quarter