It’s not the goal I wanted to announce this month, but I can officially cross one item off my list of New Years Resolutions for 2013.
5. Submit something A leftover from my 2012 resolution. It can be anything — a writing contest, a query to an agent, submission to a publisher. Just put something out there to show what I can do.
I submitted something to a contest. My entry barely made it in under the wire, but I hit send. That’s a big deal to me. It also softens the blow of having not met my monthly word-count goal in June.
I did make some progress in my WIP, and wrote 9,304 words. Of that, 2,212 was on the sequel to the WIP that I’ve nearly finished. Sometimes the voices just won’t leave you alone. Hmm, that makes me sound unstable. Let me rephrase that: The voices of my characters were speaking loudly this month, so I wrote some banter between the two main characters. I jotted down a few sentences in another project, just to make a note to myself about setting and description. And I wrote 7,010 words on Trust Me.
I wrote on 15 days in June. The first couple weeks were not very productive. I was stuck on a pivotal scene — so much so that I wrote it three times. I finally found a version that I like, so I am now moving on to the finale and then the resolution.
I’m behind on my yearly goal, which is to write 180,000 words in 2013. I’m 41 percent toward my goal for the year and I should be 50 percent done. I also only accomplished 63 percent of my monthly goal, which was to write 14,795 words in June.
I have a couple long weekends in the next month and my work schedule isn’t crazy, so I’m hopeful to make up some ground. I’ll also be participating in CampNaNo in July, but not with a 50,000 words goal. My goal will be to finish the last scenes of the current WIP, which will probably total fewer than 5,000 words.
And then? I’ll probably do some revisions and then ship it off to my critique partner. And while its away, I will either work on the next book in that series or maybe the previous NaNoWriMo project that I’ve outlined. Or who knows. Maybe more voices will make themselves known and make me tell their stories.