This week on the Year of the Life of a Writer: short stories! novels! vacation! …one of those things is not like the other, eh?
Writing: Finished a not-so-short-stort for AFTERMATH, the final Old Races collection, which means that collection is done in good time for its August 1 release date. Yay!
Then I had these grandiose plans of writing AN ENTIRE NOVEL (a short one, but a novel) during vacation. Ahahaha. Still, I got 10K written on it. But it was bothering me: it felt too slow, even though I kept looking at it and it was mostly following the structure I wanted. After a while I figured out I’d gotten too far off track in adding some character history/development for someone who didn’t really need it. So I struck that out (saved it for later, though, in case I get a chance to use it) and revised, which I think has really helped the flow of the story. Brought the book back up to 10K, and am pretty satisfied with that.
Then in an attempt to finish the Kickstarter project, I wrote–well, one short story. I have another to do, but it was one of those nice shots where I did 4200 words, a whole story, in one day. So 20K written. Not bad for a vacation, really.
I can hear some of you going “…not much of a vacation, dude,” but in a lot of ways this is part of the job: taking the time you can get to write, when you can get it. This is *especially* what you have to do if you’re coming into the game: grab every moment you can to write. (Sadly I’ve found this a hard habit to break, but nothing’s perfect. )
Work That Isn’t Writing: None! I’ve been on vacation!
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