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How was your weekend? Mine wasn’t too bad. I started drafting the first novella for my dystopian, Anarchy: An Alliance Chronicles Novella. It’s the story of Asher. I just love this character and can’t wait for you to meet him!

Let’s see how I did with my writing goals.

1) LAST WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

*Continue revising the rough draft for Rescue. I have another 25 pages of previously written material to sift through. I still want to add another 11,211 words (if possible). After doing some revising on book one I removed a few chapters from book two. I’d like to regain those lost words. Finished the first revision! I’m testing a new piece of software which did a great job of finding redundancies, repetitions, etc. So I’m prepping my submissions to my critique partner by going through the discoveries and making my revisions. So, it’s another revision….

 

*Revisit my project board and writing calendar. My next scheduled rough draft to be written is Restore, The Alliance Chronicles Book Three which will conclude the trilogy. I’m also writing a prequel novella to be released in November right before Demon’s Birthright. I’m reconsidering rearranging some things since Restore isn’t scheduled for release until early 2017. I did some serious thinking on this topic. I pushed the draft of Restore back so I could start the novella. The words and scenario hit me on Friday and I just had to get it down on paper. I’ve written a little over 3,000 words so far. I think I can get the rough draft done in a few weeks. We shall see. I’ll be adding a progress tracker to the site for it.

 

*Meet with my critique partner to work on Rescue. Done! It was a brief discussion. Explanation? My writing has gotten tighter and my characters are more developed. Those were my critique partner’s words. I can say the story has developed more and the stakes are higher. We’ll see how this Friday goes.

*Go over plans for my next Facebook event (dystopian fans get ready)! The only thing I didn’t do. Yet.

2) THIS WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

*Continue working on novella draft.

*Continue prepping Rescue for critique chats/revisions.

*Go over plans for my next Facebook event.

3) A FAVORITE LINE OR PASSAGE FROM MY STORY THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED: As I said earlier Anarchy is Asher’s story. Readers learn how the Street Wars began. You’ll also get to meet his antiquated grandparents. You get a glimpse of the type of people they are in this passage from Pops, the grandfather.

“No excuse, Robert. People just have to pull themselves up and work harder. We did it during the Great Recession.” He put his cup down, and my grandmother scurried to his side promptly refilling it. She put in the proper amount of sugar and creamer before placing it underneath his waiting hand.

 

4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Time. Both my college age daughter and husband were home during the holiday. When she returned to campus, I eagerly wanted to make up for lost time. I nearly set off World War III. My husband supports my writing, but he’s not a writer. He doesn’t understand how I can spend hours on my laptop writing. He doesn’t see interruptions as major disruptions. So I came up with a SCHEDULE.

Yes, I now have an office schedule. He’s home during the day so I set aside two hours devoted to gym time (enough time to work out, shower afterwards, and eat) plus another two hours of free time (we can talk, do chores, etc.). After that time I must write. It’s worked for a couple of days. We’ll see how this week goes.

5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: The fact the muse still inspires this story. Just today the opening lines and the final lines for Restore came to me in the shower. I’m sure I’ll miss this cast of characters when the story is complete.

That’s it for this week!

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