It's the 11th of the month. I've been working hard, but I realised today that I haven't completed much this month.
I've been busy, with my novel, with edits and admin for sold short stories, with a crazy submissions challenge with my writer's forum, that's true. But the real reason that I haven't completed as much as I'd like is the lure of the shiny.
Oh, I could first draft all day. I love starting new stories. Only this morning I started another short story, that I thought might make a good sub to a new Mythos anthology.
This has to stop! This blog is part shaming document part working document. Here's what I've been up to this month:
The Good: ie The Finished.
- Asimov Story Intro non fiction 500 words
- 'Thrash' fantasy 1000 words
- 'Brass and Bone' adaptation fantasy 1300 words
- 'When We Were in Thrall to Venus' science fiction/literary 1000 words
The Bad: ie The First Drafts.
- Mother Mythos dark fantasy 500 words
- Wide Shining in the Remote horror 3000 words
- Sea Spider science fiction 2000 words
- The Dame with Silver in Her Veins fantasy 4000 words
- Child of Pearl fantasy 6200 words
It's not as bad as I thought, I have managed to get 4 works completed.. I do work with more than one story at a time. But if I let it, this first drafting habit of mine would get out of hand. It's a good job I keep my eye on these things, otherwise, I'd just first draft all day and everyday.
All those bad stories have lost their sparkle, except for Mother Mythos, which I started today. I think I should just start at the bottom and work my way up. Maybe working on two stories at a time.
Do you have any bad writing habits? What's your strategy to combat them?