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Progress: 25k

I’ve made it to 25,000 words on this thing I’m writing. My goal for the first draft is at least 50,000 but somewhere between that and 75,000 would be best. I’ve told my editor I’d be done with the first draft25k by the beginning of the year. I hope I can keep my word on that, but it’s not easy! On a good day I can sit down when I get home and spit out a thousand words in two hours, but too often it turns out to be more like three to five hundred instead.

After the writing is done the editing has to be done. I can’t let my editor do all the editing, it would be too much work and the first draft is so rough that the editing can actually change a lot of the story. Entire paragraphs are rewritten during that first edit and sometimes more! For example, when I finished my first chapter I sent it to my editor just to test it out and she seemed to be interested in learning more about my world, so I ended up making my first chapter my second chapter, then I wrote an entirely new first chapter.

If you think ninja badgers sounds interesting then you might like it, and you might be the only one besides me, but I have a day job so that’s okay.

Improving Myself

I’ve been working hard at improving my fiction writing. One thing that all writers will tell you, it seems, is the difference between “showing” and “telling”. I’ve had some help from authors I’m connected to through various internet means (technology is wonderful) and some other less professional places like http://www.reddit.com/r/writing.

Unfortunately improving myself means I have to rewrite almost everything I’ve made in the past, but in a way that is great because if I went back to read that stuff I’d probably be embarrassed about it. Plus, this is a “time sink side hobby” for me, so does it really matter?

I haven’t bothered to bother any real authors to find out if this is a really good example of showing versus telling yet, but I hope I’m on the right track. Let me know what you think. Continue reading Improving Myself