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WIPMarathon Report #6

Last report wordcount + chapter count/scene count: 1. 67,909 words and 28 chapters (NOBODY’S GODDESS 2)–first draft sent to beta

2. (New WIP) 3287 words and 1 1/2 chapters

Current report WC + CC/ SC: 1. 69,577 words and 28 chapters (NOBODY’S GODDESS 2)–after making some changes due to beta editing, but I’m still working on one more read-through

2. (NEW WIP) 3287 words and 1 1/2 chapters (New WIP)–no progress made, but I’m maybe 40% into the outline

WIP Issues This Month: I didn’t feel like the month was a failure, but you can see I didn’t make a lot of progress. But I did a lot of editing–both for my friend and for myself. I guess I got a little stuck on the outline for my new WIP, but I just didn’t devote enough time to it this month.

Four things I learned this month in writing: 1. Shiny new ideas have an annoying habit of demanding to be written right away and then… Heading back to the bottom of your to-do list.

2. New perspectives can help you notice problems in your book.

3. Editing book 2 in a series can help you tweak book 1 even more.

4. It’s hard to choose which projects to prioritize!

What distracted me this month while writing: I’m not sure. I felt busy every day, but I didn’t do much to write home about. It was my 9th anniversary with my boyfriend this month, and that was a fun night off! πŸ™‚ I also spent a day at the local Renaissance Faire, which is about the only summer fair I care about.

I’ve just about finished querying FALL FAR FROM THE TREE as I’ve met my minimum querying goals; I’m still waiting on a number of responses, but this might not be the project with which or the year I get a second agent. I don’t plan to give up on the manuscript finding some place to call home, though.

Goal for next month: My first task is actually for before the month ends–NOBODY’S GODDESS 2 is due August 1st, so I just need to finish this read-through and send it off. My next task is to finish the outline for the new WIP; I’d really like to have one in place before I dive back into writing it, and it’d be nice if I got a few thousand words done for that one in August. I still might start NOBODY’S GODDESS 3 (outline already completed) instead, but I might save it for NaNoWriMo (even though I burnt out on that last year!).


Author of YA speculative fiction and cozy paranormal mysteries.

10 thoughts on “WIPMarathon Report #6

  1. Editing months always feel productive to me. Overall, I only cut about 400 total words from my story, but I know it was SO much more than that in total!

    It is SO hard to choose between projects! I picked an idea out of a cup once, and I still haven’t worked on it. Because you’re right, sometimes they’re #1 and then suddenly fall down into no-man’s wait-land again. I wish I could have querying goals, but it’s always a blind hope for the best. I hope you hear good things back.

    I love Renaissance Faires. ^_^
    And happy 9th anniversary!

    1. Yeah, I agree–looking at the word count, it doesn’t look like I did much, but I know I was scrapping sections, writing new scenes, tweaking sentences…

      My shiny new ideas always want to be written RIGHT NOW at first and then they don’t care so much after a chapter or two, lol. Only once did I go on an insane writing binge and write a draft in just over a week!

      Thank you. πŸ™‚ Renn Faires are fun!

  2. Congrats on your anniversary! Wow!

    If all fails, know your word count for July was better than mine! But progress is progress, no matter how small.

    I hope querying still comes with pleasant surprises for you! And that next month is more productive writing-wise!

    1. Thanks! πŸ™‚ There have been months when I accomplished more and felt worse about it. But I guess since I did so much editing this month, it didn’t feel like a failure. Thank you!

  3. Happy Anniversary!!

    Some progress is always better than no progress, and like you said, it wasn’t like you haven’t been working and editing. And I so agree. Hard to prioritize when so many ideas/projects are staring you in the face.

    My fingers are crossed for your queries!


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