Obligatory writing instrument.
Obligatory writing instrument.

I almost didn’t post a writing report for October because it was kind of strange month, writing-wise. I didn’t do much writing that’s easy to record in my writing log. (Yes, I have a writing log. It’s in a spreadsheet—I use Apple iWork’s Numbers but Excel would also work—and it’s awesome.) By that, I mean I finished writing a short story, and it’s easy to track the word count for that. But then I started writing an outline for my next novel. (That, in and of itself, is a bit of a story. Basically, I had a bit of writer’s block and couldn’t decide which of my ideas to outline. Long story short: I managed to make a decision.) I studied story structure and scene structure and character development. As a result this outline has become massive. I worked on it most days in October and it’s still not finished. And I have no idea how many words it is because I outline by hand in my writing notebook.

Anyway, I only wrote 4,730 words in October. That’s 4,730 words in my word processing program (thank you, Scrivener, for the awesome word count tracker thing you have!). If I had to estimate how many words I’ve outlined… well, I think the total word count for the month would surpass 10,000 and possibly 15,000. But there’s no way to know for sure unless I type all of my outlining and brainstorming up, which I don’t intend to do.

I’m hoping to finish the outline in the next week or so. Then, I’ll begin drafting this novel. It’s actually a major rework of a novel I wrote at this time last year. This new version is way better plotted and way more interesting (in my obviously unbiased opinion, haha).

Oh, and that short story I mentioned earlier? I’m planning on submitting it for publication. Of course, if it is accepted somewhere, I promise to tell all of you blog readers. 🙂 Be patient, though. Unfortunately, the writing and publishing world works extremely slowly…


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