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?

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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”

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”

5 Things I’ve Learned About Novel Writing

There’s a lot of writing advice out there, so when I first thought about writing a post giving writing advice, I thought, “is there really anything I can say that isn’t just regurgitating things I’ve read elsewhere?”.

At first, I thought the answer to that question was no. But as I’ve been editing my novel The Secrets The Dead Keep, I’ve kept thinking of things I should’ve done differently that would’ve made editing so much easier, or things that I do to make writing easier that I don’t think I’ve read in any other writing advice.

So although I don’t yet feel qualified to advise other writers on things like how to make their writing sound better, or how to improve their characterisation or plot, I do have a few points that might help in the actual act of getting that novel written.

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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”

January Writing Update

As a New Years’ Resolution of-sorts, I decided that 2017 would be the year I get really serious about my writing. So at the beginning of this month, I set myself monthly writing goals for all of 2017, which focus on editing my fantasy novel The Secrets The Dead Keep.

This month’s writing goal was to read through my completed 2016 draft making notes on what I want to change, and to start working on better characterisation.

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2017 Writing Goals

For some reason, I completely forgot about New Year’s Resolutions for this year until someone asked me what mine were on New Year’s Day. I hadn’t thought about it at all – their existence just completely slipped my mind. Still, it wasn’t at all difficult to come up with an answer. I’ve made so much writing progress recently, and I really want that to continue. So, I decided that I want 2017 to be the year that I get truly serious about writing.

Since planning rather than ‘pantsing’ my novel seems to have gone pretty well, I thought I’d try the same for my writing life! So without further ado, here are my monthly writing goals for 2017:

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