So my odyssey shifted momentum from 52 short stories in a year to a minimum of 1000/day and as many completed new projects as possible. Here's what I've got so far after 4 months, or 122 days.
|1||The Ship||Short Story||3793||Finished - to edit|
|2||Take me Back with You||Short Story||2528||WIP|
|3||Take me Back with You||Novelisation||29914||WIP|
|4||The Lost Train||Short Story||4352||WIP|
|5||The Other Set of Feet||Short Story||3749||Finished - to edit|
|6||Tube Riders : The Hunter||Novella||14980||WIP|
|7||Once We Were Children||Short Story||2513||Finished - to edit|
|8||The Assignment||Short Story||8802||Finished - to edit|
|9||Never Give Up||Short Story||5111||Finished - to edit|
|11||Beat Down 1 - Clones||Serial Novella||19774||Editing|
|13||The Tube Riders: Exile||Novel||60434||WIP|
|14||Beat Down 2 - The Heist||Serial Novella||18533||Finished - to edit|
|15||Beat Down 3 - Badassaur||Serial Novella||3020||WIP|
|Started June 21st||Word Count||180097|
|4 month target (Oct 20th)||(122 days)||150000|
|One month tally:||33598||33598|
|Two month tally:||62217||28619|
|Three month tally:||119253||57036|
|Four month tally:||180097||60844|
So, 60,844 words for the month, or roughly half a novel (depending on what you call a good length - for me its 120,000 words). The big one, of course, is part 2 of my novel, The Tube Riders, sitting nicely at just over 60k. About half of what I wrote this month was on that one project, although it stalled for a week or so on a plot knot. Elsewhere, my other big projects are my action-adventure/comedy/fantasy novella series, Beat Down, of which I'm now on to part 3. Part 1 will be released on November 7th. You can read more about it on a separate blog here. The cover art is done for parts 1 & 2, and looks great. It's fun to write but there will only be so long I can maintain it if it doesn't start to pay for itself, so I'll probably run it for three or four episodes and see how it goes. While I have my "art" writing, I also love having fun with creativity, and there has to be a place for situations where you have a portal into another world in which chickens have become the dominant lifeform, hidden in a giant eagle's nest and accessible only by jumping off a ski jump. Can't really put that kind of stuff into Tube Riders ...
Elsewhere, I also got a bit done on my "romance" novel. It's got to the point where I'm not embarrassed by it, but if I think its publishable it will definitely be under a different name.
I also got a few more words done on my Tube Riders novella, which I think might end up as a companion novel set in London during the period of TR2, and featuring almost all different characters, some of which will show up in TR3 ... maybe. It's really dark, and there's nothing I like more than writing dark fiction. It might even appeal to a different audience to TR, but I don't really care because I'll write what I like, thank you...!
You'll notice I haven't got much editing done. I'm perfectly happy with this, because I hate it when people rush off to edit their work immediately after finishing it, or worse, send it straight out to an editor to do the polishing for them. Let it breathe. Give it time to rest, time for your eyes to get a fresh view on it. Any completed manuscript needs at least a month on the shelf, and while I have some that have been waiting that long I'm kind of lazy about editing so I haven't got around to it yet!
One thing I did edit was my short story Clones, and it was really f**king good. I didn't remember it being that good when I wrote it, but I read it four times back to back just for pleasure, and I never do that. Best thing I've written in years, so I gave it a brush up and sent it off to a literary magazine because it would be a waste to just self publish it and have it sit on Amazon being ignored. Plus, it's really short, and regardless of how good it is people would moan about the price. Still, I'm really proud to have it in the can, and hopefully I'll find somewhere to flog it and get myself a useful little payday.
Anyway, enough talking about the craft, back to it. While I'm happy to have hit 60k in a month, the best thing is I really don't think I'm currently pushing myself all that much. That's only on an average of 1 - 2 hours a day (perhaps a couple more on a weekend) and is only 2k a day. I did a couple of big 5k days and as always happens I had a lull afterwards each time, but I think 3 - 4k a day is fairly reasonable, which would work out at a novel per month(!). I just wish I didn't have to work the regular work so much, but if Tube Riders takes off (it's selling steadily since the promo ended) the first thing I'll do is can the evil kid classes and get my evenings back.
Right, I did say I was finishing ....
22nd Oct 2012