Holy shemoley! It’s June already and I’m three weeks into my five week leave. Time she’s a-flying 😦
May was all about catching up on my revisions. I’d fallen behind and had really wanted to get them done before my leave started. As it was, I worked through until May 24th on my revisions. The remaining words I wrote on Initiate of Stone were (marked in red) were on my query and synopsis.
I rewrote the latter no less than three times, but I think the third one is the best of the three, so I’m going with that version.
It should be no surprise, then, that the lion’s share of my word count was on IoS: 24,511 words (!) Now, keep in mind that revision word counts are halved (unless I drafted completely new chapters).
Overall, this revision of IoS came in at a whopping 129,402 words. That’s only 520 words fewer than the previous revision, despite the fact that I eliminated a POV character. As I expected, her role and sections were easily assumed by other characters, but I had to write more to make things work seamlessly.
I wrote more of Marushka, as well, but I haven’t finished the draft yet. I’d wanted to have that done before my leave, too. What can you do, though? 3,173 words isn’t anything to sneeze at.
I revised a short story and submitted it to an anthology (for a scant 10 words), but I won’t hear anything about that until the end of July. I missed an anthology deadline for which I had the perfect story. I could have kicked myself. I mistook the date and thought I had until the end of the month when I only had until the 15th.
That kind of thing happened a lot in May.
And blogging filled out the rest of my word count for the month with 9,706 words.
That’s a total of 37,400 words. Egads! Again, the lion’s share of that was on revision, which are a different beast, but it’s my best month since NaNoWriMo 2013 🙂
This month, I’ve been pouring more time and effort into researching agents and planning my querying strategy. I think June will be a low word count month as a result.
I’ve also organized a couple of workshops for visiting writers. On May 31st, Jane Ann McLachlan delivered a great workshop on Crafting the Contemporary Genre Novel. On June 18, Madeleine Callway will be delivering a workshop on How to Get Published. I’ll have more on Madeleine with an interview in just a few 🙂
And there are a pile of other things happening.
More on that in my Sundog snippet.
2 thoughts on “The next chapter: May 2015 update”
The best thing to do when you send your first round of queries out is to keep writing. I was obsessive at first, checking emails constantly for a reply, but then the excitement wore off a bit when nothing was happening (some of them are really slow) and I got a bit more level headed and used writing to distract me.
37,400 words for the month is a great effort, more than 1000 words a day, which is a good average to have.
Good luck with June and Querying.
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That’s the plan, my friend. Finish Marushka, finish Gerod and the Lions, then onto fleshing out book two. I have a skeleton draft, but so much has changed in book one, that I have some major rewriting to do. And then, of course, there’s NaNoWriMo. Already working on that idea. It’s great when the work you love and have to do anyway can serve as a distraction 😉
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