Archive for October 9th, 2008

I just posted this, but felt like I should explain a little more

The Quarterly Outlook: I am aiming for 3 short stories (5-10k words +) [flash fiction and short shorts can also be considered, but in a composite formula: multiple falsh/ss = 1 regular story… more for ego than anything else], and one novel length work (50k words +). I am also considering other mid-projects (currently, I want to write 1 shorter script – a 1-act play, or skit – this quarter).

A majority of it will be a numbers game. Do I anticipate making all of these goals, on a regular basis? Probably not. I may only get a few short stories done in a quarter, and no “bonus work.” I may not make it through all of a novel. It may take a couple of years for me to get to that tipping point where I can meet all of the desired goals… then hopefully begin exceeding them!

But the important thing, is that by aiming for the the projected output (and I know it is an attainable mark) is that even if I do not make the numbers (yet), I will still be further along than when I started…

In the process of working towards an increased output, I have looked through the 2009 Writer’s Market, and also plan on starting to submit some works over time, as well. I plan on starting to pull the Submission Guidelines for particular publications, as well as review the “prompt specific” entries (for themed issues, or even contest entries) as possible sources for ideas to work on (did you know there is a publication that focuses solely on tea? Tea! And if tea does not play a major role in the story, they don’t want it. An interesting idea could be there… hmmm…)

So that’s it… I’m writing, and I have a generally specific plan in place…

And I have a story to edit…

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300×30… (Update)

I had mentioned a couple of months ago that I was challenging myself to get 300 pages written by September 30th. At the time, it was a goal that could have been achieved by logging an average of almost three pages per day.

Did I make the goal? Not by a longshot. Did I get anywhere close? Not quite. Did I freezse in terror at the thought of what I was trying to do? Not hardly.

I do not have a specific page count handy, which is both a positive and negative (positive: I’m too concerned with current projects to go back and look the information up; negative: specific information is better than an estimation). With that said, I feel confident with an estimate of about 50 pages, with multiple (mostly) complete works – my “Barchetta” script, and at least two short stories. I say “mostly” because they have been written, but not necessarily edited/revised. I also have a couple of works in progress that I will need to get back to…

So… how have things changed? I am trying to be productive, more frequently. I have revised some of my writing goals (sliding into a “quarter” system, for ease in tracking my progress), and am settling into some form of mental rhythm. I have logged several pages over the last few days working on my “Cthulu” story…

The Quarterly Outlook: I am aiming for 3 short stories (5-10k words +) [flash fiction and short shorts can also be considered, but in a composite formula: multiple falsh/ss = 1 regular story… more for ego than anything else], and one novel length work (50k words +). I am also considering other mid-projects (currently, I want to write 1 shorter script – a 1-act play, or skit – this quarter).

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