Writing Challenge Check In: Week 3

red_typewriterHello, my lovelies. How was your week?

I hope you all managed to get lots of words written or a chunk of editing completed. Whatever goal you set yourself, I hope it helped you to get work done when you might not otherwise, and to appreciate your progress, no matter how small.

Speaking of small… I managed just under 3000 words. I really wanted this to be the week that I hit my ‘5000 word’ target, but it wasn’t to be. I have excuses, of course. I always have those.

I got stuck. I got ill. The kids were off school on Friday for a random in-service day.

I also have a bit of news. I will be, um, altering my goal for the remaining five weeks of the challenge. Purely to demonstrate the importance of remaining flexible while juggling different projects, of course. Ah-hem.

I heard back from my amazing editor on Friday. She’s read through draft two of the follow up to The Language of Spells and, as I suspected, it needs a fair amount of work. (Translation: A flamethrower would come in handy).

I’ve spent the weekend re-reading the book on my Kindle and marveling at just how wrong I can get things, and at the unbelievable inefficiency of my ‘process’. My brain seems to find it irritatingly necessary for me to write all the wrong words, before I can clearly see which are the right ones. Sigh.

So, my goal for this week is to rewrite the first third of the book.

How about you guys? Are you busy with your NaNoWriMo word counts? Editing away? I wish you luck!


2 responses to “Writing Challenge Check In: Week 3”

  1. Aimee Avatar

    I bet it’s great, the sequel that is, but I do totally see where you’re coming from. You can do it! Can’t wait to read your check in next week.

    Me, I’m doing ok, I’m on schedule, and I left it at the end of last week loving a chapter, but I am stupidly looking at my synopsis today and am thinking “well, who would read that? I wouldn’t”.

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Thank you so much, Aimee. Your encouragement means a great deal. Thank you!

      I’m so impressed that you’re on schedule – well done!! I also think it’s completely normal (probably mandatory, in fact) to think that the book is stupid/pointless/boring during revisions. We’re too close to have any real perception of value at this stage, but I bet yours is brilliant! Just keep going and you’ll start liking it again, I promise. x