Oh my gosh, check-in time came around so fast this time!
Last report wordcount + chapter count:
7 chapters into the second round of editing. Also, jotting down notes for a companion story to “Discord.” ^_^
Current report WC + CC:
Editing & Revisions are done!! Also, I’m continuing to compile notes for said sequel(s) as they come up, but for now my focus is on planning my next project, a supernatural YA horror with the working title “Whisper.”
And by planning I mean rewriting several pages of character notes. I picked new names for most people because that was one of the problems I had when I tried to write this back in November (when it was called “The Shades of My Shadow” and I backed out literally 2 hours before the start of NaNoWriMo.) During a crazy burst of inspiration, I wrote plot and character changes in the margins of my previous notes. Then I couldn’t find anything, and it was a mess that had me feeling overwhelmed and afraid. Plus my cast doubled in size. So after talking myself out of throwing my notebook off a ledge, I finally just sat on the floor and reorganized everything all neat and pretty, and we’re all happy now. ^_^ (And I must say, making up random names for the supporting cast on the fly was super fun.) I also drew a bunch of flow charts and a mini timeline! (Though I still need a couple more.)
WIP Issues This Month:
Like last month, no issues outside of the mess that was my notes. Just editing, editing, and more editing until I wanted to crawl under my bed and never write again. But despite the heavy work load, I was happy because I love this story, and it’s already been established that I just love editing. So, now I get to be back in the emotional throes of a shiny new idea. cries – why am I doing this to myself again?! ^_^
What I learned this month in writing:
1* Writing and editing a book takes a LOT longer than I think it takes. I thought I could get through round 4 in a couple of days. Plug your ears whilst I say, HAHAHAHAHA! Lol! Um, no. Not even close. Round 4 is the “nitpicky” round. And…well, after 4 days I wasn’t even halfway done. And outside of work, I was doing little else, people, like really. (Writing/Life balance? HA!)
2* I need to stop picking my next projects so early. By the time I get close to working on them, something else snatches up my attention. Happens every.single.time. Sometimes stories are ready in a few weeks, sometimes it takes a year, and sometimes we just don’t want to write them right now (or ever).
3* I figured out around the 2nd of the month why I was having problems with the plot for my horror story. It was borderline NA (though honestly it was in no man’s land) and really the characters were too young for the setting, but I know my voice as a writer and if they got any older we’d have some problems with me wanting to write it, so I asked myself if I could age them down to YA, and suddenly I had all these plot breakthroughs. And it’s like, ahh, there’s the problem. Not the first time this has happened. Lol! (I’m so stubborn, y’all!)
4* Plot Bunnies are awesome, wonderful, and magical. hugs plot bunnies
What distracted me this month while writing:
Nothing. I’m a machine! (Muhaha!) Actually, I’m crazy, but I’ve only been finished for two weeks (barely) so I just finished catching up on all the boring things I’ve neglected. (My toilets are so sparkly!! XD) After spending 4 weeks straight in the editing cave, the last thing I wanted to do was dive right into another story. So between doing some light research and DRAWINGS (which I might share) for “Whisper,” I’ve been catching up on TV and reading and working on a playlist because having one for “Discord” was just SO awesome. Also sleep. I’ve been sleeping a lot. I need lots of sleep when I finish crap.
Goal for next month:
Finish loafing and start outlining “Whisper.” ^_^ My goal is to start drafting around the middle of the month. It might be sooner if I feel like it (or later), but I’ll have to wait and see how this next week goes. I still haven’t watched Game of Thrones, True Blood, Penny Dreadful, or the second half of last season’s Once Upon A Time. (I really do want to watch these shows (except OUAT)! I just want comedy right now. Pure, unadulterated comedy. We’re the Millers is hilarious, by the way.)
Last 200 words:
My last several chapters are full of the super nova kind of spoilers. So, I’m going to drop the first paragraph of “Discord” instead. ^_^
The ocean is restless tonight—waiting for another sacrifice. My eyes stay glued to a spot about thirty feet out. I know whose bones lie beneath that turbulent surface, deep down amongst the rocks, even if no one else does.
Until Next Month! ^_^