Friday, 9 August 2013

#WIPMarathon Check-In #1

Here's my first update on my progress on the #WIPMarathon! It was supposed to be posted on the 10th but as I'm going to Italy tomorrow, I figured I should jump in early!

Last Check-in Wordcount + Chapter Count: As I said in my intro post (see above link), I was 1000 words into Darkworld Book 5 and 1500 into my YA fantasy project when I started, so about half a chapter for each.

Current WC + CC (or SC):  Now I'm at over 10,000 for Darkworld Book 5 and the same for the YA fantasy (which is apparently now called 'Vampire Mer-Things Zombie Mash-Up' - blame Twitter for that one! :P). I realised yesterday that I'd written over 20k in 10 days - that's the most I've ever written, ever! I've never even done NaNoWriMo out of fear of losing momentum and interest due to overkill. But working on two projects at once has actually reduced my fears of both of them!

WIP Issues this week: And how you fixed them, if you did. If you didn’t, we can help you solve it!

As I said in my post on Wednesday, writing high fantasy is hard. Not just in terms of the research but also in the sense that it has to sound authentic, too. I had a lot of trouble making sure my first few chapters weren't too dense and packed with information and that the characters were sympathetic. I've got into my stride now and the narrative voice is starting to come naturally, so things are looking up! I'm also really enjoying writing something that's so different from anything I've written before.

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 found a fantastic post on Tumblr with some great advice on how to outline your book. Anyone who struggles with plotting, like me, should definitely check it out! :)

What distracted me this week while writing: Any fun or not-so-fun thing that happened, or that you did. Just share!

Check out my Waiting on Wednesday post for more details, but exciting things have been happening! After a week in Italy, I'll have to find somewhere to live in London for a month! Also, sign-ups are open for the Darkness Watching release week book blitz with Grapevine Book Tours here, and the cover reveal is happening on the  31st August, so again, you can sign up here! :) 

I can't share the last 200 words I wrote because of spoilers! ;P


  1. Keep up the good work! I haven't had time to write in months and I miss it. Enjoy your time in Italy/London!

    1. I couldn't cope with not writing, even when I'm busy! Thanks for commenting! :)

  2. Great! I'll add your post to the linky when I put it up!


  3. 20K in 10 days??!! Holy cow! That's so awesome! The only thing that might be more awesome is going to Italy! lol (I'm only about 6K into my WIP. Ugh.)

    Have a fabulous time in Italy. Take pics and post them! :-)

  4. Wow! You're making some awesome progress!
    Have fun in Italy! How exciting. :)

    I had spoilers in my last 200 words, too.

  5. Sounds like you're making excellent progress!

    Enjoy your time in Italy. :-)

  6. Great progress, well done!!!

    "But working on two projects at once has actually reduced my fears of both of them!" <--- That is a very interesting point! Maybe I should try having a side project, just to see what it does for my productivity!

    Enjoy Italy! I'm totally jealous! xD

  7. Hi Emma! I love description 'Vampire Mer-Things Zombie Mash-Up'... that's awesome ;)

    And I am so impressed that you're tackling two projects at once, wow! Like Laurie said, maybe I should follow your example, hee. Hope you have an excellent writing week ahead!

  8. I still can't believe you're working on two stories at once! Superwoman!
    Glad to hear you've hit your stride and the narrative voice is coming naturally. I hope next week treat you well!

    -Amanda Shayne