March 28, 2015 by Ifeoma Dennis
And another month bites the dust..
On the great side, Suzanne’s I HEART ROBOT is releasing on the 31st!
Last report wordcount + chapter count/scene count:
45 121 words. Was still plotting.
Current report WC + CC/ SC:
WIP Issues This Month:
Something that might have been an issue *if* I wrote this month was making my WIP a YA or NA novel. I can’t remember what inspired that thought—I guess it might have had to do with my recent reads (including my CP Yael’s WIP) and how I feel NA fantasy novels are lacking in general. I mean, I don’t know if I would ever turn TSOTT into an NA novel. I guess it has to do with when I’ve collected my thoughts to know what would fit best with my characters and the plot… and you know, actually write.
Also, I’ve been thinking a lot about plotting not just TSOTT but the whole series to the end. Given that I intend to make it a 12-series book (each with a different protagonist), it’s quite a Herculean task. But again, I think plotting the whole series would help me be more grounded in my WIP world as a whole, and stop this endless cycle of writing and rewriting TSOTT. Maybe then, I’d realize that it’d be a 6-series book instead of 12, or books with not just a single protagonist.
Four things I learned this month while writing:
Didn’t actually read anything this month apart from my medical books. And the news. I have my cortisol-releasing board exam two days from now, but one thing I learned from preparing for my exams—which I’m going to apply to my WIP is to have a plan. Not just a day-to-day, week-to-week plan. I mean, there are so many things that are out of our control and our plans often change, but the fear of that unknown shouldn’t stop me from having a long-term plan. A plan helps me manage my time better. And I’m so terrible with time management.
Which is why I’m going to go ahead and plot not just this book, but the others in the series. Might not make sense, but I’ve come to realize that’s what works for me. Being grounded works for me. Which sadly, might or might not be why I panic when I’m in situations I can’t control.
What distracted me this month while writing:
Rotations and studying. Plus massive freaking out.
Goal for next month:
I’m taking a week (or two) from studying after my exam, so I’d love to get to work on re-plotting my WIP. It’s going to be a long-range shot since it’s going to be an express kind of plotting…so I really don’t know how long that would take me. But one step, one scene at a time.
Can’t wait to catch up with everyone’s progress!
P.S: I’ll leave the linky open until the end of Monday, since I’ll be preparing for my exams and might not have time to go through everyone’s until Monday evening! ❤