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WIP Marathon 22

Last report wordcount + chapter count/scene count:

YA SUSPENSE: 30,155 words, 10 chapters

Current report WC + CC/ SC:

YA SUSPENSE:  53,965 words,  16 1/2 chapters

WIP Issues This Month: This is the first year I’ve tried NaNoWriMo that I lost. So even though I got more words done this month than I did the previous couple of months, I’ve been bummed about that. I’m losing the drive to finish this story. AGAIN. (This is my second attempt at it, with some major changes, and last time I petered out at about 50,000 words, too. Only last time I was stuck in the narrative and this time, I’m just bummed about it.)

Four things I learned this month in writing: 1. Sometimes even NaNoWriMo fails me. 😦

2. Even when I have an idea of where I’m going, it’s possible to lose interest in writing it.

3. Finding not one, but 2-3 similarities to a popular YA book in your WIP also helps make you less enthused about finishing it.

4. It’s hard to go from 100-500 words a day to 1700. (I managed for like 3 days and then just couldn’t do it anymore.)

What distracted me this month while writing: I went to Chicago (again ^^) one day early this month, but mostly I’ve been really busy with work. The time I do spend writing just isn’t that productive, either. But I have continued to work on it every single day, even if it’s only a few hundred words.

NOBODY’S LADY got an official release date: April 12, 2016, a few months earlier than expected!

I revealed the cover to my YA fantasy that’s going to someday be published with Patchwork Press! …And I started serializing it on Wattpad! It’s going to be a Wattpad-first novel with eventual ebook and paperback release in late 2016 or 2017. Click on the image to start reading today! 😀 Btw, this was my first WIP Marathon manuscript from back in 2013! *-*

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And I made a trailer for NOBODY’S GODDESS! That was actually a really fun distraction. I always wanted a trailer, even though I know they’re not the most effective marketing tools. I didn’t have the budget for one, so I made it myself. I had so much fun, I want to make one for FFFTT, but I really shouldn’t waste the time when I’m so busy. (See, I always want to do marketing stuff instead of draft when I’m unhappy with a draft’s progress!)

Goal for next month: I’m hoping I’ll finally get the edits for the second round of NOBODY’S LADY revisions this month. So I have to do that if so. Also, just to keep going with this YA suspense and not be tempted to move on to shiny new ideas. I have a feeling if I give up now, I won’t finish it at all. It’s not unsalvageable or anything, I just am not feeling the love….



Author of YA speculative fiction and cozy paranormal mysteries.

10 thoughts on “WIP Marathon 22

  1. I know how you feel. 😦 I’ve had nothing but a long string of projects that I’ve had to force myself through lately. My projects always become unsalvageable when I do that though.

    I hope December is a good month for you! But if not, don’t worry, the year will be over soon. I can’t wait for it to end myself.

    1. Oh, no, I hope that’s not really the case and it’s just that you’re so tired of the projects at that point, you don’t want to look at them! I’m thinking of maybe (MAYBE) working on another project in December as well. Something like, as long as I still write a few hundred words in this one each day, I can try working on the shiny new idea. I have to plot it first, though!

  2. I hope you get your writing mojo back soon! It’s hard when you just aren’t feeling a project. I had one that was painful to draft but I actually liked it more when it was finished. But I’ve also temporarily shelved two projects this year because I wasn’t as enthusiastic about them. Glad to hear about FALL FAR FROM THE TREE, anyway! 🙂

    1. I’m afraid of shelving this one and never coming back, but I am considering working on a new project as long as I get a little done in this one each day first! Thank you!

  3. Hey you still wrote 23k this month even if you didn’t reach 50k and that’s still amazing! I know how tough it is when you have no motivation, though––I run into that problem over and over again. Sometimes I feel like I just have to force myself through that first draft and put it aside for a while. When you’re working on it, it’s hard to stay detached from it and to see it from an outsider’s perspective. The story might seem boring/predictable to you because you have to work on it every day, but it may not seem that way to someone who has never read it before.

    And anyway, no first draft is perfect; if you’re not happy with it, you can always go back and change it! I’m kinda being hypocritical though because I’m awful at following through on edits and whatnot. I always seem to get too overwhelmed and then I just move on to something else. 😛

    1. I know, right? Why do I feel bummed when I still wrote so much? I’m always setting unrealistic goals.

      I’ll try to stick with it! I really want to see it through. 😀 Thanks for the pep talk.

  4. Wow your trailer is amaziiiing! I cannot wait for the release!

    You aced your word count this month, congrats!

    I am so with Brigid on what she said. Also, I think every story out there could be a derivative if you looked hard enough into previously published works- Hunger Games was likened to an anime, City of Bones to Harry Potter, that did not prevent people from loving said books. You only have to put in your own twist, which is something that would take time and dedication. So do not panic!

    Good luck with your writing next month!

    1. Thank you! 😀 The trailer is for my book that’s already out. (That’s how late I was in making it, ha.) I may do one for future books if I can justify taking the time.

      Thank you! Yes, you’re right, I need to stop being so bummed. 😦

  5. Aw, man I know that feeling of losing interest halfway through a project. When that happens, I try to go back to what made me want to tell the story in the first, and then hang onto that initial seed of inspiration. It often rekindles my affection for a WIP.

    Congrats on all the words written in November – I think you did great! 🙂

    1. I almost want to take a break, but I’m afraid I’ll never go back to it if I do! (That’s what happened last time with this project.) So so far I’ve been pushing forward, even if it’s just 100 words at a time.

      Thank you! 😉 You too!


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