All right! March is just around the corner! Bye, bye icicles, hello allergies. 😛
Last report wordcount + chapter count:
Raven = revision notes organized
Painted Chaos = 17 chapters outlined
Current report WC + CC:
Raven = revision notes organized (yeah, made no progress)
Painted Chaos = 37 chapters outlined (progress! Though it’s looking like I’m going to have about 50 chapters.)
I’ve made some story notes on another idea that I’m reworking from last year: “Whisper”
Also, DISCORD = new revision notes drafted
Why, you ask? Why am I making more changes to this story? Well…an agent I really like has asked me to revise and resubmit it. Naturally, it’s pretty exciting to get a long email like that. Her notes make a lot of sense, and they were crazy detailed. I really feel like she understands what the story needs, and she didn’t ask me to change anything that would alter the plot or my main character, which is great, so, I’m going to do it. Even if she still doesn’t like it enough, it’ll be that much better, and I can send it out again. There are a couple of things I’m nervous about, but I figure if I start with the easier changes it’ll be okay? crosses fingers
WIP Issues This Month:
This entire month, I have felt rather…I don’t know what the word is for it so let’s just go with “blah”. I didn’t feel like editing “Raven.” I just don’t want to finish it just yet. Even though I LOVE editing once I start, the thought of it makes me want to stay in bed with the covers over my head. I thought maybe I was just dragging my feet in the worst way, but now I’m thinking it was just a gut instinct not to get tied up in anything right now. You can challenge me on this, but I think I’m right. ^_^
What I learned this month in writing:
1* Growing as a writer takes revision AND finishing something. You can’t just finish a bunch of stories and never revise them, and you can’t just keep revising the same story over and again.
2* Reading highs don’t last forever. I guess that’s why we need to be constantly reading something, huh. But what I’ve been reading has been really inspiring, especially in giving me the confidence to not shy away from my ideas, even though they seem really ridiculous sometimes. Crazy can most definitely work. 🙂
3* Journaling doesn’t clear my mind insomuch as it purges all this old crap out that I didn’t even know I was mad about. It’s cathartic. Upsetting sometimes, but cathartic.
4* It became quite painfully clear after reading over the agent’s notes a couple of times that it really is impossible for me to catch everything on my own, as much as I hate to admit it. I really thought I could. Not EVERYthing, but you know…all the big stuff…just leave the typos you couldn’t see behind, you know…that kind of everything. You can laugh at me. I’ll laugh at myself later I’m sure, once the shock wears off.
What distracted me this month while writing:
Nothing really because I didn’t do much writing. I slept like crap most of the month, so I suppose that’s been a distraction. Really hard to think when you’re sleep deprived. But I started doing yoga again, and I literally started sleeping better all of a sudden after just two days of it, so I guess I need to force myself to keep it up.
Goal for next month:
I will just be happy if I do anything at all, but I’m going to shoot for finishing up this outline for “Painted Chaos” and getting DISCORD into re-submission shape. I’m half scared this revision is going to put me over 90k, and I’m really scared I’m just not good enough, but I guess I really have no choice but to try. If it works out, it’ll make everything else I work on that much better. Lately I’ve been in this, “if it doesn’t scare you, it’s not worth doing” mentality when it comes to writing. I am definitely scared of every single project I have on my plate right now. I’m going to assume this is a good thing and think happy thoughts about how much more fabulous of a writer I’ll be as each project is completed.
Last 200 words:
I know some of you have had a fantastic month of writing, so I will live vicariously through you. ^_^
Happy March! Happy Irish Day! Happy Spring!