I haven’t written anything new since mid-August. Been busy, had a lot going on. So, instead of writing I’ve been reading through what I wrote (again). Revisited stories I started, ideas for stories that need fleshing out. All counted, I have nearly a dozen WIPs. Only one has a completed first draft, and man doesn’t it suck.
That’s the point of a first draft, right? It’s sole purpose is 1) to exist and 2) to suck.
Here’s a funny for you. As I was going through all the WIPs, I realized I’ve been working off the same drafts of stories without adding edits. The last print of anything was September of last year. My computer tells a different story. I’ve got 6 months of content (I think I mentioned this before) to plug in because I didn’t write in a linear fashion. No, I meandered through the stories picking what part to work on. That is one hellacious double-edged sword. On the one hand, meandering gets writing done. On the other, linear writing without motivation/inspiration leads to no new content.
Last week I attended a webinar put on by Gabriela Pereira over at DIYMFA. I bought the book last year and signed up for her newsletter. Strongly encourage the purchase, because it’s solid with great advice and some exercises. The webinar was all about building the author platform and connecting with readers. It was a scaled down version of part of the book with Q&A, and worth the time. And it taught me something important. This blog needs to be revamped. Hard. There will be some changes happening over the next few months, but I won’t make huge, glaring changes all at once; they’ll be gradual.
For the rest of this month and October I’m going to focus on what passes as an outline for the 3 most-complete WIPs and pick one to work on in November for NaNoWriMo.
I could choose VC because that thing is 8 parts with minimum story for 7 of them (and already has a loose outline structure), and would easily eat up 50k words. When that project is complete, it will likely be over 200k words. Possibly close to 250k, depending. If that’s the case, it may be released as individual stories instead of one single publication. I mean, really. Would you rather have 8 individual stories at 40k words released roughly every 6 weeks, or a massive digital tome at 240k? I’ve been working on this bitch for close to 4 years…