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2010 writing round up and word count

It's that time of year again, I'm not doing the meme that various people have done, but just generally rambling.

So, word count for 2010. I honestly didn't know what it would be, although I was rather hopeful that I would have beaten last year's 80,750. Well, the answer is yes, I've most definitely beaten that total, because this year's fic word count is 115,860! I got over 100,000 word for the first time since I started writing Primeval fanfic! *does extremely happy happy dance around the room*.

Of that total, 25,307 was two episodes of VS4. There was a general lack of drabbling this year, mainly due to me becoming a co-mod on primeval100, so only ten drabbles in 2010.

My standalone fic in general seems to have gone to the extremes of either very short ficlets, or else hugely long epic things. Longest individual fic was Fear, at 8000. Second longest was A Very Strange Night at 6650. A Very Strange Night was also my very first attempt to write threesome smut, and despite being quite worried by this prospect, I think it went okay. 2010 also saw another first with me writing fics that featured het sex scenes (eek!). I still maintain that writing sex scenes is bloody difficult, no matter how much practice I get at it, and in the A/C fic One Moment In Time I swear it took about twice as long to write the sex scene as it took to write the entire rest of the fic put together! (although it was my first real attempt at writing fully described het sex rather than glossed over fade to black).

Undoubtedly, though, my biggest achievement of the year has to have been the Big Bang fic, Hero. The final word count for that was 44,591, so it accounted for a large part of my total word count, and also accounted for about five months worth of writing time in the second half of the year, which is why my output of random short fics declined drastically from July onwards. Admittedly there was a lot of fic angst along the way (which telperion_15 will attest to), and there were a couple of points in the middle when I almost gave up on it, especially after I realised it had gone completely wrong and I had to ditch about 3000 words and go back and take it in a different direction. However, the November writing threads at primeval_denial came at just the right time, and gave me the motivation and support to have one final push and get the thing finished at last. Despite the problems along the way, I'm actually quite pleased with how it turned out, and it realised a lot of writing aims that I'd wanted to play with for a very long time, particularly the relationship between Connor and Cutter in a non-slashy sense.

Aims for 2011? Beating this year's word count would be nice, but I'm not sure it will happen. I'm hoping for many new bunnies with the new series of Primeval, we'll see what happens. I may also dip my toe in another fandom and try my hand at writing Merlin fic, as I keep having persistent little bunnies for Merlin and Arthur related angst and adventure. And really, that show is just too full of pretty men and slash that you can see from orbit, and I want to play with the pretty!

Happy new Year everyone. Not long to go now until Primeval. Squee!

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lukadreaming From: lukadreaming Date: January 1st, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay for that word count -- and for the big bang!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 1st, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was quite surprised and pleased to discover it was over 100,000.
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: January 1st, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Het sex is hard! I may have written it once or twice in comment porns, but that's it, I think! Then again, I'm not sure why it should be so much harder than femmeslash, which I've written a couple of times....

Also, I still applaud you for being strong enough to ditch that 3000 words from Hero - I'm pretty sure I would have tried to twist the story (most likely to its detriment) in order that I didn't have to lose all that work!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 1st, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
*All* sex is hard! I still dither a lot about writing slash sex, and I've written loads of that!

I think I've still got that 3000 words somewhere, just in case I decide to re-use it for another fic at a later date. It really wasn't working in the Big Bang because it hadn't been part of the original plan, it was a subplot that I tried to bolt on after I was already nearly halfway through writing it, and when I stood back and looked at it I realised just how much it didn't fit.
munchkinofdoom From: munchkinofdoom Date: January 1st, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 1st, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
entangled_now From: entangled_now Date: January 1st, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's a great word count, and it's always nice to have a big story you're really proud of finished for the year.

Happy New Year \o/

I am waiting for Primeval too :D
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 1st, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
At first I was worried that I wouldn't have enough plot in the story to reach the minimum word count of 35,000, but by the time it was done it had overshot that by nearly 10,000 word!

Not long to go now for Primeval. Yey!
fififolle From: fififolle Date: January 1st, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awesome word count!
It's a great thing to want to finish something so worthy as a Big Bang and actually doing it. Well done! I shall say nothing about the ridiculous mention of non-slash *g*

*waves raccoons for 2011 fic*

deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 1st, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
hee, it was gen, I tell you! Put those slash goggles away! LOL!
reggietate From: reggietate Date: January 1st, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Excellent word count :-) Lot's of people seem to have done really well in 2010.

I'm not too great at het sex scenes, either, but it gets easier with practice! :-D And as it seems like I've become quite a hetshipper with Nick and Jenny, I may need to put in more practice.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 1st, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
es, there do seem to be a lot of fairly big word counts this year. I think everyone keeps trying to beat last year's total, so it creeps up every year.

*waves pompoms for more Nick/Jenny*
kristen_mara From: kristen_mara Date: January 2nd, 2011 12:08 am (UTC) (Link)

That's an amazing word count, congratulations!

I find writing m/m sex scenes difficult, but will keep at it *G*

deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 2nd, 2011 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. Sex scenes in general are hard to write, no matter what genders are involved!
cordeliadelayne From: cordeliadelayne Date: January 2nd, 2011 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay for everything! You've made some brilliant accomplishments :D
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 2nd, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
It has been a good year for writing, I just want to keep it up for this year now.
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