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2008's writing plan . . .

I finished totaling things up before I posted to the blog this evening and noted a few things. Along with adding 1323 words to Steel on Target tonight, I just rolled over 126K for the year, which would be a very respectable novel. However, given the fact that my work has been spread over several projects, none of them is quite done. I'm going to go well over the projected word count on Chronicles, but I knew that was likely when I started writing it last year.

Childhood's Tears just hit the 40% mark last night and Steel on Target just went over 46%. Shattered Mirror is moving in fits and spurts, but April and I are making progress on it. I'd guess we're about halfway through the first draft. The college proposal, Black Satin Nights, is done for one college and 1/2 done for the other.

Plus, along with the writing I'm doing for Writer Beware, I'm still waiting to hear back on my sekrit project, which will put all the others on hold, if everything goes as planned. And, I just wrote to an editor to see if I could pitch for another book series.

(Did I mention, I'm still employed full-time? Yes, I have a writing death wish this year, I guess.)

Still, I think the schedule I set up for myself this year is helping. I'm not getting burnt out on any one project and each project is different enough that I can recharge one part of my brain while I'm expending energy in a different area. I think there's enough difference between Childhood, a fantasy; Steel, military sf; Mirror, YA urban fantasy; and Chronicles, fantasy with a strong pirate theme, to keep them all fresh. Plus working on this many stories requires me to reread them from time to time. This helps me remember what I set up back in chapter X and decide when I need to bring Y back to the forefront.

It's also requiring me to keep good notes on places and people, which is never a bad thing.

Would I recommend this for everyone? No, not really. I'm not sure I would recommend this for me next year. Still, after I hit the wall and lost almost the entire second half of the year last year, I'm pleased with my production. Of course, I'd feel much better if I had something . . . anything . . . under contract right now because there's no guarantee anything I'm writing now will ever see the light of day.

But that's O.K..

I'm a storyteller, it's what I do.

Words for Today

1323 / 1000 words. 132%

Progress on Steel on Target

41142 / 90000 words. 46% done!

Words for 2008

126139 / 366000 words. 34%

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