1K a Day Challenge – Week Twenty Two

It’s June 7th, 2015. Week twenty two of writing 1,000 words per day of fiction. It’s time for another update!

Days 151 through 157 have been successes, with a minimum of 1,000 words per day written.

Stats for Days 151 to 157:

Day 151 – 1212 words
Day 152 – 1437 words
Day 153 – 1065 words
Day 154 – 1126 words
Day 155 – 1052 words
Day 156 – 1017 words
Day 157 – 1102 words

Total count for the year thus far is 208,267 words. Average daily word count is 1,326 words. Gridfall was complete last week, so I’ll update the short story that quickly became a novella until it is completed. The Children of Avalon Circle (Avalon Circle for short) is 17,327 words. I have no current projection for completion on Avalon Circle.

So if Gridfall is done, why am I not sharing it out, letting people read it? This is a question that I get asked by those who are not familiar with the process of writing a story, especially one as long as a novel.

It’s the equivalent of asking a Director if her movie is ready to watch the day she and her crew wrap filming. There’s still a ton of work to do on it, but the initial work has been done. She wouldn’t show a bunch of disparate clips to someone and expect them to like it as a complete movie, and by the same token I won’t be throwing out this rough draft to family/friends/beta readers/agents or anybody at all until I’ve given it some editing work.

So why am I writing something else instead of doing that? Why am I not writing something else AND working on Gridfall‘s editing at the same time?

Because it’s too fresh. Though I know a lot of what I want to write, change, and rewrite, I’m too close to see the bigger picture of the composition itself. I need to give myself some distance before I run back in and start hacking away with my machete.

I plan to come back to it at the start of July, edit while I continue to write other things. July ought to be the toughest month so far as a result. Though I have five solid months of routine behind me, I’ll be adding in a new layer of routine in having a large novel to edit concurrently with the writing of new stories.

It’ll be tough, but I’m pretty confident at this point that I’ll manage.

Next week I’ll probably talk a little about Avalon Circle and what’s going on with that, what it’s about, etc.

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And remember, writing is a skill. So write the hell on, writers.

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