Te Araroa Book Progress Volume 1

Te Araroa Book Progress Volume 1

My month-long writer residency at Elsewhere Studios wrapped up what seems to be ages ago (May 30) and once again I thought I’d give you a long overdue post with some quick and dirty stats. While my book is currently collecting dust, I made major progress during my “artist in residence” program at at Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, Colorado.

In my 24 days living in the “Gingerbread House,” I typed a whopping 24,505 words, which translates to 72 pages (Word, double space, Times, 12pt)! Typically, I wrote 1,000 words a day, working for about 5 hours give or take. Amazingly, I only had 3 days of writer’s block (and only consumed 17 ounces of chocolate the whole month).

I seriously don’t know how people wrote books on typewriters … without the Internet. Gasp! 

Two of my 3 “roommates” were writers, so we really capitalized on our skills and participated in a few community events. Not only did we host the regular open houses and read our work at Elsewhere, there was open mic night, a writer’s group, a radio reading and a workshop teaching others about writing.

The 3 Elsewhere writer residents participated in the radio show, “One Woman’s Perspective” on the local “mountain-grown” radio station (KVNF). We each read an excerpt. 

Overall, Elsewhere was an awesome experience, I am in love with residences and I am ecstatic with the headway I’ve made. This brings my book grand total to 33,620 words, or 106 pages. I believe I am 70% done with the “writing” portion of my book. I am hoping to do a little more writing this fall and winter to potentially finish the words on paper portion. Let’s not talk about the revision process though. Baby steps.

One response to “Te Araroa Book Progress Volume 1”

  1. Anonymous says:

    That's great progress! Keep up the good work!

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