Back in January, I wrote a post about the stories I had written but needed to work on. Since then, The Universal Remote has been self-published (March) and I’ve started a BookTube channel (June). What I haven’t done is much writing.
Yesterday, to sort of help break out of the downward spiral of not writing, I had a friend pick a number between one and ten. I really thought I only had ten stories I had started and needed to work on. Turns out there are actually eleven storylines written down and one more floating around in my head.
She picked number eight, which is Drifter. This story hasn’t seen the light of a computer screen in a while. I wrote it because I was stuck between two guys when I was younger and there was the really bad snow storm in D.C. Needless to say, it was also the story that had someone telling me that I wrote at a sophomoric level and that my story essentially sucked. I listened to him and stopped writing for a while.
Drifter was never meant to be more than a short story about a woman who couldn’t face rejection and realizes too late that no one saves anyone but themselves. I was really in a dark place in my life then. I’m not in that place anymore but the story is still around.
Since the story is supposed to be short, I needed to check the word count rules. According to The Daring Novelist, these are the word count lengths used by The Science Fiction Writers of America:
- Short fiction: under 7,500 words
- Novelette: 7,500-17,500 words
- Novella: 17,500-40,000 words
- Novel: 40,000 words and up
The comments on her blog post has some really good information as well.
So now that I have a word count goal, I guess it’s time to get to writing, right? Can’t procrastinate forever.
Have a great day.
Listening to: Amazon’s Long Weekend: Rock playlist
Reading: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Quote of the Day: “Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.” ― Khalil Gibran