Monthly Book Draft Challenge : June

We have reached the middle of the year! June is officially over people!

Okay, yes, I am excited. Let’s have a little moment to reminisce, shall we? I started this monthly writing challenge back in January of this year as a way to challenge myself. I’ve always wanted to write, but for some reason or another it was never the “right time”. But this year I was determined to change all that.

I created this challenge as a way to motivate myself, and my graph as a representation of my progress. This is the first time I haven’t thrown in the towel on my writing because it was “too hard” or I “was too busy”. Some months have been better than others, but by checking in every 30 days and slowing down, I’ve been able to better understand why I write and work the way I do.

Truth be told, I’m thrilled with my progress. For the first time, I feel like I’m actually taking control of my future and it’s not all just some hazy, faraway dream. It’s real.

Okay, enough of the cheese. I’m done, I promise. Let’s take a look at June’s progress, right?

Fairytale: 0
Gingerbread: 4k
Ocean’s Daughter: 16k

Total: 20k

Schweet. A little bit of a decline from last month’s 33k words, but definitely still on the higher side of my average!

So what happened this month?

  • Ocean’s Daughter total number decreased even more. What? Okay, the truth of the matter is, I completely slated the previous draft and started over from scratch. Ugh. This is not a decision I made lightly, but it had to be done.  I’ll delve into my reasoning behind this in another post, but for now, let’s just say as difficult a choice it was, it was definitely the right one.

I have decided that I will continue to spend July working a little more on Ocean’s Daughter, and once the month is up I will focus all of my efforts on Fairytale. The first draft is nearly complete, and I need to stop avoiding the difficult sections and just get it done, even if it takes me the rest of the year (oh gosh, please no). While I’d like to take a break in November to start something new for NaNoWriMo, that will really depend on where I’m at.

I’m starting to feel a little burned out, but let’s keep a positive attitude. July is going to be awesome!

Are you freaking out that the year’s halfway over? How far along are you on your 2017 writing goal? Are you hitting your numbers? Readjusting your expectations? 

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