June has not only marked the half-way of the 365k Club challenge, but it also has turned out quite an interesting month writing-wise. As you already know, I’ve finished the first draft of my fantasy novel, so for the first half of the month my excitement of being so close to the end has fueled the word count.
Then I wrote the novel’s last sentence. And I felt lost.
For the past months I knew what scenes I was going to write, and what my characters would do, even if sometimes I had to flesh out the details. With the novel finished, and nothing new plotted, writing my 1000 words a day suddenly became a chore, and it didn’t help I missed the imaginary people I spent a good half a year with.
I managed to keep with my daily goal, though I definitely felt out of my comfort zone. But isn’t it what the challenges are about?
Besides, I can’t consider June all that bad, if I not only managed to write 1000 words a day, but I’ve also met with my friends, read two books, played a lot of Divinity: Original Sin and binge-watched season 2 of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” On top of that, I did a bit of editing just to get a feel of it before Camp NaNoWriMo started.
And with a third of July already gone, you probably wonder how my double writing-editing challenge is going, but I’m not telling! Not yet! It seems that the biggest challenge for July won’t be balancing my time between the two goals (and still not neglecting life!), but plotting out a new novel to write. Short stories are just not long enough to meet the needs of 365k Club, and although they need less plotting, their condensed structure requires a lot of consideration.
How will it go? We will see next month, in yet another “A Month of Writing” report.
This post is a part of the “A Month of Writing” series – a monthly report on my progress in the 365k Club challenge.
Joanna Maciejewska is a fantasy and science fiction author who enjoys all things SFF: books, movies, and video games.
Her short stories appeared in magazines and anthologies in Polish and in English.
Her epic fantasy adventure series, starting with By the Pact, is available in ebook and paperback at all major retailers.