Saturday, 29 March 2014

#WIPMarathon Report #2

Last report wordcount and chapter count/scene count: I was at 39K of my YA UF WIP.

Current report WC + CC/SC:
I finished my draft at 68K, yay!

I also made a revision plan for my YA post-apocalyptic fantasy based on CP feedback, and just finished my second round of revisions! I'm sending it to another fabulous CP this week. Woo! :) 

WIP Issues this month: Compared to last month, not as much! Just the usual mid-draft woes of thinking I'd forgotten how to write a book and another stage where everything seemed to be going r-e-a-l-l-y slowly. And then I finished, so I've been twiddling my thumbs the past few days, trying to decide which WIP to work on next...

Four things I learned this month in writing:
  •  Every WIP will go through the same stages. There will ALWAYS be a point at which I think everything sucks. And you know what? That's normal. It doesn't mean it's true. It just means I need to get into the mindset of just-write-anyway and eventually, it'll pass.
  • Related: you'll go through many emotional stages when writing a book. Check out Chuck Wendig's post about this.
  • Sometimes, sending your work to a CP before major edits is a great idea. With my YA post-apocalyptic, I was so torn about the story itself. I loved it, but I felt like it was broken, and not in a way I could fix - it was just so different from anything else I'd written. I had a severe case of writer blindness, and I knew it. So I bit the bullet and sent it out. And my CP loved it. The revisions were achievable, and I fell in love with the project again! *happy dances everywhere*
  •  It's OK to change your mind about what project to work on. I had a YA Urban Fantasy all planned out for Camp NaNo next month, but seeing as I just finished revising my other WIP, it makes sense to focus on the sequel instead. It's a duology, too, so finishing that series might be a more sensible idea than starting a new one!

What distracted me this month when writing: Edits for Walking Shadow, signing the contract for the third book, waiting for spring, and wondering where the hell the time's gone. (How is it almost April already?!) Getting promoted to Assistant Editor at Entangled. All good stuff! :)

Goal for next month: I've decided to push ahead with Camp NaNo, but rather than starting a new WIP, I'm going to be writing the sequel to my YA post-apocalyptic! My goal is 40K for the month!

Last 200 words: Are a secret, seeing as it's the ending of my WIP. ;)


  1. Can't remember exactly what I said the first time I tried to comment here but it was something like this:

    Wow, I'm envious you finished another draft. That's awesome!

    Congrats on the promotion at Entangled!

    There was something else deep and meaningful but I can't remember now :( If I think of it, I'll be back...

  2. Yay for finished drafts! ^_^

    I tend to go through that "I forgot how to write" moment with just about everything I do. Why is that? Lol! It's so true that we go through the same stages. Including the forgetting about these stages part.

    Congratulations on the promotion!! Whoo hoo!!
    Good luck with Camp NaNo!...I'm giving myself til Sunday night to make a decision. Lol!

    Wait, it's almost April!

  3. Yay, congrats on finishing the draft--and all the other things you've got going on! You always seem to juggle so much as a writer and editor, and I admire that! :D Good luck with Camp Nano!

  4. Oops I commented the first time and can't find it!! :(

    Congrats on your promotion and finishing your draft! And you're real lucky your CP loved your book! Mine haven't seen my WIP and I keep having this fear it'd suck.
    I think you should write the sequel too, but that might be because I'm not a multi-tasker like you ;)

    Good luck with your goals next month!

  5. Wow, you finished a draft, completed revisions, AND got a promotion? Go you!

  6. Congrats on getting so much accomplished! You're an inspiration! I read Wendig's article. I don't think I go through very many of those. I just stop at #2 (This is Nuclear Dogshit) and stay there. I've finished everything on my to-do list and it's time to go back to my WIP ... and I'm terrified. So I'll read blogs for awhile. ;)

  7. Wow, it was a big month for you--Congrats on all the good stuff! Here's to hoping next month is even better! :-)

    --Amanda Shayne