Is it just me or is August one of the longest months of the year?
Last report wordcount + chapter count:
I had finished my edits and revisions for “Discord” and started doing some planning and note taking for “Whisper.”
Current report WC + CC:
Finished my Baby Outline for “Whisper” (though the ending is a hideous mess right now) and got some words down: 6801 words, Chapter 3 ^_^
Also, doubling up for the first time ever! 10 chapters through the outline and 11,013 words, Chapter 7 for Phantom Silence (yep, the one I said wasn’t ready at the end of last month was literally ready a week later!)
Also, started drafting a third project (don’t ask – Lol): Between Ashes and Ice formerly known as “The Queen of Diamonds” – 7286 words through Chapter 2, 5 chapters into the outline.
Oh, wow, that’s over 25k words for the month! And here I was feeling like I hadn’t done anything. Yay. ^_^
WIP Issues This Month:
I didn’t really have any issues, but I’m not feeling as confident about “Whisper” now that I’ve finished the outline and seen the sad, sorry shape the plot is in. Because of this, I’ve lost some of my enthusiasm for the story, so I don’t know if it’s going to work out or not. I haven’t given up, but it has moved to the bottom of my priority list for now (and yes, I have a story priority list). Other than that, things are going well enough. I’ve just had a pretty bad focusing problem this month from being in the query trenches. (As evident by the crazy juggling act.) Story beginnings are rough in general for me, so, I’m actually not feeling like I need to beat myself up this month. Plus Between Ashes and Ice is going GREAT!
What I learned this month in writing:
1* Not to sweat chapter lengths so much. My chapters tend to be on the shorter side anyway, but sometimes I find myself trying to force more words in a chapter because I feel like it’s too short. But chapters are only as long or as short as they need to be, so I’m learning to let go and just go with the flow on this.
2* There is no need to put pressure on myself, especially at the start. I’m a slow starter. I know this. I also edit myself a lot. Once I get the hang of the story and get the neurosis monster kicked under my bed (until next time), I finish strong. So, I just needed to remind myself that I go through this every. single. time. How soon we forget! Note to self: It doesn’t matter when these stories get done. No one is breathing down my back…except that monster I created. 🙂
3* It is RIDICULOUSLY exciting when you totally drive by the school you’re using in a story by accident! Yes, by accident. GPS thought it would be cute and take me a new way home from my shopping trip one day. About 5 minutes into the trip, I look up and see a sign for the high school and the tiny tiny town it’s buried in. The area looks just as I was hoping it would look! And the coolest thing of all, the road the school is on led me right to the highway I’m used to taking to get home! speechless Real life man…is like so cool sometimes.
What distracted me this month while writing:
I needed distractions from the query trenches, but writing was one of them, so other than the Netflix problem I seem to have developed, I didn’t really have any. Admittedly, I wasn’t trying very hard to write this month because I was supposed to take half the month off to recoup from my last story. Somehow I ended up starting stories earlier than planned, as well as replotting, organizing, and started a story I had NOT planned, so I was just very random about everything this month.
Goal for next month:
I’ve been going back and forth about whether to make a concrete goal or not. With the way I’ve been bouncing around, I don’t have any confidence in my ability to meet a goal, but I’ll make one anyway, see if it’ll help me focus. Official Goal: get to the halfway point on Between Ashes and Ice and as close to the middle of Phantom Silence as I can by the end of next month. My overall goal is have two drafts done by the end of the year. I want to say 3, but that’s just the crazy talking.
Last 200 words:
Hmm…decisions…okie, here’s last bit of chapter two from “Between Ashes and Ice” literally the last bit I wrote.
“It’s my fault,” Kyle says, climbing to his feet.
“No.” I shake my head, shuffle back over to the couch, and throw myself down on the cushions. “It’s not your fault she’s crazy.”
He gives me a small smile that doesn’t reach his eyes and sinks down to the sofa beside me.
“We can’t really play Clue with just two people.” I check the time on the vintage, purple cat-shaped clock above the television. “We can always go to Brooke’s party.” I can’t even fake any enthusiasm right now.
“You don’t want to go to that party.”
No. The thought of going makes my stomach lurch. I can just see them there. The two of them. All over each other. My throat hurts, like I need to scream and shout and cry but won’t. Or can’t. I reach over the coffee table and grab the little manila envelope in the middle of the board. “Mr. Green, in the Billiard Room, with the Lead Pipe.” At least it wasn’t me.
Kyle shifts on the couch. “Riley…maybe this isn’t a good time to say this, but—”
The doorbell rings, cutting him off.
Until Next Month!
May the muse be with you all. ^_^