How many stories have you written?

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  1. Dreamscaper

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    Title says it all... how many stories have you written out fully?
    I've only got 1 under my belt, it ended up a 16k word fanfic.

    How about you?
     
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    Fully? Probably just one. I have started 43256342 of them but never finished.
    Well, I suppose 3 if you count the ones I finished in first grade. xD
    Oh wait, no. 5, but those ones were fanfics.

    So five, I believe. Only one I am really proud of.
     
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    Near as I can figure out - assuming time hasn't clouded my memories completely - 31 shorts, 2 novellettes, 5 novellas, 3 novels. Plus a whole bunch started but not finished when I was just starting to write, and a couple I'm working on now. Total, around 700,000 words. Slowly nearing the end of my apprenticeship.
     
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    Fan fiction counts, otherwise I haven't any. I'm kinda the same way with starting lots and not really getting to finishing them, though in the end I wind up coming back around and planning them in somewhere. If it works I guess?

    seven hundred...thousand... mind = blown. What do you mean by apprenticeship? That's a lot written, congrats.
     
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    I've written three screenplays for short films.

    Aside from that I've only ever written short stories etc as creative writing projects back in High School and Primary School.
     
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    7 novels (2 trilogies and 1 stand-alone), 11 short stories for adults, 2 short stories plus 1 poem for children and 1 song for a kids Christmas play. Total word count estimated at 700 000 to 750 000. Still working on my apprenticeship and loving every minute of it....... :)
     
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    What is the apprenticeship that you and Greybeard mentioned? Are you under an individual writer or a company or... how does it work?

    Also, wow that's a lot of writing!

    Crouton, what's it like seeing your works come to life? I imagine that's an awesome feeling.
     
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    *laughs* I at least am just teasing about the "apprenticeship" and I suspect that Greybeard is too. I'm trying to tell you that I don't know everything (possibly I don't know anything!) about writing, hence my need for an apprenticeship. There is always room for improvement :)
     
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    Dreamscaper, it can be good and bad. I'm very judgmental of my own work. Sometimes when I watch one of the short films I've worked on I cringe a lot and can't understand how I ever thought it would be a good idea haha.
     
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    Ah, lol. I see ^-^

    Well, as long as there are great parts in there to balance it out!
     
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    Mystery writer John D. MacDonald used to say "Every writer has a million words of crap in him before he produces a saleable word." That's what I refer to as my apprenticeship: the first million words.

    Most writers start selling sporadically somewhere around 500,000 words, but that million is a good figure to work on. About there you become professional quality.
     
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    ^_^ Never heard that before, but I like it! :)
     
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    Ah, alright. Well, it'll be my goal to get to a million words then!
     
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    Wow I feel like a newbie xD
     
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    Well, you're still farther ahead than I am! Thinking about it, I can't really count the fanfic I made.... I didn't even edit it, lol.

    So from this day i have 0 words out of 1,000,000. If only studies weren't in the way I'd get some down now, but school comes before hobbies.
     
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    One Harry Potter fanfiction that was almost complete, a Lion King fanfiction I didn't complete (when I was like 10, it was called Cheetahs Never Prosper lol), a short story when I was 7 about a dragon, a play, probably about 200 poems, and two stories I wanted to be books that I never finished (one I am still half-assedly working on.. just haven't had any inspiration lately).
     
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    Has anyone on this forum ever had their work published?
     
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    One article in the distant past, and some poetry in high school.
     
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    Fanfic counts. Everything counts because everything is practice. That's what the first million is: practice. A little fanfic - especially at the start - doesn't hurt at all, although you'll have to work into something more original later. But everything creative counts, because everything creative helps you to build voice, helps you to absorb story structure and conflict.
     
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    Wow! 200 poems?!?!?!

    What do you consider "published" Crouton? Traditionally published (ie: by big-name publishers, magazines, newspapers)? Self published by a POD service (like Lulu or Creatspace, KDP etc)? or posted on the internet published? (FP, wattpad etc. - actually in that case we're all guilty here since anyone can view our comments on TFF...lol!)

    :)