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Writing and fandom round up for 2013

Well, I always knew this year wasn't going to be great word-count wise, but actually the final count was better than I expected.

So, what did I write in 2013?

Primeval (fic and dino of the month) 47,096
Original fiction 2,414
Lewis fic 3,765
Atlantis (fic and episode review) 11,626

Total for 2013 64,901

I think I consciously decided not to set myself 'targets' this year, because it only causes stress and disappointment if I then fail to meet them, but I generally work on the idea that 10k in a month is a good achievement. Unfortunately, in 2013 the only month I achieved that was in December, which was the highest word count of the year with 13,877 (*almost* managed it in April with 9093). September was the worst month, with only 1264 words in the entire month.

Looking back at 2012, I actually wrote almost exactly the same amount of Primeval fic this year as I did last year. The original fiction this year was for two Nottingham Writers' Club competitions, and I placed third in both of them, which was nice. I had decided at the start of last year that I was going to try to enter *all* the Writers' Club competitions in the year, but in the end I only managed those two.

I think it's obvious that the main difference this year is that I've become rather more multi-fandom in my writing and graphics endeavours, diving first into Lewis, and then Atlantis (seriously? 11,626 Atlantis words in *less than three months*??!!). I'm rather expecting a lot more Atlantis fic to happen this year, because in a very short amount of time it seems to have become my shiny new fandom. I've also been reading fic in Merlin, Doctor Who and Whitechapel fandoms, but haven't felt the urge to write for them. Yet. Who knows what the bingo squares might encourage this year? :-)

I might not have managed to get either a bingo, or win any points, but Trope Bingo helped a lot in the second half of the year, and I think it made me write several things that I wouldn't have done otherwise. The amnesty period might be over now, but I still intend to finish as many of the squares as possible over the next few months, not least because I've already got three wips for trope squares, and another two bunnies that haven't been started yet.

In fact, I enjoyed Trope Bingo so much, I've also signed up for Hurt/Comfort Bingo (hc_bingo), in the hope that it might provide an incentive to write more stuff that I wouldn't otherwise think of doing.

Graphics have gone well this year, as well. The Random Graphic of the Month idea didn't really survive beyond the first three or four months of the year, unfortunately, but I did do a lot of wallpapers and stuff for bingo squares and birthdays when the bunnies weren't co-operating.

So, not a great year (ideally I'd like to be hitting 100k in a year), but it wasn't a terrible year either, and I'm not going to get worked up about not doing as well as last year.

And, while I'm here, Happy New Year! :-)

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fififolle From: fififolle Date: January 1st, 2014 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well done for making the amnesty at trope_bingo! Nice one.
And good count for the year! More than I'd have thought, for sure.
Happy New Year!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 1st, 2014 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
The trope bingo posting was far less traumatic than people had suggested it would be - mostly because it turns out that without a dreamwidth account you can't post to the com anyway, so all i did was compile all the html links and e-mail it to the comm mods for them to post.

I'm still not sure whether I'm going to join in the next round of trope bingo, I'd feel more comfortable if it was on lj, but I'm not ruling it out.

I was half expecting it to be no more than about 50k, so I was pleasantly surprised with the final total - although without the last minute 13k in December it would have been a different story!
clea2011 From: clea2011 Date: January 1st, 2014 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Go for trope bingo! You know you want to!!
fififolle From: fififolle Date: January 2nd, 2014 12:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
You lucky thing!! That was probably much easier :D

clea2011 From: clea2011 Date: January 1st, 2014 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Let's face it, you've been pretty much FORCED to read fic in Merlin *g* Thank you! :D
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 1st, 2014 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lol! I don't mind, even if you are sadly neglecting the lovely Gwaine and his obvious OTPness with Merlin ;-)
clea2011 From: clea2011 Date: January 1st, 2014 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely Gwaine... I don't neglect him or Leon! I wouldn't dare. But... no OTP with Merlin, sorry :-(
jaynedoll From: jaynedoll Date: January 1st, 2014 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well done - good luck with the writing for 2014
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 2nd, 2014 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Hopefully the word count might be a bit better this year.
reggietate From: reggietate Date: January 1st, 2014 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had a late surge in November and December, too, so know how you feel. I was looking at about 60-70 thousand until then. Better than my last year total, but still not as good as I'd hoped for - and then suddenly I seemed to pick up speed and my total count leapt up to 96, about 14 or so of that in the last month.

Still can't master this multi-fannish thing, though ;-)

You've done very well considering how you were struggling earlier in the year :-)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 2nd, 2014 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm really not sure what's going on with the whole multi-fannish thing. I never used to be. But now suddenly I'm actively writing for at least two, and reading and commenting in at least three others.

A couple of RL issues really threw me in Feb, and think it took a while to get back into the writing after that. At least it seems to have picked up in the latter half of the year. It sounds like a few of us had a late flourish of writing in the last couple of months. :-)
reggietate From: reggietate Date: January 2nd, 2014 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's good that you're doing it, I'd say, it probably helps your creativity to exercise different parts of your fannish brain.

Looking back, I seem to have been a lot more consistent than it felt at the time. But I do want to step up the production of words on a daily basis earlier in the year, just to see if I can get anywhere near beating last year's total. I haven't made a hugely flying start, but at least I having stalled straight away ;-)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 2nd, 2014 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think your approach of trying to write something, even if it's only 50 words, every day has a lot going for it, because it keeps the momentum up. Also, it keeps the fic fresh in your mind, so even when you're not actively writing, your subconscious can be working on it and tossing ideas around.

I know I had a lot of times this year when I didn't write anything for days, and then suddenly produced a couple of thousand words over a weekend. If I could get it to be a bit more consistent, not necessarily *every* day, but certainly more frequently and more regular, I think that would improve the word count no end.

In other news, the hurt/comfort bingo is already doing it's job, because my word count for yesterday was 1200 on an Atlantis hurt comfort bingo fic! And I've spotted another square that can be combined with someone's fandom stocking request, if I can just get it written in time! :-)
cordeliadelayne From: cordeliadelayne Date: January 2nd, 2014 12:28 am (UTC) (Link)
An excellent total!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 2nd, 2014 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not as much as I'd hoped for, but better than I'd expected, I think. Hopefully all these shiny new fandoms that I've started playing in might provide lots of bunnies in 2014.
fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: January 2nd, 2014 10:42 am (UTC) (Link)
A great total!

I hope 2014 is a smashing year for you.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 2nd, 2014 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! It's not as much as I'd hoped for, but not terrible. let's see if it can be improved on this year! I think the bingos ought to help.
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