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WIPMarathon Report #7

Last report wordcount + chapter count/scene count: 1. 69,577 words and 28 chapters (NEVER VEIL 2)–working on post-beta edits

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

Current report WC + CC/ SC: 1. 70,052 words and 28 chapters (NEVER VEIL 2)–first draft done and sent to publisher

2. 3287 words and 1 1/2 chapters (New WIP)–no progress made on this or even on the outline, *sigh*

WIP Issues This Month: I didn’t work on my WIPs at all on any day in August. (That last bit of editing on NEVER VEIL 2 was done in late July.) So my issues were… finding the time and motivation to do that. And I failed. Except I was busy with other things, too.

Four things I learned this month in writing: 1. A month off from fiction writing hopefully doesn’t make me a failure as a writer.

2. Editing other writers’ works can help me step back from my own writing and get some perspective.

3. The longer I go without working on fiction writing, the harder it is to get back into the groove.

4. There is such a thing as too many story ideas.

What distracted me this month while writing: I spent a lot of time this month beta reading the last book in the Silver Moon Saga (it was over 110,000 words ^^), and it was bittersweet to say goodbye to the characters (until the next time I read it, which should be soon!) I’ve grown to love for years now. There were some periods in which I had more freelance work than others, and I did some editing for potential clients I’m excited (and nervous) about hopefully having a chance of working with. And… I got one of my dream freelancing opportunities! For at least the next month, if not longer, I’ll be a Daily Streaming Anime Reviewer for Anime News Network for three shows. My boyfriend and I also visited the Chicago Botanical Gardens for the first time earlier in the month, and it was a lot more fun than I even expected it to be.

Goal for next month: I did finish NEVER VEIL 2, but I didn’t get any work done on the outline for the new WIP. This month I already know I’ll be really busy for a week at least, so I don’t imagine I’ll get a lot of writing done. I still haven’t decided if I should dive into NEVER VEIL 3 yet or not–I’ve had enough of a break from the series to justify going back now–but I would like to finish the new WIP’s outline at minimum first. And if I start it beforehand, I’ll be breaking the NaNoWriMo rules if I work on it in November. Not that that’s important!

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WIPMarathon Report #3

Last report wordcount + chapter count/scene count: 47,969 words and 20 chapters

Current report WC + CC/ SC: 51,128 words and 21 1/2 chapters

WIP Issues This Month: This looks terrible, like I hardly did anything at all this month, right? (And last month I was beating myself up for making MORE progress.) But I’m actually in a good place, writing-wise. Aside from one unfortunate week I couldn’t manage to do any fiction work, I was REALLY busy with my first post-sale revisions for NOBODY’S GODDESS. I deleted and added a few thousand words to that manuscript, shifted things around and read the entire thing once and am working on reading it again and incorporating more changes. My deadline is April 30th and I’m well on track. So even though I didn’t get much work done on THE NEVER VEIL #2, I at least got past the 50,000 word milestone!

Four things I learned this month in writing:  1. You can never “forget” to write.

2. Editing never really ends. (Well, I hear it does when the book is in print, but you know…)

3. Fantasizing about fiction writing as a full-time job doesn’t help any, ha.

4. I can juggle many, many fiction projects at once.

What distracted me this month while writing: Being busy at work and life, as usual. It was my birthday, and that was fun. I went to C2E2 in Chicago yesterday! And on April 11th, I co-hosted a release party for THE SOUL HEALER, which was super fun. (I want to do one next year for mine!)

I haven’t had as much time to devote to it this month, but I’ve also been busy… querying for an agent. Since I’m planning to try to enter some Pitch Contests soon and it’s been a bit, I think I can say that publicly this time! (This was what was bumming me out last month.) I’ll miss my last agent and appreciate everything he did for me, but we had to part ways for reasons beyond my control.

Goal for next month: Since I’ll be passing the baton on NOBODY’S GODDESS edits to my editor, I can get back to focusing on trying to finish the first draft of THE NEVER VEIL #2! I hope I do! I mean, I haven’t gotten as many words done per month as I’d like, but I think I’m close. Then I plan to set it aside before I edit (because I think it’ll need a bit of work) and work on finishing the draft of my NaNoWriMo project I burnt out on. I’ve been feeling the need to go back and finish that.

Last 200 words: Can’t because it’s a sequel.