Though I didn’t intend to take a hiatus from online life during the month of May, it happened regardless. Now you might be thinking the post title implies how many words I wrote during my time offline. Sadly, that’s not the case. But it is how many words I consumed.
When it comes to “reading”, I prefer audiobooks because I can listen while doing things like vacuuming, folding laundry, mowing the lawn, or taking my daily walk at lunch. I can also adjust the playback to 1.3x speed. Doing so, I managed to complete the three books available in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive in under one month.
Book 1 – The Way of Kings – 384K
Book 2 – Words of Radiance – 398K
Book 3 – Oathbringer – 454K
And people chastise me about having long books.
I guess that ties into the IWSG Question of the Month: Of all the genres you read and write, which is your favorite to write in and why?
What can I say? I happen to enjoy sprawling epics.
Alright, alright. Thanmir War can be slimmed down from it’s 170K mark, but I’m determined to finish writing the series before returning to revise my debut book. Isto is presently sitting at 185K, and based on my task list, it will probably grow.
? Prune the Prologue (2K cut!)
? Add initial encounter between Main Character and monsters
? Trickle in affects of said encounter
❏ Rewrite illness-cause discovery scene
❏ Rewrite MC’s wife’s encounter with monster
❏ Rewrite the big battle (this will probably add to the word count)
❏ Renumber the chapters
I should be further along than I am, but the weather did it’s usual Idaho thing, fluctuating from sweating sunburns to frost on the window within the same week. Multiple days of rainy skies sent my mood spiraling into a depressive funk, which resulted in nothing accomplished writing wise. It didn’t help that I dwelt on how problematic my writing is. Talk about being an insecure writer. I mean, I get the benefits of critique groups. Heck, I even created mine and have been running it for over six years now. But I can’t fight off the despair brought on by the fact that everything I submit needs to be reworked with drastic measure. And the chapters I’m submitting are past the first-draft stage. For me, it’s a clear indicator that everything I produce is crap. *heavy sigh* At least I’ve managed to rewrite and resubmit to the satisfaction of my peers, so there’s a plus. But it does leave me wondering how terrible the chapters I haven’t submitted are.
Does weather ever drag you down? Do you enjoy audiobooks? Have you read the Stormlight Archives?