How about an end of 2008/start of a new month checkin? I'll throw out some questions (and answer them myself)... but feel free to add to the list!How is your project going?
As of the end of 2008, I've finished the first editing pass of the first 2/3 of my novel. It's still nameless but oh, well! I have 64,772 words at the moment and I'm thinking I might have around 75,000 at the end of this editing pass. Since my genre (fantasy) calls for 80k+, I'll be aiming to add 10k-15k words before I'm finished with it.What surprised/amazed/impressed you most about what you've achieved so far?
- That I've actually managed to plot out a story that will hit the word length I had in mind. How did THAT happen?
- That I've had such a good time writing this novel and that I still LOVE it. I've written stories I really believe in before, but usually I go through a lot of "this suuuucks!" before I get to the end.
- That I've kept at it so steadily. I am never this good about writing steadily on anything! Seriously, I have churned out an average of 1 finished short story per year for the last 5 years. What hasn't gone so well/disappointed you/been an unpleasant surprise?
- What's disappointed me most is that I didn't get to writing this seriously and steadily years ago! Oh, the time wasted!Any lessons you've learned about yourself, about writing a novel, or about life in general as you work?
Some years ago I went to a professional SF/F writers' workshop and I find that I'm still learning some of the lessons that they attempted to impart to us. The two that have "clicked" with me in a new way (and which I was highly skeptical about before) are:
- Creativity can be a learned skill. As in, you can learn to be more creative, you don't just have to wait for inspiration to strike before you write something.
- Writing every day (or nearly so) is one of the best ways you can improve your writing. Set a word goal or amount of time for every day, and fulfill it, and you will feel the difference.
:Do you have any writing-related resolutions or goals for this year?
This is my entire resolution for 2009 (I like to keep 'em simple). At the workshop I went to, at the end, we half-seriously swore an oath related to what they'd tried to teach us. I've kept all of the oath except the first two lines, which are: "I will write every day. I will finish what I write." So since writing every day since October has been so inspiring to me, I am going to do my best to write every day in 2009. I'd like to do 1000 words if I'm working on something new, and some equivalent amount of time/effort if I'm revising.