Saturday, 1 February 2014

#WIPMarathon Final Check-In

It's time for the final #WIPMarathon check-in - a huge thank you to Ifeoma for organising it all! But it's not the end - we'll be checking in monthly from now on! :)

Last check-in word count + chapter count: Last time I was at 2000 words of my new WIP (YA Urban Fantasy) and 10,000 words of the shiny secret mini-project (and apparently driving people crazy with my hints :P).

Current WC + CC: I finished the mini-project yesterday!!! 21,000 words, longer than I expected! (The length should give a clue as to what it is :P)

I'm also now at  8000 words of the YA urban fantasy. :)

WIP issues this week: I don't know what it is about writing in the third person, but it always takes me twice as long as writing in first person! I don't even know why, especially because I'm writing urban fantasy and not high fantasy this time. Maybe it's because it's a new project and I'm still feeling my way into the writing style (once again, it's different to anything I've written before...this is becoming a habit!)

What I learned this week in writing: Hmm...well, over the past month, I've been using shiny stickers as a motivator, and as it's now February, I could total up what I achieved in January...and somehow, I've managed 64K. o_O I have absolutely no idea how that happened, but the stickers (and #WIPMarathon, of course!) have really helped! :)

What distracted me this week when writing: I unexpectedly got a ton of freelance work at once, which is awesome, but suddenly making time for writing was a bit difficult! Also, trying to draft when my brain's still in Editor Mode is tricky! Also, the usual - querying, drowning in emails...

Last 200 words: It's a secret. ;) But I'll be sending this mini-project to my publishers next week (another clue!) and hopefully I'll be able to share a teaser soon...

Plans after #WIPMarathon: I'm going to carry on with this YA urban fantasy draft! :) I'm sending two shorter works to my publishers next week and I want to get to work on outlining something new (I got hit by a killer idea for a new YA high fantasy this week!). Basically, my aim's to avoid insanity when waiting for agents to reply! :)


  1. Nice progress this week!
    I actually have the opposite problem where 1st person takes me longer. I'll get the hang of it one day, I guess.

    I'll be looking for info on this new mini project! Good luck with the urban fantasy and your new idea!

  2. Waiting for agent replies on queries is the worst! Wising you all the best *passes over chocolate and ice cream*

    I struggle to write in third person these days and leave it strictly for short stories. I used to hate first person, and now that's all I feel comfortably writing in - go figure!

    Congrats on the awesome word count this marathon! Can't wait to hear more about your projects and read your stories! :)

  3. I think 3rd person would take me twice as long, too. To date it just feels unnatural to me. But someday I'd like to try it.

    Congratulations on all your progress!

  4. Woohoo! You rocked it this week, as usual. :D You're a role model for balancing everything, so keep doing what you're doing. :)

    I'm very comfortable with 3rd person now, but guess it has to do with me working on my WIP for almost a year (It'd be a year old this month)! But I know how comfortable first person was... :) Just keep working at it, you'd get used to it again.

    Thanks for being a part of WIPMarathon, and can't wait to see how far you go this month!

  5. Great job this month (and week)! You juggle so much, yet manage to get so much done. :D

    Good luck with everything. Ooo, hope the secret project news is spilled soon!

  6. This is a great idea to keep track of/accountability for your progress. Why haven't I heard of this before?!

    It sounds like you did a great job this week. :)

  7. Yay for freelance work! Boo for only 24 hours in the day!
    No really, congrats on all the progress and success! You're crushing it. I'm sure it is difficult to keep switch from right to left brain (drafting to editing), but I think your ability to handle it all is a testament to creative people who know they have to wear both those hats if they want to keep a successful balance in their work.

    I'm looking forward to the monthly check ins with you all. It's going to be a great year! Shiny stickers all around!

  8. You are my hero. You're just totally always overflowing with new plot ideas it seems! I'd love to know how your daily writing regime goes, and how much time you spend on plotting. I know different things work for everyone, but I love hearing how others work :) Congrats on all you've accomplished!!