Writing in Public: Day 16, Month 01

The rough draft of “Harmonious Bedlam” was finished after an additional 4,800 words.  It is much better structured than past rough drafts I’ve come up with, so I think the outlining strategy I followed from the people at How To Write A Novel Now.  Now, while that outlining strategy is designed primarily for novels, it was a big help to me for a longer short story of around 6,000 words or so.  I’m looking forward to putting it to “Sublease” and “You Are My Brothers” to see what elements I’m missing and where I can improve the story flow.

I have to say the last two months have been a journey for me.  A lot has been written, but even more has been learned.  I’ll go into that in a post at the end of the month, but I’m very satisfied with the way the time has gone.  There are definitely areas where I need to improve on multiple fronts (Technique, plotting, language, and theming for the writing itself, but also efficiency and stamina).  But, the forward momentum is there, and it is building.

Now, on to the day’s numbers!

  • Nonfiction: 197
  • Planning and outlining: 000
  • Fiction: 4,800
  • Salable words: 000

Total Fiction for Month: 43,723

Total Salable for Month: 5,944

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