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30 April 2008 @ 09:16 pm
April Tally  
Here's my monthly tally for April:

  • 9,100 new words of fiction written this month. *
  • 10 first drafts currently in progress. †
  • 2 first drafts currently "ripening" before second draft. **
  • 0 second drafts currently in progress
  • 0 second drafts currently in the hands of "trusted readers."
  • 1 third draft currently in progress.
  • 0 third drafts currently awaiting polishing.
  • 0 fourth drafts in currently in progress.
  • 9 stories currently submitted to markets
  • 60 words in shortest story currently submitted. ††
  • 7,000 words in longest story currently submitted.
  • 1 offer of publication received this month.

* More words than in March, but not nearly so many as in February. A lot of April was spent revising a first draft into a second draft, absorbing reviewers comments of the second draft, and beginning the third draft -- hard work, but it doesn't create a lot of "new words written."

† I always have a lot of first drafts "in progress," until one of them really grabs me and I work on it obsessively.

** I'm enforcing a six-week "ripening" period for first drafts at the moment.

†† The 60-word story was submitted to a drabble contest. 

Current Location: Barrington, RI
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: Dvorak, 8th Symphony
amamamaamamama on May 1st, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
Nice list - esp. the last point! And it won't be the last.

*hugs you* Just because...
Ken: Huxleyken_schneyer on May 2nd, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
*Hugs back* You're a sweetheart. Thank you.
girlspell: Hamletgirlspell on May 1st, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
9 stories currently submitted to markets

Wow...you will be leaving a paper trail.

A quick question. Where do you do most of your writing? Do you set up a time to write, etc?
Ken: Melvilleken_schneyer on May 2nd, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)
Paper trail -- yep. I made a spreadsheet just to keep track of it all.

Most of the time I try to write in my office across from our bedroom. On Thursday nights (like now) I write in my office at work, because my night class lets out at 9:30 and I get some quiet time. On Monday and Wednesday afternoons, when I schlep my daughter 20 miles to her dance class, I write at Starbucks.

Most often I write on weekends (which start on Friday for me), or in the evening. Occasionally I'll get up early to write, but late usually works better than early. Tonight I finished my third draft, and I'll leave it for a few days before polishing it into the fourth draft. (Third draft was messy -- it needed about 2,500 words of new material to fill the gaps my "trusted readers" noticed, and I had to cut out about 600 words from the second draft.) Tomorrow I'll try to work on one of the new stories, just to clear my mind.