Writing Update: 16 June 2023

Switching out the naming convention here. Keeping Score hasn’t really applied for some time now; I don’t track words written so much as chapters or scenes completed, and even then I’m aiming for time at the keyboard more than anything else.

And the old name is starting to feel a little too competitive, for me. A little too much like I’m trying to outpace myself or other writers, when really I just want to remind myself every once in a while of how far I’ve come, and maybe — if I’m lucky — give some comfort to my fellow writers, full-time or part-time, that are struggling.

That said, I haven’t settled on a new name/theme just yet. Going with Writing Update for now, which is very on the nose, but will do for a first draft. ✍️

Speaking of drafts, I’m almost done with the second-run edits of the sci-fi novel. Fingers crossed I might actually wrap those up this weekend!

Word count is holding steady at just over 87k, though I think next I’ll tackle the missing scenes, and fill in some plot holes, which’ll bump that up a bit. Ditto the fleshing out of some background characters I need to do. Hard for readers to get attached to folks that just pop in and out of the narrative.

And that’ll probably take me through the end of the month, if not longer. Still, once this second round is done, then the book-wide edits are basically finished. The rest will be more targeted changes, so I won’t have to keep going through the whole draft every time. At least, that’s what I hope 🤞

How about you? Where are you at, in your own projects?

Ron Toland @mindbat