So, here we are again at a monthly update. August. Where has the year gone?
One of the great things about tracking your production (and this applies to all things, not just writing) is that you can look back and see the evidence of your work. It’s very comforting.
In addition to wrapping up my work in July this time, I’m going to review the year to date.
This month, I finished my first review of Gerod and the Lions. As with the last couple of novels, I wasn’t twitching as I reread, reacquainted myself with the story, and worked on some of the flow issues I saw. One reason for the flow issues was that GatL was written in chunks, separated by work done on other projects.
Sometimes the gaps were months long, and it shows. I had to get my head back into Gerod’s world and each time I returned to it, it took a few days to recapture the feeling.
The draft comes in at 44,996 words, which is decent for a middle grade book and 124% of my revision goal for the month.
I also continued work on the short story, which I’ll be submitting for consideration soon. 2,615 words written on that.
And, of course, there was the blog, and since I continued to participate in the weekly challenges presented by Gabriela Pereira to her DIYMFA Street Team, I far outblogged my goal.
Between the short story and the blog, I wrote 173% of my goal for July.
I also had the pleasure of guest blogging a couple of times in July, once on Mel’s Madness, and later, on DIYMFA (holy cow!). I have another guest blog due out this month on Kristene Perron’s Warp World blog.
I continued querying.
Please keep in mind that revision is a very different animal than writing. I’m not writing all these words from scratch. I’m rearranging words, rewriting sentences or paragraphs for flow, inserting or removing punctuation, and making notes for future revisions.
Writing equates to original words.
|January||69,774 words 186% of goal||9,274 words 141% of goal||Apprentice of Wind, blog|
|February||40,708 words 108% of goal||5,027 words 90% of goal||Apprentice of Wind, blog|
|March||66,637 words 177% of goal||8,436 words 141% of goal||AoW, Figments, Marushka, blog|
|April||37,478 words 100% of goal||10,498 words 187% of goal||Marushka, blog|
|May||50,882 words 136% of goal||10,474 words 181% of goal||Marushka, Reality Bomb, blog|
|June||48,009 words 128% of goal||12,013 words 207% of goal||Reality Bomb, blog|
|July||46,656 words 124% of goal||11,387 words 173% of goal||RB, Gerod and the Lions, short fiction, blog|
Now and the rest of the year
With GatL, I’ve finished reviewing all of my drafted novels. Many of them are still grossly underwritten, but at least I have a better idea now of where I’m going with each.
For August, I just finished up my short story, which I will now revise, and otherwise, the only writing I’m doing is on the blog.
I’ve taken some time off to consider the remainder of the year and what I want to do.
Under consideration are:
- Assembling a poetry collection (going to submit to a local small press) – August
- Organizing a collection of my non-SFF short fiction (again, targeted at the small publisher) – August
- Outlining the third book in my epic fantasy series. I’ve already taken a shot at it, but I know I have to rework it. I’ll do this anyway, because it’s this year’s NaNoWriMo project, but it’s on the list. – concurrent with other projects through to the end of October
- Returning to Initiate of Stone and AoW, to recapture the voice of the series and bring everything into line in light of the outlining and NaNo for the third book. I want to get to November steeped in the world and its characters. – September and October
Because the third in series is of the epic nature, I expect to be continuing the drafting well into December.
I’m also taking a bit of time to think out how I want to structure my writing year from here on out. Previous to 2016, my focus was on getting the words down. Great, but then I had six novels drafted, only one of which was ready for querying.
This year, I’m focusing on the revision of all those drafts. They won’t be completely ready to go, but I’ll be in a place where I can alternate writing and revision in the coming years.
I want to draft new work twice a year, and then work on revision in between. I don’t know exactly what form that’s going to take (except for NaNo), but I think it’s something I can do.
I’m heading out to WorldCon/MidAmeriCon II on the 17th. It will be my first big con, so I’m super excited. This will be my last convention or conference for the year, though. I’ve blown my budget.
As a result, though, I’m going on a blogging vacay. I’ll schedule my Thoughty Thursday curation for the 18th before I leave, but you won’t hear from me again until I’m back and recovered and ready to resume bloggage on the 27th. Sacrifices have to be made.
I’ve done the crazy and applied for Brenda Drake’s #PitchWars. I’ll find out how that goes on the 25th. Not saying more about it for now.
I’m investigating partnerships with an editor. I want something long term, a professional editor who can help me get my drafts into publishable states.
I signed up for a first five pages workshop with NLA. Again, I’ll leave the deets for later.
And that’s this writer’s life.
Next weekend, I’ll be continuing with my CWS 2016 reportage with my notes from the Writing Hard Truths panel.