On taking a break & starting new projects

I've disappeared for the past week as I am trying to regroup and refocus after my mad revisions to complete my novel so that it can be submitted to PitchWars. I'm pleased to say that I've accomplished it! But I don't have any stats compiled yet for how long it took for me to draft and revise, as I'm switching from my laptop to a Surface Pro 4, and also my brain feels like mush lately. 

In the end, NOBODY TOLD US THERE WOULD BE GHOSTS was submitted as a paranormal YA manuscript. It was complete at around 75,000 words. Even typing that out amazes me because - I wrote all those words! I can't believe it! It certainly has the bones of the novel that I outlined, but so much of it is different too. I learned a lot from working on this and I'm satisfied with how I completed it. 

I thought a lot about whether I wanted to continue my #WriteDaily goal in order to continue my #WriteChain, but in the end I decided that I needed a few days away from writing. I have been so intently focused on this project since April/May that I have been super productive, but I've also neglected things like sleep and eating well. After my half marathon in June, my running program has basically come to a halt. 

I know that I need to take care of myself before I can continue to write my next project. I know that I need to balance all aspects of my life in order to be a focused and productive writer. So I have to return to the slow process of getting healthy again. I'm also toying around with and getting excited about a new idea, which makes me happy because I know that I was worried that what if I only have one story in me to write? It's definitely not the case, and now I have a process that I can follow and tweak so that I can write another story. 

With the resources that I own, the community that I'm now part of, the process no longer feels as daunting as it used to. I hope in my next post I will get to share some details about my new project!

Write Daily Progress Notes: Weekly Update

It's the final week before Pitch Wars starts and my blog after Aug 6 will hopefully return to my usual ramblings about writing again instead of only my progress notes. This week I continue to work fast and furious on my ghost story, but I was sick for part of the week. However, that meant I stayed home from work and I tried to power through my revisions while drinking tons of English Breakfast tea and wiping away the rivers of snot that my body is capable of producing (yes, I'm sure you all wanted to know that). 

07/23/16 - 07/29/16

07/23/16: 4 pomodoros
07/24/16: 2 pomodoros
07/25/16: 5 pomodoros
07/26/16: 3 pomodoros
07/27/16: 7 pomodoros
07/28/16: 3 pomodoros
07/29/16: 6 pomodoros

All in all, a productive week as I am finishing up the last 25% of my book. Onwards and upwards!

Words written this week: 13,848

Total words in WIP: ~52,000

#WordChain: 29 days

Write Daily Progress Notes: Weekly Update

I know I say this every week, but WHERE HAS THIS WEEK GONE? Send out a search & rescue team please! Husband worked a lot of late shifts this week so I've been furiously revising my ghost story. I'm afraid I have a sneaking suspicion I won't make it in time to enter it into Pitch Wars, but oh well. It's a deadline to work towards and if I don't make it then I don't make it. At least I will know that I am capable of accomplishing something for a tight deadline!

I'm learning so much about myself and about writing during this process. The writing community on Twitter, even though it's distracting me away from writing, but it's so motivating and encouraging. I've entered some giveaways and won some query / first page critiques, so I have some feedback coming in. Everyone's generosity amazes me. Even though critiques make me nervous and my writing comes back all marked up, the comments are necessary and spot-on. I know I have lots of room for improvement. Thinking back, I've only ever completed 2 novels before this (not including the first draft of this project), and they were all first drafts. I've never actually dived into a deep revision like this one, so it's been...real, I have to say. 

Here are the stats for this week. 

07/16/16 - 07/22/16

07/16/16: 5 pomodoros
07/17/16: 2 pomodoros
07/18/16: 3 pomodoros
07/19/16: 5 pomodoros
07/20/16: 2 pomodoros
07/21/16: 1 pomodoro
07/22/16: 2 pomodoros

Words written: 12,382

#WriteChain: 23 days

Just keep writing! See you all next week to see if I'm close to meeting the deadline or not!