Redux word count: 53,848 / 60,000 (>16,077 from last month)
“I will finish this book, I will finish this book, I will finish this
goddamn book’ – Me, all. the time.
Safe to say I’m ready to get to the end of the first draft of this book and start the edits. I hit the 50,000 word mark and had a jolt of excitement about it again but I’ve been writing this story for so long I think I’m at the point where I’m wanting to write something new. I’m debating whether I just get book two and three written and get them out, or if I take a break after book two to work on something different and write book three when I’m excited to get back to it. I’m sure that’s not the best strategy from an indie publishing standpoint but will see how it goes. The good thing is, I think this is a fairly clean draft for editing, definitely cleaner than the last draft which ended up being a messy manuscript that I’m still picking through (nothing’s ever done in a writers mind!)
Sci-Fi vs. Urban Fantasy
Part of my struggle with this book I think is that I want to switch genre to Urban Fantasy and write something in first person point of view. This will ultimately be the next project but I wonder if part of my struggle is because my love for sci-fi is waning a little. I’ve always seen this series more in the superhero genre than anything else, but it crosses over to genetic engineering and dystopia so it’s still not completely clear in my head.
I’m still hoping to launch a podcast this year, I’ve finally moved house and am settling in. In theory, I need a workspace but I want to build up the non-fiction, craft teaching side of things so it will be developed in the coming months.
I’ve recently read Simon vs the Homosapien Agenda (a.k.a. Love Simon), I didn’t get to see the film when it was in theatres, but I enjoyed the book, it was nice to read a contemporary YA and see how writers are now relating to their audiences in a way that I never really experienced with YA when I was growing up. I read a lot of Enid Blyton and then Stephen King when I was younger, so I never read anything that spoke to me at that age, but I can see why these books are popular and I’m looking for more in the genre.
So, till next month – hopefully, the news will be that I’ve finished the first draft and I’m getting stuck into edits!