I was going to start about wordcounts and use that as a means to see how productive I’ve been, but damn, that is the wrong way to go about this. I worked hard this month! Most of my time I spent on editing and proofing so I could finish the final draft for my fantasy short FOUND BY A WANDERING HEART (a.k.a. LEGEND OF SAVANNA) .and finish a first… sort of second draft for my paranormal romance novelette IN GOOD COMPANY (a.k.a. SALT). I did edit during drafting again, so there’s scenes edited anywhere between once and five times, lol.
Yes, it’s a good reminder that wordcount isn’t everything. Drafting is fun and to see those wordcounts soar just gives you a hell of a rush, but it doesn’t mean it’s all quality work. That takes editing. And editing means you’ll produce less words. Sometimes a story works better as a short story or novelette instead of a novel series. Plus we can’t always be writing. We need time to research, to read, to worldbuild, and plenty of time we can’t work on our fiction at all. We need time to rest, relax, and live our lives just as much.
So let’s talk a bit about these projects.
Found by a Wandering Heart
The WIP that made me realized how absurdly simple plots can be while still delivering on
The story is 6700 words long and I will be submitting it to literary magazines. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to share
In Good Company
My first finished novelette (story between 7500-17500 words long)! IN GOOD COMPANY started out under the working title SALT and is about Khalida who because of her ADHD is having a hard time fulfilling the expectations laid upon her by her parents. When Amias asks if she wants to come away with her, it starts her on a journey to figure out what she wants in life and love.
As much as I’d like to submit this to a literary magazine or so, I’m not sure I’m going to find a place. It’s too long for most and given that it’s paranormal romance, not that many markets seem to want that (please let me know if I’m wrong. I want to be wrong here). This is why I asked a while back if people would like a novelette pubbed as an ebook on its own.
I’m still not sure but it would seem like a nice sample story to
Anyway, I made an aesthetic for it and I hope you enjoy it!