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Adam Israel
“Bring it on”, said the tortoise to the hare. 
13th-Oct-2008 01:21 am
Scarf

I’ve been doing fairly well with my writing schedule. I’ve managed to write every day this week, and all but two days for the month. My pace is slower than I’d like, averaging just under 300 words/day but the key is consistency, not speed.

I’ve been mostly writing in bursts at the end of the day. I’m going to try splitting up my sessions throughout the day — morning, lunch, after work, and late evening. I seem to really hit my stride late in the day so I don’t know if this will be productive or not. One way to find out.

My Tesla story, “Man out of Time”, is at 3,500 words now and at the halfway point. I expect to wrap this up somewhere around 7,000 words, which will make it one of my longer story to date. I should have the first draft finished this week.

The Footprints anthology, edited by Jay Lake and Eric T. Reynolds is open for submissions until November 15th, 2008. The guidelines for this are a little restrictive, clarifying that the human race is gone and the explorers that find out footprints on the moon are not our descendants. This should make for an interesting mix of stories when it’s finished. I have a pretty solid plan for the story I want to write for this. I’ll be starting on this one shortly.

New artwork for the Byzarium Flash Fiction contest has been posted. The image is, as usual, beautiful. The deadline is November 16th. I’m noodling on a few ideas for this one. My last submission to the contest turned out to be a bigger idea than could fit in 500 words — one worth exploring in a longer draft down the road. I’ll probably put something together for this month’s image and see what sticks.

[Crossposted from stonetable.org. If you'd like to comment, you can do so either here or there.]

Comments 
13th-Oct-2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
but the key is consistency, not speed.

Exactly.

That's one of the things drilled into us at Clarion. Just sit yourself down and write on a regular basis. Often one will find that the quality of one's work won't vary between days that one feels good and like writing and the days when one doesn't. BUT the quality will improve as one continually writes and writes and writes. Consume and write, consume and write.
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