Another month has come and gone, so it’s time for another writing update! For those who don’t know, I’ve been posting monthly updates on the progress of my fantasy novel, The Secrets The Dead Keeps, throughout 2017 – at the beginning of the year, I was about to start work on my third draft, and I’m now on Draft Four!
My goals for November were to keep editing and keep improving my worldbuilding and my characterisation. But my most important goal was to write something every day.
So, how did I do?
Those of you who have been following these updates will be unsurprised by the answer: not great!
But while I didn’t manage to write every day (thanks, uni), I did make some progress with both my editing and my worldbuilding. Plus, I swapped a couple of chapters with a potential critique partner, and got some feedback on them! It was a little harsh in places, but very fair, and whether or not we decide to become critique partners, her insights will no doubt hugely improve my first couple of chapters!
Over the last few months, I’ve been placing quite a lot of importance on the idea of getting into a daily writing habit, which as you can tell, just hasn’t happened. Instead what’s happened is that I either feel stressed about not writing, or I miss several days, or a week, or more, but then when I do get back to writing, I enjoy it a lot more. While I will need to get into a daily writing habit one day if I want to be a professional, full-time writer, right now the latter option is probably my best choice. Besides, I currently have two essays plus my dissertation to work on, so I don’t think that writing less and focussing on my studies more is a bad thing right now!
So my writing goals for December will pointedly not include trying to write every day. Instead, my December goals are to:
- Work on my worldbuilding, and
- Work on my characterisation.
These are the things which I feel I need to improve the most, especially in light of the feedback I’ve recieved!