Calico has an ending

CAlico4_16002400I think I have the ending of this story down. I started writing the story last year when I went back to Australia for a bit. Since then it had stalled because while I had a decent beginning I didn’t know how this story ended and that meant I couldn’t write the journey after a certain point.

But today I made myself work out what was going on and how it was going to be revealed. So far I’ve got 14,000 words written and I’m certain it will be a novella. I think I’m either halfway or a third through it. Hopefully I’ll have it done by the end of the year (if I manage my other projects right).

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9th draft of Jump Start done

iStock-669387114_1After an unproductive morning, I finally managed to start and finish another draft. I also discovered a feature on Microsoft Word that that shows how long I was editing my story for. It was, I’m not kidding you, 333 minutes. That’s five and half hours long! And in one sitting.

For the most part, it was just line edits and proofreading. There were no structural changes and it’s nearing completion. Thank God. I’m getting tired of this story and just want to move onto the next part in the story.

Draft 6 of The Things We Do

Double-exposure-portrait-450833739_879x1195_coverimageToday has been very productive. I’ve just completed another draft of The Things We Do. I’m doing line editing and pretty much just zoomed through it. I know I need to do like two more drafts at least.

It’s 25,646 words and 42 A4 pages long. I’m classing this as a novella instead of a novelette because I think it’s too long. I think novelettes are more on the cusp of 20,000 and under.

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Draft 5 of Save One complete

Beautiful-African-Woman-174795229_2560x3835_preview4largeI was able to get Chris to have a look at Save One and give me his thoughts. He said it was good, but the ending was a little off. I know that writers shouldn’t give their work to people like spouses, friends or those they’re sleeping with (three strikes for Chris), but I know he won’t mislead me on his opinion of it.

But when I was going through it after I saw so many mistakes that he hadn’t commented on. He told me that the story read good and it makes me wonder how many mistakes people notice. Becuase when I read something I think I pick up on a lot of things, but that might be because I’ve got my editing glasses on.

You can see what I did to the text. I did a lot of line and individual word editing. I expanded some scenes, I didn’t take too much out of it. It is just under 33,000 words. Maybe this will be done by mid-year? I hope that’s the case.

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My impatience! Writing update.

Arrrggg. I’m doing the eighth edit of Jumpstart and I’m still finding things wrong with it 😦 It just reminds me that I’m still working on the stories that I thought I’d have completed by now. I’ve got three almost ready, but I’m getting spent with them. I just want to move to other things. But the fact that they are uncompleted sit in my brain taking up space and energy. I’ve got some sci-fi stories I want to move onto.

This all has to do with the fact that I have this 10 books by age 30 goal thing. I’m turning 28 in a month and I wanted to get at least one story out months ago 😦 I’m just annoyed that I underestimate my time and talent management.

I think the only thing I’ll have done by my birthday is a short story I wrote the other month. I think it is almost done. I need to make up a cover image and do maybe 2/3 more drafts.

 

February goals

CAlico4_16002400I may be a week into February but I’ve decided that my goal for this month will be to finish the first draft of Calico. So far I’m 12,000 words in and on chapter 6. I still don’t quite know how this book will end either. But I’m having fun writing it, even though it’s only a few hundred words at a time (because of split shifts at work). But since it’s going to be a novella I should have it done by then 🙂