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Fourth (and Final?) Robin Hood Update

So I should be finishing the book tomorrow.  I stopped just short of 89,000 words today; I thought the book would come in around 90,000.  I have one more scene to write -- I'm on the last page of the script.  I could have finished today, but I want to get this closing just right, and after writing about 22 pages today, I needed a glass of shiraz and some rest.

The book was officially due on Monday, but I took some time off for the holidays while we had family in town, and that set me back a bit.  As it is, I'll finish tomorrow, revise Sunday and part of Monday, and have it in by end of business Monday or first thing Tuesday.  One week late.  Really not too bad given the timetable I was given.

"How did it come out?" you ask.  That's an excellent question.  I have no idea.  I'll let you know after I've read it through.

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davidbcoe
Jan. 9th, 2010 04:38 am (UTC)
Thanks, Alis.

I've read through a page or two here, a passage there, to check on things as I've gotten replies to a few queries we sent to the movie production staff. But other than that I haven't gone back at all. I've pushed through figuring I'll go back when I'm done. That approach is utterly new for me. I think I kind of like it....
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davidbcoe
Jan. 9th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
I think it was absolutely a function of having to follow the script. Even when I outline my own work, I usually begin my day by reading through at least some of what I wrote the previous day and refreshing my memory as to where I am in the story. I never did that with this book. I had the script, I knew where I was, and I just sat down and wrote. That said, I do think I learned a few things about disciplining myself, about writing more freely, knowing that I can go back later and revise/polish, so I think I will be a somewhat faster writer after this experience. But not 4500-words-a-day fast. Maybe 2500 words instead of 1500-2000.
coppervale
Jan. 9th, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)
Awesome, David.
davidbcoe
Jan. 9th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks, James.
alanbaxter
Jan. 9th, 2010 06:45 am (UTC)
Well done, mate - that's a fantastic effort. You're an inspiration.
davidbcoe
Jan. 9th, 2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm not sure it's worthy of "inspirational", but it sure was fast for me. Thanks, Alan.
ourforestemple
Jan. 10th, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC)
Can't wait to read it, all that time and effort is bound to pay off! Good luck Monday or Tuesday!
davidbcoe
Jan. 10th, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
Many thanks! Reading it through and so far I'm pleased with what I've got. I hope others will like it too.
markwise
Jan. 11th, 2010 06:50 am (UTC)
Major congratz, David! That's amazing. I'm glad to see that you gained some insight to help in your normal writing.
davidbcoe
Jan. 11th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
Many thanks, Mark. It really has helped me in ways that will redound to my own book projects, and I wasn't sure it would.
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