Happy New Year!!! Many of us write every day, others write only a few times a year. This note is for those who rarely write. This is a place to brag about your accomplishments, cry about your failures, and otherwise tell about what is going on in your lives. By telling about what is going on during your week, you will have pressure to also tell about your writing accomplishments. It is not fun to say that you did not write. That is how this note is supposed to help us write regularly. You will try hard to open something at least once during the week so you can say to everybody, YES, I DID WRITE.
How much you actually write is not important. If you even wrote one word, it is writing if it is the right word. What you write is not important. You can write new, edit something, even if it is someone else’s, critique someone's work, write poetry, articles, writing assignments, blogging, world or character development, and even E-mails can be writing if they are wordy and pertain to writing or story. In essence, if you have to ask if it is writing, the answer is yes. Some of us won't include some of these in their writing claims, but that is up to the individual.
This would be a good place to post last year's statistics. I have to verify it, but I attacked six or seven stories, and wrote THE END on four of them. Three of those were completely rewritten at least once after I wrote them. One is going to have to be completely replotted if it is going to be published for the target publication. I cutting one story back in size and that is taking a whole lot longer than planned. On the story idea front, I posted 368 story ideas, amounting to 533 pages, and 319075 words. a lot less on the word and page count than last year, but at least it was three more than needed for the year. When I get a chance this week, I will verify what I wrote this year, and get some stats on my writing.
As for me, I have worked most days this week on my Waxy story in progress. I just looked and am disappointed. I have only removed three hundred this week. I have to remove 10,000 more words which means scenes will disappear. I figured out last week that at the rate I am going, it will take 55 days to get this down to where it needs to be if I keep at this rate.
On the story idea front, I have 53 ideas on the compost pile. the top ten are pretty new and will be fun to write. I Printed out the November story ideas for a friend who is not on the internet. He fell in love with one of them and really wants it developed. He cannot write and I don't have the time. Sad. It is a good one.
As to the question of the week, I can honestly say,
Happy New Year all. A shade over 9000 words on my WIP since starting it a week ago. A little less than the pace I want, but I've decided to stress less about meeting my exact objective this year and just concentrate on getting some solid prose on the page. Working so far, and every page moves me along.
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Worked on a short story I found on my laptop. Old fashioned Space Opera, with heroics that save the day. My last SO was more about how the pilot of a starfighter dealt with the memory of pain from a bad injury during his last battle. But this one is as I said Good old fashion SO.
Wrote on Nano novel now up to 70,000 words, most of that was last week though. Wrote on two other novels.
As to the whole year. Hmmm: wrote at least seven stories but probably ten plus; Wrote more then 100,000 total on four novels, Probably close to 20 crits, at least that many blog posts, a huge amount of thread posts at four different sites. Wrote a few paragraphs twice on a novel that has been sitting around for a while. At least four Letters to the Editor for my local paper, two were published.
Managed to get my revision work rolling again...unfortunately, that's a long slog...in the one I'm working on, I'm up to page twenty of a seventy-eight page computer MS...so I'll be at it for awhile.
The damned thing's been around for over a year, and I still haven't decided on names and places, and still haven't researched some things I need to know...
Yes, I did. Among other things, I've created ten new YA short stories that will be part of a series, and have already written select scenes for a few of them. I want to create at least four more new ideas by the end of this week.