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WIPMarathon Report #5

Last report wordcount + chapter count/scene count: 1. 67,566 words and 28 chapters (NOBODY’S GODDESS 2)–first draft done

2. 53,861 words and chapters still not quite relevant because I hadn’t fixed it the random scene-jumping I did toward the end (NaNoWriMo project)

3. (New WIP) wasn’t even an idea yet

Current report WC + CC/ SC: 1. 67,909 words and 28 chapters (NOBODY’S GODDESS 2)–first edit completed (I didn’t make a lot of changes, obviously)

2. 59,463 words and 20 chapters (NaNoWriMo project)–first draft and first edit complete

3. 3287 words and 1 1/2 chapters (New WIP)–it wasn’t going to be my next project, but it was one of those “shiny new ideas when busy writing and editing other things” situations

WIP Issues This Month: I had a pretty good writing month! After I moaned last month, I all of a sudden had a burst of inspiration and got so much done! The biggest problem I noticed while editing was incorrect tenses. Since #1 above is in past tense and #2 and #3 are in present, and I was writing and editing all of them, I kept subconsciously writing in the wrong tenses.

Four things I learned this month in writing: 1. Typos happen, and sometimes you don’t even notice them while editing. It’s okay… Hopefully we notice them eventually!

2. Switching between tenses is hard.

3. A month off between finishing a draft and starting the edit seems to work quite well. (I usually jump in like a day or two later.)

4. The journey to publication won’t ever be as smooth as you hope, but you’ve got to keep trying!

What distracted me this month while writing: I’ve been busy with work and I saw a lot of movies. Also, my boyfriend and I played WAY too much Mario Kart 8. It’s addicting… 0_O I’m still querying FALL FAR FROM THE TREE; I’d taken some time off from it (just busy with other things) but decided to focus on it again this past week.

Goal for next month: My first task is to beta read for a friend. Once that’s done, and she’s beta read for me, I’m going to do another NOBODY’S GODDESS 2 edit, and then I’ll turn it in at the end of the month because it’s due August 1st. I’d also like to write an outline for the new WIP and try to write some more of it. I don’t think I’ll jump right into NOBODY’S GODDESS 3 because it’s not due until next summer, but I’m thinking about it.


Author of YA speculative fiction and cozy paranormal mysteries.

14 thoughts on “WIPMarathon Report #5

  1. Glad I’m not the only one who had an attack of the inconvenient shiny new ideas! πŸ˜›

    I usually leave a manuscript to sit for at least a month, or until I’m disconnected enough from it to start editing. This is usually why I have so many projects on the go!

    Haha, Mario Kart is addicting! I haven’t played the new one yet, though.

    Good luck with the editing and the new shiny! πŸ™‚

    1. Sometimes I don’t have the luxury of a full month (cutting close to deadlines! 0_o), but I’m so glad I did this time! I’m more likely to catch dumb errors that way, for one!

      Don’t play it!! You’ll be so addicted!! (No, actually, do play it. πŸ˜‰ I’ve been playing online with people from all over the world!)


  2. HIgh five for an awesome writing month! That’s so cool how you can work on multiple projects at the same time. I’m still trying to learn that skill. I have yet to switch back to past tense since I started doing present two years ago, but I know I can do it for really short pieces. I have a tense problem anyway, which is one of the reasons I started writing in present. Lol!

    Oh my gosh, I hate finding typos! It’s impossible to avoid, unfortunately. I’m hoping putting my story on the Kindle for the final read through will help me catch more of them. Good luck with your goals next month! I hope July is just as awesome as June! ^_^

    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚ I didn’t use to have this skill at all (I worked on ONE [shelved] project for 8 years!!), but it’s become sort of a necessity between writing the trilogy I sold and trying to write something to get me an agent/new deal. I can’t do more than one on the same day, though!

      Isn’t present tense fun to work with? I love the immediacy of it. I never expected to! But there were pasts in my present ms and presents in my past. *headdesk*

      I LOVE editing via my Kindle, and yes, I’ve caught so many errors that way! Still not all of them, though…

  3. Great progress Amy! You are channeling positivity this month, which is a great thing for those of us who are a little weepy. *ahem*

    I hear you on the tenses. I almost always write in past tense, but the immediacy of the present tense is drawing me in and I’ve been considering giving it a go. I’m so worried I’ll waver back and forth, though. But like you said, just keep your eye on it in editing.

    Keep up the great work!

    1. Oh, I’m plenty negative sometimes ;), but you’re right, it’s been a good writing month for me! And I think you’re more realistic than negative!

      Try present tense! I never thought I’d like it (I don’t even remember reading a book in present before Hunger Games), but I wound up loving it more! I miss it when I go back to past, actually!


  4. Juggling multiple projects at the same time sounds like a super power to me. Congrats on all your progress!

    And yes, we have to keep trying. Someone once told me personal motivation is the greatest factor for success…which was surprising, because I thought it would be hardwork. But guess motivation begets success.

    Good luck next month!

    1. LoL Well, it only came out of necessity. And I definitely can’t work on more than one a day! Thank you!

      It’s a little dash hard work, a little dash luck and a lot of personal motivation! πŸ˜‰ Thanks! You too!

  5. “After I moaned last month, I all of a sudden had a burst of inspiration and got so much done!: –Love when that happens! It’s odd, and maybe just superstitious of me, but I sometimes feel complaining about it to someone other than myself can turn things around. Maybe it has something to do with not bottling things up? And then once you put it out there, you can move on…
    Okay, enough philosophizing today. πŸ™‚

    Best of luck querying and with all your other projects! You did great in June!

    1. I go through so many phases like that. I don’t know HOW I let myself get so low, but I appreciate being able to vent and then get productive again!

      Thank you! πŸ™‚


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