June Update

Hi guys, it’s been a minute.

I found it so difficult to make time for my website on top of everything else I’m juggling lately. Admittedly I never plan ahead with my blog posts, so I have no one else to blame but myself.

I do have a couple topics I want to talk about, but I’m going to save those for later –hopefully in the next week or two if I finish this book (like I’m planning to).

Anyways, on with the update!

I’m currently at 81k words in Clara and Daphne. The 1st draft of this book ended around 87k, and my goal with this 2nd draft is to reach 90k (or more). I think the past two books in this series has been over 90k, so hopefully I go above and beyond that goal, but we’ll see.

I was keeping track of how many words I added (or deleted) overall with each chapter in an excel sheet. Admittedly I’ve been slacking on that as well, so I’ve lost track on how much I’ve actually added into this new draft of the book. I’ll update it and do the final tally once I reach the end and share it with you guys -in case anyone’s curious to see just how many changes occurred between these two drafts.

Overall I’ve been rewriting and adding in a lot of new material. Some new scenes were added in here and there –a lot in the beginning. One of the new characters is introduced earlier on in the book -which was a fun addition because this character has become one of my favorites.

These last two months have been really challenging. This month especially I’ve been using writing sprints (more on that in a future post) and a variety of writing apps/software to keep myself motivated and focused. Sometimes you just need to change things up or give yourself a smaller goal to work towards to help build back up your motivation.

This is the last full week of June, so I definitely have my work cut out for me. At this point anything could happen -I might finish the book, or it might be another week or two. I’m trying to be kind with myself about this process. That despite being behind on my own schedule, I have other things in motion (like the book cover) so that I can still aim for a late winter release.

I’ll try to report back by the end of the month or start of July with another update. Definitely expect one if I finish this draft in time.

For now I’m optimistic with how this draft is finishing up. I think that’s all for now.

Hope everyone’s staying safe.

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