2009 Stats

Jan. 8th, 2010 12:43 pm
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The 2009 Year:

22 Stories, subbed to 54 markets, of which 17 were pro. 

46 Rejections.

3 Acceptances, 3 Publications.

5 Subs Still Pending

Update:  1 Sub Still Pending was rejected yesterday after a 303 day hold. 

I hope for 2010 to be a better year.  I did see an increase in personal rejections and invites to sub again, so I'll take that as a healthy sign.

So far, 2010 has been uninspired.  But that's usual for me.  The gray days of January set in and my activity level goes down.  I'm hoping to work on getting some stories spiffed up and subbed in January.  I haven't been subbing as much as I should, not getting those stories turned around and back out the door.  I also need to revise some stories and get those subbed.  My goal is to sub more in 2010.

2010 hasn't been so good on the health front so far.  Been in bed 3 days out of the last 7 with migraines.  UGH.

July stats

Aug. 1st, 2009 04:24 pm
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July Stats:

Subs: 0
Rejections: 1
Stories at Market: 6
Publications:  2 -- Lorelei Signal and Shock Totem
Days writing at least 100 words per day:  369
Words Written:  52,422

Yes, I did Julnawrimo.  Yes I finished.  No am not anywhere close to having a story in those 50K of stilted words.  Yes, I probably have at least 20k that needs to be cut.  But I feel it was a worthwhile exercise in learning to write a set amount of words per day in a short amount of time.  I had a goal of 2k a day, which would have resulted in my being done with my 50k on July 25 or 26, since I didn't write 2k on July 4th.  But I was 6k short by that day.  And then I hit a real slump for another few days.  I'm glad I gave myself the extra room, because I ended up doing over 5k the last 2 days to finish.

Here are my pro's and con's in doing a Novel in a Month Challenge:

Pro:
You can end up with a very rough complete first draft if you stick to the basics.
Writing this fast will make it easier to remember what you've already written.
Good for plotting out the storyline
Good for character basics
It does help you realize what details need to be thought about beforehand (maps, town names, level of technology, do they have books and paper?  

Con:
Your writing will not improve from this exercise.
You will not end up with a "Book"
Not optimal for character development

June stats

Jul. 1st, 2009 05:45 am
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Stats for June 2009

 

Words:  18200

Ave. Words per day: 606.67

Total Words since July 28, 2008:  83,949

# Pennies in Jar:  8

# Days writing 100 words (at least) per day:  338

Stories Submitted:  9

Acceptances: 0

Rejections: 4

Publications: 0

At Market: 8

April Stats

May. 2nd, 2009 02:52 pm
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It's May!  Time for the obligatory post on April stats.

Words written for April:  10060 -- barely squeaked in over the 10k mark, due to a lack of motivation to do much writing the last week of the month.  I did spend a lot of hours on revisions, though.  I don't keep very good track of hours.

Average words per day:  335

# of days with writing daily at least 100 words per day:  277

Submissions:  4
Rejections:  3
Acceptances: 0
Publications:  1

Stories Still at Market:  6
Stories Awaiting Publication:  3  (2 in July 09; 1 indefinite if at all)

March stats

Apr. 1st, 2009 02:13 pm
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Words written in March:  12,359
Ave. Word per day:  392
# Stories worked on (revisions and New):  7
Number of days in a row writing at least 100 words per day:  247
Approx. # of hours spent revising stories that netted no word count:  7

# of stories out to market:  6
March rejections:  4  (sheesh, sure felt like more than that!)
March acceptances:  2
    "Willful Steel" to Lorelei Signal - pub. date July 2009
    "Potion Woes" to Everyday Fiction - pub. date 4/22/09
Stories awaiting publication (besides the 2 March acceptances): 2
     "Beneath the Surface" to Shock Totem - pub. date to be July 2009
     "The Tears of the Goddess" to Blood & Devotion - pub. date to be 2006 (!)
# of finished stories awaiting REsubmissions:  2

I still want to inch that Ave. word per day to 500.  I was down a little from last month.  But otherwise, I'm pretty happy with the stats.
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I've been making great writing progress so far this January, which heartens me more than I can express.  Typically, January has been a time when I enter the winter doldrums/post holiday lassitude, and my writing and confidence screech to an ugly halt.  I think my daily writing goal of at least 100 words a day, every single day, can stand up and take a bow for my change in attitude this January.  It's taught me that I do not have to feel the muse sitting on my shoulder in order to write, that I can write a pile of shit and worry about its flow later on, that its okay to take the story in a wrong direction because I can always go back and delete and rewrite, and a whole list of other things that are more subtle, but make themselves felt every day I sit to write.  My enthusiasm for writing, which usually falls to zero in January and can take me many months to re-generate, is high.  I've also been keeping better stats of my writing progress, which doesn't allow me to sit back and whine about how unproductive I am, nor to imagine that I have a gazillion rejections and no acceptances. 

