Writing in Public 2015: Day 17, Month 1

Saturday’s mostly over, and a good bit was accomplished on all fronts except the novel.

  • Short Story Writing: The first fully completed draft of “Evaporated Ocean” is done! As I said, quite a bit of the changes have already been implemented in the three different outlines I made before ever putting pen to paper, so I’m fairly happy with the way everything’s turned out. It’s been transcribed, and now it just awaits more research on my part to tighten everything up. I’ve done a fair amount of the research, so I’ll implement the changes I can think of tomorrow into a pseudo final draft. The real final draft will come in a couple of weeks during the final editing phase.
  • Short Story Editing: The first round of “The Lone Blue Strand” has been completed and kicked back to Venessa Giunta at Fictionvale. This bit of extra editing during the week taught me that I can get short stories written and edit short stories at the same time. So, I’ve figured out how I can better get short stories finished, I think. I’ll get a story drafted up as much as I possibly can (3rd or 4th draft) during its week of creation, and then set it aside for a minimum of a week. Then during the “edit” week I’ll spend at least an hour a day working on it, getting it as tight as possible. Then, and only then, will it be submitted to its final destination. With that as my goal, next week I will finally finish my WOTF entry for Q2 and get it submitted.
  • Novel Outlining: No new work again. Hate falling behind, but those short stories knocked out my day more than I thought they would. Sometimes, short stories aren’t so short! Not on the time investment, anyway.
  • Fiction Reading: Read another chapter of Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. Still not as quickly as I would like, but I plan to spend some time doing nothing but quality reading soon.


Blog Posts: 320
Planning and outlining: 500
Short Fiction: 2,750
Novel Fiction: 0
Salable words: 0

Total Fiction for Month: 14,400

Total Salable for Month: 1,000

Total Fiction for Challenge Year: 14,400

Total Salable for Challenge Year: 1,000

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