Not quite an analysis, but here’s a blow by blow description of writing my last three stories. I got home from BayCon (which involves a five hour drive through the mountains) on Monday night with three stories still to go and the end of the month looming.
Back from BayCon. I’m tired, but had a wonderful time. Survived my first moderation stint thanks to wonderful panelists and participants. (10:22 PM May 25th)
Today is my birthday! I’m bleary eyed and non-productive, but I have a smile on my face :D. (12:10 PM May 27th) Note: I actually started the story on the 26th, but didn’t get very far after unpacking and all.
Short story up to 1800 words. That’s about it for the day. (12:10 AM May 28th)
More progress on the story, though it’s still not done. I think I broke it, to be honest, but maybe editing will patch it back again :). (12:28 PM May 28th)
Time for me to shut everything down and get to bed. Okay, past time, but got into a good programming kick. Sadly, the story remains in progress. (11:52 PM May 28th)
I did it! 4,765 words and has issues, but the story is done :D. (10:17 AM May 29th)
Odd statistic: I have written 95 short stories for Forward Motion’s Story a Day since it began in 2003. (12:26 PM May 29th)
And started story 9. It’s building as it goes. Not sure exactly where that is, but up to 800 words. (8:49 PM May 29th)
Umm, forgot to update, but as of 1am, story 9 was complete at 2555 words. And this one I didn’t break :D. (10:16 AM May 30th)
Since I seem to be updating as I go: Story 10 is conceived, outlined, and about 500 words. I really like this one. SF culture conflict. (1:16 PM May 30th)
Like most writers on a deadline :p, we chose today to rearrange two bedrooms and my study. Furniture, vacuuming, even buying a mattress. (4:16 PM May 30th)
Hmm, good thing there’s one more day to go. 10th story stands at 920 words (about 1/3rd), move about 1/3rd done, and I’ve lost my voice. (11:16 PM May 30th) Note: unrelated loss of voice as I was not using Dragon for these stories.
And DONE! 10 stories in one month. I swear it gets harder each year, but I love the challenge. (11:16 AM May 31th)