Today is the last day of November and that makes it 30 days since I started my attempts to write 500 words of fiction every day. How’d I do? I think the results were mixed. 500 words/day for 30 days is 15,000 words of fiction for the month. By those standards, I did just fine. I wrote a total of 15,424 words which puts me almost a full day over my target. On the other hand, I only wrote on 21 days out of the 30 days in the month, or slightly more than two-thirds. I would prefer more consistency in terms of writing every day. That said, it is more fiction-writing than I’ve done in a long time and it feels good to be writing fiction.
Early this morning, I was skimming through my story idea notes and came across one that I’d jotted down a while back. For some reason, it caught fire with me and I sat down to start the story–and kept going. In the end, I had a 900 word flash fiction piece which I thought was pretty darn funny. I proofread it, edited it a bit, and then sent it off. It felt good to write a whole story, to finish a piece of fiction with a beginning, middle and end, even if it was only 900 words long. And it was my first unsolicited submission since April.
The act of finishing a story was like some kind of catalyst that opened a floodgate. I had an early lunch today and my intention was to sit down and read more of “Second Stage Lensmen” in the November 1941 Astounding. Then I thought to myself, let me just jot a few notes first. Remember that novella that I’ve been struggling with forever? And remember how I said I finally found the right voice? Well, I wanted to make few notes about some events that needed to happen in the story. So I opened up OmniOutliner on my iPad and started making a few notes and before I knew it, I had virtually vomited a complete outline with just the right amount of detail, that tells thew hole story–and I love it! Now I can’t wait to get to work on it and I suspect that I’ll have this story finished up before the end of the year.
Back in September, I sold 2 novelettes to the good folks at 40K Books. The first one, “If By Reason of Strength…” was published as an e-book not long after. I’m not certain of the schedule for the second story, which is called, “In the Cloud” but one thing I can say is that I have been working on some revisions to this story and plan to get it back to the editor this weekend. I like this story a lot, by the way, and I’m anxious to see what people think once it is released.
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.
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