Writing Updates: May 2008

June is here, so it’s time to post my monthly writing update1. My concerted effort to try to hit at least 550 words a day in May paid off, and I often found myself blowing past 1000 words some days when things really got going. I was able to build good momentum that carried me from day-to-day2.

I managed at least 13,697 words this month. I’m not sure what the exact number is because I’ve become accustomed to pulling my totals from my twitter archive and I found that a few tweets I thought had gone out either didn’t or were lost3. Even without my full number of words I did better this month than last, and that’s what matters. Of course, since I finished the big project, the question now is “What’s next?”

NaNoWriMo 2007 Novel

First Draft
97,778/97,778 words

In case you missed it, I finished the first draft of the novel I started in November. I’m pretty happy with how things turned out4. I started this novel with less prep work than the last, which had its good and bad. It held me up in a few places where I became somewhat uncertain where the story had to go next, but it allowed me the freedom to follow the characters into some pretty interesting situations I hadn’t foreseen.

I’m a bit surprised I still don’t have even a working title for this work. Nothing is really coming to mind though, so for the time being it remains untitled.

Now what?

Holly Lisle’s How to Write Page Turning Scenes

I’m making my way through Holly Lisle’s How to Write Page Turning Scenes before starting anything big. I’m doing all the exercises, which is nice because it allows me to complete a lot of smallish writing tasks, which is a nice change of pace after the novel. So far I’m enjoying it, and I think it’s really going to help me in future projects.

Miracles Revisions

"Miracles" Cover Mockup

Once I finish Page Turning Scenes I’m going to restart the halted revisions5 on Miracles. I’m excited to get back to this and get it into shape. I’ll start by rereading it with my line for scene in hand and then restart the write in. I’ve gone over the story a bit in my head from memory, partly to see what I remember, and I’ve got a few new thoughts so hopefully the time away from it will pay off.

  1. Yes, June has been here for some time, but it was June 1 when I started this post. That tidbit serves as a preview for how June is going so far. []
  2. I also made a conscious effort to follow my own advice. []
  3. Just to be clear, I don’t blame twitter for my own carelessness. []
  4. Not that I’ve read it over yet. I have no intention of doing that until I’m far enough removed to see the needed edits as exciting and not depressing []
  5. If you need a refresher on why my revisions halted, I covered that in this post. []