Clarion Write-A-Thon: Day 2

Target goal: 25,000 words

Target daily goal: 775 words

Today’s count: 1,196

Total words written: 1,196


I mentioned in a previous post that I am participating in the Clarion Write-A-Thon.  It runs from June 22 – August 2.

Day 1, which was yesterday (6/22), fell on a day when I was relaxing, so I did nothing but binge on past episodes of Royal Pains. 😀 Today, Day 2, I got back in the saddle. I updated my writer profile so that I can keep abreast of my writing project, and I dug up my project. For this go-round, I decided to do only 25,000 words. The contest runs over 35 days, which means that I will need to write at least 715 words per day to meet my goal.

I have several unfinished sci-fi-/speculative fiction things that are languishing in storage, so I dug them out and looked them over. While I haven’t decided if I’m going to do a full novel or a collection of short stories (I have both), I do know that this Write-A-Thon is going to be a serious challenge, no matter what I write.

Sci Fi is not my gift. I like to read it (or rather, I like reading speculative fiction better than hard-core sci fi), I admire those who write it, but I’m not one of those who can do it easily. I have tried writing short stories (a format which is also one of my writing weaknesses), and submitted them to big dogs like Asimov Magazine and Lightspeed, only to get rejected several times (hey…go big or go home, right?). So to actually enter the Clarion Write-A-Thon is either a testament to my desire to get better as a writer, or an aspersion on my sanity.

Anyway, I am revisiting the theme of what was supposed to be a novel, and started over. I like the changes that I’ve made so far and I’m excited about where it’s going, even as early as it is in the game. Today I finished 1,196 words. Yay me!

Now…back to the final edits of my upcoming October book. No rest for the weary!

Thanks for stopping by.



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