It’s always odd when a new month starts in the middle of a week. Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I love the feeling of leaves crunching under my feet and seeing all the beautiful colors. It’s such a shame that Fall is so much shorter than the other seasons. After taking a two-month break from my Unnamed Epic fantasy, I feel nervous and excited to begin the next step. I keep reminding myself that it’s only the first draft and that I shouldn’t get discouraged if I end up scrapping most of it. I still have some more of Save The Cat! to finish up, but I should be finished with it before I finish reading through my first draft. I ended up getting distracted by other books this month. On the plus side, I read more books this month than I have in a long time.
Overall, I am pretty proud of what I have accomplished this month. I exceeded my word count by 10,948 words. I have a few story ideas in progress that I am excited about and hope to continue working on them in between editing my Unnamed Epic Fantasy. Editing can be such a droll process. I hope that if I break up my time well enough between editing and writing, it will make it much easier for me.
As I stated in my first paragraph, I did a lot of reading this month. I read Daughter of The Deep by Lina C. Amarego’s debut novel, a great read! I also read Serpent and Dove and Blood and Honey, by Shelby Mahurin, the first two books in the trilogy. The third book will be coming out next year, which I cannot wait for. Currently, I am reading Steel Tide by Natalie C. Parker, the sequel to Seafire. I am enjoying it so far. I am excitedly waiting for A Kingdom of Sea and Stone by Mara Rutherford, the sequel to Crown of Coral and Pearl, to come in the mail.
I also tried something new with my Instagram. I participated in two writing challenges. For the most part, I had fun with them. There were times where it was challenging finding time to compile posts and also write. It can be quite an exhausting process. For this month, I will only participate in one challenge to make things a little easier. I was running out of ideas for posts on my Instagram and decided to give this a shot. I met a lot of new writers as a result and was introduced to many good books. The best part is that you don’t have to do all the challenges. For the most part, I did them all. There were a few I couldn’t work out.
For October, my goals are:
- Finish Reading Save The Cat!
- Read through my first draft of my Unnamed Epic Fantasy
- Make a Plan for draft 2
- Write two blog posts
I have about fifty pages left to read of Save The Cat! So far, it’s been an interesting read. I am excited to implement what I have learned. I also plan on reading two other writing books. I don’t know if I will finish them in one month with all the other stuff I have going on, but at least I can start them. The first book is Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff VanderMeer, and the second one is Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success Paperback by K.M. Weiland. I am excited to read both.
Before I took my two months break, I used up all my printer ink to print my novel’s first draft. I know what you’re thinking. The poor trees! Personally, I find it easier for me to read through a story in print better than I do on the computer. It’s also easier to take notes, and you don’t have to keep changing screens back and forth when you begin the rewrites. While I did not plan much during my first draft, I will make a road map for my second draft. I already have some ideas of where I want the story to go. I am also trying to determine whether I have one story or three stories. I think it will become more clearer once I read through everything and make a solid plan.
My second blog post will probably tie into editing in some way and talking about what I have learned. As I have said in my other blog posts, I am not too fond of editing. At least not my own novel. It’s more interesting reading other people’s works than your own. I plan to have beta readers read my novel probably around the third draft or maybe the fourth. I would also like a professional editor to look at it before I shop around for agents. I have Grammarly, but it’s not foolproof. It can be expensive to hire an editor.
Now, let’s take a look at my personal goals/ New Years resolutions:
- Lose 10 pounds
- Think more positively
- Be more organized
- Find ways to be more social.
I have been half and half with eating healthier. Some days I am good and don’t eat as much junk, and other days, I binge on things that I regret later. I went a week without much exercise due to an ear infection, but I am getting back into gear this week and busting some calories. I didn’t lose much weight this year, but I also didn’t gain any, which is good.
This month, I struggled a lot with keeping positive. Writing-wise I didn’t have too much stress. I had a few days where I was frustrated, but I was able to work through it. There has been a lot of family drama this month. Not that there isn’t any other month, but this month was incredibly stressful. I wish I could get away from all that. I love my family, and it’s good being near them, but it can also be suffocating. I’m ready to start my life and have my own place that I can decorate. I want an office/study, a comfy couch, and a Queen size bed. My full bed is pretty comfortable, but I don’t fit quite right in it because I am tall. I fit better without my pillow, but I need that to sleep. I am hoping that something more can be done with student loan debt. It’s ridiculous that people like me can’t afford to live independently because loans bog them down. The monthly payments are insane. If I didn’t have a family to live with, I would be screwed.
For the most part, I have been keeping organized. Again, I have a small room, so it’s hard not to feel claustrophobic. The desk and shelves have helped. If the attic in my grandparent’s house wasn’t so yucky and crammed with junk, I could have made an office/ study out of it. Now I just need to organize my work stuff better. My boss keeps changing the way we do things and adding new items to my checklist. I am glad to have the work, but sometimes it can be hard to get things done when people keep asking me to do things they could probably do themselves.
Socially, I have been doing well. I have been keeping in touch with my friends and interacting with other writers on Instagram. As I mentioned before, I was participating in two writing challenges. My best friend and I started our second book for our book club. We are reading Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. I have read the first four chapters. It is starting pretty slow, and there is a lot of info-dumping. I wish that they would have mixed in it a little more or done it all in the first chapter rather than span it across four.
I am hoping November will prove to be as fruitful as this month did. How did you guys do this month? Did you set any goals? Did you complete them? What are your goals for October? What is your most favorite thing about Fall?