Saturday, September 6, 2014

Writing Conundrum

I have a bit of a writing conundrum right now.

Yesterday I finished the first draft of a science fiction novel (working title: Subluminal Pirates; yeah, I don't like it either). I was at first aiming for 60,000 words but the novel is in three sections and when the first two sections came in at 21,835 words, I decided I wanted at least 65,000 words to make section three close to the same length. I ended up at 64,209 words with section three around 1,200 words shorter than I wanted it to be.

But they always get longer in edits.

I have another WIP (Work in Progress) that is now going through beta reads. And I can't go back and edit Subluminal Pirates for at least a week and a month would be better.

Now, NaNoWriMo is coming up in November. I have this idea for a sequel to Treasure of the Black Hole (which is under consideration at a publisher at the moment) and I thought I'd write that for NaNoWriMo. But that's two months away and other than edit Subluminal Pirates, I don't have any writing to do.

I do have some other editing to do this month. But, also, I don't have any freelance assignments.

So, do I start the sequel to Treasure of the Black Hole now and try to get it finished so I can write something else (I have no idea what) for NaNoWriMo. Or do I take two months off from writing (except for editing Subluminal Pirates and the other editing I'll be doing on an anthology)? I'm leaning toward the latter.

And who knows, I might have an idea for a novel in the meantime. But for now the twitter hashtag for me will be #amnotwriting

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