Update

It’s been a while since I’ve done an update and I’ve recently made progress so I’m dedicating today’s post to that. I’ve been working on my WiP for over a year now. After planning and prewriting, I managed to get my first draft done within four to six months and was very pleased with my progress. I was writing every day and being really productive. The words were flowing onto the page and I was pleased with the draft. Then it was time for revising and editing. I started out strong but quickly petered out. I was working hard on my revisions, but it didn’t feel like I was making any progress. Every scene still needed so much work done. Then I stopped working on it every day because I dreaded doing it. I took a long break in between sessions and it took twice as long as it needed to. I am excited to say that I finished editing last week. The next step was beta readers. I used Google Docs to share my manuscript with them. I decided to only use three beta readers. Happily one of them is already done going through my draft so I don’t anticipate a long wait for the rest to finish. I’ll go over their comments and make a few revisions and then the last step will be sending my manuscript back to my editor. It’s hard to believe I’m so close to a finished product.

After I have a finished manuscript, it’ll be time to craft a strong query letter, blurb, and synopsis. I’ve been collecting agent names and information for some time now and also bought the Writer’s Market to find even more agents to query. I am nervous about this phase, but know I’ll get through it because my dream depends on it and I’ve worked so hard.

I went on vacation last week and used my alone time to start working on my sequel to my WiP. I did my planning and prewriting, making a scene list using index cards to plot out the story. I also decided on at least one subplot to weave into the story and reflect a different aspect of my theme as every good subplot should. I still have a few things to figure out but I began writing the rough draft. Starting a new project is always exciting and I am enjoying the new start. I plan on using NaNoWriMo to write the bulk of my draft. Knowing that you only need to write 1667 words a day has made NaNo seem much more manageable to me and I hope you join me in the attempt.

And that’s where I am. I’ll keep working on the rough draft of my second WiP as I wait for my beta readers to finish. I’ll post more tips on writing again next week, so check back in and happy writing!

Julia

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