Boring technical writerly stuff ahead:
I’m more than halfway through this draft. I’ve nearly caught up and I’ll be back on track in no time. This is a major rewrite rather than a polish, so it feels like taking two steps forward and one step back, but it’s a much better story now. I’ll probably have it too bloated after this draft and I’ll need to pare it down.
I’ll need to find a way to get a more solid word count with the Scrivener iOS app. I’ll probably have to break down and buy the PC version for several of the best features. I’m hoping the do what the Ulysses folk did and add nearly all of the OSX features to the iOS app.
I’d love to quickly work the word count out without a calculator, though. I don’t even know my daily word count because I use many sheets. I’m averaging about 4 sheets a day, with about 1000 words for each sheet. So it’s in the 4000 range at least. Even at my most focused in March, I couldn’t really get past 2500 a day. So I’m pleased with this word count. It’s my best so far.
And this is not including the flash fiction I’m starting to get into. I wanted to sub for pub by the end of the month, but flash is much harder than I thought. 500 – 1000 words is really tough. I can get down to around 1300 and then I can’t do any more surgery to get it smaller. I think I’ll practice for a month or two before I start submitting. Not only will I greatly improve, I’ll have several prewritten pieces on several different subjects. I’ll be able to pull one up that best matches a theme, polish it up to match the style of the publication and let it fly.
The writing thing feels doable again. And that’s a good thing.