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01 May 2009 @ 12:20 pm
Report for April  

Here are my monthly stats for April:

  • 9,100 new words of fiction written this month. 1
  • 17 first drafts currently in progress (some untouched for a long time)
  • 2 first drafts currently "ripening" before second draft.
  • 2 second drafts currently in progress
  • 1 second draft currently in the hands of "trusted readers."
  • 2 third drafts currently in progress. (stuck, stuck, stuck)
  • 0 third draft currently awaiting polishing.
  • 1 fourth draft in currently in progress.
  • 13 stories currently submitted to markets2
  • 100 words in shortest story currently submitted.
  • 14,000 words in longest story currently submitted.
  • 0 offers of publication received this month. (Did get a "rewrite request," though...)
  • Longest current wait without response: 345 days.

1 Best I've done since November, though still lower than it should be. A lot of the work this month was revision on two different stories, but I also did one complete first draft of a short story, two new drabbles and a lot of background writing on a new story idea.

2A higher-than-usual number of these are contest entries. Also, one market suggested that I submit my novelette in serialized pieces, so I'm trying that too.

To the extent that I'm submitting stories, checking submissions of stories, wondering about submissions of stories, I'm not writing. I spend an awful lot of time spinning my wheels that way. Thank how much you could write during that time!

The "fourth draft" is really something like a fifth draft, by now. It's a story I first started working on last July; I finished the first draft in October and the second draft in December. The comments I got in December made me realize the whole structure was wrong, so I did a third draft in March, and another in April. One perceptive reader pointed out a problem with two of the characters, and have to resolve it in this fifth draft.
Current Location: Spring
Current Mood: restlessrestless
Current Music: Dvorak thingy
girlspell: behind itgirlspell on May 1st, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
I have question. Do you find it more difficult to write by someone's request, or just when you want to write? Does the "muse" stay the same or something all together different?

I also notice you never seemed to be bothered by "writer's block". If you do get it, you're not overly concerned about it. Nice thing to have. :)

Kenken_schneyer on May 1st, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
Hi Rachel. It's usually easier to write by request. It focusses my mind and helps me eliminate irrelevancies. On the other hand, sometimes I get a clear vision of something and the writing is a breeze.

I do get writer's block, but more often I get "writer's malaise." Not so much having nothing to write about, but more of a sensation that I can't think of a way of doing it well.