Half Year Review

Over the last couple of months I’ve found my writing Mojo and the words have come a lot easier then they have been over the last couple of years. March was the turning point and hopefully this momentum I’ve found will stay with me for a good long while yet. I haven’t found the holy grail or anything like that though, it’s not that simple. I had a two year long relationship end and I started to interact with my local NaNoWriMo comrades. I also, finally, committed to buying an iMac and Scrivener.  All of these together has helped me get my arse in the chair and get the words written, the sprints with the Wrimos have been especially helpful.

So what have I got done in that time? I finally have a completed 1st draft of my vampire collection (I literally wrote the last words of it two hours ago). About 25,000 words of which was written about five years ago and I’ve now more then doubled that number and have something that I think is pretty good. The next stage for this is to re-pen it, make those changes and then it’s off to Beta readers.

Here’s a break down of my word counts for the last six months:

January: 3176

February: 4315

March: 8023

April: 4671

May: 10,115

June: 28,013

Total: 58,313

As you can see June was a mammoth month for me, my best non-NaNoWriMo month I’ve had so far. One day in particular I knocked out about 7500 words.

This is what I’ve been trying to do for a couple of years now, finding the momentum and determination to get these things done, get these stories out of my head. Now it feels like the cloud that was suppressing my ability to write is gone. So I’m going to take advantage of it and try to get as much done as I can.

As for the next six months, well I’m just going to try and keep doing what I’ve been doing. Word count wise I would like to beat 105,000 words I wrote last year, but if I don’t I won’t loose any sleep over it. Aside from NaNoWriMo I won’t be doing any new fiction this year. Once this Vampire series is done I’ll move onto and clean up two short stories I’ve got. There’s another short story I’ve got that I want to look at and see what I can do with it. Then it’s the turn of Earth, After Liberation. These plans may get changed depending on Owen’s (Project Apollo) and Chrystalyn’s (The Residents) schedules.

Now I’m off to write and research a blog post or two 🙂

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