This August was very good writing wise. I figured out how to split my stand alone novel into four parts, I smashed my word count and I am in a good place. This September I think I will up the ante just a little bit. Here is everything that happened this month!
At the beginning of the month I started on a really exciting element of my book where my two characters reunite and a secret is kept from one of them. I was so excited but I found it to be harrowing because it was the most emotional writing I had ever done. I found it hard to do and it felt really choppy, because I was stop starting a lot. I could only write at night for an hour or so, therefore, it took a while to get back in the right headspace. It was also difficult because I couldn't feel it. I realised it was not because my writing was terrible, it was because I did not let the emotions my characters were feeling in. It was just too hard and too sad to let such sorrow into my heart. The more I realised this, the more I let the sadness touch me and my writing became better.
I also thought about how I could split up my book. There is such a big difference between talking about it and actually doing it. However, half way through the month I felt like I had to stop writing for a few days while I figured out how to actually do this because I wanted to give myself direction. There is no point writing the rest of my book if I am going to change it all anyway. The issue was that I knew where I wanted to cut the sub-plot but I couldn't figure out where to end my main plot. I had to tweak my storyline and extrapolate points but it turned out better than it was before. I couldn't be more pleased!
As a recap, last month I set my word target at 9,000 because my workload is massive this semester. However, after dropping one subject to ensure I do well in the others, and deciding not to stress to much about things that don't make me happy, I ended up writing 10, 584 words. I am thrilled!
I know it sounds like I am getting a lot of words under my belt and I am, but I am still along way from my goal. Fantasy is a hard genre. It has so many layers and each bog they all have to work and everything must run smoothly. My plot has changed so much, but you know what? I think my story is just getting better and better, it is coming into its own. As Leo Tolstoy says in Anna Karenina 'Things will shape themselves' and it is starting too. This may seem like a long time to be writing a novel, but to me it isn't. I will take as long as I like and I will write as much as I can per day. I eagerly await the day that I finish my first draft. Though, I am dreading second draft stage because I have a lot to change because right now my manuscript looks like I have duck-taped a bunch of miscellaneous zombie parts together in hopes of making a body.
I am still very happy with my progress this year! Up until now I have written 66, 200 words! How awesome is that? If you want these excel sheets click here.
Writing Goal For September
Now it is the start of September and I finally finished the tough emotional section. I am starting to see my story take its new (and hopefully final) shape, at least for book 1. I am also starting on writing the section where they go and find the first element that leads them on their adventure. I talked a little bit about this on instagram but it is the part where they where they go to a place in this world called The Whispering Wood where the trees are made of crystal and when the wind blows it sounds like a wind chime or people whispering. I haven't written about these characters before so I am very excited to get to know them more.
I feel like if I keep going the way that I am going then I can move forward in my plot more. Therefore, I will set this months word count at 15,000 I think that is achievable. However, I do need to do another plot revision for this book which will take time, but I don't think it will be as much as the last time I did it (1 week). I was overhauling my entire plot before and now it's just getting down the same ideas in a fresh document amended for book 1.
Thank you all for your continued support, it really means so much to me. You are the reason I am doing this! I want to know about your writing goals so I made a little poll. Click your target word count and I will see what you all are up to. If you want you can tell me about your September goals and August achievements in the comment section below. I would love to hear from you.