Another week of writing come to a close. Got some novel writin’ done, some short stories spruced up, a bunch of submission sent, a pile of rejections received, and even a publication to crow about.
Have a look.
Well, I was hoping to have a complete first draft by this point, but instead I decided to stray from my outline for the climax of the third act, which meant I had to rework a bunch of things. That slowed me down considerably. The changes will make for a better book (I hope), but they definitely cut into my raw production.
I managed 5,091 words last week. Not bad, all things considered. I’m at just over 85,000 words for the manuscript, and I think there’s probably another 5,000 or so to go. I don’t want the book to be much longer than 90,000 if I can help it. That said, it’ll likely go over for the first draft and then edit down to 90k or just below it.
Like the week before, I didn’t finish any new stories, but I fixed up a bunch of old ones. Some of those I submitted, and some I’ll submit this week. I also started outlining a new sci-fi story I’m pretty excited about. I’ll start working on that soon.
Last week was very active in the submission department.
Submissions Sent: 6
A little bit of everything last week. I sent a bunch of submission, got a bunch of rejections (three in one day), and I even had to withdraw a couple of stories from a market that went under.
Three more blog posts last week, including my monthly submission statement for April.
A list of the flash fiction and short stories I’ve published that began life as one-hour flash fiction writing exercises. Also, why I think setting a clock on your writing can be a good thing.
One more time, with feeling. FINISH. THE. NOVEL.
This week’s story is my most recent publication, and it’s one of the few stories I’ve published that could be called literary . . . if you squint, from a long way away. The story is called “Simulacra” and it was published by the fine folks over at Ellipsis Zine.