Thursday, October 6, 2011

Pesky numbers!

Last month I posted some writing targets for the year. I can now report that the "Critiqued" figure stands at 71%.

This is down on the 74% that I posted a month ago.

How come? Have I slipped into some bizarre time warp? Did I "uncritique" some previously-critiqued chapters?

No. I simply screwed up my calculation last time and included a whole segment that wasn't yet critiqued, only queued up. Damn you, Excel! The real figure should have been 67%, so I have actually made forward progress.

And, providing I don't mess up and miss a submission cycle, I should be able to make my target of completion by the end of November.

I don't expect to see much movement towards my other targets yet, because I'm frantically critiquing other people to earn credits and goodwill. This takes a lot of energy and I find I can't write or revise at the same time.

Plus, the chapters that are going through right now are getting some tough feedback. I need to work on Shayla's motivation, which is critical at this point in the story as she switches allegiance. I have a lot of work to do there, and need a clear mind with which to do it.

3 comments:

  1. I'd like to know a little bit more about Shayla...she seems to be quite a challenge :)

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  2. It's hard to critique and write at the same time, especially when we can't freeze time. I'm working on adding more depth to some of my characters. Sometimes it seems like I'm never done. One day people might actually get to read what I'm writing...heck, they might even pay for it. And your numbers are great. :)

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  3. Unikorna, Shayla is not someone you want to meet down a dark alley...if she's waiting for you, it's unlikely to be good news :D

    Laila, that's pretty much where I'm at too. It's good to know others out there understand.

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