This has been a considerably calmer week. Yes a couple of family visits (Dave’s side this time, not mine) but I still managed to get a couple of bits done. Nothing major, but I think it’s enough to stay on track. Which is all I wanted, really.
My chart at the moment looks like this:
Funky thermometer kindly supplied by Fundraiser Insight
And hopefully I’ll be able to nudge that counter along a bit more in the coming week. I know it hasn’t moved all that much since my last update, but anyone keeping an eye on my Twitter feed (isn’t that all of you *innocent face*) will know that I’ve been editing furiously for the past three days.
A short story for a competition run by Writers Online. If you’re not familiar site then you really need to check them out. I subscribed to them, their newsletter and Writers Magazine last month and since then I’ve been experiencing such an incredible buzz. With each page I read, with every interview I enjoy, every tip I soak up, I can feel myself learning more and more. Couple that with the Phoenix Writers, you fine blog folk and my daily practise I can see the improvement in my words with every fresh one I write. Even my editing process has changed and I can feel that my eye for self editing has become sharper.
I don’t want to harp on about it too much (awww, go on, girlie!) but I’m so proud at my ruthlessness. At first draft my short story was 1,661 words. Second draft was 1,903 and I panicked on realising that the parameters stated 1,500 – 1,700. Fourth draft got the piece back down to 1,670 and then I somehow managed to take off even more! Less is more, people! I’ve never been so aware of how true that is. And applying my methods from The Write Feeling has made it snap. Now, I’m sure if I were to take the piece to group on Saturday, there would be a hell of a lot more I could do with it, but, given the tight deadline, I had to skip that this time.
Next month! Next month I will be more organised and write my story in good time to have it critiqued by my wonderful, wonderful group. I’m a little horrified at sending this off without having it looked at, but needs must. Next month, I’m going to get it super-duper right!
Anyway, now that I’ve rambled away from the 15k in May topic I’ll return there with no further ado.
Have you checked in with the rest of the crew? You should, if you haven’t; there’s a collection of lovely blogs out that that deserve your reading attention. If you need the reminder, here they are:
Do you have any challenges on the go? How is your month of May all panning out?