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My Writing Journey!

How was your weekend? Mine was pretty good for someone who needed to prep for NaNoWriMo with neighbors pounding over my head.

It’s my second NaNoWriMo and I’m excited about my new project. It will stretch my imagination and skills and promises to take me out of my comfort zone.

Let’s see how I did on last week’s goals:

1. LAST WEEK’S POSTED GOALS:

*Finish work on rough draft for second WIP. DONE! Finished with 59,614 words. Revisions may add 10-20K words.

*Chat with my critique partner about my short story. DONE! Made some great changes. I need to get some feedback before final edits. 

*Finish character sketches. DONE!

*Finish plan for NaNoWriMo. DONE! 

I think that’s a first for me…finishing all my goals!!

2. THIS WEEK’S GOALS:

*Writing 13,767 words for my NaNoWriMo rough draft.

*Chat with my critique partner on short story draft #2 (zombie fic).

*Look at resources for author website.

3. A FAVORITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED: [from my vampire fic, short story] It’s the last line…

Clint’s lust filled eyes stared back at me. He was mine for all time. I once thought the first bite was the sweetest, but I was wrong. Sometimes the last bite is the sweetest.

This story stretched my imagination.

4. THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Developing a solid plan for my urban fantasy project (NaNoWriMo). My first book, Regress: The Alliance Chronicles Book One, was written during NaNoWriMo 2014. I didn’t have a plan and it took five revisions to get something I’m now proud of. I love being a pantser and letting my characters run with the story. But, that story was dystopian. I feel that urban fantasy needs more of a road map to get me from the beginning to the end. There’s too many ways to get off track writing about fictional worlds. I thought I had an idea and then someone posted the perfect outline for both plotters and pantsers. It helped tremendously.

5. SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: I already like the idea of how my new project, Demon’s Birthright, is stretching my imagination and testing my writing skills.

Well, that’s this week’s update. Next week I’ll be including my weekly word count for the NaNoWriMo project (have I mentioned that enough). If you’re writing this month, let me know who you are so I can support you too!

Remember, life’s short and there are NO guarantees. Embrace it and enjoy yourself! Have a great week!

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