Mr. Sensitive

May 14, 2012

Victory In Book War I

Filed under: Uncategorized — lbej @ 16:45

So that’s it; first draft drafted.  My original plan called for twenty-two chapters, one per week with four off-weeks for a total of 26 weeks start-to-finish and a completion date of April 29.  In the end, completion was pushed to May 11, a two-week extension, in order to accommodate a five-chapter increase in the scale of the work.  I traded an 8% increase in time required for a 23% increase in output—I’d make that deal every time.  I know that there are at least two chapters that are too long and will need to be split, and I have one brief chapter (about 500 words) I know I need to add, so I expect to go to 30 chapters in the second draft, if not higher. The word count stands at 141,028.  To give you some context, the following are approximate word counts for some of the Harry Potter books:

  • Sorcerer’s Stone – 77,000
  • Prisoner of Azkaban – 107,000
  • Order of the Phoenix – 257,000
  • Deathly Hallows – 198,000

I plan to begin Book War II on July 1st, with the ultimate objective being that I finish all revisions and have in hand a final version of the book by the beginning of 2013.  I can then begin slamming my face into the face of the publishing industry until one or the other of us yields.  (I don’t know the secret start date of Book War II, but it will probably be sometime in June—shhh.)  I expect BWII to be even more brutal than the conflict just ended; looking at the first page of the first chapter, I can tell you that it’s awful as-is and I can use maybe forty percent of it.  I like the last chapter, though; I let Reagan read it and she thought it made no sense—thumbs up so far!



  1. So what does one do to celebrate the victory? I mean aside from getting a ringing endorsement from Reagan.

    Awesome, man. I can’t wait to read it. And I’m forever jealous of your work ethic.

    Comment by Justin Eure — May 14, 2012 @ 16:56 | Reply

    • I celebrated by eating a whole Papa Johns pizza and then eating a Cinnapie. Hopefully I can still fit in the suit I was planning to wear to your wedding.

      Comment by lbej — May 14, 2012 @ 16:58 | Reply

      • If not, I’ll just go sans pants.

        Comment by lbej — May 14, 2012 @ 22:00

      • Because there was never any chance I was going to wear pants, and the Cinnapie was just anti-pants insurance.

        Comment by lbej — May 14, 2012 @ 22:01

  2. I’ve been very impressed with your discipline through this whole process. Maybe I shouldn’t be impressed (or at least not surprised) because it’s just how you do. But I’m impressed anyway. And I can’t wait to read it. But I won’t just read the last chapter like Reagan because that’s not right.

    Comment by euregirlsandboys — May 14, 2012 @ 19:20 | Reply

  3. Awesome, brother! I love that you had Reagan read the final chapter. I can’t wait til I can read it!

    Comment by Charlotte — May 15, 2012 @ 08:35 | Reply

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