It’s November. Usually this would be the month where I drive myself crazy –or crazier than usual– and participate in NaNoWriMo. Something I’ve been doing for almost a decade now. But not this year.
Last year I failed NaNoWriMo. Terribly. Admittedly it was a bad time to start writing a new novel while in a different state.
And this year?
This year I decided against it because I’ve been working so hard (and then sometimes not so hard) on Clara and Ezra. It’s been almost a year since the release of Clara and Claire, and before that anniversary I wanted to at least be able to say the sequel was one step closer to release.
Usually I release a new book every year, but this year has been all about re-releasing the Magicians series and just writing Clara and Ezra –which I’ve accepted won’t be releasing until 2018.
So this year I’m not jumping in with the rest of you to write a 50k novel in 30 days. But I do wish you the best of luck!
Instead this year I took a week off of work to get my sh*t together. And I did. Today I am on the last chapter of the book. I will be finishing on Monday. Usually the weekends are my time off to spend with my boyfriend (and cat), so it’s unlikely I finish over the weekend unless I write at night.
So I’m excited at last. Because finishing this first draft means making this book ready for publication. Means getting out of this writing slump and really working some magic into this book.
My original goal was 90k, but I realized as I neared the end of this book that was an ambitious first draft goal. So instead it’s looking closer to end with 70k (or more). With the rewrite I’m going to be adding in so much more (and deleting a lot too), that I know by the end of this all before publication the book will reach the 90k goal I set for it. Just not with this first draft. And that’s okay.
I’ll be posting a much longer and detailed report on Monday when I finish the book! In the meantime, happy writing!