Updates, Work-in-Progress 2

Living and Learning

Working on one writing project was beginning to feel redundant, monotonous, and (dare I say) boring. Until I found what I was trying to say.

I started this project last May, or rather I learned my main character’s name. The first draft was finished near the end of September. Writing so quickly was like a dream (and honestly I hope to make it my lifestyle). Revisions feel like plodding through mud.

Now, however, I might have finally hit a decent habit for my revisions. Habit is the key to most progress for anything in my life, so why would writing be any different.

I know I have another draft (or several) after this one, but I’ll have at least made it through a revision. And that for me is huge!



2017 Wrap Up and Plans for 2018

Time sure does fly. I thought I would update this blog one more time before a new year starts and I feel like I’ve completely let something slip. So here’s a progress update on my projects and where I plan to go from here. Spoiler: They’re going really good!

The One That De-Railed Me

I’ve been lovingly calling this project “Catch an Angel by the Wings” and then it was streamlined to “Clipped Wings.”

This project turned out to be slightly less than a break from my frustrations and more of a whole new idea. I ended up capping the first draft of this project off at around 102,000 words/361 pages (hefty I know). I was not expecting to have a finished project by the end of August but there I stood with something I was pretty proud of. Not to mention that it was a full, stand-alone plot line.

I’m now about 100 pages into a very intense plot edit, which is about to hit the bulk of the issues with the draft. To say I’m cautiously optimistic about it would be an overstatement. (It’s driving me crazy at the moment).

The One That Won’t Sit Still

My ever “in-progress” project, which I had been calling “Safe Haven” but that title just doesn’t seem accurate anymore, is still sitting unfinished. A breakthrough finally caught my attention the other day.

The morning after a writers’ group meeting, I was washing my hair and it seemed to seep over my mind like the water over my hair. And so, I have a new beginning. For the fourth time.

It also changes the entire POV to first person. So, I’ll be doing an entire rewrite of that book when I have my ideas sussed out. This books, series, idea of mine, only ever gets me past the first seven chapters and then changes its tune.

Someday I’ll figure out what it wants to be about. When I do, I know it’ll be worth the struggle. Some ideas just don’t sit still.

An Overactive Imagination

Of course, the year wouldn’t be complete without my overactive imagination butting its head into everything. I attempted a new genre for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and failed. While I still love the idea, the plot, and the characters, I think that “traditional” fantasy just doesn’t sit well with me. I’ll try again when I have my world set a bit better.

Along with that, my NaNoWriMo plot from last year came sneaking back into my head and begged for attention. I didn’t give it more than a quick jot of notes for the fixes it offered to the horrible plot mistakes I had made during my whirlwind month of writing.

Various short story ideas came to mind. Likewise, I had multiple nibbles at my consciousness for longer stories. All of them begged for full control of my creative energies. However, as I want to focus on one project, I am trying desperately to keep my flitting imagination from nabbing the upswing that comes with consistent creativity.


I am a serial planner with terrible follow through when it comes to personal projects with imaginary deadlines.

That’s why I enjoy participating in NaNoWriMo so much. Joining a critique group has also helped me keep a more consistent editing schedule with expectations that I will bring a certain amount of pages every other week. While my imagination loves to be spontaneous, my personality is all about the plan.

My goals for 2018 are simple (if I make any more specific promises I will probably break them):

  • Finish the first draft edit of “Clipped Wings”
  • Write a short story for submission somewhere
  • Start the new draft of “Safe Haven”
  • Read more

It looks like a lot, and it probably is, but if I finish even one thing on that list I’ll be happy with where my year went. Honestly, I’m pretty pleased with my year in writing this year. A year when a draft is finished is always a good year.

Let’s see where writing can take me next year.


Writer’s Block

For me, writer’s block doesn’t come from the inability to form ideas nor from a lack of creative juices. My blocks are almost always due to a lack of motivation. Deadlines and a pressure to work are supposed to pull me through those blocks. Sometimes even those aren’t enough. Writing begins to feel as if it would be a chore.

I start to avoid it.

pexels-photo-303532I avoid writing even though I know it would be good for me–like cleaning or going the gym. I should maintain my project momentum to keep away from slumps– keep spaces cleaner so chores wouldn’t take so long, or go to the gym on the way home from work so it wouldn’t feel like it interrupts my life. But writing has never before been a chore to me, even though I forget that sometimes. Usually when I write again, it feels more like stretching after sitting for too long.

I wonder why I don’t write more often.

I’ve heard some authors call this “creative constipation.” I find that term hilarious and a bit overboard for me. It’s more like a loss of momentum in my case. I just need to keep writing.

Notes on the Project:

In the spirit of regaining momentum, I will be trying out Camp Nanowrimo and setting my own goal for the end of the month. I’m hoping I can get a big chunk of my 30 chapters edited/rewritten in that 30 days. I’m being realistic though and know I probably won’t finish it all.

After a couple of weeks of frustration over not being able to bring my main conflict in sooner in the book, I feel like I’ve finally pinned down the problem and am starting some major reworks. Let’s hope I can give up some of my favorite chapters in the rewrites to make it work all the way through!

Progress 10/30