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My Writing Journey

Happy Labor Day! Time for another peak at My Writing Journey…

1. So, how did I do last week? My posted goals:

*Revise pages for critique by Thursday for chat on Friday. Made some changes to this process. My critique partner requested more pages at a time which means we’ll be finished very soon!! We didn’t chat last week due to having to pick up my darling daughter from college.

*Continue work on rough draft of Restore, The Alliance Chronicles Book Two. Goal: 3,000 words. Nailed it again! 

*Continue work on Urban Fantasy worldbuilding. Goal: Finish creating creatures for forest. Finished it! I’ve got creatures for both the light and dark forests!!

*My anthology stories will turn into full-length novels. One of the stories really bugged me over the weekend with how to expand the story. So, I want to write out more of those details this week. Made a plan for this–came up with a target publish date for the first book for each story, developed a working title for the series, drafted a possible plot for another book in the series AND wrote out plot details to expand the short story into the first book in the series!

2. THIS WEEK’S GOALS:

*Revise pages for critique by Thursday for critique chat on Friday.

*Continue work on rough draft for second WIP. Goal: 1,388 daily words. In order to finish the rough draft by October 31st, I need to average this word count daily [or 6,940 weekly].

*Continue working on worldbuilding for Urban Fantasy. Time to build some cities and towns.

3. A FAVORITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED: Creativity. It’s the backbone of the story. It’s the thing that my main character is fighting to maintain in a world that has banned it. Creatives are sought after, turned in by loyal citizens and executed.

4. THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Getting rid of frequently used phrases and/or words. When a word shows up nearly 50 times…well, you need find some new words. So, I had to really get in touch with what I wrote and rediscover what feeling I was trying to convey. It took a full day of reading what I wrote. I nixed some words/phrases that weren’t needed. I found ways to write out the emotion or sentiment those repetitive words tried to represent. MAJOR CHALLENGE! But, it was a great lesson. I’m now more aware of overusing similar words in my rough draft. So, hopefully I won’t be repeating that mistake…

5. SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: My second book in the trilogy involves a lot of emotion. There are more issues and the characters have to learn to face their emotions head on.

Well, that’s this week’s update. Have a great week!

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