This year I set myself monthly writing goals to track the progress of my fantasy novel-in-progress, The Secrets The Dead Keep. August’s goal was to edit Draft Three and work on worldbuilding by building my world’s wiki.
So how did I do?
I neither did as much editing nor as much worldbuilding as I wanted, but I’m still happy with what progress I did make. I’ve edited seven and a bit chapters out of twenty-one chapters, and I feel like it’s going well.
It’s certainly better than no progress at all!
I’ve also been working on a couple of short stories this month: a longer story about dragons which I’ve been typing up from a notebook, and a shorter contemporary story about mental health. I intended to send the first to a short story competition, but considering its length and the amount of edits I wanted to do on it, I knew it wouldn’t be ready in time. So I sent off the contemporary story instead. I’d have prefered to have entered the fantasy story so as to establish myself as a fantasy writer, but I was very pleased with the contemporary story and felt it would have been a shame for it to fester unread on my hard drive.
It’ll be January before I potentially hear back about the contemporary story. The fantasy story, I plan on sending elsewhere once it’s finished.
Next month’s goals
My original goals for September are no longer relevant since I got behind on previous months’ goals. So I’m setting some new ones!
- To keep editing until I complete Draft Four
- To improve my worldbuilding
- To start finding beta readers
- If the above is complete, to do final read-throughs and edits before sending it to beta readers (this should just be a few line edits, and some added worldbuilding details)