As I said, I'm writing two books at once! The first is Darkworld Book 5, which is absolutely top secret because I want to avoid spoilers! But my goal is 1000 words a day, which should mean that I have about 30,000 words done by the end of the month.
The second project is something completely different - it's my first YA high fantasy! At the moment I'm thinking it'll be a standalone, and around 70K in total. Darkworld is my first priority, but I'm still hoping to get around 5000 words a week on this project, so around 20,000 this month.
Stage of Writing
First draft for both of them! I'll also be working on edits for Darkness Watching (Darkworld Book 1). So far, I've written 1000ish words of Darkworld Book 5 and around 1500 of the new project.
What Inspired My Current Project
I'm going to talk more about what inspired the Darkworld series closer to publication! But this new high fantasy came about in a very odd way. I was skimming through one of my old writing notebooks (as you do!), when I came across the words 'vampire merpeople'. Yep. That's not what the book's going to be about! But it gave me an idea for an original way to write about merpeople. I've spent the past month doing detailed research and creating my new fantasy world - as this is my first attempt at high fantasy, I'm determined not to fall down on worldbuilding! I've also written a detailed outline, but knowing what I'm like, I'll probably adapt it as I go along. I wasn't intending to start it until after I finished the Darkworld series, but I drafted a chapter whilst on the train the other day, and now I'm inspired to work on it!
What Might Slow Down My Marathon Goal
I'm going to be on holiday in Italy between the 10th and 17th August so I might not get much writing done that week! I'll still try to update, but I'll most likely be without an Internet connection. I'm taking my netbook with me for the lazy days by the pool, though!