A Week of Writing: 4/30/18 to 5/6/18

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.

The Novel

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.

Date Day Words Written
4/30/2018 Monday 0
5/1/2018 Tuesday 1018
5/2/2018 Wednesday 1550
5/3/2018 Thursday 0
5/4/2018 Friday 0
5/5/2018 Saturday 0
5/6/2018 Sunday 2523

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.

Short Stories

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.

Submissions

Last week was very active in the submission department.

  • Submissions Sent: 6
  • Rejections: 6
  • Withdrawals: 2
  • Acceptances: 0
  • Publications: 1

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.

The Blog

Three more blog posts last week, including my monthly submission statement for April.

4/30/18: A Week of Writing: 4/23/18 to 4/29/18

Yep, the week before this one.

5/2/18: Submission Statement: April 2018

My monthly tally of submissions, rejections, acceptances, etc, including some of the rejection letters I received in all their glory.

5/4/18: One-Hour Flash Success Stories

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.

Goals

One more time, with feeling. FINISH. THE. NOVEL.

Story Spotlight

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.

Read “Simulacra

Image by MarjanNo via Pixabay

 


And that was my week. How was yours?

3 thoughts on “A Week of Writing: 4/30/18 to 5/6/18

  1. Great work, Aeryn!

    As I mentioned last week, I’m participating in Story a Day in May this year. So far, I’ve drafted six new stories (nothing over the weekend, but I wrote two stories today). Except for one, which is more like a novel outline than a short story, they’re all under 1,000 words. Still, I’m happy to have some new material to work with.

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