Writing progress

For the first time in a long while, I’ve had two consecutive day of writing that were both decent effort. I managed around 1,300 words yesterday and 1,400 today and I’m feeling good about the quality of the writing and the story-telling. It is starting to come together nicely, I think.

I’m really pushing to have a decent first draft of this novelette completed by Wednesday. I’m aiming for about 1,500 words a day between now and then, and at the rate that I’m going, that feels about right. I’ve worked through a lot of the comments I got from my small critique group on the first few scenes I gave to them. Some of the more significant changes included some name changes to give the character a more meaningful cultural background in the story, as well as some changes to the overall backstory that help things make more sense.

In the scene that I wrote this evening, an important political leader gives a eulogy at the funeral of a pseudo-famous person–and I was particularly pleased with how that scene took shape.

Getting a nap in earlier this evening helped me feel fresh for writing. I started the session at around 9:30 and finished at 11pm, which is close to my usual first-draft pace of about a thousand words an hour.

And tonight’s scene ended in a good cliff-hanger that will lead nicely into tomorrow’s writing.

I’m still looking for a real title for the story, but I’ve got some time yet. Unlike most of my stories, I put together a small soundtrack for this one. I don’t actually listen to the music while I write (I prefer silence), but I listen to it before and after and it’s helped to shape up some of the pivotal scenes more firmly in my mind.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.