Hey everyone! Today has been a day where I’ve been totally focused on updating my blog so I decided I’d squeeze in another writing update.
Before I talk about how my writing’s going at the moment, I want to say some very belated thank yous to a handful of people. Last month, partially thanks to Camp Nanowrimo, I focused on my WIP and managed to finish it in its 100k entirety. But that was a lot due to certain people who helped me get there via sprints and continuous support. My writing squad – Lucy over at Queen of Contemporary and Katherine at The Writing Hideout. Amazingly, they both finished their WIPs too!! And I also have to thank Amy at Pursuit of Wonderland, who helped me at the end of the month to break through the final hurdles! I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to show my appreciation for these three for helping me finish my novel.
Now an update for what I’m currently writing. Some of you already know, but I’ve been staying with my cousins in the UK since the beginning of the month, and since I knew I wasn’t going to get a lot of writing done, I set myself the project of a short in-between-two-books novella with a goal of 15k words. Unfortunately, I have only written 1000 words of that…and they were written before I came over. It seemed very unlikely that I was going to finish so I decided, I worked hella hard this year by starting and finishing three novels and realised that breaks can be well deserved. Sadly this means I’m not going to be finishing the novella, Summer Nights, this month because once I’m home and September comes around, I’m going to be rewriting one of my other novels. I’m not giving up on the novella at all, I just know that breaks are important. For me as well as you. If you’ve been working hard consistently on something then you really should be setting yourself some rest time after a certain point. You don’t want to burn yourself out.
Start a new TV show, read a couple of books, spend some dedicated time around your loved ones. Just as long as you’re doing something that’s not writing because there’s no harm with taking some time off your WIP if you’ve been at it for a while. And who knows? Maybe the time you spend away from it will help you think of some ways to improve it!
Now even though I’m putting Summer Nights on hold for a while, I’ve thought of where it’s going to fit in and I’ve also thought of another novella. (Sometimes I wish my brain would take a break with me too lmao). The events of Summer Nights is going to take place during the two month gap between the last chapter and epilogue of Book 1 in The Quest series. Then its…follow-up, I guess – the other (very romantic) novella which will be titled Winter Days. The cover is below and it will take place between Book 2 and Book 3.
So there’s my writing update, probably that’ll last for another while. I hope some of you will have felt better after reading my advice.
But what about you? What are you currently writing? Let me know in the comments below!