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November 18, 2012

Progress Check – Unexpected halfway points

Filed under: wordsmithery — lexifab @ 7:40 pm

I am horrified to discover that the month is already more than half over and I do not have half a novel written. Well, not really, I never expected to keep up to the breakneck NaNoWriMo pace of 1667 words per day. In the time honoured tradition of November writing frenzies, I got off to a pretty good start on day one which I followed up with more than a week of barely any progress at all.

Last Monday I set myself a modest but realistic goal of writing at least 4000 words for the week. Assuming I do a little more work after I’ve finished writing this, I’ll achieve that goal, though only just. I’ll raise the bar a little for next week, but I suspect that’s probably a manageable pace for life at the moment.

I’m trying not to think about how long it will take me to finish the draft if I keep to that speed. I’ll just try to knuckle down and hopefully be pleasantly surprised to have it done sooner than expected. I don’t really have a deadline in mind, though I am conscious that there will be an opportunity for a pitching session with a couple of publishers [1] at the next Conflux convention in April. If I have a completed manuscript by then I will certainly take a shot at it. [2] By all accounts it’s a scary experience on a par with the worst interview for the best job of your life – but who doesn’t want to add gruelling terror and crippling self-doubt to life’s rich tapestry?

That’s a long way away though. One step at a time. In the meantime I have a book to write, three short stories and two novel critiques to finish, an entire garden to renovate, a brick wall to knock down, a birthday, Christmas, swimming lessons and the start of school.

Oh, and a day job, which to be frank is pretty far down the priority list.

Progress report: 6264/90,000

[1] One of them I have major fanboy squee about, dating back to my Shadowrun gaming days, of all things.

[2] I don’t really expect to attract a publisher’s interest with this book – it’s rural Australian urban fantasy, which is not a subgenre with a vast and hungry audience. I might be wrong in that assumption but I would be pretty damn surprised. But it’s what I’m writing and it’s the sort of thing that someone like me might like to read, so what the heck. It seems like a good way to learn the ropes (aka harsh realities) of the publishing scene.


  1. I like the oxymoron of rural Australian urban fantasy… unless you mean Urban fantasy, in which case I don’t approve at all of that Keith character.

    Comment by Dr Clam — November 18, 2012 @ 11:32 pm

  2. …and there’s the concept for my next fanfic novella…

    Yes, oxymoronic probably covers it nicely. Or possibly I should have removed the word ‘urban’ when I was rewriting that sentence.

    Comment by Lexifab — November 19, 2012 @ 8:16 am

  3. My brain keeps sliding away from that concept. Self defense mechanism in action.

    Comment by Jenny — November 19, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

  4. I started typing something overwrought and faintly erotic about Nicole Kidman watching her man from offstage and now I feel shame. OR DO I? #worstkinkever

    Comment by Lexifab — November 20, 2012 @ 10:51 am

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