November Writing Update

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?

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October Writing Update

This year I’ve been setting myself monthly writing goals to help keep track of my progress on my fantasy novel, The Secrets The Dead Keep! October’s writing goals were:

  • To continue editing Draft Four,
  • And to continue to improve my worldbuilding.

I also wanted to work on my novel every day – even if just for a few minutes – to establish a daily writing habit.

So, how did I do?

Continue reading “October Writing Update”

September Writing Update

This year I set myself monthly writing goals to track the progress of my fantasy novel-in-progress, The Secrets The Dead Keep. September’s goals were as follows:

  • To keep editing until I complete Draft Four
  • To improve my worldbuilding
  • To start finding beta readers

So how did I do?

Continue reading “September Writing Update”

August Writing Update

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?

Continue reading “August Writing Update”

July Writing Update

Back in January, I set myself monthly writing goals to help speed up and keep track of the progress of my fantasy novel, The Secrets The Dead Keep. So far this year, I’ve completed a third draft, gotten feedback to help me further improve my manuscript, and planned my sequel!

This month’s goal was to write the first 50,000 words of Book Two during Camp NaNoWriMo and continue critique partner edits.

So, how did I do? Continue reading “July Writing Update”

June Writing Update

Back in January, I decided that this was the year I was going to get serious about writing, so I set myself monthly writing goals to track and increase my progress on my fantasy novel The Secrets The Dead Keep. 

June’s goal was to outline Book Two while continuing edits with critique partners. Discuss Book Two outline with critique partners (CPs).

So. How did I do? Continue reading “June Writing Update”

May Writing Update

In January, I set myself monthly writing goals to keep me on-track with my novel-in-progress The Secrets The Dead Keep. I finished Draft Three back in April, and my goal for May was to start discussions and feedback with critique partners (assuming I have found suitable critique partners). Continue reading “May Writing Update”

April Writing Update

April Writing UpdateAt the beginning of the year, I set myself monthly writing goals for working on my novel The Secrets The Dead Keep, which should hopefully leave me with a finished manuscript by the end of the year.

April’s writing goal was to start brainstorming ideas for the rest of the series, with the aim of deciding the length of the series (trilogy/duology/etc) and the major events of each book. However, I hadn’t finished the third draft by the end of March, as I had hoped, so I also needed to do that, as well as start finding critique partners.

Read on to find out how I did, and what my goals for May are!

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March Writing Update

At the beginning of the year, I set myself monthly writing goals for working on my novel The Secrets The Dead Keep, which should hopefully leave me with a finished manuscript by the end of the year.

My writing goal for March was to finish Draft Three edits. Leftover from previous goals, I also wanted to work on characterisation more, and start finding critique partners.

I started the month with eleven pages’ worth of edits I wanted to make. I quickly realised, however, that many of them were unnecessary or two detailed for what is still an early draft, since I haven’t finalised my plot yet. So, I made a new list, which I am very happy to say was only a page long. It included ten new scenes to write, plus six to revise due to plot changes, and five to edit if I got chance.

One page of edits makes it sound like March was an easy month. Unfortunately, nothing is ever as easy as you think it’ll be. Continue reading “March Writing Update”

February Writing Update

At the beginning of this year, I set myself monthly writing goals which, if I complete them all on time, will leave me with a manuscript that should be almost ready to start sending to agents, plus the first draft of its sequel.

My goal for February was to start my own edits, and start finding critique partners. I also wanted to work on characterisation more; this was part of my January goal which I didn’t get very far with.

So, how did I do? Continue reading “February Writing Update”