Monthly Book Draft Challenge : July

We’re into the second half of the year, and my writing is definitely feeling it.

Don’t believe me? Let’s look at the progress for this month.

Fairytale: 3k
Gingerbread: 7k
Ocean’s Daughter: 4k

TOTAL: 14k

Wow, this was a pretty abysmal month, wasn’t it?

I’ve started to realize that I have about a 1 month cap of working on a single project. Any longer than that and my mind starts to go a little haywire and my productivity drops tenfold. So although I told myself I would use July to continue working on Ocean’s Daughter, after about a week of sludging through I realized I was getting absolutely nowhere. So, I switched gears instead.

So what happened this month?

  • I went back to Fairytale. To be honest, the first draft is SO close to being complete! I told myself no more excuses; even if progress is slow,  I’m determined to finally make it to the end.
  • My hard drive decided to crash. Yup, this was the big one. I was making some serious progress and then…well, you know how the story goes. All my work-gone. Sayonara. So long. Farewell.  I admit, it put a huge damper on my mood for a good while. The thought of rewriting all I had lost left me wanting to curl up in a tiny ball and weep for the rest of my sad, sorry days on this earth. Or at least a week or two.
  • So, for the second time in a month, I hopped over to a different story. I still felt a little burnt out on Ocean’s Daughter, so I set my sight on Gingerbread instead. So that’s three for three.

To be honest, as difficult as this month was, along with my disappointing word count, I’m still feeling pretty good. Why? Well in case you missed it, let me say it again:  I’M ALMOST DONE WITH FAIRYTALE.

Yes. This is big news. Huge news.

Not only that, but as I looked over my word graph I realized something: I’M ALMOST DONE WITH GINGERBREAD TOO.

Oh my gosh people, this is actually happening. This NOT a drill!

You see, I outline my novels at around 60,000 words for a first draft. I know, only 60k and it’s taking me this long? Right, I’m pathetic and slow. But it’s my goal and it works for me. And I realized that not only is Fairytale about 90% complete, Gingerbread is creeping up on 75% completion as well. If that’s not exciting, I don’t know what is.

Of course these are only first drafts. They’re messy and confusing and strange. And I admit, the goal is once I go back to edit I will add an additional 5-10k words, but even if that doesn’t happen, these books are still my adorable, short little children and I love them all.

As I’ll be gone on vacation for the first weekend in August I already predict another low output month. But that’s okay, because I’m reaching my goals in MY time and I’m proud of my work.

Back to writing!

Are you close to reaching any of your writing goals? Have you ever had to deal with a hard drive crash? How did you deal with it?

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