So far for January I have written 6847 words in 8 days of writing and finished a very rough first draft of a short story "Ghost Play."  My daily word count has been 511 words, and the high 1016, and 4 of those 8 days, I have written over 1000 words.

About to block this writerly output are two things.  One, I have finished said short story and must now start on the revising.  This will undoubtedly result in a negative word count for the day as I will most likely be deleting more than I insert.  I'm unsure what to do here, if I should start a new short story and write the 100 word minimum on it each day or do a daily writing exercise of some kind while I revise.  I also think that if I use the track changes feature in word and delete using it, that my word count still includes those deleted words until I accept the change, so that means any words added will increase the word count, but those deledted will not decrease it.  We'll see later today.

The other block upcoming is that I'm going to send my laptop in for repair.  My warranty runs out next month, so this will be the last hurrah.  Last year it went in for a fix because the USB port in the rear was loose.  When it came back, the caps lock key was missing.  I did find it later, and thought all along that it could be snapped back on.  But when I bought new RAM, I found out the key top is broken.  It's the caps lock, who uses it right?  And I can still use it anyway.  But my "o" key is also not working sometimes.  Although, of course, today, it has only not worked once, with all these o's I've typed.  But anyway, the geek guy who helped me with my RAm said they'd probably replace the keyboard to fix the broken caps lock key, so if I can get a new keyboard on a 4-yr-old laptop, I'd better go for it, right?  But that means about a week to ten days with no laptop.  Which means I may have to resort to writing longhand.  I've proved twice now that I can do that, but it still leaves me worried.  Plus we're going back to the coast next weekend and I probably won't have the thing back yet.  If I would have called on Monday like I meant to, it would have been back by next Thurs. I think.  But as is typical for me and phone calls, I waited until yesterday. 

Sorry this is so long, I did not mean to ramble like this.
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November Stats:

Words this month:  20019
Average words per day:  667.3
Days of writing at least 100 words a day:  126

FOUR MONTHS of writing daily.  Every single day.  The first month of writing daily, I averaged 178 words per month.  The second month, 283.  The third month, 325.  This month, I attempted to Nanowrimo.  I didn't expect to hit the 50k mark.  About halfway through the month, my goal dropped to 25k.  So I didn't make that either.  Thanksgiving happened.

But here's what I did learn.  I need a roadmap to write a novel.  I won't call it an outline, because I have a psychological aversion to outlines for some odd reason, despite my love of organization.  But I love maps.  A roadmap to my destination is just what I need.  And with all maps, there can be several roads to take to a destination, some straight and narrow, others winding and long.  And sometimes along the way to a destination, a breakdown can occur and the traveller stuck in a location.  Maybe a new destination becomes more realistic, more desirable. 

Writing without knowing where I'm going gives me anxiety.  Anxiety makes me want to turn my back on it, to do something that is more comforting, and so I turn to teh internet surfing or freecell or a myriad of other possibilites all designed to distract me from trying to decide on the spur of the moment where I'm going. 

Forcing myself to write even though I not know where I'm going makes me stutter and write dead prose.  Knowing where I'm going will actually make me feel freer and more open to possibilities.  It will not lock me in a corner.  I like to be a more deliberate writer.

In the end, failing at Nano has been a success.  I've learned what doesn't work.  I've learned I'm not a speedy writer.  Steady as she goes, that's me.  And that's okay.
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I *think* I snurched this from [livejournal.com profile] jaylake , although it was 4 days ago so really, I can't be expected to remember where I got the link, can I?  But it was really cool.  So if you haven't listened to stars yet, go lend an ear.  Singing stars.  Oh, and this is for real, from BBC news, not as in American stars from stage and movie and tv, because who the hell wants to hear them make music?

We leave on Sat. for the Happiest Place on Earth, AKA Disneyland.  We return Wed. the 5th.  I'll be offline and incommunicado.  Some intermittent between now and the 1st.  Haven't decided yet whether to take the laptop with me or not.  If I don't, I'll be breaking my 100 words a day record, unless I take pen and paper.  Then again, the record has to be broke sometime, right?  The key is to starting it back up again.

For your edification, my October stats: 
93 days in a row of writing at least 100 words per day.
Total words for the month (as of 10/28/08):  9529  -- (Compared to Sept. word total of 8511)
Average words per day (as of 10/28/08):  340  -- (Compared to Sept. word/day average of 283.7)
Stories out at market:  5   (this is a new high for me, I think)
Of those 5, 1 story has been passed up the ladder and is under consideration by the powers that be, and another is a tentative sale, although I've not heard back since my acceptance, which is troubling, but I is being patient, I tell you, PATIENT!!!
Stories published this month:  1

I'm mightily pleased with the output of words.  One story was finished and subbed.  Another story revised and subbed.  Three flashes completed at LH, although none have had a revising yet in order to be subbed.  Still, it's a far cry from the last year, in which nothing was finished or sold. 

Over and out!



