Last week was spent finishing the first draft of Left Behind and then getting roughly half way through the second ahead of it going to an editor this week. It was a challenge. Upon rereading it, the story needed some major work but I feel much better about it now. I find that I have to chop out the first few paragraphs and skip straight to the point, which most good short stories do.
Last week’s progress:
- Monday evening – Read
- Tuesday evening – 1,239 words and 1 editing hour
- Wednesday evening – Read
- Thursday evening – 1.5 editing hours
- Friday morning – 5 editing hours
- Friday evening – Read
- Saturday evening – 1 editing hour
- All day Sunday – Hangover…1 editing hour
Still a pretty good week despite my unplanned night out on Saturday ruining my writing time, but I’ll make up for it next week. I’ve got a few Christmas party nights over the next few weeks so my aim will be to enjoy myself but not so much that it wipes out a day’s writing. We’ll see how that goes…
I’ve started planning competition entries for 2019 and I’ve scheduled 9 new short stories to write ahead of diving into the second draft of my novel, The Camp on 1 April. I’ll put an entry in for some prestigious competitions and see what happens; shoot for the stars and all that.
Some really positive feedback was received on my short Dark Days. So much so that it’s really lifted my spirits. I was expecting some form of “go back to school” comment but instead, she was very complimentary. I’ll start third and final draft of Dark Days before sending it out later in the month. Eep!
Workable ideas in the bank: 5
Other bookish things
Mark Forsyth’s Elements of Eloquence was a great read and I took away a lot from it that I wasn’t expecting. For anyone who loves words, I’d recommend you follow Mark at his Inky Fool blog and read his books. The book focuses on classic rhetoric and Mark shows examples of how these can be used to good affect.
This week’s schedule:
- Monday evening – Write
- Tuesday evening – Read
- Wednesday evening – Write
- Thursday evening – Read
- Friday morning – Write
- Friday evening – Write
- Saturday evening – Read
- All day Sunday – Write
This week’s goals
- Finish second draft of Left Behind
- Start final draft of Dark Days