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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Starting Anew in the Writing Stew

Okay, so the title is a bad attempt at rhyming, but so be it. It's been some time since I last had an update about my writing (with exception to my posts about my rejections). With that in mind, I thought it was high time to give you all an update on what is going on with my writing.

First things first, I made a resolution of sorts at the beginning of the year that I was going to write 200,000 words this year. I came close last year and thought it would be a good challenge. Thus far I have reached 42,727. I'm a bit behind. By April 1st I should have been at 50,000 words. Considering that I am currently in the middle of school, though, I can safely say I'm not doing so bad. I can make up for lost writing time somewhat this quarter and certainly over summer.

The second thing was also on my resolutions list. I said I wanted to have twenty-five works of fiction in the submission queue. I currently have eleven, with at least three more in the editing stage that should be ready to go in the next month or so. That means I'm close, which is good.

The third thing is in relation to my writing style. I'm going to write more about this at another time, because I think it's important. The short version is that over the last six months or so I have been changing my style. This has come largely as a result of the the reading for this academic year at UC Santa Cruz. A lot of writers I had never read before have been influencing me in ways I never expected. And I think it's a good thing.

Lastly, I'd like to briefly mention all the nifty writing projects I've started up. I've got several new short stories in the works (some particularly strange ones, actually), and I've started fiddling with a novel I've been meaning to write for a while called Liminal Spaces. The novel is largely an experiment, which means I'll only be picking at it here and there. It's a science fiction romantic tragedy, meaning it'll have a love story that will end poorly for the main characters.

I think that's it. Any questions?

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