Drafting Fiction

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About six weeks earlier than I planned, I’ve started drafting fiction again. It’s not, so far as I can tell, affecting the editing progress I’ve planned to make in the same period, which probably means I’m neglecting something else slightly, so I’m going to keep at it.

It’s only been going on about a week so far, and I’m not dedicating a huge amount of time for it, but it’s making me happy. There’s a particular kind of pleasure in crafting new words that’s different than the pleasure I get from polishing and rearranging existing ones. Yes, I’ve still got a lot (A LOT) of catch up to do on the editing side, but I’ve made a lot of inroads this year, especially since COVID, and I feel like I never want to get to the point where I’ve completely caught up. What fun would that be?

To offset the Star Trek novella I’m working on (based on an audio drama script that I’m not likely to ever produce as an audio drama) that will probably come in at somewhere between 25 and 30,000 words when fully edited (6k into the first draft so far), I’m trying my hand at flash length for the first time in quite a while.

I missed on the first one at a little over 1300 words and tentatively titled “Psychic Drugs”. It should also probably be several hundred words longer than it is since I deliberately scaled back to almost nothing but conversation in the last quarter of the story trying to finish it in one session. Reminder: don’t rush yourself. The story would have worked better if I’d taken the time to flesh it out in the first draft. Now I have to fix it in post.

The second attempted flash piece, “Computer Core”, is probably also not going to squeak in under the 1000-word mark that traditionally marks flash fiction. By the time this posts, I’ll know that for sure, but as I write this, “Computer Core” is the next thing in the keyboard queue, and my rough idea of how long it’s going to take to finish the story is a little more space than the almost 600 words I’ve already put into it. Which, based on past history, means it will probably come close to 1500 words by the time it’s done.

Time for more typing.

Stay safe, and be well, everyone.

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