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Three Roses, Bk 1: Running Progress Report

I’ve decided to record my progress as I work to finish a draft of Book 1: The Anarchy.

I begin with 23,321 words completed (first 4+ chapters).  I’m aiming for the book to come in around 125k-150k (which probably means it’ll be 150k-175k), and I hope to have it done by the end of the year.  Can I do it?  Check back to find out!

Update (2016.09.18):  Alas, the answer is no.  I’m not going to finish the book by the end of the year. I’ve decided that I need to finish my dissertation first, this fall.  So I’m putting the book aside until I have a complete draft of that other big, looming project, which should be in January.  Then I’ll come back to Three Roses, ready to crank it out. Getting the dissertation done should, I hope, be a real load off my mind.

The numbers: from 7.11-9.12, I added 20,801 words to the ms., for a grand total of 44,122.  I’ve completed Part 1 out of 5 parts and have begun on Part 2.  Each part should be similar in length, so it’s looking like the book will come in around 200k words (rounding to 40k/part).  So I have roughly 150k words left to write.  That’s not quite where I wanted to be at this point, but Part 1 proved much more difficult to write than I had expected.  The rest of the book should come more easily, now that I have a solid foundation to work off of.


  • 2016.07.11-17  (Week 1):  6,915 / total 30,236  (finished Ch 5)
  • 2016.07.18-24  (Week 2):  3,788 / total 33,027
  • 2016.07.25-31  (Week 3):  6,729 / total 38,756  (finished Ch 6 / Part 1)
  • 2016.08.01-14  (Weeks 4 + 5):  vacation
  • 2016.08.15-21  (Week 6):  1,318 words / total 40,074
  • 2016.08.21-28 (Week 7): butkis
  • 2016.08.29-9.04  (Week 8):  462 / total 40,436
  • 2016.09.05-11  (Week 9):  2,789 / total 43,225 (finished Part 1 — again)
  • 2016.09.12: 838 / total 44,063
  • 2016.09.18:  total 44,122 (first 6+ chapters)

9 responses to “Three Roses, Bk 1: Running Progress Report

  1. Mike July 14, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Hi Roger

    Excellent, keep it up.
    18.18% of a proposed 150k and counting…



    • reichorn July 16, 2016 at 12:55 am

      That’s sobering. There’s so much more story to tell! I’m starting to think 175k-200k is more likely… Hopefully publishers won’t balk at that length for a first novel.

      I’ve learned over the years to aim low. I always pull high, every goddamn time…

  2. Mike August 3, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Hi Roger

    Glad to see you are still making progress. I just recently returned from 2 weeks’ vacation in Italy with my 2 kids, my wife and my mother (otherwise known as rock and hard place respectively). Strangely enough I did less drinking than I thought I would.

    Rome was too hot, Pompeii stupendous and the Tyrrhenian cost almost relaxing (see above).The Galati was superb, the food less so and I have a nice tan.

    25.83% of 150k, not bad. I for one won’t be to unhappy if it turns out to be longer as I have enjoyed what I have seen of your writing so far…

    Keep up the good work.


    • reichorn August 5, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      Oooo, Italy. I’m jealous! You have two kids? You’re in school, though, right? Graduate school? Probably not the place for disclosing personal details, I suppose. Anyway, it’s interesting to get a little window onto your life. Plus, Italy. Still jealous.

      Yeah, it’s starting to look like I’ll be lucky if the book comes in under 200k. Not the end of the world, I hope.

  3. reichorn September 4, 2016 at 1:46 am

    I’m back at it, finally. On top of non-writing-related shit, I’ve also done some serious thinking about how to proceed. Though it happens to other writers a lot, I’ve had to wrestle with something that’s unusual for me: a character who refuses to die. What I mean is that I have a character who, when I first came up with her, was supposed to last only a few chapters before meeting a gruesome end. I decided some time ago that she couldn’t die so quickly, but I hadn’t come up with any arc for her. She figures prominently in the opening of Chapter 7, and so I found myself stuck. Figuring out her story — more of her backstory as well as what’s going to happen to her in the rest of the book — required going back and revising earlier chapters in which she appears. But I’m back at it, and hope to make some decent progress before the quarter starts. (BTW, my word-count totals are always cumulative, meaning that I take into account additions — as well as subtractions — made in earlier sections.)

  4. Subetei October 23, 2016 at 2:35 am

    So how is it coming? You stopped updating us.

    • reichorn October 23, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      Only because I stopped working on the book. Alas. I had to put the novel aside so that I can finish my dissertation. I hope to have a draft of *that* done by the end of the year, which will free up a lot of time for me to finally finish the goddamn book… (The longer version of the story is that, going into this last summer, I was tentatively planning on spending two more years in graduate school, but for various reasons I’ve decided it’s best to do everything possible to finish this school year.)

      • Mostly Harmless February 12, 2017 at 1:44 am

        Any updates? 😀
        Finished the dissertation?

      • reichorn February 13, 2017 at 7:06 pm

        Hey MH! I’m *almost* done with the dissertation. I was aiming for the beginning of January, but it looks like the beginning of March is more likely. Two months late isn’t that bad, I suppose. Once that’s out of the way — assuming my committee cooperates — I’ll be jumping right back into TR. It’s do-or-die time… Hope all’s well with you.

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