It's time for my final #WIPMarathon update! It's been so much fun, and I've met some fantastic writers! I'm going to miss it! But here's my last check-in:
Last Check-in Wordcount + Chapter Count: I couldn't update last week as I was away after a grueling week of edits! At the last check-in, I'd reached 19,000 words of both Darkworld Book 5 and my YA fantasy.
Current WC + CC (or SC): I made it! 30,000 words of Darkworld Book 5 are done, which means I'm over halfway! Meanwhile, my YA fantasy is at 23,000 words, meaning I've exceeded my goal by 3K!
WIP Issues this week: And how you fixed them, if you did. If you didn’t, we can help you solve it! Moving to London, recovering from edits...all the stuff mentioned in my What's Up Wednesday post, really! But I'm back into making solid progress now, so it's all good! Working full-time means I have to sneak in writing whenever I can, whether it be before I leave for work or during my lunch break (plenty of nice cafes to take my laptop to, though!). Once I snapped out of Edit Mode, I found the words came more easily, although I've had to push back my YA fantasy to focus on catching up with Darkworld Book 5, which is still my priority!
What I learnt this week in writing: Anything new you learnt from a book on writing, or a blog article that helped you improve your writing. Even if there’s nothing new you learnt, share one writing tip with us! I worry about my first drafts being too short (they usually are) but I found this great post on Tumblr with some tips for making sure your plot is enough to sustain a full-length novel! What distracted me this week while writing: Any fun or not-so-fun thing that happened, or that you did. Just share! Moving to London, starting my internship, trying to switch off the inner editor, and playing online games with my boyfriend. :P And tiredness. Commuting an hour a day on the tube wears me out, and I have only about 4 hours of "free time" every day. But I'm determined to keep up the writing momentum!
Plan after the marathon
Finish both my books! Then focus on revising and editing my YA fantasy until (eventually) it's ready to query... With Darkworld, finish Book 5, send Book 2 to my editor, and prepare for the release of Darkness Watching! It's been an amazing month, and I've loved meeting so many new authors on Twitter and forming such a supportive community! I'm a very goal-oriented writer anyway, but during the weeks I wasn't travelling or editing, I doubled my productivity! 50,000 words in a month is a new record for me, and as I tend to edit and re-outline as I write, this is some achievement! I'd love to do it again in future! :)