2011 So Far

2011 seems to be going well so far, writing-wise. I had January and February off from my choir (rehearsals begin again in March), so I planned deliberately to focus on writing, especially in February.

In preparation, in mid-December I read through an abandoned novel for the first time since August, with the plan of turning it into a short piece of 15-20,000 words. I cut out large chunks of subplot, saving them in separate files. I won’t tell how much I cut, because, ouch! Then I let it lie while holiday obligations took over, until near the end of January, when I opened the file again.

At this point, the file was around 12,000 words of disjointed scenes. I spent the next three weeks both adding words and cutting words; it took me a while to decide if some of the original scenes were needed or not, so it was like a photo slowly coming into focus. I also altered the plot in several ways to work better at the shorter lengt. Eventually, I had a decent draft that was story-shaped and about 17,000 words, so I sent it out to some readers. It will need a lot more work, though.

In the meantime, as I’ve mentioned, I sold a Spice Brief on proposal. I’ve started writing that now, and hope to finish well before my September deadline; the story is set during World War One.

Finally in February, I came up with a new idea for a fantasy/romance novel and drafted a very rough synopsis which included the basics of the worldbuilding. The project currently exists more in my head than on paper, but I’m pretty excited about it.

Not a bad month’s work.

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen [she, her] currently writes cozy space opera for Kalikoi. The novella series A Place of Refuge begins with Finding Refuge: Telepathic warrior Talia Avi, genius engineer Miki Boudreaux, and augmented soldier Faigin Balfour fought the fascist Federated Colonies for ten years, following the charismatic dissenter Jon Churchill. Then Jon disappeared, Talia was thought dead, and Miki and Faigin struggled to take Jon’s place and stay alive. When the FC is unexpectedly upended, Talia is reunited with her friends and they are given sanctuary on the enigmatic planet Refuge. The trio of former guerillas strive to recover from lifetimes of trauma, build new lives on a planet with endless horizons, and forge tender new connections with each other.
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