Scrambling to Get Projects Done
No cats appeared today while we were in the room, but they are eating, moving around, while we are not there. All standard for two such damaged rescue cats.
Today was a day on projects. Many projects made headway.
THE DAY IN GENERAL
Off to the snail mail, then to lunch, then out to our store, then back to WMG Publishing offices. At the office I worked from 5 until 7 p.m. on workshop stuff.
Then home to cook dinner, watch some news, and so on.
Then in here to do e-mail, then over to my writing computer. I’ll talk about what happened there in the topic of the night, but I managed 900 new words and finished what is now a short novel or novella.
Then I took a long nap, watched some television, and got back in here to finish up the e-mail, then I wrote the introduction to the August issue of Smith’s Monthly. Almost caught up from the problems from last December. It’s still going to take another month, but almost there.
Then I went to work trying to figure out the order and make sure I have all the Poker Boy stories in order and haven’t missed any. Turns out I have written 35 Poker Boy stories and novels that I can find.
Allyson is rebranding all the Poker Boy stories with nifty new covers and I’m doing a web site for the series and we are putting the numbers on each one. It’s going to take a little more time but as we get just a tab bit more down the line, I’ll start announcing the finished new covers and such as they happen.
And yes, I know the free story has been up for over a week. I’ll change it out in the next day or so, so if you haven’t read it, don’t delay much longer if you want to read it.
So 900 words of fiction done, finished the story, and 650 words of nonfiction.
TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: A Story Length
As I said last night, I headed back to writing tonight after some time away. And the Heaven Painted as a Cop Car novel turned out to be a novella.
Story just finished up. Now I have hopes to write more stories or novels with these two characters, but this was the story of the two characters meeting and the ghost/superhero team getting set.
I had three of the short stories from July that I reworked into the novel, changing them up and adding in the second viewpoint. And then I had bogged down because I didn’t want to pad out this book. But I had it set in my mind it would be a full novel length.
Well, I was wrong. The story took about 20,000 words to tell and that’s all.
Back in my days in traditional publishing, I would sign a contract that said I needed to turn in an 80,000 word novel or so and that’s what I would do, no matter how long or short the story wanted to naturally be. Most of the time, the extra was padding, or what I call “looping” in more plot.
Think of it this way. A story line is a freeway, from page one to the last page. But if that freeway is only 50,000 words long and you have a contract that says 80,000 words, at some point along the way you have to have the characters take an off-ramp from the original story and go wonder in the woods for a while, returning in 30,000 words.
Or worse, have them do that for three 10,000 word off-ramps.
So this feeling of wanting a story to be longer, but the story didn’t want to be longer brought up some really old nightmares about traditional publishing. I swore I would never do that padding or looping again just for word count.
So the anchor story in the August issue of Smith’s Monthly will be only 20,000 words long.
More than enough.
Not too much.
Just the right amount. As it should be.
Writing of Heaven Painted as a Cop Car
Day 1… 2,100 words… Total Words to date… 2,100 words.
Day 2… 2,300 words… Total Words to date… 4,400 words.
Day 3… 0,000 words… Total Words to date… 4,400 words.
Day 4… 2,400 words… Total Words to date… 6,800 words.
Day 5… 2,100 words… Total Words to date… 8,900 words.
Day 6… 1,100 words… Total Words to date… 10,000 words.
Day 7… 2,400 words… Total Words to date… 12,400 words.
Day 8… 1,900 words… Total Words to date… 14,300 words.
Day 9… 1,100 words… Total Words to date… 15,400 words.
Day 10…3,500 words… Total Words to date… 18,900 words.
Day 11…00 words… Total Words to date… 18,900 words.
Day 12…00 words… Total Words to date… 18,900 words.
Day 13…00 words… Total Words to date… 18,900 words.
Day 14…00 words… Total Words to date… 18,900 words.
Day 15…900 words… Total Words to date… 19,800 words.
Totals For Year 3, Month 1, Day 19
Writing in Public blog streak Day 749
— Daily Fiction: 900 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 19,800 words
— Nonfiction: 650 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 19,750 words
— Blog Posts: 800 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 10,600 words
— E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words. E-mails month-to date: 506 e-mails. Approx. 17,600 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 3 Covers
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