After March I had to seriously step up my game. Fortunately, things both started to wind down and speed up in April: with the Pikes Peak Writer’s Conference, birthday parties, and lots of school stuff it’s been a busy month, but it’s also been an invigorating one. I got to spend some quality time with some of my favorite writing peeps and met new authors who inspired me, some of them telling me exactly what I needed to hear.
I also decided to participate in CampNaNoWriMo with my local writing group, which might just have given me the additional push I needed to get some serious wordage in. I fell just a little short of my initial goal of 20,000 words, but I came pretty damn close.
- Goal: 500 words/day
- Total word goal for February: 20,000
- Total Words written: 18,488
- Total writing days: 17
- Average words/writing day: 1,088
- Best writing day: April 24 (2,249 words)
The current draft of Mental Note, the working title of my Lesbian Agent Carter with monsters novel is at past 62k right now and I’m back on track to finish this by May 31, which is great, given that I am both wrapping up this school year and starting my master’s degree at the end of this month. So, yes, I’ve got my work cut out for me, but outlining and occasional plot brainstorming sessions really help not only to keep me on track, but also excited about what comes next. This novel is a twisty one and I’m already looking forward to all the changes and polishes I can add once this draft is finished.
- Goal: 8 books/month toward a total of 100 this year
- Total books read in April 6
- Titles read:
- Eleanor (The Unseen #1) by Johnny Worthen – great take on skinwalker mythology!
- The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie – Lesbian pirates who train sea monsters to do battle. How can this not be fun? Seriously. Awesome.
- Turn Coat (The Dresden Files #11) by Jim Butcher – Continuing my re-read, er, re-listen. James Marsters’ voice accompanies me on all the walks.
- Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater – This one was a re-read for me to prep for The Raven King. Oh, the way Stiefvater turns a phrase… Love.
- The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater – No spoilers here, since it just barely came out, but oh, how I love Stiefvater’s prose.
- Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley – This had been on my TBR pile for far too long. Loved how this twisted fantasy gender politics. Will definitely pick up the rest of the series!
So that’s it for April. I’ve already finished reading my first book for May, but now I need to go get the words in. The end of this draft is in sight. Trying to keep it at around 80,000, so I have about 18,000 words to go this month.
And since shared goals make for higher accountability, what are your goals for this month? Share them with me in the comments and let’s do this!