The contents of my Scrivener folder as of this morning:
- 3 complete novels (55k, 89k, and 100k words, respectively)
- 5 complete short stories
- 5 partial novels in various stages of completion/development
- 3 partial short stories, ditto
- 3 abandoned partial novels (one of which was retooled to become TERMS OF ENLISTMENT.)
All in all, that’s roughly half a million words…not the most prolific output for five years of work, but certainly not chicken scratch. The kicker? All but one item (five half-assed chapters of an abandoned partial novel) were written after we started having kids. In the three years between my layoff and the first child, when I had all the time in the world to write, I didn’t get anything written.
The lesson here? 1.) You have to write a lot of crap before your writing gets halfway decent, and 2.) There is a writing life after kids, even if you end up the stay-at-home parent of two. I guess there’s also a 3.) If you want to write, you’ll find the time.
In other Only-Interesting-To-Fellow-Penmonkeys news, I discovered Scrivener’s one-click “export to ebook format” feature. Of course, I couldn’t resist the temptation, promptly made ebooks out of all my completed novels, and loaded them on the iPad. I must say, they look FABULOUS in iBooks. Just like real novels!