Last report wordcount + chapter count:
65961 words, Chapter 23 “The Fury” ^_^
Current report WC + CC:
“The Fury” now known by it’s new title “Discord” = First Draft Done! and Editing = Currently about 7 chapters into round two. Also jotting down notes for a companion story to “Discord.” ^_^
WIP Issues This Month:
No issues. Editing is like ice water in July, y’all. It’s the bestest. ^_^
What I learned this month in writing:
1* It’s okay to change things up once in a while! Usually I edit from beginning to end, incorporating the bigger changes as I go. This time, I did the biggest changes when I was drafting so round one was spent fixing anything I decided could wait and anything that came up while I let it sit. Round two is the cleanup round! Cutting things, changing little things, tweaking, all that fun stuff. ^_^ And then I’ll do one more round where I go through and see if I missed anything: words, misspellings, and what not, as well as doing another consistency check. I’m going to do this on the Kindle app, and I can’t wait! I’m excited to see how this works for me, but I really like it so far.
2* I forget how much a good book in my element gets me pumped up to write. I’ve read a lot of stuff out of my genre in the last year or so and while I love it, it really doesn’t have the same effect.
3* Titles! I can’t forget to check and see what else is out there with that title. Yeah, words are words and it’s okay to have the same title as someone else. But it is not, however, a good idea to share a title with someone else when your story is about the same freaking thing. This is what happened with the title I was going to go with after “The Fury” but luckily I stumbled across the book by accident. (And it’s funny because this series is on my TBR list. I thought it was about something completely different!) I almost panicked, but this would be the first time in my life that this has happened to me, so I’m going to see it as a good thing. Maybe for once I’m actually working on something somewhat marketable? Titles are really freaking hard. I mean, yeah, I knew this already, but I have never gone through as many titles as I’ve gone through for this story (like I lost count), and I was actually brainstorming for a title for my next project when I found this one. Another happy accident! I really wanted a one word title. I don’t know why. I’m usually not this weird about it. shakes head
What distracted me this month while writing:
Not much. I went to UtopYA Con in Nashville and picked up a nice haul of (17!) books, so I’ve been trying to put some kind of dent in my TBR pile. ^_^
Goal for next month:
Finish editing “The Fury/Discord” and polish up my query so I can get started on another dark fantasy I’m currently calling Phantom Silence, of which I have a few chapters outlined for already, but I’m going to look over again before I start and maybe tweak it or add to it because I wrote it a while ago.
Last 200 words:
This is from Chapter 5.
As soon as I straighten, satisfied that I can get the stupid thing home safely, a cool breeze flits past me. My insides stiffen and freeze. What was that? Large, icy fingers grip me around my arms and slam me back into my locker. A cry catches in the back of my throat as pain vibrates up my spine, and I catch the barest glimpse of something shapeless and shadowy before it’s gone.
My breath comes out in a rush as I push myself off the orange locker and stare both ways down the hallway, shaking. What am I hallucinating now? That can’t be real. That can’t be part of it. My mother never said anything about a phantom presence. Dreams, visions, nightmares, thoughts…the urges…
I try to shake it off as I hurry down the hall, looking over my shoulders every few steps, but I’m still trembling and covered in goose bumps when I get to class.
Until Next Month! ^_^