Writing Journal 2.24.2019: Getting some new writing done as February winds down

This week was a good change of pace for me. For the first time in a while, I’ve been getting more new writing done than revising. Not that there’s anything wrong with revising, but it’s good to get new material in the mix, too.

Here’s the numbers, and looking at my past journals this year, this was the most productive writing week for word count in the year so far.

+3,238 words written.

Days writing: 7 of 7.

Days revising: 4 of 7 for 105 total minutes.

Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of revisions): 6 of 7 days.

To be honest, I would have met my daily quotas every day this week if it was not for the fact that I was out of town for the majority of Saturday. However, I was attending one of my daughter’s show choir competitions for the first time, and I think me being there was a pleasant surprise.

OK, I’ll update you on the projects.

  • Project A: not too much change from last week. I need to start the hunt for someone to possibly take this on (agents/publishers). I think the plan for me should be to get with Writer’s Market and look into some possibilities. Since the main character is LGBTQ, I might consider publishers who specialize in LGBTQ themes.
  • Project B: Stronger than I initially thought – got quite a bit of work done on this. The draft is now over 50,000, but I want to keep it short and lean. I don’t feel like this book should get over 60,000 words. Since there’s a lot of material I’m considering deleting, I don’t think this will be much of an issue. My timetable on this is 2-3 months from now; I’ll only know later if this was too ambitious or not.
  • Project C: I’m really getting into this. I’ve come up with 2 1/2 poems this week and I think I have the potential to get through several more. Right now I am not considering revisions on these – I’m just trying to put together enough to make a proper collection that might be tied together by a few themes, at least with the new material. I am still thinking six months from now I’ll be wrapped up with a first draft, but I have no idea.

That’s it with the writing; I think I will do a mid-week post on all of the other writing-related activity going on with me then.

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