June 8, 2017

Day 8: Short Story Marathon


Got back to “Home in Time” and finished it. It’s ready to read to Aleia, but no time today. It came in at 4,450 words, again longer than planed.

Later, grabbed a 875 word fantasy start from my training month, tentatively titled “Wink, Plum, and the Bones that March,” and added 2,00 words to that and it’s really flowing. It’s got 1,500 or 2,000 words to go. I am out all day tomorrow so we’ll so how much I get done.

Stats for Today

Strategies Employed: Story start

Lessons Learned: Story starts can really help get things moving on a long haul like this.

Words Written: 4,000

Hours: 3.75

Stories Sent to Dean: 0

Story Summary

# Story Total Words Done?
1 Woody and June vs. the Fungus-Head Zombies 5101 Yes
2 Daisy’s Heart 5800 Yes
3 The Disappearing Neighborhood 2773 Yes
4 Woody and June vs. the Grand Canyon 6070 Yes
5 Home in Time 4448 No
6 Wink, Plum, and the Bones that March 2873 No

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  1. I’ve found your blog via your comment on Dean’s site. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience (even though you’re fairly busy right now!). It is very instructive and shows very well how every writer is different. Between you, Dean and Harvey, it really shows that there is no “one size fits all” solution, you have to find your own solution. And your insights are very helpful, especially for newer writers who can feel closer to your struggle (Dean is amazing at sharing his experience and answering questions from beginner writers, but he is so far down the road after being a professional writer for decades that it can be harder to relate to his experience).

    Anyway, best wishes for your challenge, and I’ll be glad to follow it!

    1. Gnondpom, thanks for the encouragement and glad you are getting some value at this. I was hopeful that other writers would get something watching the madness and fun, which is one of the reasons I’m doing this. The other was to increase accountability and to deepen the lessons I’m learning here.

      There is a long way to go yet, so it should be interesting.

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