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September writing progress:

Total words for the month:  8511  (compared to 5544 for August)
Average words per day:  283.7  (compared to 178.84 for August)
# of days in the War on Words:  65 (days of writing 100+ words a day in a row)
# of stories written on:  4
# of stories finished:  0
Time spent revising other stories ("finished" stories):  approx. 2 hours
Stories revised to final draft:  2

As some of you may have noticed, in July I began my grand experiment of trying to write at least 100 words a day, every day, in the effort to boost my productivity and learn to stop wasting time that I could spend writing.  After a couple of starts and stops, I finally got it right.  I'm on day 65 now.  I've even dragged out pen and paper when I had a raging migraine in order to not miss my writing for the day (and more importantly, not to have to start that damn counter over at Day 1 again).  This works for me because I am at heart a very competitive person, although when I'm not winning, I'm the type that gives up, pouts, and doesn't want to play anymore (hence the reason why I hate gambling so much).  So I've entered into a competition with myself, and I'm winning.  Yay me!  ;-0

Everyone reacts differently to challenges and motivations.  I had heard of this method before and snubbed it.  But once I tried it, I saw it definitely works for me.  What I've learned to do is write, even though I haven't a clue what to write or where the story is going.  Even though my inner editor is chewing at my brain and whispering dark and ego-degrading remarks, I write.  Even though I end up writing and re-writing the beginning to the story four or five days in a row, so most of the previous days words have to be thrown out, I write.  The other thing I'm doing is NOT allowing myself to go back and re-edit what I wrote the day before.  Because in that road lies madness.  I edit and re-edit and revise and then I get disgusted and my go-hide-in-a-hole-and-pout tendency comes to fore and I quit, disgusted, with no actual words for the day.  Revision is for when Draft #1 is complete!  (repeat, spit, and repeat again).

I am worried that I still have no complete story done for the month, even though I have written 8.5k.  I did work on 4 different stories, though, and the one I spent the most time on is closing in on a ending, so I have a clearer vision of what to do. 

I am greatly cheered, however, but the uppage in wordage from July to August.  It proves what I hoped would happen:  that as the habit sets in for me, and the lambasting of inner editor grows stronger, my word count and ability to write more on the fly would increase.  I wrote 50 words more per day in September, part of which came from the flash challenge over at LH, which was another really good positive experience that surprised me.  I didn't realize it would be so freeing to HAVE to write that fast in 90 minutes.

What I've learned through this:  The writing muscle, like all muscles, needs exercise, and it needs to be used every single day else it turns to flab and gets onery and unmotivated.  The inner editor, left unchecked, is a very Bad Thing.  It has its moments when it's quite useful, so not to turn it off altogether, but writing on instinct has its place too.

Enough of me.  Over and out.
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August words: 5544
Club 100 as of 9/4/08: 39
Stories completed: 0
Rough drafts completed: 0
Subs made: 0

So, despite a success in the word count and days of writing in a row, I'm not so good on the production level. But I hope as the habit really makes a move on my system to increase my writing time each day. So far it's sometimes only 30 minutes, and that's during commercials of TV time. Bad me.

On another front: There is no worse thing than watching your grown kid go through an emotional trial and you can do nothing -- NOTHING -- to make it better. At least when they're little you can wrap them in your arms and rock away their hurts, or at least hold them until the hurts subside. When they're an adult you can offer hugs and words of encouragement, but then must step aside and watch while they mend their own hurts, knowing there will be scars left. It makes your heart ache.
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Club 100 Day = 29!!!! Words for August = 4629 Average words/day = 193

Words written in August that might be usable in story = 3 or 4. No no, I jest. I hope I jest. No, Shirley, I jest.

So in my quest to write 100 words a day, the other thing I'm doing is when I sit down to write, I don't first re-read what I've already written. Unless I've forgotten where I'm at, and then I only read the previous day's writing. This is contrary to how I usually write. My normal routine is to start each writing session by reading the story from the beginning. This results in an almost photogenic memory of the story's beginning, which doesn't sit too well when I need to revise, because the story is too familiar. It also leaves traces of phrases or words I've used in my memory and I tend to re-use them in the story without consciously remembering it's already been used.

But the WiP is about to the point where I need to go back through and read from the beginning, but I confess I'm a bit scared to do so. I was writing along the other night and a new idea occurred to me, a new motivation for my MC. I think I'm going to use it, but it will involve a new beginning at the very least. That's not a biggie, I was pretty certain the beginning I had was going to go anyway. I hope this will be a case of the words not being the total pieces of crap that I think they are. Otherwise I need to re-write from scratch.

We go camping this weekend. I guess I'll have to take pencil and paper to keep up with my 100 words per day. I can just see me now trying to count the words though. I betcha I get lost and have to start over a couple of times. I could take the laptop for my daily writing, but the battery doesn't last very long anymore, although I could charge up my old one for a spare. But then there's the dust and dirt to deal with, plus why take it up there where it could get dropped or sat on or who knows what when I can just as easily write longhand. I'll probably print out a story that needs editing to take along too.

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