Four weeks into 2019 and I’ve already gone off the rails. I had every intention of finishing the WIPs I had already started. Or at least one of them. And I tried. I really did. But it didn’t work out.
After finishing my revision to resubmit to the publisher who had requested it, I couldn’t shift my brain out of revision mode. I tried picking up where I left off on the WIPs I already had prose written for but no new words flowed. I kept going back to edit what I’d already written. I couldn’t stop myself.
So, I set it all aside.
I finished Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. Amazing. Started rereading Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. It’s how I remember it but I like it way more than the 3 stars I gave it orginally. I haven’t finished it but that’s because I started drafting this new WIP.
Well, I say new. It’s an old idea. The earliest notes I have are from a year ago. I did a bit of research for it then and started a mood board on Pinterest but I never wrote any prose. I’m SO glad.
After a little bit of plotting, just to get a general feel for character and plot, I started drafting. On January 15th, I wrote 756 words. Honestly, I had a little trouble getting started. Beginnings are hard for me. I feel like I never start in the right place. I was afraid of doing this again and revisions being a pain again because of it.
I pushed through. The next day I wrote 941 words. Nearly hit my goals.
When I draft, I try to hit at least one of two goals every day I write. Either, 1000 words or finish a scene. If I can do both and exceed my word count goal, it’s a great writing day!
And Thursday, third day of drafting, was. I only wrote 323 words but it was a complete scene.
Then the weekend happened. We were barely home. I didn’t get anything written on Friday or Saturday. Didn’t even try because I was too exhausted.
I made up for it yesterday! Two scenes done for a total of 1455 words!
I’m so happy with my progress and can’t wait to get back to it.
If you’ve been following me for the last year, you know that I don’t share a whole lot of details about my work. For those of you who don’t know, it’s because my creativity is stunted by sharing too much of the story before I’ve written it. And I never know how much is going to be too much. So, I err on the side of caution and say nothing except a title and the genre. If I think I can manage it, a general, vague description.
For this WIP, I can give you the title and comps. (Comps are comparative titles. Books, movies, TV shows, or anything that gives you a sense of the tone or style of the WIP/manuscript.)
I’m calling it GRIT & HONEY. It’s Romeo and Juliet meets Peaky Blinders meets a specific episode of Downton Abbey that is too big of a plot point to share at this time. It’s set in a 1930’s style world but I haven’t decided if it’s ours yet. These are things that will become more clear after I finish writing it. Mostly because I can’t burden myself with too much research or I’ll lose interest in writing. I’ll get bogged down by facts and worry if I’m getting them straight. I need it to just be fun for now.
How are things going for you so far this year? Let me know in the comments!
Thank you for reading. Keep moving forward!