October 9th, 2007

turtle

progress report/the calculus of insanity

The post-cold congestion continues, and I'm still really tired from it, which isn't helped when I have to wake up and cough. Blech.

Worked on edits for chapter 12 last night; it needs several significant changes.

Am feeling anxious about the new chapters I'm not writing. Once those are done, I'm done. But I still think I need the edits first. Agh!

I want to send the manuscript in twenty-two days. Subtract three from that, for choir rehearsal. Subtract three more for CapClave (except now I think I'll take some pages with me). Subtract the last day, since I'll be printing and sending. That leaves fifteen days. Approximately one-third of chapter twenty remains, say a thousand words though it will likely be 4000 words long, plus the last two chapters of about 3000 words each, which is a total of 7000 words minimum, wihch means I could easily finish doing only 500 words a day. Except I have to do the edits first, and enter them into the computer. Say a day for the entering. Edits remaining for most of chapter twelve and for all of chapters thirteen through nineteen, which are in a rougher state than one through twelve. How long for that? Who knows?

My advice to the world? Avoid those types of calculations. They will make you crazy. Teh Craxy, even.
turtle

a question for writers

All of you who write--professionally or not--what are your goals for your writing?

I've managed some of my goals: 1) sell a story and 2) sell a novel. "Get better at writing" is of course always going to be a goal.

But at the moment I seem to be living in the short-term:

1) finish manuscript, send to editor.
2) make notes for novel #2.
3) prepare at least one more proposal for agent to send out.

Sometime next year, I need to make a website for the pseud, and possibly get her some business cards, while working on the second book.

But after that, what? Aside from "write more books." That's all I really want. To be able to keep writing novels, and have people buy them.