I’ve had a really good week this week. Writing has been going great, and despite tiredness, I feel like I’ve achieved a lot.
Novel: Anna’s Home Front:
Well late Friday night of last week I sent through all of the novel manuscript to my Editor, all except the final chapter. I spent Saturday and Sunday working on this final chapter and then sent this straggler through Sunday afternoon.
So, that’s one thing off my plate for a few weeks while he goes through it. This is a massive achievement to finally get through the second draft edit of the book, as I virtually rewrote the entire plot following the first edit. So, I’m trying not to worry about what he’s going to think of this new narrative structure.
Non-Fiction Book: Content and Copywriting for Start-up’s:
Because Anna’s Home Front is now at the Editor’s I can begin a project I’ve had outlined for about a year now. A non-fiction book for start up businesses on beginning their content and copywriting for their first website. I outlined this project and all the chapters and subchapters last year, so it’s just a case of filling in the blanks.
I’m initially planning on it being a short 15,000-word guide and have set myself a target for the end of the month to finish the first draft. (I know I said no targets last week didn’t I). So, we’ll see how things go on this, I’ve been meeting my daily word goals for it so far, so hopefully I can continue this momentum and get through a draft by the end of the month.
I am finding it so much easier than the fiction though, not sure if this is because I have a great deal of experience writing non fiction in my job as a Content Writer, or if I have just put more of myself into the fiction.
I’ve managed to keep up my blogging schedule this week so, both my sites are now starting to fill up with a good little collection of posts. I have some work deadlines next week and the week after, so we will see if I can still maintain them under pressure. So far I am pleased, and surprised to find this post is my favourite one to write of the week, when it was the one post I was initially resistant to doing. It just shows you that you should always try things.
Beside the deadline for my non-fiction draft, I have continued to not set any deadlines or goals of achievement and this seems to be working. I can only conclude that I am someone who responds better to just getting on and doing it rather than planning out in advance. This has surprised me greatly, because in all other aspects of my life I like things to be planned and organised.
Once I’ve got the draft done of the non-fiction book I can move on to outlining book two in the Home Front series. I’m keen to get on and get stuck in with this follow up book as I am conscious of not having too long a gap between release dates of both fiction books.
I have also been thinking about writing a book on how I wrote my first novel, as a guidebook, but almost as a way for me to examine my own process and re-evaluate what I could do better.
I’m considering that I should probably start this now while that first book is still fresh and the process is only recent.
So until next week, I’m back off to meet my word count goals.