Memories of Dragons
Drawchilde: Book III
38,000 of 200,000 words
A Stefani Wilder Novel - buy now!
Demigods (working title)
standalone fantasy novel
14,000 of 250,000 words
A novella of Bydaira
34,000 of 32,000 words
The Panther's Girl
Drawchilde: Book II
200,000 of 200,000 words
Iavan and the Deodin
Drawchilde: Book 0
105,000 of 100,000 words
The Lego Hacker
Jillian Diehl, PI, Book I
80,000 of 80,000 words
Heir of Iron
draft complete at 130,000
Well of Trades (working title)
draft complete at 92,000 words
I've been suffering from a lack of consistency with writing lately. Part of it is I've got quite a few projects going, and they all seem to be a little stuck. This is actually pretty unusual for me. I am not prone to getting stuck. In the rare instances I lose steam on one project, I usually just jump ship to another for a while and get right back into a good zone, then return to the original refreshed and ready to continue.
That's not how it's been working the last few months. Instead I get stuck, change gears, grind along for a little while, get stuck, change gears again, repeat. The result is all my projects are crawling or halted, and I've got no momentum whatsoever.
I've decided the only way to get unstuck is to do something drastic. Like decide to write two novellas by the end of the month. So that's what I'm going to do. The novellas in question are Brinlin Forest and Brinlin Cove. I've started Brinlin Forest. It's currently 15k long. Brinlin Cove is not begun. I'm aiming for them to be about 40,000 words each.
So, here's the math: 40k x 2 = 80k. 80k - 15k = 65k words I have to write between now and March 1. There are 24 days left in February (including today), which works out to a tidy 2,700 words daily.
This should be totally doable for me. When I'm working on larger projects and I'm in a good groove, 2,000 words is my normal daily output. I'm not in a good groove right now, though. I've been managing closer to 1,000 words a day. So nearly tripling my output is going to feel tough, particularly at first.
I will post a progress bar tomorrow and update it daily as I go along. I figure now's a good time since I'm playing #lastman this year and so am going to be avoiding social media and all news outlets like the plague for a while.
Wish me luck!
I've been having fun with the novellas. Tessili Academy and Tessili Rogue are now done. Tessili Revenge is halfway there. I also finished a 12,000 word short story set in the Tessili world I intend to submit to Tor, and an itty bitty flash fiction piece about a superhero I intend to submit to Havok. Stefani has been busy too. A Man Who Starts is written. All it needs is editing and formatting, then publication.
Which means I have a lot of work in the "almost done" state. Again. On the one hand, I feel like I've done a pretty good job so far in 2015. Then on the other hand I look and the calendar and think, "April already? How? What? When? I have so much to do."
However, my short list of goals is attainable, I think. Here's what I plan to have done by the end of the year:
I'm also making a small effort to revitalize my presence on the internet. So far that's not going so well. I have a really hard time staying interesting in social media. I guess we'll see if I can stick with it this time.