I’m back with another year of my Monthly Book Draft Challenge!
So, I’ve decided I actually really enjoy keeping track of my writing progress throughout the year, and I’m going to keep it up in 2018. I’ll stick to my same schedule of last year, and check in at the end of every month to see how I did, what I accomplished, and reflect a little bit on what’s going on in my life and how that affected my writing. I definitely feel like the new year is always a good time to clear out your head and try to discard all the negativity, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do. 2017 marked the start of a lot of changes for me, in terms of being an author, so I’m going to do all I can to hold onto that and make those changes even stronger going forward. So, up first, let’s check out what I accomplished my very first month!
Fairytale Edits: 51 pages/170 pages
As you can see, I’m doing things a tiny bit different this year. This is because this year I’ve added another element to my writing routine I didn’t have last year: editing.
2017 was the year of writing, writing, writing. But, sadly, being a writer isn’t just about writing. I know, it’s a little bit heartbreaking, but that’s the way it has to be. Because there’s so much else that goes into it. Editing. Re-writing. Polishing. READING. It’s all there.
So, because I’m a sad muffin that withers away when I’m not being praised, I decided I wanted to keep track of my editing progress as well. Because honestly, editing takes FOREVER. And it’s SO MUCH WORK. It’s not just adding commas and fixing typos guys. I wish it was, but it’s not. It’s going line by line by LINE and changing every other word and slashing out whole paragraphs and adding new chapters and all the while sobbing and wondering why you’re doing this to yourself. So. Yeah.
And I thought to myself, ‘Hm. If I only count my monthly progress by new words, it’s going to look like I did almost nothing. When in reality, I’m editing right now and doing EVERYTHING. And the world needs to know that. Otherwise, they’ll think I’m lazy, and that’s just sad.’ And you don’t want me to be sad. Trust me.
So what happened this month?
- I officially started editing Fairytale on January 19th! Trust me, this was not an easy thing to do because I was actually in a really good writing groove and I didn’t want to stop. I felt like I was a crossroads, do I catch my writing wave while it was strong, or focus on my original plan of polishing up Fairytale? I chose Fairytale. I can only hope that once I return to my regular writing schedule that motivation will still be there.
- I booked my cover designer!! Oh my gosh, I wanted to keep this a secret for a little while longer, but I just can’t! I will be working with her sometime in mid-March and I’m basically flopping around like a seal out of pure excitement at this point. She’s so skilled and her work is absolutely beautiful and omgggg. More details to come, but for now, I’m still going to try to keep things under wrap. Omg. Please be excited.
- I’m on the hunt for editors. Oy. This is scary. I’ve kept an eye out for potential authors for a few months now, but I’m finally nearing the point where they’re not just a faraway dream anymore. They’re a very real, very CLOSE MONSTER. I’m terrified ya’ll. I’m honestly not sure me or my precious baby manuscript can handle the red pen of doom.
So that’s January! Not too shabby, am I right? While editing is taking a tiny bit longer than anticipated, the goal is to get the rest of my second and third rounds complete by the end of February. I miss writing though, I can feel the anticipation building up, so I can only hope that desire is only going to push me to work faster. In the meantime, like I said before, I focus on the good. The good of all this is that I’m AWESOME. Yes I am. Thank you very much.