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WIP Marathon 21

Last report wordcount + chapter count/scene count:

YA SUSPENSE: 15,706 words, 6 chapters

Current report WC + CC/ SC:

YA SUSPENSE: 30,155 words, 10 chapters

WIP Issues This Month: Writing even when I don’t feel like it. (But I’ve kept my promise to myself and have written in the WIP every single day since I started in early September… Only most days I only write 100-200 words!)

Four things I learned this month in writing: 1. Tiny, short writing sessions still add up!

2. Tiny writing sessions aren’t that bad. I’ve always done better when I write more words per day, but writing just a few words is better than no words.

3. I can feel lukewarm about a manuscript while writing it. (I usually like it more than this… I mean, I DO like this one, but…)

4. Publishing is complicated

What distracted me this month while writing: I went to NYC for my NINTH time with my boyfriend! (+ Twice as a very young kid.) See my Instagram for pics from the Hunger Games exhibit (it was amazing *-*) and a book signing I went to. I also spent a day in Chicago earlier in the month. (We seem to go at least once a month now, don’t we?) Work, stress, etc. I’ve kept busy.

I also announced a new book I’m going to be releasing at some point…. FALL FAR FROM THE TREE! I’d appreciate it if you added it to your Goodreads page.

I started up a newsletter! Please sign up here! (First newsletter goes out tomorrow, so don’t miss out!) You get access to a deleted scene from an earlier shelved version of NOBODY’S GODDESS for signing up.

Wattpad “featured” my short story YA collection, DROWNED SILENCE, and it went from like 70 reads to over 14,000 in just a few weeks! Plus, the first story in the collection is Halloween-themed, so it’s the perfect read for today!

Goal for next month: I’m participating in NaNoWriMo for my third year! Add me if you haven’t already. (I think most of you have.)


I’m only sort of feeling it this time, though. But my goal is to add 50,000 words to the YA suspense (I’m not doing that other idea I mentioned last time)–but also not to be upset with myself if I don’t meet that goal.

I’m supposed to get the second round of edits for NOBODY’S LADY in November as well! So I’ll have to get that done if so.

I’m not sure where I am on edits for FALL FAR FROM THE TREE because some complications have arisen with publishing it…


Author of YA speculative fiction and cozy paranormal mysteries.

14 thoughts on “WIP Marathon 21

    1. With some projects, it’s easier for me than with others, but this is my second stab at this ms and I think I’ve got the kinks worked out in my head this time, so I’m determined to finish it! Good luck to you too!

  1. Congratulations for writing every day!! I still haven’t managed that, but you’re absolutely write, tiny writing sessions most definitely add up.

    Good luck with NaNo, no matter how many words you get! 😀
    And I hope you get everything sorted out with the publishing.

    1. I barely had any days more than 500 words this month! When I’m really into a manuscript, it’s so much easier to write, but I keep feeling down about this one.

      Thank you! 😀 Yeah, me too… ;-;

  2. Woohoo! Congrats on getting DROWNED SILENCE featured on Wattpad! And Congrats on FALL FAR FROM THE TREE. All round awesomeness this month for you, Amy!!

    You can definitely do Nano! It was so inspiring reading you kept to your word of writing everyday even if it is 100 to 200 words. I am making that resolution henceforth! And 15k words in October was awesome!

    What’s your Nano ID?

    Happy Nano-ing this month!

  3. I’m with you on the not being upset if the goal isn’t reached for NaNo. I’ve made it through a handful of NaNos in the past, but usually I’m already halfway through a story when I start it up. This time I only had a couple chapters written and haven’t found the character voices yet, so it feels like it could be a slippery slope to writing a bunch of crap I have to rewrite later anyhow. But… if it’s getting words down, it’s worth it, right?

    Congrats on all the fabulous things happening in your world!! And love your Hunger Games pics! 🙂 Good luck for NaNo — you can do it!

    1. Yeah, it’s like… Nano shouldn’t DEPRESS us. XD I don’t think we’re doing it right if so. I think we should celebrate whatever we can accomplish.

      Thanks! You too!


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