Writing update: November 2020

October was an odd sort of month. Time still seemed to pass both slowly and quickly at the same time, while I struggled to get back on my usually productive feet. And that’s not even considering what the rest of the world was going through, and whatever was going on with our weather here in Saskatchewan.

Now that the month is over, though, I’ve had some time to look back on it and realize that, despite its oddness, October actually went quite well. Yes, I was struggling to get my productivity back, but I was making progress. This site still isn’t seeing the consistent updates I’d like it to, nor is my social media, but here’s the good news: I’m writing more again. And much of that started last month.

Novel-length WIPs

Let me start with the bad news in this area: I accomplished absolutely nothing related to my BC novel. And unfortunately, it won’t get much attention this month, either. I may surprise myself and start a read-through of it in between other projects throughout November, but I’m not holding out much hope. Why? Well, it’s because of my work on N.

Here’s the thing about N: I’ve found a really good groove with it. I got a decent amount of writing done on it in October. Not a huge amount, but a lot more than in September, and, I think, a fair amount more than in August. I even reached the 20,000 word mark last month, which is particularly good news, as I’ve challenged myself to take part in NaNoWriMo this month. It’s too early to know if I’ll win, but I’m not too far behind yet, so there’s still hope. And the best news is that if I do manage to win, then I’ll likely even finish this draft in November.

Short stories

I finally—finally!—did some solid work on short story editing in October. I dug into the piece I’ve been wanting to work on for the past few months, and made some decent progress on it. It’s not finished yet, but both my interest in it and ideas for it have been renewed, and I’m confident I’ll be able to make at least a little more progress on it this month, too, and hopefully finish it in December.

To summarize…

While October was an odd month, it was also a fairly good month. It got me writing again, which has me feeling more like my usual self. And, if all goes well with NaNoWriMo, I should be back to writing on a regular basis before this month comes to an end.

Oh, and if you’d like to add me as a buddy on the NaNoWriMo site, feel free! My username over there is Miranda016.

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