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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Trying To Finish Lights

Written by Kodi Wolf at 6:48 PM

Despite all the medical drama of the past few months, March was my best month of writing so far this year. I think part of it was that I was trying to escape my painful reality as much as possible, but I was also making really good progress on the outline for Lights of Life, which kept me motivated to stick with it (with a few side trips here and there).

My total word count for March was 23,386, which averages out to 754 words per day. My lowest words per day was 82 and my highest was 2,148.

So, I don't think I've mentioned it yet (partly because I'm afraid of jinxing myself), but I decided back towards the end of February that the main goal I wanted to set for myself this year is to finish Lights of Life.

I'm not entirely sure why I picked that one, other than it sort of encapsulates the type of stories I want to be known for writing, which is sci-fi lesbian romance/erotica.

My other stories all add in other main elements. Prisoner of War is primarily erotica. The Vampire Hunter would probably be thrown into the horror/urban fantasy categories because of the contemporary vampires (even though I give them a sci-fi origin). New Gaia has a strong adventure plot. And A Bondage Primer has no sci-fi element at all, not to mention it's way too long to finish in a year (the same goes for the stories in the Uncharted section, which are mostly epically long series).

So far, it's been going a little slower than I'd thought it would. I'd really expected to have the outline done by now and already be working on the actual writing, but I know these things take the time they take.

This is technically the first time I've tried to do this (outline a story from beginning to end) and I think my estimates were just wildly optimistic. Well, okay, I've been doing this for ABP, but that's a massively long story and it doesn't have a specific plot like Lights does. ABP is a lot more freeform in most respects.

But I'm definitely making progress on Lights and that was my main goal, so my efforts are paying off, just not as fast as I'd hoped.

At this point, I'm looking to finish the outline by the end of May (though I'm secretly pushing for the end of April).

Wish me luck. :)