Today’s blog is a little bit different than usual. I have been making some headway with writing in the last few days (I have extra time to write due to the Virus) and I wanted to share some of that progress and my writing plan for the near future.
Before I jump into it, I would like to know if you guys would appreciate a progress bar on various projects put on the homepage of this blog. It could be interesting to see what I am currently working on. Let me know in the comments whether that would be a good idea.
As you have noticed, I have been a little bit more active on this blog than usual. I have been trying to publish a new post once or twice a week. My posts are usually between 500 and 1,000 words and I spend a decent amount of time on them before posting. This means that that word count is not going towards my short stories and novels. The shift to something that is not fantasy can be a nice reset for my mind. So, it is a net benefit at this point. If/When I get publish I may go back to publishing once a week to once a month depending on my schedule but, for now, things will carry on as scheduled. (As always, you can email me ideas or put them in the comments.)
This is the most exciting update, in my opinion. Sunday to Tuesday afternoon I wrote a complete draft of a 28 page 9,000 word short story. (that is why I didn’t post a blog on Tuesday) I had previously written a 5,000 page draft of the story but that was more of a really thick outline and I only kept two paragraphs from it. This taught me some really important things that I had known deep down but had not surfaced for me yet.
I really love writing. It is exhilarating and I might actually be good at it. The words flowed very easily. On Sunday my word count was 4,218 which is a lot because there was so much else going on that day. I learned that I really can write a lot when I put my mind to it.
I could totally write full time. This virus has allowed me to live as I would as a full-time writer before I got published. The lifestyle fits me and I am, surprisingly, able to push myself, create deadlines, and be a self-starter. This has helped me as I think about my future and what I want to do that writing is worth pursuing and I am going to do it no matter whether it takes two or ten years to get published.
This story has two or three more drafts to go to but I am hoping to get it published in a Sci-Fi and Fantasy literary magazine as soon as possible.
As I have completed a draft of my short story, I need to begin plotting my novel. This way I can begin drafting it. I am going to try to write between 2,000 and 5,000 words a day which will give me a novel draft in a month and a half plus the time it takes to plot it. I am going to take some time researching and plotting this novel before I write it so that the drafting process will go smoothly and I will have to revise less on the back end. I am hoping to have a completed first draft by early June and then revise in July and August. This will put me in a good spot to start querying in the fall, just in time for World Fantasy Convention. This is all tentative and, as we know, a lot can change quickly. So, who knows where we will be by then.
I am always working on other side projects and I plant to overlap plotting, drafting, and revisions. So, I am always rotating in a new novel or short story to keep something fresh and keep my writing moving.
I have a working idea page that I can go to and pick up plot and worldbuilding ideas and I have a page that is filled with scenes that I use to deal with writer’s block. I always have many irons in the fire and there is never a dull moment.
I hope that this was an interesting and helpful update. Let me know if you like having these updates and what else you might wish to know about my writing, writing process, specific projects, etc.
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