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It is possibly a little on the late side to be doing a post on writing plans for the year ahead but here it is.

At the start of the year I set out some goals that I’d like to accomplish this year, the first and foremost being to make something of my scribblings – to actually make a go at being a writer rather than just dreaming of it.

First up is to write ever day., and to aim for around 50,000 words a month.  In effect doing a nanowrimo ever month. That would bring the yearly total to around 600,000 words, which is around 6-8 standard novels in length or slightly longer than War & Peace.

Secondly, actually do something with all those words.  By that I mean get them out there for people to read.

As part of that is to actually put up a number of short fiction pieces I’ve been sitting on for some time.  I’ve got two collections of 8 stories apiece, totalling around the 70K word mark in total for both collections that have been around for ages gathering dust.  Call it crippling shyness, terminal self doubt or whatever but I haven’t taken the risk with them I should.

Once they are done I’ll take a plunge on some of the other stuff I have been working on, fixing them up and getting ready to release them.

So how did January go?

Better than I had expected, especially starting off cold.  I manage to write everyday and put out 57,300 words of rough drafts (plus 2762 words or rewrites), which is above the monthly target and gives me a nice little buffer going ahead.

All those words were scattered over a number of projects as I worked on figuring out just what I was going to focus on.  I did finish off the rough draft of one short story and one novella, both of which had been started prior to the beginning of the year.

In addition I made a great start to two new projects.  One is an epic fantasy story,which I did 10K on.  I’m still considering if it would be a standalone story or maybe a trilogy – I guess I’ll see as the story progresses.

The second was starting on a space opera short fiction serial, which clocked in at around 7,800 words done by the end of January, all of them in the last 5 days.  In fact prior to that the idea of the story hadn’t existed.  I just sat down and started writing.

More updates int the coming months, and hopefully even further updates on others matters as well.

 

 

I’ve been reading webcomics for quite a while now – some I’ve stuck with, others, due to time constraints I’ve let drop.  I’m a big fan of them and how they go about telling there stories.  Now if only I could draw…

But I can’t, so I write.

Webcomics, for the most, sell there stories differently than authors.  They give it away for free upfront.  You go to the webcomic and there it is, available to read.  And yet, even doing so, some authors of webcomics earn a living.  They do this by building up a fanbase through there works who then buy copies of the book, the merchandise, sponsor them like old fashioned patrons etc.

Authors tend not to work that way, at least not for those who write full length novels.  For those that write short fiction and serials there are some who do so.

It is something that I am starting to try out now.  I have started a new blog, Tales From a Thousand Worlds, where three times a week I’ll post my short stories in small parts of about 1000 words at a time, give or take.  It is both an experiment and an effort to hopefully begin building up a collection of people who enjoy reading my stories, and do so on a regular basis.

We’ll see how it goes.

It has been a while since I have last updated what has been going on writing wise.  Probably about time I did.

I have today just finished off the rewrite of a brand new short story, in the Peregrine and Blade series.  It comes in at around 11,000 words and is titled The Oasis of Broken Bones.  The series has been the main focus of my writing as of late.  There are currently 16 stories completed in that series, ranging from 2000 to 25000 words in length. Between them they number some 166000 words, which is a fair amount.  Only seven of those have ever been seen so far.  In addition, 8 more are in various stages of planning.  All of them will be coming to light soon I hope.

In addition, there are some 24 other short stories and novellas in other collections gathering dust, with a number more planned.

More news on what is going to happen to them all should happen soon.  At least that is the plan.

 

The string of not quite meeting the challenge targets has continued this week, aided by having three days of relief work that saw little done on those days.  Plus today I have a job interview to see whether it becomes a more permanent arrangement.  I have also temporarily paused writing up notes on the background on the fantasy epic series while I do research on a number of matters; language, mythology, cultures, history etc, looking for ideas and inspiration.

Block 1: Target: 3500 words. Output: 1057.  Overall total: 31232 (Target: 31500).

Block 2: Target: 7000 words.  Output: 6232. Overall total: 62755 (Target: 63000).

Block 3: Target: 10500 words. Output: 10808.  Overall total: 119566 (Target: 94500).

2014 total to date: 213533 (Target: 189000).  Daily average: 3390 words.

We have now completed the second month of the year so it is time to look back over the progress of it.

I did not have quite as much time to write this month, given I was doing relief work for two days a week during it, and as a result the output did drop a bit.  Compared to the 120,000 from last month, this month was only 81,458 in comparison.

Of that 13818 words were written on the background notes for the new epic fantasy under design.  I had been aiming for 14,000 so fell just short.

24812 went into drafts of new stories, a bit short of the 28,000 I had been aiming for.

42,828 was of rewrites of old drafts and stories, slightly above the 42,000 I had set for the month.

There are now 1 novella, 11 novelettes and 2 short stories complete, an addition of 5 novelettes from last month, still all from the same three series.

Obviously the proofread, edit and covers didn’t get done last month.  No promises for this month either…

The last week I didn’t get as much done as I should have.  Occasionally these things happen, which is why I went hard at the beginning to bank extra words, so to speak, to cover such periods.  But I picked up in the last couple of days, finishing off one rewrite (the thirteenth) and a new rough draft of over 16,000 words.  By the time the rewrite is done it will probably be closer to 20,000.

Block 1: Target: 3500 words. Output: 3745.  Overall total: 30175 (Target: 28000).

Block 2: Target: 7000 words.  Output: 5489. Overall total: 56523 (Target: 56000).

Block 3: Target: 10500 words. Output: 11084.  Overall total: 108758 (Target: 84000).

2014 total to date: 195456 (Target: 168000).  Daily average: 3429 words.

It is not long now and we will be two months into the year.  I’ve fallen beside on some things I would have liked to accomplish, but the word count continues to churn along.  This week saw the minimum done to hit my targets, but hopefully that can pick up again soon.  Another rewrite was finished, meaning there are now eleven stories that need a final proof read then covers etc.  There are two more rough drafts getting close to completion as well, one drifting towards novella territory.

Block 1: Target: 3500 words. Output: 3725.  Overall total: 26430 (Target: 24500).

Block 2: Target: 7000 words.  Output: 7139. Overall total: 51034 (Target: 49000).

Block 3: Target: 10500 words. Output: 10846.  Overall total: 97674 (Target: 73500).

2014 total to date: 175138(Target: 147000).  Daily average: 3574 words.