I’ve decided to do a progress update for my novel each month. And yes, I’m still writing a book. I’ve written about two or three more “chapters” since the last update but I haven’t had someone look them over or review them because I basically skipped chapter four and went on to later chapters. Today I just sent chapter four to a critique partner, so I consider myself to be on chapter five.
Most of what I’ve done these past weeks is work my eight to five job. Between that, studying for my Network+ exam, writing poetry, hosting an online writing group, and family engagements it’s been difficult to get the ball rolling on the actual book. As it stands I still plan to finish by year’s end 2021. That’s the only timetable that I have in mind for right now.
That’s the question I ask myself every day. I’m finding that my goals are shifting because planning seems to be taking a lot of time. The characters have to have names. The places have to have backgrounds. How many islands are there? How many empires are there? How does magic work? etc…
Loosely, about four or five scenes have been written. However, I can tell you that I’m writing more than the end of last year and with greater consistency. This book might actually be the one. Things are clicking more and more.
If you focus on word count and don’t have yourself a plan, it’s easy to write yourself into a hole. Trust me, I’ve been doing this a few years now. It’s what happened with my last book. This time I’m making sure I get things right.