This past year was an interesting one for me – interesting, in this context, being good.
Fahim and I worked on freelance writing projects together. We wrote sales brochures, company profiles, software user manuals, proposals, and more. We cleaned up web copy from bad Chinese to English translations. We even travelled to Singapore for a client who had a booth at Broadcast Asia. Fahim was hired as an editor for a magazine, and I was hired as the assistant editor. Working as an editor is good for me – it’s helping me recognize areas in need of improvement in my own writing. And I wrote somewhere in the neighborhood of about 30,000 words in articles for various magazines, all published.
My fiction writing didn’t go as good. I wrote a few flash fiction pieces and started my first draft of Shards (fantasy) for NaNoWriMo, which I won. I managed to kick my hourly word count up to 2200 words per hour, a new personal best (my previous was around 1400 or 1500 words per hour, so that was a remarkable improvement). That Shards is fantasy is new for me – I’ve previously only written science fiction. Still, it was fun, and it’s the best writing I’ve done yet. I plan on finishing it and editing & polishing it to publishable quality and submit it for publication, and I also have ideas for a few more stories set in the same world.
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