Hello again friends!
I’m back again with another writing update. I wish this were the one where I said my draft was finished and I was on to edits, but alas, life gets in the way, and I’m not quite there yet.
After finishing Camp NaNoWriMo back in April, I must have drained my writing after sprinting to finish my goal at the end. So I had left off April at 35k words and then only got through 2k through all of May. Also contributing to this was the warmer weather and my want to relax outside in the sun, plus my 10k race training plan kicking in.
What writing a book has taught me: I’m really bad at committing to multiple goals.
So, I had signed up for a 10k on June 15th, and I’m really not naturally fit but I enjoy running. I knew I had a lot of work to put in before my race so I found a training plan and stuck to it. What also happened was I also signed up for a routine in my pole fitness studio’s showcase, so May was already a struggle of practicing for the showcase 2-3 times a week, while also running 3-4 times a week. I was exhausted, but I felt great and really into my fitness goal at the time, but it resulted in zero time dedicated to the one thing I wanted to work on most this summer: my book.
So here we are again, now my 10k has passed, the showcase is over, I feel like I totally lost all my fitness after dropping everything and picking writing back up again, but here we are. I’m committed to running at least once a week to keep myself feeling not too much like a couch potato, and trying to get some other activity in as well.
But the main goal: finish that book.
So right now I’m sitting at 50k words, and I’m planning and dedicated to reaching 65k by the end of Camp NaNoWriMo. July is a busy month for me, but I’ve switched over to using Scrivener and set my writing goals in there and only select days of the week writing, so I’m working my writing targets the program accumulates for me.
I’ve set a project deadline for August 10th, estimating my project will be done at approximately 75k words. Give or take. We’ll see how it goes.
What I want is to have this draft completed with a few weeks left of summer so I can get a quick first round of edits in before moving out of town and beginning my Master’s. The end of August is going to get busy with packing and seeing friends in town for the last time before moving, so I hope to get the book done in less than a month from now.
I’m feeling good about it. I’m struggling with imposter’s syndrome quite often the further I get into the process, but when I take a step back, my draft is going well and I can’t compare it to finished novels that I read. I have the foundation for something I can be really proud of, and I know the work I need to do to get it there.
One of the biggest struggles: trying not to edit as I write.
So what I’m doing to combat that feeling is jotting a list down of things I want to change, and then forgetting about it on my list and moving on with the story where I’m currently at. The editing comes later. I can’t edit a completed draft until I’ve got the draft to that point. I’m never going to finish my draft unless I keep writing without getting distracted from changes I want to make.
The writing process has also taught me: I’m really bad at talking about my writing and being confident about it when people ask me in person. People ask what my book is about and I just “…. uhhh it’s fantasy” and leave it at that a lot of the time.
It’s a book about love, friendship and revolution, and finding where you belong and what you stand for.
What I’ve also learned while (procrastinating) writing, is that it’s really hard to find images I want to represent my writing. Particularly for fantasy. But here’s a small lil’ mood board I created while procrastinating.
Anyway, that’s all for this update!
The next update will be coming at ya once this draft is COMPLETED!