Well, after I posted my momentous news in the log for 12 November, I stopped writing logs entirely. In part because I didn’t have much to report, in another part because I really didn’t feel these posts would be interesting.
But I forgot something important: I write these logs for me, mostly.
So, here’s my writing log for the rest of November.
First, here is the list of projects I posted on 8 November, plus updates on them.
- First draft of my memoir
Finished on 12 November!
- (start the) Second draft of my novel
Started to edit in the last week of November. It’s a LOT of work but I know it will make the book SO much better.
- First draft of a short story collection
Only 10 more stories to go, can easily finish in December.
- Write a journal
Started planning and taking notes. Should be ready by the end of the year.
- Process the edits of the second book of 111 Tiny Poems and get a proof copy
This is the easiest one and I haven’t done anything with it. Really need to stop procrastinating this one!
All in all I think I didn’t do bad at all. I ended the month with a word count of almost 16K. Not bad given that I was mostly editing during the month!
And given that this is a writing log, here are my responses to my prompts:
I’ve worked on: My memoir, my novel and my short story collection. I did also draft some blog posts, but never got to post them, so I have a collection of posts to schedule for later in the year 🙂
I’ve read: I’ve listened to Nobody wants to read your shit by Steven Pressfield, and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’ve learned from that book. My goodness… What a book!
I’m still reading Still Writing by Dani Shapiro, taking my time with it.
To be honest though, most of the month I read either romance or mystery. Perfect palate cleansers for writing 🙂
I’ve learned: That I really really REALLY am a writer. Even when I wasn’t feeling well (IE the last 2 weeks of the month) I still wrote. Not a lot, but I wrote. Working on a book of short stories really helped with that.
Insights after writing this month: I’ve learned (again) that being creative in general makes me a better writer. Also, reading does that, and given that I’ve read 10 books or so in November, I know it has helped me grow as a writer.