On more week of writing, editing, and submitting in the books.
Getting close to done(ish) on at least one big project.
Solid production on the novel for the week, and I passed 80,000 words total. I’m at the climax of the story, and I’m looking at another 10,000 words to wrap up the first draft. I think 90,000 is a solid length for a horror novel, though it’ll likely boil down to 85,000 or so after my first pass and possibly a bit more once my beta readers are done chewing on it. Here’s how the week went.
That’s another 8,837 words. Again, I’d have liked 10,000, but so close to the end I’m writing slower and taking more time to think certain plot points through. I hope next week’s update will be that I’ve finished the first draft.
Last week I tinkered with a bunch of trunk stories and outlined a sci-fi story, but I didn’t finish anything new. That’ll be apparent in my submission numbers. My focus has been on the novel and a few other projects, so less time for short stories.
Only one submission this week, a trunk story I spruced up and sent out.
- Submissions Sent: 1
- Rejections: 1
- Acceptances: 0
- Publications: 0
Technically, I only received one rejection last week, but I got three this morning, so it feels like a lot more. Anyway, I’ll account for this morning’s rejections in next week’s update. 🙂
I’ve been pretty steady with updating the blog three times a week, and as a result my traffic and followers have increased. Here’s last week’s trio.
Pretty self-explanatory, right?
4/25/18: A Day in the Life of a First Draft
One of my goofier posts in a while, I relate what my typical writing day looks like, hour by hour.
A follow up to my post about constructing a basic cover letter. This one details some of the additional elements publishers sometimes ask for in a cover letter.
Finish. The. Novel.
This week it’s a story from one of my favorite peddlers of flash fiction, The Molotov Cocktail. The following story, “Masks,” took third place in their FlashFear contest.
And that was my week. How was yours?