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Happy Monday! How was your weekend? It finally started feeling like Fall in the ATL, cloudy and cool. It was perfect weather for getting my writing done.

If you pay attention to the tracker on NaNoWriMo AND I write the normal 1,667 words, I could finish this rough draft by the end of today. I’m shooting for Tuesday or Wednesday. My ending is coming sooner than I need it to be so, I’m working on fixing that. The fix will require a few more chapters or possibly 5,000 more words.

Let’s look at some of the highlights of last week’s writing:

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A FAVORITE LINE OR PASSAGE FROM MY STORY THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE:

This final full-length book in the Alliance Chronicles series is a little more romance-centric (a term I’m borrowing from my critique partner). The relationship between Asher and Rihana runs as a subplot.

These lines come from Asher after he tied one on. He’s not sure if Rihana wants to be with him, but he knows he can’t be without her.

Rihana may need time, but I don’t have any to give. The empty liquor bottle reminds me I’m on a slippery slope I don’t want to be on, not again.  

[from the rough draft of Restore: the Alliance Chronicles, Book Four]

I like these sentences because it sums up Asher’s life. In the novella, he was a lost kid delving into drugs and drinking too much. He gets his life back together thanks to Rihana. As long as she’s there for him, he can endure anything. But as soon as she has her doubts because of his faithlessness, he starts heading back in the wrong direction. He wakes up the next day and realizes the path he’s about to take.

THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Hyper-focus. Yes, it is a thing. I was so intent on getting my words done that I neglected doing other things. Email piled up. Facebook notifications were ignored. Necessary reading was fit in between writing sessions.

Unfortunately, I think it’s a necessity when you’re on a race to finish the rough draft of a novel in a month. When I wasn’t writing, I was researching new topics that popped up (like which one is more powerful, Semtex or C4). Spending hours on social media just doesn’t help with productivity.

SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: Believe it or not, it’s the ending. I like the progress Asher’s character has in the series and in this novel. He gets his happily ever after after learning a lot about himself. My brief stint as a peer counselor and a few psychology classes helped form Asher’s story.

How am I feeding my soul this week…

I’m almost done with Misty Paquette’s Weeds of Detroit. I must say this is an intriguing book that you’ll want to add to your TBR.

Next week, I’ll be taking some time off from writing (once done with this rough draft). And then, I’ll be back to revising a few drafts sitting on the shelf.

That’s it for this week.

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