Current report WC + CC/SC: I finished my draft at 68K, yay!
I also made a revision plan for my YA post-apocalyptic fantasy based on CP feedback, and just finished my second round of revisions! I'm sending it to another fabulous CP this week. Woo! :)
WIP Issues this month: Compared to last month, not as much! Just the usual mid-draft woes of thinking I'd forgotten how to write a book and another stage where everything seemed to be going r-e-a-l-l-y slowly. And then I finished, so I've been twiddling my thumbs the past few days, trying to decide which WIP to work on next...
Four things I learned this month in writing:
- Every WIP will go through the same stages. There will ALWAYS be a point at which I think everything sucks. And you know what? That's normal. It doesn't mean it's true. It just means I need to get into the mindset of just-write-anyway and eventually, it'll pass.
- Related: you'll go through many emotional stages when writing a book. Check out Chuck Wendig's post about this.
- Sometimes, sending your work to a CP before major edits is a great idea. With my YA post-apocalyptic, I was so torn about the story itself. I loved it, but I felt like it was broken, and not in a way I could fix - it was just so different from anything else I'd written. I had a severe case of writer blindness, and I knew it. So I bit the bullet and sent it out. And my CP loved it. The revisions were achievable, and I fell in love with the project again! *happy dances everywhere*
- It's OK to change your mind about what project to work on. I had a YA Urban Fantasy all planned out for Camp NaNo next month, but seeing as I just finished revising my other WIP, it makes sense to focus on the sequel instead. It's a duology, too, so finishing that series might be a more sensible idea than starting a new one!
What distracted me this month when writing: Edits for Walking Shadow, signing the contract for the third book, waiting for spring, and wondering where the hell the time's gone. (How is it almost April already?!) Getting promoted to Assistant Editor at Entangled. All good stuff! :)
Goal for next month: I've decided to push ahead with Camp NaNo, but rather than starting a new WIP, I'm going to be writing the sequel to my YA post-apocalyptic! My goal is 40K for the month!
Last 200 words: Are a secret, seeing as it's the ending of my WIP. ;)