Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Writing Wednesday: 2010

2010 was a great learning process for me, if not the most productive in terms of shear volume.

I wrote one book that I feel is publishable, THE PIZZA DIARIES, and got halfway through two others. Not quite as productive as I would have liked in terms of finished products. However I did an awful lot of revising and editing.

I've rewritten more this year than I actually wrote. I've done well over 100,000 words of revisions on my own stuff and offered over 5,000 of suggestions for other peoples work. As far as writing I wrote a little over 100,000 words, not counting this blog.

I will have to admit that my writing has gotten much better even in the first draft stage, but it has slowed way down. This problem will work itself out as things I'm picking up in the critiques and revisions start to become automatic, instead of having to write something, think about it and rewrite it.

The other learning process I'm going through is learning to format ebooks. It really isn't that hard just time intensive. A nice thing about it is as I read my work, while doing the formating, my mind doesn't get caught up in the story so it is a great way to do the final edit.

I was hoping to have a treat for all the readers of this blog and put out a free ebook of some of my short stories before the end of the year. But due to a lot things I won't be able to do that until the end of January.

So for next year I plan on writing, critiquing, revising, rinse, lather, repeat.

By Darrell B. Nelson author of Alien Thoughts