Writing for 10 hours in one day! // It’s time for another writing vlog! The #10kWritingChallenge is all about writing 10,000 words in one day. Since I’m in the novel revision process, I’m changing my regular writing routine in order to read through my novel and write for ten hours.
This is the day I’ve been dreading.
This is another #10kWritingChallenge day. Today I’m not going to be writing 10,000 words because I’m in the editing phase for my book. So instead of writing 10,000 words, I’m going to be just working on the book in general, whether that be editing or just adding notes or whatever. Just working on the book for 10 hours. So far I am five hours in, actually feeling pretty good. I’ve edited a lot of chapters. I think I’m up to like chapter 10ish right now. So I’ve got an average of like two chapters an hour going. I will say I’m not actually like making the edits. So the first draft is, for argument’s sake, done. There are some scenes that I’ve skipped that I now have to go back and eventually write and add-in. But today is more about just going through the manuscript.
So it’s been a long time since I’ve really like delved into the manuscript. I’ve like written scenes here and there, but I feel like I’ve kind of lost touch with the story because I’ve been working on it for a while now. So today the goal is to just actually read the entire manuscript and make notes to myself as I go to like make editing notes. I’m actually writing like little chapter summaries to myself. So every time I finish reading a chapter I write a few sentences about what happened in that chapter. That’s something I tend to do for all my books just so if I ever get like lost as to what’s happening or what’s going on, I can look in my notes and see what happened in what chapters, just because even though I am outlining this book usually I tend to change things a little bit when I actually go to write and I am usually too lazy to change the outline, so I have to end up going back and writing things down for myself.
Another thing that I’m doing is that I also have a whole nother page that is just dedicated to scenes I want to add in later, which right now is mostly just backstory. I will say I am way behind my initial publishing plan. I actually wanted to have this book out and published by BookCon, which is, I’m usually in June, but this year it’s at the very, very like last two days of May. So the plan was to have it published by then. That did not happen. As you guys can see we are not even past the first draft phase yet. We are like in the in-between the first draft is done, but the second draft editing hasn’t like really officially started and that’s because the wedding and holidays and The Book Launch Planner wanting to make sure, you know, timelines stay with that.
So I had put it on the back burner for a little bit, which I kinda think is a good thing cause I like to put things on the back burner. Especially for novels cause I feel like I see them in a new light. The longer I let them sit. So I was able to do that and now I’m rewriting and I’m feeling pretty good about the first, the chapters that I’ve read through so far. They’re looking good. There’s just like backstory that’s needed. I do however want to have draft two or draft three finished by February in, let me tell you why. I’m very, very happy to announce that I’m going to be attending the Winter Story Summit, which is basically a writing retreat that’s hosted on a cruise ship that goes to Jamaica and Haiti and starts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
So I was selected as one of the recipients of the Founder Award, which basically means I got a partial scholarship to go. So that was awesome. And at the best part is that my plus one gets to travel for free. So my mom is coming with me. So it’s kinda like a mother-daughter trip where I’ll also be getting like writing workshops, keynote addresses every day and one-on-one mentorships with some industry professionals. So I am super excited about that. So the reason I want to work on this novel and have it kind of a little bit more ready for February is because that is when I’ll be going to this retreat is at the end of February and I’m bringing my manuscript with me, I’m bringing it for the one-on-one mentorship, I’m bringing it to hopefully get some really good feedback about it.
And then from there, I guess we’ll kind of see what stage is that and we’ll then figure out whether or not publication-wise, what sort of plans I want to make for publication. So I’m super excited and that’s why today I’m working extra hard to get like a really good overview of the story so I can start really, really diving into editing and rewriting and adding in the scenes that I’ve been skipping. So it will be ready for this retreat cause I wanna make the most out of this retreat and make sure I’m prepared as possible. And I’m just, I’m so excited. I feel so lucky to have gotten the award so I could actually afford to go on the trip. So yeah, just stay tuned. I think this 10 hour writing day is going a lot better than I thought it would because I’m still feeling good and peppy right now.
So we’ve got about two hours left and I’m about three-fourths of the way through the manuscript. Making a ton of notes. It’s going painfully slow now, but I’m hoping to finish the manuscript today and you know, here’s my cat, Mr. Moon. He’s a great cat and he’s going to help me. Oh my God, your face is so cute. I wish you guys saw what I just saw. Oh, look at him. He’s such a good kitty. I’m going to go back to editing so I can move on with my life, but I’ve got two hours to go.
10 hours later we have a finished challenge. So I’ve spent literally all day writing. And when I say all day, I mean from sunrise to sunset because he is officially dark. And today you guys I’m sure to have seen a lot of Moon because you know, he likes to get in the way of my writing. But I can call this officially mission accomplished. My mission was to write for 10 hours and during those 10 hours to read through my entire manuscript, which I did, I started off by actually like making edits. And when I say edits, I mean like making notes to myself. And then as I saw time passing and progress not…making I realized, Oh shoot, I have to go faster if I want to get like the whole manuscript read, which was the whole point. So I ended up just, just reading, like, just purely reading as well as like making my little chapter notes saying what each chapter was about.
And then I did make some edits if they were like huge, gigantic edits in terms of like making scene changes in terms of like order. So I did that sort of stuff. But otherwise, I tried not to touch anything. So I just read it and I read it. And I think the best part of when you read your whole manuscript in one day is that there were a few big things that I saw inconsistencies of that you need to fix later as well as, I absolutely love my story. Like this is a good story and the only bummer part is that I haven’t like officially written the ending yet cause I know exactly how it’s gonna end. But in order to write the ending, I have to do like a lot of research into one specific thing to make sure I write the scene correctly.
And I’ve been really dragging my feet on doing that research. So yeah, I still have to do that. And there are a few more scenes that I have to add-in. Like I mentioned earlier, a lot of backstories, but I’m really happy with where my book is at right now. And the only thing I’m still annoyed eternally about besides having to still write the scenes I’ve been avoiding is that I still can’t figure out a title for this book. The working title and I can’t even remember if I’ve told you guys before is Sick and Twisted. I just call it sick and twisted cause that kinda explains the book in a nutshell. But I cannot find a legit title that I like. I had a title that I thought was it. I thought it was amazing. I shared it with some of my writer friends and they were like, that sounds like [inaudible] and I’m like, Oh it does sound like that, which is a very iconic movie.
And I did not want my book title to sound similar to the title of a very iconic movie. So, unfortunately, it doesn’t work. I’ll tell you, I’m sure. I’ll tell you guys what the title is later on, but I don’t want to tell you yet in case I make like a similar version of the title. So yeah. I’m going to tell you guys later what it is, but for now, I’m going to keep it secret, but remind me later when the book is maybe published and you guys were like, what? What was the original title you came up with that you didn’t want to tell us what it was because it was similar to an iconic movie. I will tell you later, be sure to follow me on Patreon. I have tons of benefits for those who support me on Patreon like podcasts, videos, and a whole bunch of other fun stuff, so be sure to check it out. If you’d like to stay up to date with everything I’m doing, be sure to join me on my newsletter, which is also linked down below. When you join my newsletter, you get access to some free printables as well as webinars. Thank you all for watching. Be sure to give this video a thumbs up, comment down below and subscribe.