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My Writing Journey!

How was your weekend? Mine was nippy. Had to turn the heat on.

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


*Writing 13,767 words for my NaNoWriMo rough draft. Wrote 16,421!

*Chat with my critique partner on short story draft #3 (zombie fic). Made changes, but we postponed our chat in favor of more writing time on our respective NaNoWriMo projects.

2. This Week’s Goal:

  • Continue with NaNoWriMo word count.
  • Chat with critique partner.

3. A FAVORITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED: (not a line, but a quote from my NNWM project) [My male lead, Cullen, is speaking with his mate, Raevyn (female lead).]

“I can’t protect you, if I’m not with you.” He stroked my cheek. “This bondit’s getting stronger. When you’re not around me, I feel empty. I don’t like the feeling.”  He goes on to say… “I feel when you’re angry. I don’t know anything about prophecies or destinies or any of that stuff my mother talks about. I just know we’re joined in a way that I have to be with you. I can’t lose you.”

It’s a pivotal moment. The guy who has been a jerk to her ever since she met him realizes he has feelings for her. Ahhhh…. Can you tell I love these characters, especially him?

4. THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Keeping track. I normally write down my word count every few hundred words or so. But, I kept getting lost on the page. Couldn’t remember what I had last counted and had to keep going back. I tried writing down the last word. Didn’t work. Then, I facepalmed and realized I should simply highlight the last word in the passage I counted. Much better idea. Kicked myself for not thinking of it earlier. A real reason why I don’t normally write by word count.

5. SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: (the Urban Fantasy, Demon’s Birthright) This rough draft has been fun to write. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed last year’s NNWM project. But, let’s be real. Dystopian fiction is not meant to be fun. The world is bleak even if there is hope for the characters. Demon’s Birthright has romance, magic, evil, and some great characters. I worried about it being cliche. So, I took a deeper look at it and made sure I wasn’t just repeating the same old things we all have read. Most of the issues will be handled on revision. Others I’ve already straightened out. I can’t wait for my critique partner (NH) to get her hands on this one. We’re going to have a lot of fun with it.

Well, that’s this week’s update. If you’re doing NaNoWriMo, let me know 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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