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WIPMarathon Report #2

Last report wordcount + chapter count/scene count: 40,127 words and 16 and a bit more chapters

Current report WC + CC/ SC: 47,969 words and 20 chapters

WIP Issues This Month: I won’t lie–my progress over the past four weeks has been abysmal. I mean, any bit of progress is better than nothing, right? But I ought to have been much further along than this. Especially considering I had one really, really good day and wrote like half of what I did the whole month on that day. I’m not stuck–I have an outline and I’m trying to just finish a draft without thinking about the little problems with the story starting to nag at me (too much)–but writing has been a struggle lately. On the plus side, I’ve reached the point in the synopsis I’d been most looking forward to write, so maybe that’ll spur me forward.

Four things I learned this month in writing:  1. Beating myself up over a small word count is counter-productive. (But I keep doing it anyway.)

2. I don’t always write first drafts quickly! (Well, I mean, I have some unfinished WIPs, but before this, the two manuscripts I’ve finished were drafted in under a couple of months.)

3. Years later (and with editors’ help) after drafting, I can still think of ways to improve my manuscripts. ^^

4. I have to keep going. I have to keep going….

What distracted me this month while writing: I got sick about halfway through the month–I was on antibiotics, but I was hardly so sick I wouldn’t be able write for days on end, but that’s what happened anyway. Blame it on my mood, I guess. I got some sad news on my writing-career front about the same time that I had to deal with and led to another task that took up a bit of my time this month, but I’m trying not to disclose too much.

Goal for next month: I actually have to put the WIP (Never Veil Series 2) aside! Well, I’ll keep working on it here and there as much as I can, but it’s second priority since I’m starting the first post-book-sale edits for Nobody’s Goddess (Never Veil Series 1, The Veiled Man’s Goddess’ new title) and they’re due at the end of the month. So my goal is to finish this round of edits and write more of the WIP, but I won’t be surprised if my word count hasn’t gone up much in a month’s time!

Last 200 words: Can’t because it’s a sequel.

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YA author of THE NEVER VEIL SERIES (NOBODY'S GODDESS, NOBODY'S LADY, NOBODY'S PAWN), FALL FAR FROM THE TREE, BALLAD OF THE BEANSTALK, JOSIE'S COAT, and DROWNED SILENCE.

10 thoughts on “WIPMarathon Report #2

  1. I know how you feel. I know any forward momentum is good, but when you know you can do better, it’s harder to see it that way.

    We never do run out of ways to improve, do we? ^_^
    Have fun with the edits! I love hearing about real-world story deadline. 🙂 And I like the new title, too. ^_^

    1. I know, right? I wish I wouldn’t beat myself up. Its just I know I COULD do better, if only my brain was in the right place.

      It’ll feel strange to sign off on final edits for Nobody’s Goddess. I’ve been through so many (fairly drastic) changes with that book!

      Thanks! 😀

  2. Aww. Sorry about the illness and the bad news. 😦 I wouldn’t beat yourself up about a low word count (though I admit to doing the same thing myself sometimes!). Edits sound exciting – hope you have a productive month! 🙂

  3. I know, right? It’s easy to compare your progress with others who write faster and then feel like you’re way behind. I mean, I’ve been working on my WIP for over a year now, and I have no idea how people do it in a month. But any writing is writing, and you’re 7K words closer to the end of your WIP!

    So sorry to hear about the sad news, and I hope it gets fixed.

    Good luck next month with your edits and your WIP! You can do it! 😀

    1. Yup. Even comparing my progress to my progress on other books in the past makes me feel behind! XD Good luck with yours–you’ve been working so hard, and you can see where the issues are–you’ll get there!

      Thanks! I wish I could elaborate. Maybe in a few months!

      Thank you! 😀

  4. *hugs* for whatever that sad news might be…

    As for worrying about word count – I do this too! So counter-productive, because it should be quality over quantity but I still can’t the preoccupation with the word count! Grr!

    #4 – absolutely! Most important thing to remember. I should put that on a post-it and stick it above my desk.

    May April be an awesome writerly month for you 🙂

    1. Sorry, I don’t want to be all cryptic. XD But it’s too soon to announce! And thanks.

      Yup. It just seems like word count is a good measure of progress and sometimes I don’t make much progress!

      You too, thank you! 😀

  5. First drafts are the hardest for me. Absolutely. This time around I did a 3-act structure and short synopsis I was happy with, and am trying to outline (on paper) each chapter before drafting. But I find editing infinitely easier and more fun than drafting. You’re not alone! And I’m sorry to hear about your sad news 😦 But yes, keep going! That’s the best advice out there 🙂

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