I am awake and sat in my works parking lot just before going in to start my shift today. So thought I’d shoot out a quick post.
I’ve just been looking through my files and realised I’m not following through with my drafts. I’ll use a story called isolation as an example. I finished this in early August I think but I still haven’t done the next draft. I should of had the next draft done and then the final one done and reached out to my beta readers to see if they can look it over.
I need to sit down and make a list of what is at what stage and start getting these stories finished.
Right, I’d better get in and make a start for the day. I hope you all have an awesome day.
I didn’t do any editing on Sweet Danny, I think I want to have a little more time while I process a few of the suggestions from beta readers and what I want to do with it.
It wasn’t a no work day though, I got 8021 words edited on a story set in the Penal Earth world after the day job. I still need to do a lot of work on it but I’ve got a good idea of what I want to do with it now and I don’t think it’s going to take too much to get it there.
I do want to get Sweet Danny and the zombie book edited this month. I just need to get myself psyched up to get stuck into the zombie one. It needs a lot of work and is rather daunting, but with the format of the book I can break it down into three parts and tackle it that way.
This little impromptu break from writing this las week or so has proved quite beneficial in that the creative gears are beginning to turn on a few stories that I’ve been struggling to get a handle on. Most of these stories are short stories and I’m aiming to have a couple of of these done, well drafts at least.
I’ve written 1501 words today. All recent wordage has been on the mermaid story. I’m not sure how much I’ve said about this story, but essentially it was a short story I wrote years ago but always felt like there was more to tell. This is what I’m doing now. I’ve already built on it and done lots of brainstorming and I am now almost past the point where the original short story ended. I’m excited by this as now I’m very close to writing a whole new part of this story that only exists in my head and in a few notes.
So it’s quite exciting at the moment.
Right, I’m off to settle for the night. Got what could be a busy day tomorrow so I’m gonna try and get an early night.
416 words today, but I also edited my kidnap story and have submitted it! The publisher for the anthology it’s for are pretty good and I should know by the end of August if it’s successful.
It’s always humbling reading through Beta reader’s notes. I’m not fooling myself, I know I’m still learning how to write. But seeing some of the basic mistakes I make it grounds me and makes me want to push harder to improve. The only thing holding me back from improving is myself as I’m not getting enough of my work read by others. It’ something that I drastically need to change. I’m not even talking about publishing. I’m talking about Beta readers. It’s these people who’ll show me what works and what doesn’t, and dear god just how bad my grammar is! A lot of these things I think are the basics and I definitely don’t want to making too many basic mistakes in my work before send them out to editors and for submissions.
Right, I’ve got a few things to do tonight before a little gaming with friends. Then tomorrow, a lot to do!
It is a scorcher here in the UK today, so I haven’t even thought about flicking on my laptop. I’m glad I bought this Bluetooth keyboard for my iPad recently. I managed to get 800 words writing on a short story today with it.
I’ve spent most of the day at work, so I wrote before work and during my break. It really is sweltering here today, so I haven’t done a lot this evening after work.
Tomorrow I’ve got a little time to play with around work. So more work will be done. I think this short story isn’t too far from being wrapped up, but we’ll see.
Right, I’m off to watch a movie. I hope you’ve all had a fantastic weekend!
I’ve written 885 words on a new short story today. And damn boy did those words fly out! And they’re pretty disturbing as well. If it reads as uncomfortable as they were to write then iv done the job right! I managed to get a characters voice feeling pretty damn genuine as well.
It felt good just letting myself go, I’ve not done that in a long time.
But right, just a quickie this morning. I’m off to Rochester with a friend for a wander and cake!
I have edited 4475 words today on Black Blood, which wraps up this draft! I’ve edited something like 65000 words since about the 14th of June, which I’m super happy about. I’ll now put this one to one side but will be making notes for it while it’s resting. I feel pretty good about it and already know some of the changes I need to make on the next draft.
I’m tweaking my process all the time and this edit pass of Black Blood seems to have shown me a few new tricks while working through a draft which’ll hopefully stick and be of use as I go forward.
Today I’m going to be working on a short story for an anthology submission call. This’ll be a last edit pass and then It’ll be ready for submitting and I’ve got to look at my goals for next month.
Writing has been a struggle of late, and I’ve realised I can’t do anything with my Homestead story for the time being. So I’ve put that aside and started the next edit of Black Blood, as well as working on a short story idea I had some time ago.
I forced time at the desk today, I don’t like doing that but it was needed to get myself going again.
I edited 4600 words on Black Blood, and have set myself a goal of November to have that, and edit passes of Penal Earth and the vampire book done. I’m also going to try and work on some new short stories as well. I don’t want to start another big project until November. I’ve got plenty to work on until then.
Right, I’m going to leave it there for the evening. I hope you are all well and managing to crack on with your art and lives in ways that bring at least a little happiness to you.
I wrote 1600 words yesterday and have kind of finished off the sequence of Black Blood I’ve been working on. I still think I need to do more with it, and well just make it stronger with more impact. I’m pretty sure I’m capable of that, but I want to put it down for maybe a month or so and then look at the story as a whole and start editing it again from scratch.
For the next few days I’m going to be working on a couple of stories connected to my Penal Earth universe. Of the two that I’ve got started, one is nearly a full story while the second one is more at the concept stage. The second one really does need a lot of work. I’ve got an idea for the setting, but not an actual story for it yet. I’ve got a few ideas but nothing has settle hard for it.
Right, I’m going to make a start on one of those stories.
Hey folks, been a busy couple of weeks, so little writing but lots of brainstorming. I’ve got four or five projects that I’m beginning to get a really good idea of what I want to do with them. I also re-edited my kidnapping story, despite the date for its anthology submission being long past, I can submit it elsewhere or self-publish it (I have plans).
I am very stuck on Black Blood at the moment. I’ve been trying to write a sequence which is vital to the story and I’m not feeling it. Maybe I need to think it out a little more, I don’t know, but at the moment it’s just not clicking. I think I’ve got a good basis for it, that it’ll work, but I’ve just got to suss it out. I honestly don’t think I’m far away from it, I think I just need one little element to slot into place and then it’ll come together.
I will also be looking at the two short stories I’ve been working on that take place in the Penal Earth world. One of them I think I’ve got a good core for the story, whereas the other one is a lot more bare bones and I haven’t found the real story to it yet. I don’t think I’m far off, it’s tickling the periphery of my conscious but it isn’t revealing itself just yet. I’m going to read what I’ve written of these two and then brainstorm.
I’ve not done this sort of brainstorming for years, and I’m really enjoying it.
Right, I’m off. I hope y’all have a fantastic day and week ahead.