Happy Monday! Any one still in a turkey coma? Thanksgiving was uneventful in my household. We decided not to travel to Michigan after all, actually a car repair made the decision for us. Instead, we enjoyed good food, a few football games, and some good t.v. moments as a family. I got caught up on some reading and did a little writing.
Let’s see what happened AFTER NaNoWriMo…
1) LAST WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:
All I had planned was to continue working on the rough draft of the final novella, Renegade. My goal for this project is approximately 40,000 words in 30 days. I’m currently at 13,322 words (33% completed).
2) THIS WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:
*Continue with the rough draft. By the end of next week I should be at 19,995 words.
*Start revisions on Cursed Hearts.
*Do final read through on short story, Impact, before submission.
3) A FAVORITE LINE OR PASSAGE FROM MY STORY THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED:
If you’re familiar with the Alliance Chronicles series, you know that each chapter starts with some type of quote. Regress featured quotes from the leaders of the government. Rescue’s quotes are propaganda from the different facets of that government. Since the story in Renegade is about love and friendship, I decided on two different sets of quotes—dialogue from “Sessions with Abigail Ramirez-Lee, Psy.D., P.C.” and passages from the nonfiction book “It Happens: When Friendship Turns to Love” by Dr. E. Rich.
Here’s one of my favorites:
“We’ve a connection that runs deeper than friendship. Can we be brave enough to admit it?”
[from It Happens: When Friendship Turns to Love by Dr. E. Rich]
4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Patience. I wanted to get all the words down at once. I wrote past my daily goals most days only to have to go back the next day and fill out the rough spots. Yes, it’s a rough draft. But this story is difficult to write. It’s not the average love story, and I’ve chosen to write it in a way that made it meaningful to me. It requires patience to flesh out the emotions, learn the characters and their nuances. I’m actually ahead in my word count, but it’s been a struggle getting there. When the words won’t come, I have to recognize it and push away from the desk. Sometimes the words come back later in the day. Other times, they’ve come after a sleep. I’ll wake up in the morning, take a shower, and the characters are with me straightening what I skewed the day prior.
5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: The Challenge. Mark’s story is a real challenge. I struggled with how to tell it. Remember how I had Asher paired with the wrong love interest? Well, I envisioned Mark wrong. I had this idea in mind and how his story should go. He kept tapping me on the shoulder, trying to get my attention. MARK didn’t like how I wanted to portray him. When I finally listened, the story idea became clearer. It didn’t get easier to write.
This story is stretching my ability as a writer along with my imagination. I’ve been forced to re-evaluate my beliefs and confront some basic truths. Fortunately, there are others who have blazed this trail and I can read their work for reference.
Cover Reveal for Release, the Alliance Chronicles novella, is coming soon (Dec. 3rd)! If you’re a newsletter subscriber, you’ll see it first (subscriber reveal on Dec. 1st).
Here’s the new trailer (minus the cover at the end)…
How am I feeding my soul this week…
I’m reading an ARC from Courtney Ruggles and finishing up book 2 in Cambria Hebert’s GearShark series.
That’s it for this week.