Writing Progress: Week Ending November 24, 2012

It was Thanksgiving last week, and between travel and holiday festivities, I didn’t write too terribly much, but still:

Book of M:

  • Background Notes Wordcount: 0 words
  • First Draft Wordcount: 0 words

Story of V:

  • Wordcount: 506 words

Grand Total: 506 words

This brings me to a total of almost 2 and a half thousand words on “Story of V” (the code-name for the currently untitled Short Story project), at what feels like something close to or just shy of the midway point.  Which means that I’m roughly on target for my goals for the total length of this project: in the 4,000 – 6,000 word range.

So that’s encouraging.

It’s slow going, but hopefully soon I’ll have a first draft of this story done.  And maybe then… maybe then I can find alpha and beta readers.  I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

Other than that, there isn’t much to talk about in my writing world.  So why don’t you tell me about yours, instead?

8 thoughts on “Writing Progress: Week Ending November 24, 2012

  1. Its still word count 😉 Not much to share on my end, other than more editing. I think I have at least 4 or 5 more weeks of work left to do, and I’m not sure if I’ll make it before Christmas. Really there’s no rush, but I’d rather be writing!

  2. It is always nice when stories end up at least approximately as long as we expect them to be, isn’t it? 🙂

    I think I’m zeroing in on my next project, though in kind of a weird way. About a week ago I saw the movie Moonrise Kingdom, and I’ve become somewhat obsessed with it (I just posted about it on my blog this morning).

    The movie is set on an island off the coast of New England, before and during a major storm. One of my possible projects is set on a similar island, and includes a major storm.

    I’m thinking that’s the one to work on. 🙂

    • Well, I’d be getting ahead of myself if I say it’s come out where I expected it… I’m not at the end, yet! But it’s close, and that feels good.

      I saw your post, but hadn’t seen the movie (and am unlikely to see it any time soon for a wide variety of reasons) so didn’t comment. But it’s nice to have a serendipity of inspiration like that, no?

  3. Reaching midpoint is a great feeling! Undeniable progress.

    As for me, I’m just starting my minor edits on the WIP–mostly just making sure the words on the page are actually saying/implying what I want them to say/imply. Despite insistence from certain family members who just want to see the thing done, for heaven’s sake…I don’t think I’ll finish it as quickly as they’re hoping I will. But I’m not gonna sit there and try to negotiate with non-writers/editors what is/isn’t the best amount of time to get this thing done, sorry.

    I’m the freakin’ writer and I’ll decide when it’s finished, lol. So long as I’m making regular progress towards a realistic end goal that works for me… That’s what matters (to me).

    • Tiyana, I don’t know if you’ve seen the movie The Producers (the original), but there’s line in there that might help. The next time people try to rush you, tell them, “I am the author! You are the audience! I outrank you!”

      (it works best in a German accent. 🙂 )

    • It’s true, non-writers often don’t understand the process that writers go through to create what they create. It’s weird, I think. To me, it’s not mysterious. It just is. But I get the impression from some non-writers that we do seems bizarre or counter-productive or something.

      At the end of the day, you’ve got to do what works for you. But I don’t really have any advice on how to deal with those who don’t understand it… I just haven’t figured out how to do that, myself.

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