Current WC + CC: Now I'm at 45K! I'm thrilled that I've got 2000 words most days this week, especially after having so much trouble with motivation in the last couple of weeks of 2013. But if I keep this up, I'll be done with my draft by sometime in February - I've set myself Valentine's Day as a deadline. :)
WIP issues this week: The usual first-draft woes - not enough detail, repetition, telling not showing, overuse of the word 'was' (my mortal enemy!), etc. I just have to shut off the inner editor and concentrate on getting the story down. Also, I worry about not being able to categorise this WIP. It's post-apocalyptic, set in our world but with a fantasy/sci-fi-ish element (advanced humans fighting monsters from another dimension) - not sure whether it leans more towards sci-fi or fantasy! I don't make things easy for myself! :P
What I learned this week in writing: That, with this being the eleventh (!) first draft I've written, I think I'm s-l-o-w-l-y learning how to incorporate lessons learned from editing my other books to writing a first draft. Normally, my first drafts are short and insubstantial, and I have to add in a lot of scenes and details to flesh out the characters and plot. But after editing so many of my own books and reading a TON of writing articles along the way, I find that my first drafts are starting to become longer and more detailed, with (hopefully) less things that drastically need changing! (Maybe I'm actually getting better at this. Who knows?)
What distracted me this week when writing:
Getting my second set of editorial notes on Darkworld Book 2! And...it wasn't devastating. Though if I have to reread that final battle scene one more time, I may scream. (note: I have to reread it at least three more times for more edits. Fun times!)
Also, #PitMad. And querying. *bites nails* *refreshes inbox*
Last 200 words: ...and we're entering spoiler territory here. Let's backtrack to Chapter 3!