My Life

Nanowrimo complete!

So I passed the 50 000 word target for my first Nanowrimo.
I’m pleased with my progress. I’ve been writing 3000 words or more on most weekdays (not so much on the weekends as that is family time, though I did add a few hundred words each weekend).

Though I’m pleased I’m anticipating this novel will land between 90 000 and 100 000 words so I still have a lot of work left to go. I’d like to finish this rough draft before the upcoming holidays. I think it is possible.

How is the draft going? I’m making more technical errors (spelling and whatnot) at this speed but I think the novel as a whole fits together better in first draft than my previous three novels. I’m anticipating less rewriting effort on the second draft. I’ll start revisions next year, after I clean up some stories I finished this summer.

Former lead designer at BioWare (Dragon Age: Origins, Neverwinter Nights). Creator of Raiders of the Serpent Sea.


  • Laurie Tom

    I’ve been following your progress on the NaNoWriMo site and feeling
    envious.┬á Even though I’m goin to finish ahead of schedule as well, it
    won’t be *that* far ahead.┬á Congrats on finishing. :)

  • Brent Knowles


    Thank you! I had noticed you weren’t far from finishing too. Congrats! Impressed you are able to get that much writing done while working the dayjob! I was never that productive before. (I’m assuming you are not in crunch right now… otherwise I’m triply impressed.)

    I’m starting to figure out a functional schedule, between looking after the kids and whatnot. I think I could probably sustain this progress more or less on other projects as long as I had them planned adequately ahead of time. Which is kind of weird because I thought my productivity would plummet when I pulled my youngest out of daycare to stay home with me in the afternoons (he still goes to school in the mornings, which is when I write).

    Take care!

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