The Kraken and the Clock Tower: Week Three

I have recently started writing a novel that is tentatively titled The Kraken and the Clock Tower. These posts will document that process, including a weekly word count check in, along with various thoughts and feelings along the way.


I’m going to get better about posting these over the weekend, since it’s getting harder to talk about what I did last week without conflating it with the 1500 words I’ve written this week. (Spoilers: I’m on track for this week as well).

A lot of people have noted my decision to use Google Docs for this project rather than Microsoft Word. It was a decision I made on a financial basis rather than a feature one. The simple truth is, while Google Docs isn’t quite as feature rich as Microsoft Word, it does have the basics I need without worrying about Microsoft’s new (and in my opinion extortionate) Office 365 subscription system.

The biggest disadvantage I’m finding with Google Docs is that I immediately boot up Chrome to use it, and that only makes my urge to procrastinate even more intense. I’ve found myself opening a new tab to check on Twitter more than a few times now before my 500 words are done. It’s something I have to work on, but if it does turn into a further problem, I might consider switching up to something like Scrivener.

And that’s about all for another post. I’m currently in the middle of my last 500 word a day week. By the end of this week, I should have 10,000 words and I’ll be ready to kick up to a faster working pace. The next post should go up over the weekend, but I’m planning on something a bit sooner than that, which is sort of tangentially related. Until then, may you go with the blessing of the god of blank pages.


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