it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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post scriptum: discipline

So, that's a sort of a draft done. Whereby, when I say draft, I mean steaming heap of crap with bits of worms and ends of things poking out. But it's done enough that I won't lose anything by putting it away while I work on this other stuff that has tighter deadlines. Or, you know, about as done as "King Pole, Gallows Pole, Bottle Tree," was when I declared that a draft. It is a Bad Draft. I would not show it to an editor, or even another writer who was not a close personal friend and already well-acquainted with how I work.

Which means that tomorrow, I start work on the two short stories I need to write, "Your Collar" and "Smile." And when those are done, I have a novella and a novel, both due. I'm not yet sure what order I mean to tackle those in--I may go after the novel first, just to get it done, because novellas are a lot less scary.

My watchword for the first half 2008 is discipline. I need to average a thousand words a day, and fifteen hundred would be better. And that has to have wiggle room built into it for CEMs, page proofs, and having a life. Though there may need to be some flexibility on the life front, though, it looks like.

After that, I can probably fall over. A little. Though there's still One-Eyed Jack & the Suicide King and By the Mountain Bound and The Sea thy Mistress to revise. And I am sure Chill will need revising too, once it's done.

Well, if it were easy, it would not be fun. Right?

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