Saturday, July 25, 2015

WIP Marathon July (and June) Update

I didn't post last month, mainly because I was dealing with a major life transition, a lot of stressors, and jet lag. But I've finally reached the point where I'm caught up on sleep and in a good mental headspace.

Last check-in: Working on chapter 38 (word count = 126,742)

Currently:
-Finished the full draft (word count = 134,498)
-Finished my first read-through
-Filled in the holes in some chapters
-Identified some major changes I want to make (11 chapters will need re-writes)

WIP issues and things I learned:

1. I always thought that once I reached the last chapter, there would be a huge adrenaline rush and words would flow onto the page. Didn't happen. It turns out the last chapter is just as difficult to write as all the others. It took me forever just to get through the first three paragraphs.

2. Word count is no longer a priority. Right now, I just want to get the novel into a state where it feels complete.

Distractions:

I was out of the country for a few weeks in June, but I still got a good amount of writing done that month.

I started clinical rotations four weeks ago. I was on subspecialty rotations this month, so my hours have been very relaxed, but this rotation requires a lot of studying. Also, I spent most of the month feeling tired, depressed, and overwhelmed, so my motivation wasn't high.

Books:

Finished:
Under a Painted Sky - it's good
The Dirty Streets of Heaven - meh

Started:
Pantomime - it's okay

Goals for next month:

Next Monday, I start a difficult sub-rotation. I'm also behind on studying, so that will take up a lot of my time.

I still have some holes to fill out in the later chapters before they're ready to be sent out. I was planning on doing that this weekend. I also want to re-write some of the early chapters and go back to chapter 25.

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