Back At It
Personally, I don’t do writing prompts because I already have enough ideas I want to write. I’m working on my steampunk trilogy, which if it’s successful, I want to expand to about a dozen books. I got some stories I want to as a separate series, and a couple of Christian science fiction I want to develop.
This is pretty much the same reason I don’t do NANOWRIMO. I’m usually halfway into writing a script or novel. I’m not going to stop to start another story from scratch. Plus, it’s in November. We’ve got three days at Loscon during Thanksgiving weekend, plus, the prep for the Loscon Blood Drive. Not a good time to try to work on a new project every day.
But I digress.
Can you digress if you haven’t started yet?
It’s been about two months or more since I seriously worked on my writing. Life was in turmoil after Kris’ homecare client passed away. He also happened to be an old, dear friend of ours. So it was the loss of a friend and the loss of Kris’ job. Then Kris had her surgery and I took time off from work to be with her during her first week back home.
She is doing well, but there are still days that all I did was come home from work, eat and crash. I just didn’t feel like doing anything. I did manage to keep up with my two critique groups, read the material and write a critique, but I did miss a couple of meetings.
Now things are getting back to normal. If you’ve noticed at the bottom of my blog, my word count for my first novel is starting to creep back up again. A literary agent that I know through GLAWS saw on a sample query letter that my novel was 72,000 words. He said he would like to see it more like 80,000. Since he’s the agent I’d like to work with, I’m working on it.
Sometimes I subtract words to rewrite a sentence or paragraph. But overall, I’m adding words by extending scenes, adding descriptions to add color and getting more into my character’s thoughts – something I can’t do with my original script that I’m basing it on. My goal now is to have this done by the end of the year.
Then next year, save up for a professional editor.
187th blog completed.
First Steampunk novel: 75,451 words. <– Past 75,000. Goal: 80,000.
Second Steampunk novel: 783 words.
Second Steampunk screenplay: 157 pages.
First Steampunk screenplay: Need to update with notes from the novelization.
Third Steampunk screenplay: 38 pages.
“Last Friday’s experiment was Easy Stuffed Crust Pizza. No recipe, but here’s the video Dennis got it from: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=1670451136712976A nice light meal, easy to make and surprisingly filling. Dennis thought he and Kris would each have two, but they ended up only having only one each. This will be coming around again to the Cherry kitchen.” – Vincent Reinhart