I started keeping track of how many pages I edit each day from June 1. So far my total is 620 pages. I am almost finished with a proofreading assignment. Then I have a short story collection to proofread, and I’d like to get back to editing my own work too. Let’s just say I had a minor breakdown on Sunday from it all and realized changes needed to be made.
Although I edited that many pages, my writing has been a little over 1000 words total at the time. No, this number is not including emails, blogs, Twitter/Facebook things, etc. I’ve written a short story and a flash fiction piece so far this month and that’s it. Ideas have been throwing themselves at me during this time, and it kills me to have to tell them to pipe down until I finish editing.
Well, I’ve come to a decision. Writing is very important to me. Plus, it is healthy, mentally, for me. I’m limiting my editing to two hours a day and using the other time to write and read. I find knowing I only have two hours to do the editing is actually helping me. I’m getting a lot more done than when I think I’ll have to edit all day. We’ll see how it goes, since I just started this on Monday.
As for other news, I submitted “Sweet Vengeance” to the Valley Writers’ portion of the Virginia Writers Club Golden Nib contest. If I place first in the local level, then my story will go to state. I placed third last year in the local level with “Soul Drinker.”
I entered Once Upon a December Nightmare into EPIC’seBook Competition in the novella category. Also, my ebook is now available on the Nook here.
I also joined the James River Writers yesterday. I mainly did it for priority placing in the workshops and agents at the James River Writers Conference, but I like the people I met through them last year too. I can’t wait to go to the JRW Conference in October. It looks really good this year, and I loved it last year.
Anyone have any news? How do you keep from overdoing something? Anyone planning to attend the JRW Conference or another writers’ conference this year?