25 June 2012

Fiction Update

Filed under: Fiction, Reflections — ktismatics @ 4:05 pm

I’m at just under 37K words on the latest novel. I’ve been averaging about five thousand words a week since I started: 20K words in May plus another 17K so far in June. That’s a pretty good pace for me. Then there’s my kid. This afternoon she finished drafting a 70K word novel. And when did she start writing it? The first of June. So that’s, like, twenty thousand words a week.



  1. That is really cool! Do you guys write together?


    Comment by Jennifer Stuart — 25 June 2012 @ 7:29 pm

  2. We write in parallel: mostly I write in the daytime while K. prefers the nighttime. We have occasional discussions of plot points and, more often, phrasings we’re particularly pleased with. K. also draws all of her main characters so I get to see what they look like. She also puts them through an online Myers-Briggs personality profile so I have a sense of what they’re like even before I read the story. She sent me the draft so I expect to start reading it in the next few days. This is her fourth finished novel, with another that she got halfway through and abandoned because she didn’t like how it was going. She’s 19 by the way.


    Comment by ktismatics — 25 June 2012 @ 10:00 pm

  3. I would kill for just the 5K a week. The 20K is like an astronomical distance — I know what it means but can’t really conceive of it.


    Comment by Asher Kay — 26 June 2012 @ 7:22 am

  4. At least K. doesn’t give me tips about how to write faster.


    Comment by ktismatics — 27 June 2012 @ 5:35 am

  5. You can start calling her “a Trollope”. Like that pun’s never been made before.


    Comment by Asher Kay — 27 June 2012 @ 9:22 am

  6. Hmm… how about “you little Dickens”?


    Comment by ktismatics — 27 June 2012 @ 9:56 am

  7. So see, in the two days since I put up this post I’ve written only one or two sentences. While working on these long fictions I have a continuing sense that even if everything is progressing nicely I could just as easily set the thing aside and never pick it up again. Two days ago I put in a good chunk of time helping A. build a spreadsheet simulation for an endeavor she’s been working on. While I’m pretty good at engaging in this sort of rational-empirical future projection of likely scenarios, it seems inimical to the mood I need to be in while writing fiction, or at least the sort of fiction in which I find myself engaged these days. The main character in the present book shares this perspective: here’s a guy who has spent his career moving things from point A to point B but who now finds himself on a trajectory in which point B is uncertain, point A might have been a deception, and the thing to be moved may have permanently withdrawn its essence, as some of our ontologist chums might say.


    Comment by ktismatics — 28 June 2012 @ 6:30 am

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