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Covered in the blood of discarded words

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Typewriter by Arielle Fragassi

Some days I feel like the most boring writer in the world. There’s not much to update. I don’t write a lot of short fiction, so I’m lucky if I have one sale to announce in a year. The status is always just “Yes, I’m still writing.”

Still, looking back I’ve probably written almost 450k of words of fiction since 2010 when I first posted to this blog.

Here’s the laundry list:

  • Trunked: An unnamed novel that shall never see the light of day. It was a mess that really was three different novels crammed into one. 8 months and 120k later, I set it aside. It couldn’t be salvaged. But one of the story lines, completely rewritten, turned into…
  • Completed: A weird bloodpunk portal fantasy novel that got me into Viable Paradise. Its not perfect, but I’m proud of the story and hope it finds a home.
  • First draft finished: A Mongolian historical fantasy. I’ve set it aside for now. I also need to do a lot more research and am not confident I have the writing chops to pull it off. I may tackle it after I finish the draft of my current work in progress…
  • In-Progress: A YA fantasy (70% done the first draft). I don’t know what I feel about it yet, or if I’m any good at writing YA stories. I definitely need to give it some breathing room after I’m done the draft.
  • 4 short stories, 2 of which have sold so far.
  • 15 k words of serial fiction posted to this blog.
  • 18k words of flash fiction posted to this blog.

That’s… more than I thought…

I realize that few people will ever see any of those words (maybe not for years). Still it’s comforting to think I’ve made some progress and learned quite a bit while I’ve been at it.

How’s your writing going these days?

10 Comments

  1. Thanks so much for sharing. Your posts always make me feel less alone. My writing is going nowhere lately….well, I’m averaging a few thousand a month which makes even a novella take forever. But progress is progress, right?

    1. This writing thing can be terribly lonely, and thats why I started this blog in the first place. Its always frustrating when things take longer than you expect, but progress is still progress! Even when it doesn’t look like it 🙂 Happy writing Danni.

  2. Lol your first paragraph = me, exactly. (Which is why my blog often covers non-writing things, but in a way that is hopefully interesting to writers and non-writers alike.)

    “Bloodpunk” = awesome term, and I can assure you, you have every reason to be proud of that book. 🙂

    I’m so intrigued by this YA fantasy you’ve mentioned! Hope you’ll talk more about it when you’re ready. 🙂

    As for me, just editing away… La la la. I have a query letter that I’m happy with, though! So hopefully I can use it soon.

    1. Yup I’ll post more, when I finally figure out just what this YA book is *scratches head* fantasy for sure!

      And oh, does that mean you’re almost done with edits? Hope to hear more about your writing sometime soon 🙂

  3. It sounds so cliche, but I honestly do believe that if we learn something from a project – if we enjoy working on it, if it helps us grow, if it influences our writing in some way – then it’s a success no matter what happens next. 450k is a LOT of words, and you should be proud of every one! 🙂

  4. 450k is… Impressive. (Imagine that in the Darth Vader voice. 🙂 )

    I have a lot of admiration for novelists who write the traditional way, since it is a looong time between the beginning of a project and when you have anything to show anybody.

    My writing is going very well, right at the moment. As I talked about on my blog, I had a plan for my current project, and as soon as I threw out the plan I started getting a lot done.

  5. In answer to the question: Eh, not that great. Nothing I want to dwell on right now.

    But I’m impressed by the body of work (trunked or otherwise) that you’ve begun to accumulate here! Great job!

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