Geez, where did April go? This month evaporated on me. With the release of I Heart Robot on March 31st, April was pretty busy with promo and blog tours and things. I did get some down time from the day job though, and managed to get a fair bit of writing done…
Last report WC for YA fantasy: 41, 700
Current report WC for YA fantasy: 58, 000 – My goal for the month was 60k and since I still have a few more days until the end of the month, I think I’ll achieve my goal
Writing Issues This Month:
I hit a brick wall. I had a great outline up until a certain point. Then I reached that point and stared blankly at the screen. I’ve been doing this for about a week now and have only just managed to plot out the rest of the book – YAY!! – but haven’t had time to actually write any of it yet. Tuesday is my writing day though, so that is when all the words will happen.
Five things I learned this month:
1. Knowing how a book will end – even in vague terms – is immensely helpful. I didn’t have a clue how this story would end right up until the end of the second Act. Big mistake. You’d think I would’ve learned this by now, but apparently not. Next time, I’m not going to set words to document until I know how the book will end.
2. It’s okay to get stuck at a certain point and take a break from the manuscript. The minute I stopped stressing and fretting about not knowing what to write next was the moment the rest of the story came to me. Sometimes taking a step back is all that’s needed.
3. Shiny New Ideas are awesome, but a real pain in the posterior too. They attack when they’re least expected or wanted.
4. Sometimes having the time to write results in zero productivity. When I only have an hour or two to write is when all the words get written. I don’t know how to remedy this situation, but at least I’m aware of the problem. Any tips?
What distracted me this month while writing:
All the things for I Heart Robot! Again! More happy distractions. Also, another big awesome thing happened which I can’t talk about yet, but am hoping to sound the trumpets about very very soon
Goal for next month:
Hit 70k on the WIP and tidy up the synopsis for my agent. I’m keeping my goals relatively small and realistic since May is the end of the academic year and I know I am going to have tons of marking, grading, and other school stuff to attend to this month.
Last 200 words: Again, too many spoilers, but I’ll introduce you to my other POV character, Nameya.
“You must bleed, child.” Grandmother’s words wheezed through her granadilla peel lips.
The knife glinted in the flickering candle light and bit deep into Nameya’s palm. Blood oozed through clenched fingers, spattering the iridescent abalone shell with scarlet. The sangoma chanted and Nameya winced, squeezing tighter until blood ceased to flow. Lightning slashed across the pre-dawn horizon; thunder juddered the earth and shifted the dune sand beneath the stilt-legs of the hut. Nameya swallowed down a bitter rush of fear.
“It is done.” She patted Nameya’s shoulder and handed over a strip of clean leather. Wound bound, they waited for the storm to abate.
“How long?” Nameya’s impatience was palpable.
“In his own time, Meya. Impundulu will not be hurried.” Grandmother shuffled her heavy body from the floor and back into her hummock. The sea-salvage tinkled in her dreadlocks, the bright bits of glass and water-smoothed pebbles standing out in stark contrast against her hair the color of sun-bleached bone.
“Will it be enough, Gogo?” Nameya opened the door and peered warily into the rain.
“Your blood is strong.” Grandmother sighed and settled into gentle snores.
“But is it strong enough?” Nameya whispered, remaining on the threshold and trying hard not to doubt the sangoma’s words.
That’s it for April, how did you do?