Fiction-writing progress, 2012, week 4

This week was better than last week, but I still haven’t found my stride. I wrote 4 out of 7 days, but each day was more than 500 words, giving me a total of just about 3,300 words for the week. It brings the total for January up to 13,213 words. This is somewhat below par, but not all that far.

Three of the four writing days were spent on the novella, but I found myself struggling a bit with how things were going there. I gave it a rest and a lot of through, and have a new approach that I never considered before. I’m hoping to move forward with that approach in the next couple of days. I’d still like to get the first draft of that novella finished in February.

In the meantime, I started another short piece, story #4, I suppose, of which I wrote about 1,000 words. I’m not sure how long this one will be yet, but I can’t imagine it being more than 3-4,000 words total. I also started on the third draft of story #1. To some extent, it is a complete rewrite of the story–the same story with a somewhat different perspective. I rewrote the first scene, about 700 words, but I did not count that as part of “new” fiction writing. I told myself at the beginning that I would only count first drafts and I’m sticking to that out of principle.

Moving forward, I’m going to complete the first draft of story #4, complete the 3rd draft of story #1, and then continue with story #3. I’m hopeful that I can get those first two items done this week, and if I am lucky, the new ideas for story #3 will have cemented themselves in my brain by the end of the week.

So, the score board after nearly 1 month looks as follows:

  • 2 new stories that have at least complete first drafts
  • 4 stories started all together
  • 2 submissions
  • 1 rejection
  • 0 new sales
  • 1 new story appearance
  • 14 days of writing out of 30 (so far)
  • 13,213 words of first draft fiction

The biggest problem I have at this point is inconsistency in setting a regular writing schedule. I am trying to write early in the morning but that isn’t always working out and I end up having to snag time where I can get it. That isn’t always optimal. Maybe in February I’ll get this worked out better.


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