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Writing Progress: Week Ending November 17, 2012

November 19, 2012

Another week that was surprisingly good on the wordcount front, all things considered:

Book of M:

  • Background Notes Wordcount: 0 words
  • First Draft Wordcount: 1,180 words

Story of V:

  • Wordcount: 200 words

Grand Total: 1,380 words

I did at last hear back about my standing on the Super Secret Project.  And it was not unsurprising.  Which is why you no longer see that listed among my active projects this week.

Someday, I may revisit my plan for the Super Secret Project, and actually write the thing, even without a market for it.  For now, however, it will not be appearing in the anticipated essay anthology.

Of course, I had been excited about the prospect of writing this, and I’m disappointed by the result.  On the other hand, however, I’m relieved to know for certain, and to have the freedom to arrange my writing time (limited as it is) around other projects (namely the short story I started in the prior week, code-named “Story of V” for lack of a real title, and of course “Book of M”).

Speaking of “Book of M”, this week went fairly well.  It was the largest single-week wordcount I’ve made on “Book of M” in over two months.  And it felt good to get some of that writing down.  I managed to overcome another difficult transition element in the story.

I’ve said before and I’ll say again: managing transitions is probably the single biggest difficulty I’ve faced in writing this.  I mentioned last week the excruciating frustration of writing only very little bits at a time, all herky-jerky like.  Transitions are one of the biggest reasons I find this painful.  It’s hard to manage your transitions when you’re putting down so few words at a time.  It’s hard to even know where the transitions are.

So it is that I strongly suspect, when this thing is finished and looking for Beta readers… that it’ll be in a terrible and almost unreadable state.

I also worked a bit on the short story this week, but didn’t do much with it.  I had to spend a good bit of time thinking abou the story and what I wanted to accomplish with it and how I was going to get there.  So I didn’t have much forward progress.  I’m feeling my way toward the story I want to tell.

And that’s writing, for last week.  I expect this week will be somewhat more muted in my writing progress, for reasons that may be obvious. (Or they may not.)  We shall see how it goes.

Now then.  Tell me: how was your week?

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  1. November 19, 2012 7:19 pm

    Great week Stephen! Sorry that the secret project didn’t work out, but at least you have time to write your novel now 🙂

    On my end, I won’t be posting word counts for a while. I’m back to the edit wars! Finished two chapters this weekend, and will be at this for the foreseeable future.

    • November 21, 2012 9:50 am

      Yeah. Like I said, I’m a bit sad not to have made the cut. But I’m happy to be working on my novel and short story both. So it balances out.

      I was going to ask (when I had the time to get around to responding to comments) what book you’re working on editing now (since you just finished another novel), but you’ve already answered that in your own blog post. I guess I should’ve known, anyway, that the latest novel was still too fresh to dive immediately into edits.

  2. November 21, 2012 8:08 am

    Looks like you got some good work done this week. I know how frustrating it can be to write in little chunks here and there, but then at least you have the raw material, evenif it requires more polishing later (amd I’ve had some situations where I expected that the whole thing, when assembled, would be a mess, and it turned out not to be bad at all).

    Like Theresa, I’m in the middle of edits. I’m re-writing and re-posting my mystery stories (one per month until they’re all done) and at the moment I’m a bit ahead of schedule. The December story is ready and the January one is nearly there.Which works out well, since the February one needs more work than the ones before it put together.

    I’m also still noodling around about what I’ll do next. A few idea, but nothing definite yet.

    Oh, and: “I did at last hear back about my standing on the Super Secret Project. And it was not unsurprising.” If I’m reading this right, you might mean “not surprising” rather than “not unsurprising” (which would mean “surprising”).

    • November 21, 2012 9:52 am

      Umm… Yeah. Negation fail, on my part. I’ll have to go fix that. Thanks for the catch.

      I’m sure it feels good to be ahead of schedule! 🙂 I don’t know that I’ve ever been ahead of schedule in my own writing projects…

  3. November 22, 2012 12:54 am

    Yay for progress! Even if the Super Secret Project didn’t work out. 😦

    Transitions are meh for me, as well. I’ve been writing in units of scenes lately, so it’s like I have to re-read the last scene to get back into a proper mindset for the story and recall the previous mood. Then I can figure out how to smoothly carry onward.

    *huffs*

    Not really that much work, but the temptation to fiddle is great. If I work one a scene a day, however, I find it less necessary to revisit all of what I wrote before (usually just the last few sentences) and then am less inclined to go back and nitpick. (Really trying to change my perfectionist habits now, heh. It’s been tough.)

    In other news, I finished my heavy (structural) edits last night–yay! Two days before I’d intended. Now I can relax on Thanksgiving and focus on preparing for crazy retail hours on Black Friday…eh. -__-

    Then it’s back on the saddle, doing relatively minor edits and ensure this thing is in respectable condition for beta readers. (I’m thinking this will take me around 2 months, realistically, knowing my pace and work habits now.) Funnily enough, the story is still around 200K words, haha, but they’re words I feel are much tighter and more “necessary” in the greater scheme of both this novel’s plot and that of the entire trilogy. But we’ll see what the betas think… o.O

    • November 24, 2012 12:29 am

      Tiyana: That’s great that you were ahead of schedule. Good luck with the last round of pre-beta edits.

    • November 27, 2012 8:55 am

      Great that you finished doing your heavy-lifting edits! That’s great news. Hope your Thanksgiving went smashingly well, too. It’s good when you’ve got a story in that shape where it’s feeling more complete.

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