I Wrote… MOST of a Novel!!!


Well, my YA fiction novel is almost completely re-written! There’s just some stuff I need to fill in (descriptions I didn’t feel like writing, so I put in brackets [insert description here], filler scenes that will round out the story, etc.) and then I can start with the editing process. Current word count is a measly 38,620 words, but I’m hoping that with the things I still need to write and fluffing things up a little more, I’ll be able to hit at least 50K with it. I really can’t believe I’m so close to having a draft fully written. I kept getting to 10K, 15K, 18K and realizing the story didn’t work, so I had to start over, but now I’ve got the framework fully laid out and I know I’m going to be able to finish it this time.

Now that most of my ideas for this novel are on paper, maybe I can start actually living a little bit… I’ve been shirking household duties and other things like gaming and watching TV for this, which I feel was worth it, but I’m still kind of tired of this novel taking over my life. Does anyone else feel like that? Like, once you have ideas that need to get on paper, you would set down everything just to write them?

Now I can actually breathe, although I’ve still got an epilogue to write… But screw it. I’ll get to that later. I wrote most of a novel, y’all! I can’t wait to get this thing finalized and move on to the publishing process!

Thank you all for following my journey! Big things are coming soon, like revealing the official title of my upcoming book and a couple of sneak peeks of the actual content! Also, eventually, I will have a book cover commissioned and be able to show everyone! SO EXCITED!!!!

Btw, I’m thinking of changing my pen name soon, so don’t be alarmed if I suddenly show up under a different moniker.

Have a great rest of the week!

~A.D.

1.5K a Day Challenge


I have been absent from blogging lately because I have been working on draft #523 (just kidding, although it feels like that) of my YA fiction novel. I have made so many awesome strides in my writing technique and productivity lately that I don’t dare quit now. The only problem with increased dedication and productivity is that it leaves little time for anything else (especially if you have a young family to take care of).

I just wanted to quickly share something that is helping me a lot right now. In spite of semi-debilitating physical issues (including an eye problem that might require surgery to correct), school, family, and other commitments, I have managed to write approximately 100K words (in multiple drafts and documents) in the past two months. That’s like winning NaNoWriMo two times in a row (I would have won last month, by the way, if it had all been one draft. I believe my grand total was 53K!).

I am well aware that a lot of people can write more than that in two months, but that is the best I’ve done at writing in like, ever. I saw an interesting study that revealed the daily word counts of famous authors and it was amazing how most of them only wrote 1K-3K words in a day and still are/were so productive. It’s encouraging to know that my average, 1,500 words per day, fits well into that middle ground. 1.5K words is a comfortable amount to write every day and it doesn’t take much time at all, maybe an hour or two depending on how inspired I’m feeling, and I can spend the rest of my precious hours on other things that have to be accomplished. Seriously, when you’re a mom, it feels like you should be allowed twice the number of hours everybody else gets after 9 PM to do things. If I’m a good girl and do my chores, I get only four hours of “free time” a day, which has to go to school, writing, and other obligations. I squeak in my TV time while the baby’s awake just so I can stay sane and feel like a human. (I went off on a rant there, I know, but seriously… Whose idea was this 24 hours in a day thing, anyway??)

All this to say, I want to encourage the other wonderful, busy writers I know to try this. Actually, not just encourage, challenge. If you’re serious about your writing, and you write 1.5K a day for 50 days, you’ve written a 75K word novel. That means you could technically write 7 novels in a year if you did this consistently (5 if you’re writing fantasy or something that needs 100K words). 7 novels is a LOT, y’all! If I can do it, so can you. You can pick your own number, but I like an average 1,500 a day. The numbers fit really well. #1500wordsaday

Have a great Sunday readers! And if you’re also a writer, try the 1.5K a day challenge! There are 45 days left until the next Camp NaNo anyway, so it almost works. (wish I had thought of this 5 days earlier…)

Thanks for reading,

A.D.