Writing Report for August 2019

I totally forgot I was going to do a writing report on the last Monday of each month. This comes a few days late but whatever!

Calculated Magic

The downloads for Calculated Magic have been okay. I wasn’t really expecting a whole lot because it is set after the third novel and most people don’t like to jump into the middle of a series. However, I have picked up at least one new fan through the novella. Either this is the exception that proves the rule or I know less than Jon Snow.

The novella goes up for sale in September. So, these are your last few days where you can download for free. I haven’t decided what the price for the novella will be but it will certainly be cheaper than a coffee at Starbucks.

Stories of Lorst #4

I have finished outlining and have (slowly) started work on writing the scenes I’ve plotted. My editor often applauds me on handing her well-polished manuscripts. The truth is that I fight this tendency to edit as I go. I tend to read what I wrote the day before, tweak it, and then write the next scene.

This is a compromise because I could easily get locked into an editing spiral where I tweak what I’ve written to the exclusion of adding. It’s sort of like decorating one side of a Christmas tree and then continually going back to re-arrange without decorating the other sides.

I’m fighting this tendency all the harder with this novel. There’s just so much to keep track of that I keep second guessing. Plotting seems to have exacerbated things because I had to go back over what I wrote to write down scene summaries in order to come up with new scenes. And then I re-read all of what I wrote because I’d been away from the manuscript for so long. The compulsion keeps trying to take over.

Most writers (perhaps all) deal with some level of impostor syndrome, which is an internalized fear that one will be exposed as a fraud. Along with my editing compulsion, I’ve also been doing battle with impostor syndrome. I keep worrying that I’ve taken on too large and complex of a project and people will finally see me for the fraud that I am. I don’t know if there’s a cure or treatment for this syndrome. Normally, I ignore it. It’s harder to ignore it with this novel.

At this writing, the draft stands at almost 82,000 words. I might hit the 100k mark with this novel. If I ever finish. I want to finish. I shall finish!

Convention News

Like I mentioned in a previous post, I will be at the Fayetteville Comic Con in October. I’m all set to attend the Writer Unboxed Unconference in November.

My cover artist is creating a new banner for me, so that’s exciting. I’m not sure how I’m going to sell my novella at the comic con since it’s strictly an ebook. I may not. I may just have little cards or something to let people know there’s a novella online.

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