I spent this past weekend working on my second WIP (a romance!) tentatively titled ‘Stone Heart.’ It was also my NaNoWriMo project from November. For those of you who are unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, it stands for National Novel Writing month. It’s a great platform where you can get daily motivational encouragement from authors, join forums, and mark your progress. I LOVE the word count ticker! I updated mine daily, or maybe hourly, now that I think of it. Anyway, the main goal is to pen 50,000 words in a month.
And let me tell you, the creative juices were flowing! I didn’t hit the 50k mark (I started a week late), but I came close! I wrote 43,181 words, which I’m proud of.
Anyway, after November ended, I got carried away with work, writing over at my other blog, and sifting through a winter depression spell. So, for the most part, I neglected my second WIP. From December through February, I only penned 10,000 words, maybe? 2,000 of that was this weekend, and I just finished the entire draft yesterday.
I’m starting the revision process now, and I realize there are definitely plot holes. Gaping ones. Ugh. There is also an inconsistent tone in my main character’s voice—probably, due to my December to February absence. For me, I really have to stick with it without any breaks, until the bulk of my character is established. I’m predicting some heavy rewrites.
In a previous post, I mentioned that I was working on a draft of my first novel, Dark Hearts (WIP #1), back in July. I finished it at the start of October and began tackling revisions. Then NaNoWriMo happened, and I scrapped revisions and started WIP #2 instead.
So, I still need to revise 99k words of ‘Dark Hearts,’ as well.
I’ve let it rest for awhile, which Stephen King said is a good thing. Although, I’m not a big believer in a one-size-fits-all writing process.
I just have to stick with it.