Here’s what I’ve been up to writing-wise this summer.
In June, I was away in Romania for part of it for my Vampire conference, where I presented a paper on vampires and fae archetypes in YA fiction. Afterwards, I spent some solo time in Constanta and treated it as a mini writing retreat. Once I returned, I was able to keep up momentum. I wrote 34,590 words of prose and 1600 nonfiction over the month. Fiction was a combination of family book (I was calling it Project Seal, but I nixed the selkie story-within-a-story so now I’m just calling it family book), some of Romance Novella 3, and then at the end I started rewriting Romance Novella 1 into F/F. The nonfic was assorted Napier work. Total: 36,190 words.
July I didn’t have any big trips, but I had lots of little day trips. I went to Aberdeen twice, once for my sister-in-law’s baby shower, and the other time for my mother-in-law’s birthday and to welcome our new tenant, who is renting the flat we have up there. I also did two trips to Glasgow, once to see friends and once for a Waterstones event, and I also went down to Newcastle for another event. Travel really interrupts my flow, but I still managed to keep up productivity. I wrote 33,062 words of fiction–mostly rewriting the 2 novellas (I usually count about 1/3 of my daily word count when I’m editing, unless it’s very hefty edits), but I also first drafted my Scotland in Space story (5k) and 10k of family book. That project progresses slower as it requires a lot of research. Nonfic was 4,900 words, mostly for my PgCert in Teaching and learning. Total: 37,962 words.
As of the end of July, I’ve written around 175,000 words in 2018. It’s good going, but as it’s splintered across so many projects, I feel like I don’t have that much to show for it yet. But, as ever, I just keep plugging away and it adds up. Looking forward to a last big push in August on romance and family book, as I expect Seven Devils edits will likely be September’s job. And on we go!
If you’re a writer, how have you been doing in terms of goals? Where are you hoping to be in the next few months?
Until next time,