Monday, October 11, 2010

Did You Write? 10-11-10

Did You Write? 10-11-10

It is that time of the week again, the time to examine yourself, your life and your writing, and answer the question posed by the note. Tell us about your successes, tell us about your failures, and tell us about what else is going on in your life.
Many among us write every day with no problem. There are those who write one month, go several months without writing. The rest of us might be a bit sporadic, writing each month, but not every week.
The concept of this note is to entice all here to open some work in progress at least once every week. Just a little work every week adds up to a lot of writing over a year.
We are not picky about what is writing. If you even have to question whether it is writing, the answer will be yes. New writing, editing, critiquing, blogging, writing assignments, technical writing, poetry, world or character development. E-mail can even be called writing if they pertain to writing or stories and are wordy. Just about anything will do if you even question whether it is.
We are not concerned about word count. When writing new, big word counts are quite desirable. With editing, word counts are known to go down.

I am working on story number two of my Waxy dragon stories. I need to cut down the word count but also raise the level to near to what is required for publication. Right now, I am at a point where a major plot change is needed. The order things happen are swapped all around. It will be a tighter, more exciting story, hopefully, when done. If not, I will rewrite portions of it until it is.
As I am writing, I am also deleting. I have written a whole lot of words, but have removed a lot too. I can zap the entire two ending sequences and cut the story in half. As it is, it is 32000 words and needs to be 15000 words.
At this moment, I have a word count of adding around one thousand two hundred words. I added 3 pages. In actual writing, I likely wrote ten thousand words. My zapping sections hides the word count. I expect the word count to go down over the next week.

My story ideas are as short as possible, telling what the concept is about, but not really showing it. I used to aim for four pages and usually hit three. Now I am aiming at one page and sometimes getting onto the second page.
During my vacation, I wrote down my concepts, but did not even bother writing any. This month I am writing extra whenever I can. I want to end the month with at least one extra idea to make up for last month's one short.

As to the question of the week,

I can honestly say,

YES, I DID WRITE.

DID YOU WRITE?

6 comments:

Dr. Qwaylood said...

Dodger!

How 'bout something edgier?

Anyhoo, if you are looking for some new material; you could write about me.

And put in some 'plugs' for the ol' Cap'n!

Of course, there's always the story about Chris Chapman and Crew...it reads like a soggy, southern 'soap opera'.

Ahoy mateys!!

Nancy said...

Did I write? Hahahahahaha!!!!!! I have a lot more to say about that than I can write here.

Nancy said...

Welcome to our blog Dr. Q. I apologize that it took me so long to get to approving your comments, so this just appeared. That's because any comments have to go through me as blog manager, and I've been swamped with work lately. My inbox runneth over. I'll try and be more attentive - emphasis on 'try'. LOL

The type of writing we've been doing is PULP, which is solidly action/adventure stuff in a lot of different genres. Roger, Lee, and I have been working on a storyline for the younger set for several years now, because kids love exciting heroic adventure material too. We've got a place to market it, and I've had 3 similar stories to the one Roger was explaining accepted already, just need Rog to come on board with his. He's a busy guy, and having trouble finding enough time to write as it is.

'Edgy' certainly is a pulp ideal, but when you're talking kids, you also have to be cautious about content. The magazines we write for have mostly an adult appeal, but take only a PG13 rating story, so that we can reach the broadest section of the reading public. I've been continually behind the scenes urging Rog on in this endeavor of his, so if you see him mention 'writing partner', that's generally me. I function as a sounding board, sometime editor, and idea generator as well as being a longtime friend. It's been 11 years now since we started corresponding online, and writing is what brought us together. We just had Rog up here for a week long vacation, and he's like part of the family these days.

You can learn more about what Roger is getting involved with in my post above. Pro Se does take submissions, so if you want to be involved, they have that info on the site.

Thanks for the input tho, it's always good to know we're being read!
~NANCY

Nancy said...

Welcome to our blog Dr. Q. I apologize that it took me so long to get to approving your comments, so this just appeared. That's because any comments have to go through me as blog manager, and I've been swamped with work lately. My inbox runneth over. I'll try and be more attentive - emphasis on 'try'. LOL

The type of writing we've been doing is PULP, which is solidly action/adventure stuff in a lot of different genres. Roger, Lee, and I have been working on a storyline for the younger set for several years now, because kids love exciting heroic adventure material too. We've got a place to market it, and I've had 3 similar stories to the one Roger was explaining accepted already, just need Rog to come on board with his. He's a busy guy, and having trouble finding enough time to write as it is.

Nancy said...

'Edgy' certainly is a pulp ideal, but when you're talking kids, you also have to be cautious about content. The magazines we write for have mostly an adult appeal, but take only a PG13 rating story, so that we can reach the broadest section of the reading public. I've been continually behind the scenes urging Rog on in this endeavor of his, so if you see him mention 'writing partner', that's generally me. I function as a sounding board, sometime editor, and idea generator as well as being a longtime friend. It's been 11 years now since we started corresponding online, and writing is what brought us together. We just had Rog up here for a week long vacation, and he's like part of the family these days.

Had to split this one up...

You can learn more about what Roger is getting involved with in my post above. Pro Se does take submissions, so if you want to be involved, they have that info on the site.

Thanks for the input tho, it's always good to know we're being read!
~NANCY

Nancy said...

OK, the system is wonky today! :P