It’s almost over. Since 2014 this story has been floating around in my head and been sitting in my USB. It’s been perpetually been worked on a little bit only to be pushed aside for another work that I prefer. But I’m finally in the latter stages of editing. I can’t wait for it to be out there.
The other day I dropped my smartphone into the toilet a few weeks ago 😦 But at least I still have my old cheap phone I had from when I first arrived in Edinburgh. Now I can’t be distracted by Instagram until I get a new phone.
I managed to complete a second draft of The Things We Do today 🙂 It’s just under 25,000 words and I’m hoping to have the novella out at the end of the year 🙂 It is also the second goal completed on my quarterly goals list 🙂
I think the reason why I was able to complete this 41 A4 page story is because it was mainly better written then my previous stories. When I was writing it, I often had to take breaks because I was doing split shifts for work. It gave my mind time to process how and what I was going to write next. I’m actually impressed with myself.
This is a sign that I’m maturing as a writer 🙂 I feel like I’m starting to come into my own with this craft. I’m becoming more mature in my content, more capable of writing said ideas and themes. I’m gaining confidence to write what I want without worrying about how people might view it in relation to me and that gives me such freedom 🙂
Finished another draft of this one. It’s been on my computer for at least two years. I find the thought of this book fatiguing. I just want it done with. But it might be a few more drafts away though 😦
It was also the first goal in my quarterly goal objects to be completed 🙂
This 50 A4 page novella is almost ready. At just under 29,000 words this YA book will be out by the end of the year god damn it! I started this edit only four days ago too. See what you can accomplish with no social life?
Some time ago I searched online for something along the lines of goal templates. I ended up getting a whole bunch of hits in the marketing sector involving quarterly goals. But I didn’t let that get to me, I can adapt to it. So I decided that I’d try to have my writing goals set to three-month time periods. That’s a decent amount of time for having a few goals. Not loo long, not too short 🙂
Last night I managed to finish my initial draft of The Things We Do, something I had kind of dragged my heels about for two weeks because I wasn’t quite sure how stylistically I was going to end it. But I was just like screw it and changed what character was being focused on.
So now my goals from now until end of July are;
Second draft of The Things We Do.
Another draft of The Backup Girl.
Finish writing a first draft of Beyond This Small Moon of Ours.
The last goal has been inactive since last year. I pretty much have most of the story planned out and quiet a chunk written, but I went and let myself be distracted by other stories. My bad 😦
I have this ultimate yearly goal of publishing three/four stories. So far I’ve got one short story out there, so I’m partially there 🙂 I just need to force myself to do it.
I just completed the first draft of The Things We Do. At just under 25,000 words as well. I hope to have this book done by the end of the year 🙂 I’m going to wait a few days and then begin to edit this one. I’ve got another story I want to edit and one I want to finish. Hopefully this year will be my mos productive.
I’m working on another novella. It’s not exactly dystopian, but it has a lot of elements of it. It’s set in a futuristic world on foreign planets that have recently been involved in civil unrest and conflict. The story follows Lone Honora, a young adult who as a child escaped the civil war on her home planet of Vauban and moved to a neighboring planet called Nova Vita. But due to the political climate she and her family have been reduced to boarder-line second class citizens as they attempt to rebuild their lives. With the onset of her mother’s cancer diagnosis, which is not covered by the Nova Vita government, Lone resorts to stealing from her workplace to fund it.
Then she gets caught and is sent to jail. Once there she finds that she is losing control of her life it starts to fall apart. And then life begins to take a even worse direction. A secret, her long held secret appears to resurfacing. A secret that will destroy what is left of her precious life.