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Monthly Updates

A writing update: April 2020

I realized a little while back that it’s been a long time since I’ve updated you on my writing. I used to be pretty good about giving you all a monthly update, and then I sort off fell out of that habit. I’m not entirely sure why. I think I fell out of a lot of habits around the same time, and that’s one I never really picked back up again.

I’d like to, though. And now seems like as good a time as any, right?

This time around, though, I’d like to keep it a little simpler. While I tended to cover a little of everything in my updates before, now I’m going to just update you on my writing each month. I mean, you get my photo updates pretty well weekly at this point, and, while I have monthly goals, they’re similar to my big annual goal, in that I’m keeping them to myself this year. Which just leaves my writing update.

Which is really what this blog needs more of, anyway: Writing-related posts. Because my creative heart lies, after all, in my fiction.

Novel-length WIPs

These seem like as good a place to start as any, hey? I have three novel-length WIPs that are in various stages of readiness:

  • BC: This one is the furthest ahead of the others. So far ahead, in fact, that I’ve begun querying it. True, I haven’t sent it out to nearly as many agents as I should, but I’m trying to get better at that. Improving my query habits is a particular goal of mine for the next little while.
  • CD: This is a WIP you would’ve read about a fair bit on my blog last year, as it was the one I was working on most in 2019. I’m happy to say I finished my last round of revisions on it, and even got some feedback from beta readers. I think it’ll only need one more round of edits before being queried itself. I’m not quite ready to edit it, though, as I’m drafting a different WIP. I’ll come back to edit CD once I finish the first draft.
  • N: Which brings me to N. I don’t actually have a title for this WIP yet, so I’m just referring to it by a single word for now—and here on the blog I’ll refer to it as “N”. So far, I have it fully outlined, but I’ve only written a little over a chapter. I have a lot of confidence in it, though, and I’m looking forward to working on it more over the coming months.

Short stories

I’ve made more progress than usual in my short stories lately, too. Admittedly, I haven’t written any new ones, but I have been editing my existing stories, and sending them out for possible publication.

While I haven’t received any publication offers yet, I have been receiving good feedback so far; I’ve even made it to the final round of consideration for some. And I’m still waiting to hear back on a couple of possibilities, which I’m taking as a good sign. So all in all, I think I’ve been making good progress on the short story front. Not perfect progress, maybe not great progress, but good progress.

To summarize…

I think, if I keep going on the track I’m on—or, even better, improve on it—I’ll be well on my way to having the writing career I want. Hopefully publication is on the horizon, or an agent if I get better at querying regularly.

Regardless of whether either happens any time soon, I’m happy with where my writing is right now. And that’s all that really matters, right?

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