I’m at 7,500 on my new novel and I hate it all. It's hard to remember sometimes that the early chapters are nearly always like this. I haven't found my groove yet and a lot of what I'm writing will be cut in the final version. I don't mind because any writing is good, even if only for practice, and I'm good at taking my unused chapters and doing other things with them. But for now, I'm frustrated with the novel and I’ll be glad when I hit my stride and start liking it.
In other news, I tweaked an old prologue this week (a fun thing to do with those tossed-out early chapters) and made it into a stand-along flash fiction story. I have it out for submission to Flashes of Speculation. I think it's at least as well-written as anything they've got on their site, but tastes differ and it may not be what they're looking for, so we’ll see how it goes.
I’ve also got a new story that I'll probably post later tonight for the next AW flash fiction carnival. The theme for the carnival is "madness," so it's another dark story. But I'm also working on a fun Halloween story featuring Coyote, so be sure to check back on Wednesday for that one!
Here at the end of Week Two of Seventy Days of Sweat, I'm feeling like I'm not as productive as I could be. When I have a novel that's going well, I can turn out 2,000-3,000 words in an evening, no problem. But at least I'm writing new stuff after six months of doing nothing but editing old pieces. My main goal in signing up for this challenge was to force myself to be accountable again and get some new pixels on paper. So far, so good!
Seventy Days of Sweat Tally
Novel: 7,500 words
Short/Flash Fiction: 4,000 words
Edits: 1,000 words