Wednesday, February 01, 2012

In process -- January 2012

First Draft

“Fairfax”. Started month with 54,000 words, near the end of Chapter 20. Now it’s around 61K, in Chapter 23. Lots of stuff has happened, which is good. I’ve moved some of the characters finally out of their comfort zones, and created lots of problems for them. I think I will be going over my initial draft target of 90K.

“The X Tree” (where X is whatever the tree is; When I started I hadn’t quite figured that out yet). This short story came out of a chat with another TW. And also I wanted to try e-prime. When I was at VP, Jim MacDonald went through a few pages of my manuscript and pointed out every instance of “There was” etc. I remember despairing. We’ll see if, long term, this experiment improves the quality of my first drafts. I carried this around to work and stuff with the intention of writing on it when my computer was rebooting and things like that, but it didn’t quite work out.

On the weekend I just sat down and wrote until the draft was finished (total: 7000 words or so, on the weekend I probably wrote 1700) because I have a karate essay to write, and this was in its way in my brain.

Editing

Nothing. Bad writer!

Knitting

“Joy” from Rowan Vintage Knits. Back done. I was reluctant to do the beads, but now that I am, I’m loving it.

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