I've never written a progress update before, but I felt that now was a good time to do one. I'm also going to share my findings on writing, and my experience. Although I don't feel this post will be as long as my others I do want to post it purely because I want to know if its something you guys want more of.
Last year I wrote a post about the fact I was writing a book. I was scared to announce this to anyone so I thought I'd do it on the corner of my internet that no-one really visits. Little did I know that so many of you actually read my blog (I check my analytics today). So I actually told a whole load of people, other than myself, my mum and my boyfriend.
I started writing The Collective: A Pirate Adventure in November 2014. I was working a job that I did most of the work in about an hour and still have 7 hours to kill - can you imagine what would have happened had I not turned to writing? NaNoWriMo was new to me and I found out about it almost two weeks into the month, but that didn't stop me from trying to write.
By December 2014 I had 32,000 words and a new job, which meant my writing time would be down to a minimum and honestly I wasn't okay with that, but I had to be. In January 2015 I started my new job and had to start a routine in order to get the words pumping through. This changed over the course of the year, especially with me getting a boyfriend and moving in with him.
Back to the writing.
So I pantsed my way through this novel - not something I recommend. I felt like because I didn't really know where or what was going to happen there was so much untold. I'm pretty sure my editor is going to tear it apart. Oh yeah, I finished the book this last week of February. It's now awaiting it's allocated slot with my editor (feels super weird saying that) and will hopefully be published either late 2016 or early 2017.
I'm currently planning out a completely new novel - it's a romance. I've planned out three chapters and although I don't think I'm 100% a panster I'm also not 100% a plotter either.
I have a raw idea for maybe a prequel to A Pirate Adventure and even more exciting possibly a sequel which will feature some more characters - a fact I know my editor with absolutely love.
If you fancy reading the first few chapters - unedited of course - head on over to wattpad.
Recently I have been taking a break but I hope to get back to my steady 200 words a day and 500 words on a Thursday and a Sunday, working on a new novel, and editing A Pirate Adventure when it returns to me with all of Ashleys (my editor, just realised I never said her name) red notes and then my routine will have to change again slightly.
Have you made any progress this month? How often do you write? Do you have a set schedule? Let me know your answers in the comments below.