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WIPMarathon #14

Last report wordcount + chapter count/scene count:  88,294 words and 36 chapters in NEVER VEIL 3 (almost done with first edits)

Current report WC + CC/ SC: 88,537 words and 36 chapters in NEVER VEIL 3 (first edits complete, sent off to beta, but I haven’t had a chance to go over her edits for the first few chapters yet)

WIP Issues This Month: Finding time to work on it, really. I did devote a few weeks to proofreading my friend’s book instead (while she worked on beta’ing mine and wrote another manuscript–she’s a busy bee!), but it was really hard for me to find time to edit at all, let alone write. I guess that’s good that I’ve been busy with work. (I’ve also been busy gearing up for NOBODY’S GODDESS promotions!)

Four things I learned this month in writing: 1. Working had on first edits is worth it–my beta reader noticed I’d improved on certain issues!

2. It can be hard to balance the time you spend on your writing with all the work and other stuff you need to do–even when you’re really trying to fit it all in. (*same lesson as last month, lol)

3. Promoting my book is fun but time-consuming.

4. I certainly take a lot of time off between writing manuscripts sometimes.

What distracted me this month while writing: Work and proofreading for a friend. Month9 put together a blog tour for NOBODY’S GODDESS that will start late next month and I made it into the Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt in early April! Fellow WIP Marathoner Suzanne van Rooyen is even on the same team. (Team Gold!)

Goal for next month: I need to do edits to NEVER VEIL 3 as my beta reader’s suggestions come in, but she’s really busy, so we might not finish in April. I intend to do even more promotion for NOBODY’S GODDESS since it’s release month: April 21st! I still don’t feel up to going back to writing something new, unless opportunities come up. Right now my goal is to get back into writing this summer.


Author of YA speculative fiction and cozy paranormal mysteries.

14 thoughts on “WIPMarathon #14

    1. I kind of enjoy promoting, but yeah, the biggest problem is it takes so much time! I always need breaks (I can’t write super well every month–I do better writing a lot for a month or two and taking some time off), but sometimes I take too-long breaks. XD

  1. I take a lot of time off between stories, too, it seems. Necessary recharging time, I think. Drafting is hard work!

    Go Team Gold!! ^_^

    Wow, the release date is so close!! Always a good excuse for moving slower on other projects. 🙂

  2. Congrats on the edits! So excited for your release!! 🙂

    Taking time off between stories is sometimes the best thing for both author and story.

    So cool we’re on the same YASH team – yay!!

    Wishing you all the best for April and can’t wait to help you celebrate on release day!! 🙂

    1. Thanks! 🙂 Me, too!

      Ha, true, but I’m really taking too long off. I just don’t see having the time before May or even June to dive back into something new.

      YASH is going to rock!

  3. It’s okay to take time off and recharge the brain!

    Heh, I didn’t realize how busy I am until you mentioned it! As soon as I finish this first draft I will be able to devote all of my time to NG3! 😀

    1. Yeah, but I really think this is too much time off… I haven’t drafted anything since November! I mean, edits do come first, but… Still. But I won’t be into writing again until May or June at least.

      Ha, but you are busy! XD Cool, yay!

  4. I can’t remember if I said this before or not but it’s worth repeating — your cover for NOBODY’S GODDESS is gorgeous!!

    As for balancing time, I’m highly suspicious of people who say they do this well. If they can explain how, I might be less so. 😉 I’m right there with you. I have plenty of time to do the things I need to do, but somehow, even when I get up earlier than usual, it’s never enough. At least the daily challenge keeps us on our toes 😉

    1. Thanks–I agree! (And that’s not me being not humble as I had nothing to do with the cover design. 😉 It seriously boosted interest in my book–it went up over 1400 to-reads after the cover was out!

      Ha, I feel you. And I hate the “get up earlier” trick because then I feel sick for not sleeping as well and am less productive anyway. ;-;

  5. So much what Cheyenne said. It’s so hard to fit everything in with writing but you’re doing a great job! And being kept on our toes is a good thing, I guess.

    YA Scavenger Hunt sounds exciting! Congrats on making it in!

    Happy writing in April. x


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