It is July 2015 and I can't believe that the years has gone so quickly! Since it is the start to a new month I realised it is time to review my writing progress for the month of June. Many of you may know from my incessant ranting that I went through exams this month which meant I had my head in the books (not good books) and my writing stopped for a short while. After that stressful period I was really burnt out and I had no motivation to write again at all. Eventually, after a week of marathoning Arrow I have finally begun again and made some progress!
Recap: Last month I set myself the word count of 5,000 which is half my usual goal because of exams. I gave myself a lot of leeway for June because I know that I absorb myself in studying. However, I knew (or hoped) that I would bounce back to meet my word count goal.
I felt really guilty about it because I had about 4,000 words to write and only about a week to do it. I was working and celebrating my freedom with loved ones, so I was unsure whether I would achieve this. Luckily, I took a break and went to my grandparents house which is in a small rural Australian town with nothing to do and quick racked up the word count. I ended up writing 8,481 words. I am so happy that I smashed my 5,000 word target! Hooray!
I have been writing really important plot points such as when my main characters Ilithiya and Killian meet after a long time apart and secrets begin to pile up. I have been anticipating this scene for ages. I am actually grinning now as I am writing the chapter because 1) I am diabolical and 2) I have been dreaming about this scene and the millions of ways it could go for ages. For this scene in particular I am letting my pantser side take over and I have not really plotted it. I have written what needs to happen but I am leaving it up to the characters to get there and they can decide what they intend to say/not say to one another. I think for this chapter in particular I will let the characters lead the way.
When I got home I decided to write my plot all over again from start to finish in a new document in order to know for certain the entire plot and to acknowledge in my heart what my book is trying to achieve. I never anticipated it to take me over five days to write it out all over again, but it did. Life gets in the way and I was including lots of other plot elements that came to me as I wrote it out. I wrote my plot a little differently than last time (which was a mass of bullet points) and instead made a table to keep track of my main plot and subplot. I put them side by side and wrote what was happening in both countries at the same time. When something happens to link both plots I broke the table and inserted a new row merging the two plot columns and began again two new underneath until both plots converged at the end. This has helped me so, so much.
My writing goals for this month may be a tad too ambitious. Since I am on holidays I have increased my word count to 35,000! I know, I will probably die and not achieve it but at least it will put pressure on me to sit down and write. I know that when I dedicate myself to writing I can write loads and in fact the most I have written in a day is probably twenty pages. So, I know I can do it, but it is just finding the time because I have so many people to catch up with once I go home from my grandparents in Monday.
Thanks for reading my rant about my life, I really appreciate your support. Please help me motivate myself to achieve this crazy word goal! Then maybe I will consider talking to you guys about what my book is actually about rather than being aloof about it.
I hope your writing is going well! Feel free to email me from the contact page about the book your writing! I would love to help, I have a few people I am talking to at the moment. I would love to add you to the list of my new writing buddies.