WIPmarathon Check-in No. 8

September. Another month done and dusted. This year is flying by! I spent most of this month embroiled in revisions and not doing much new writing but here are the stats…

Last report WC for Scardust: 60, 392

Current report WC for Scardust:  63, 338

Writing Issues This Month:

Not too many. I was really nervous about getting beta feedback on this novel, but the comments I received were wonderfully positive and constructive, which helped me make Scardust a much better book. Thank you so much to my beta readers, one of whom is a #wipmarathoner!

Four things I learned this month in writing:

1. Beta feedback is invaluable. Diverse beta feedback is even better, but take the feedback from whence it comes so you know how best to apply it, or if it even applies at all to your genre and target audience.

2. Write to your strengths, but don’t ignore your weaknesses. Each new work is a chance to improve your craft.

3. Not really something I didn’t already know, but this month’s revisions just reaffirmed the fact that I love revising and editing far more than writing from scratch.

4. I’m drawing a blank here, so let’s leave it at three for this month.

What distracted me this month while writing:

White Collar. I have been totally obsessed with and addicted to that series, and managed to watch all five seasons within three weeks. Yeah, not much sleep happened. But I’m calling it ‘research,’ a study of characterisation and ‘unlikely duo’ relationship dynamics to make myself feel better about the obscene amounts of time I spent watching this show.

Goal for next month: Write the short story I should’ve already written for an anthology. Beta read for two author friends. Stop obsessing over the fact that Scardust is now with my agent as I eagerly await her feedback.

Last 200 words: Not wanting to risk spoilers I present instead the happy dance I did upon completing revisions and sending this ms off to my agent… courtesy of Neal Caffrey of course 😉

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And that’s it for September. How did you do?

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  • Emma Adams

    Beta feedback is so invaluable! I’m currently waiting to hear back from my readers, and I can’t wait to get started incorporating all their advice. Glad to hear you got good feedback, and I hope your agent loves it! 🙂 Good luck!

    • Agreed! The waiting is killer though. I’m always so nervous waiting on feedback, be it beta or agent. Thank you!

  • Jess Harvey

    White Collar is such a good show. I really need to catch up on it. Their unlikely duo relationship is so fantastic!

    And stop being nervous. Scardust was *awesome*! I can’t believe you already did revisions and sent it out haha. You’re so fast! 🙂

    Have a good weekend!

    • Dude, White Collar is brilliant! I adore Neal and Peter. Epic bromance! 😉

      Yeah – I had a few pretty intense days of revising… When I get stuck in, I can’t really let go until it’s done so now I await the next round of feedback and possible revisions 🙂

  • Amy McNulty

    Good job! 🙂 Editing after beta feedback is one of my favorite parts of the process!

    Ha, 5 seasons in 3 weeks? I did something similar with Breaking Bad once. I love how good shows and movies can inspire us!

    • Definitely! 🙂

      Hehe, yeah. But the seasons are a bit shorter at 14 or 16 eps a piece so I still got some sleep 😉 Nothing like finding some good inspiration, where ever it may be 🙂

  • Krystal Jane

    SO true about playing to your strengths and not ignoring your weaknesses at the same time! I was just thinking about this the other day! How we need to do what we’re good out, but not forget to keep pushing ourselves and experimenting so we can keep improving. 🙂

    I’m no stranger to binge watching TV shows. That’s how I watch most of my TV. Lol! White Collar looks like a lot of fun if that gif is any indication! (I swear you find some of the best gifs!)

    You gotta dance when you finish! I can’t wait to cheer for Scardust’s book deal! ^_^
    Have a great and productive October! Best wishes for Scardust!

    • Indeed! Something I really want to remember and work on moving forward.

      White Collar is awesome – just the right balance between drama and humor. That gif comes from one of their blooper reels 😉

      Haha – thank you for the vote of confidence. Let’s hope an editor likes it as much as my betas did 😉

  • Ifeoma Dennis

    Haha! Your excuse sounds totally legit! I should get on that show as soon as I have the time.
    Glad your feedback helped! I’m so sorry I couldn’t be of any help, but hopefully, in the future, I would!

    Happy short-story writing next month! And you can binge-watch on another show to distract you from biting your nails as you wait for your agent’s feedback!

    • Lol! I can’t recommend that show enough. First series my husband and I have watched and then instantly wanted to rewatch – it’s that good!

      No worries 😉

      Hahaha – I’ve got some shows to catch up on but the White Collar hang-over is making that tricky. Yeah, I should really get cracking on that short story…