September Writing Report, Third Quarter Writing Summary, And A Hard Decision

Whew! I’m back in the blogging world, everyone, and it feels great to be back. I know they say variety is the spice of life, but I like my set little writing routine that I have and am always happy to return to it.

Anyway, I have a big writing report for you today. Not only do we have the month of September, but we have the third quarter of this year and this year to date. Plus, I had a breakthrough regarding my writing and I’m going to share that with you, too.

In the month of September, I wrote 20,983 words. That’s an average of 699 per day. I haven’t quite reached my goal of averaging 1,000 per day, but I’m getting there! I managed to write nearly every day in September. I only missed three days, which is pretty good.

For the third quarter of this year, I wrote a total of 62,837 words. That’s 683 words per day. I have written 185,891 words so far this year. I really hope I can make 200,000 by the end because that’s such a nice, round number.

Now, for the big breakthrough I had recently. Many of the ideas I’ve been working on since fall of 2014 or so have been what I call my “old ideas.” That is, I came up with these ideas years and years ago, before I outlined or really knew that much about writing or was a good writer. (I know there’s a lot I still have to learn about writing, but I definitely think I’ve improved a lot since I came up with these ideas.)

Since many of these old ideas are immature, not fully formed, or otherwise flawed, I’ve decided to put them aside indefinitely. This has not been an easy decision to make. I’ve been thinking of some of these potential novels for nearly ten years now. After that amount of time, I can’t be objective about them in the way I would need to be in order to properly outline and execute them. I’ve conceived of some of them in a specific way for such a long time that I can’t be creative or see the ideas in a different light. Putting them aside is for the best. In the future, I may use parts of the writing I’ve done on these ideas, but for now, they reside in a special folder on my computer. (Appropriately enough, it’s called “Old Stuff.”)

Right now, I’m working on editing the first book of a science fiction series I wrote earlier this year. This book idea is relatively new—I came up with it in 2014—and I’m actually enjoying the editing process, which is amazing. I usually despise editing. I wrote this book earlier this year at a very steady, measured pace, and I’m editing it in much the same manner. There are flaws in the first draft—for example, the ending I wrote is just bad, but luckily I know exactly how I’m going to fix it—but I feel like this book has actual potential to be something I could send to an agent next year.

So, that’s it! So far, October is going terribly for me, writing-wise. So many things have come up to distract me from my writing this month, but I will be undaunted and just keep writing and editing. Good luck with any writing or other personal projects you have.