More News From Word Battle 2022

Another “letter home” from the frontlines of Word Battle 2022!

(Don’t know what Word Battle 2022 is? Click Here!)

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Hello Readers,

Wow! I’m in shock! I can’t believe I hit my goal of reaching at least 50,000 words by the end of November. I’m living proof that even when you’re wrestling with doubt, if you show up and put words on the page one day at a time, an actual book begins to take shape.


I’m setting the same goal for the end of December because the story clamors to have extra room to grow. I hope to have a crappy first draft to begin editing and revising in 2023. All my friends who have published successfully assure me that actual writing happens during editing!

Stats to Celebrate

Current Word Count: 50,617. 

Estimated Date of Completion of First Draft at Current Pace: December 31, 2022

The Number of Scenes Wrapped: 26

I’m Feeling: Triumphant! LOL! (Don’t worry. I won’t let the feeling go to my head. Tomorrow I’ll be back in front of the computer, wrestling to get the ideas down!)

A Memorable Writing Moment: Watching a secondary character come to life and demand attention! Crap! Is this a character arc for another book, or has someone just hijacked the plot???

Updates and Explanations

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To All My Readers: 

Please accept my apology for the long, unexplained absence.

For over a year, I’ve tried hard to write and post flash fiction on this blog multiple times a month while attempting to work on a novel.

An admirable goal, right?

Yes!

But alas, this has proven too much for me to take on all at once and I’ve much preferred posting shorter pieces, garnering likes, reading comments, and watching my audience grow. At the same time, the task of working on my novel seemed impossible.

After much deliberation, I decided to work exclusively on my novel until crafting the first draft. The working title is Jupiter’s Embrace, and I am happy to report in the past two months, I’ve finally been able to break through a wall in developing the story. 

I enjoy writing flash fiction and hope to return to it soon. But there is much work to be done before that happens.

Tomorrow is November 1st, and many of you know it’s time for NaNoWriMo

I’ve signed up to participate, hoping to find the motivation to finish the first draft of Jupiter’s Embrace before the year’s end. 

Have you been sitting on the idea for a novel? Join people from all around the world and me. It’s free, and there’s no harm in trying! 

Click the link below to find NaNoWriMo’s page.

Additionally, I’m participating in AJ Harper’s Word Battle 2022. The format allows for greater flexibility in setting your November goal. Write, edit, blog, do homework, or work on any other task that furthers your writing. It’s also free!

Not up for the pressure of NaNoWriMo? Join Word Battle 2022!

Click the link below to find Word Battle 2022 page. 

Lastly, I plan to post weekly updates about my progress. Stay tuned!