As it’s almost been a year since my last blog post, I figured it’s about time for another update! I’m pleased to report that I have been neglecting my blog in order to write my novels (rather than neglecting my novels to write my blog posts), so although that sucks for my blog, it’s been great for my novels!
I have been much more focused on writing during this past year, and have written almost every day. I’m finally at the point where writing is now a part of my daily routine, and I actually miss it if I don’t get a few words down. For that reason, I have made huge progress on all of my projects this year. My writing tracker spreadsheet tells me I’ve written 66,000 words so far in 2020.
What projects am I working on?
I have four writing projects.
- 1 YA dystopian (Yup, I know these aren’t as trendy as they used to be, but I’ve started it so I’m going to finish it…)
- 1 romance
- 2 domestic thrillers
Where am I at with each of my projects?
Thriller 2 – my main focus
This year, I am excited to announce that I am currently taking a novel-writing course: the Faber Academy Work in Progress online course to be precise. I am loving it, and it has gone a long way in making me stick to my writing deadlines. Each month, we are expected to submit a new batch of 7000 words with hopes of ending the year with a full and well-developed draft. I am working on thriller number 2 for this course, which I started during Nanowrimo 2019. I got about 30,000 words during Nano, but have re-written most of it during the course so far. Thriller number 2 currently stands at 43,000 words (I’m at the midpoint), and I am feeling so good about it! Without sounding too optimistic or delusional, I am hoping this one won’t need the massive structural changes that have plagued my other novels. My writing has improved drastically with every passing year, and I’m excited to continue on this upward trajectory.
My romance novel currently stands at 26,000 words. I am hoping to get it up to 70,000 and self-published by the end of the year. Again, I’m probably being overly optimistic (there’s a theme here…). I have it all planned out and have designed the cover already. It was originally planned as a novella, but the more I wrote, the more I realised I needed more words in order to give the story the space it needed. Thus far, I’ve found it really easy to write, so I’m hoping this continues…
This thriller is 81,000 words as it stands, but I’m doing a huge rewrite, so I will be editing the lot. I am keeping the main story, but tweaking some of the setup scenes, as at present, it takes too long to get started. I am hoping to have this new draft finished by the end of the year.
As you might know, I’ve been working on this blasted novel for six years now. I’ve changed the whole story, characters, tense, POV, and practically everything else (often more than once), but I finally feel like I’m on the right track. As previously mentioned, I know this genre isn’t popular anymore (it was when I first started writing it…), but I will finish it and either keep it as a learning experience or self-publish it (but only if I feel it’s good enough). It is currently 30,000 (‘good’) words, and 60,000 overall. I don’t have a strict deadline for this, as I’m already worried about spreading myself too thin, but I will play around with it in my spare time and see where I’m at in a few months.
I’m also happy to report that my colouring book has sold about 55 copies (some in the USA which blows my mind). It’s not a huge sum, but considering I haven’t really marketed it, I’m chuffed.
And that’s it for now! See you in another year, I guess (or hopefully sooner…)!