Here I was, thinking my transition period after moving continents had finally come to an end and I’d be able to get back to building my routine, especially with the monsoon season starting in Arizona which would bring relief after the June’s heat I wasn’t used to anymore. Oh little I knew!
The first weeks of July turned out to be as hot and dry as many days in June, so after 8 years in Ireland I found such prolonged heat turn me into a mindless sloth. I couldn’t focus until the late hours in the evening when the temperature dropped down a notch, and for me, night time is not the best time for editing. I could write most days, but focusing on the already written text was a completely different matter. Editing requires a lot of attention and the level meticulousness I found myself unable to achieve in the heat and so late in the day.
As a result, out of 30 hours of editing I’ve planned to do, I managed to get as little as one third, and therefore I my third time at Camp NaNoWriMo ended as a failure (also because I refused to lower my goal and still tried to aim for that 30).
Even when the monsoon rains and storms finally came, bringing some relief, I came to realization that I’ve changed my lifestyle and diet quite a bit when I moved over to US, and even more during the past months, and I felt like my body is going through another adaptation phase.
So, I’ve practically spent my July playing video games and binge-watching various series with Inq, but I still managed to get quite a lot of writing done. My urban fantasy project had passed 70k words mark, and I’m slowly wrapping up the story and patch up any plot holes I’ve spotted. I’ve also worked on a short story, and spent some time on art projects, so all in all, even with my failure at the Camp, I consider July quite productive.
As far as my 365k Club goal goal, I’m still catching up, I think I might not be able to complete the challenge with 365k words in December. Even though I put much effort into catching up, as soon as I have the first draft of my urban fantasy ready, I’ll most likely revert to editing and try to focus on it more: I’ve already a backlog of projects to be revised and edited, so adding more words, as enjoyable as it is, won’t make it go away.
I’ve considered lowering my yearly goal to 200k, but it feels like cheating a bit, since I’d be too close to completing the challenge. So I’ll likely try to keep going, but I start to realize that I probably have enough material for revisions for the next couple of years… But the ideas keep coming, and in the end it’s good to have a choice of what I’m going to work on next, isn’t it?
On the bright side, I’ve managed to write every day for two months now, and I’ve crossed the halfway mark of my goal. I’ve also got my editing badge which shows that maybe I’m a bit slow at it, but I’m still making some progress toward the finalization of at least one of my novels.
The biggest challenge for August will be getting back on track with my editing, while I still keep writing. And what is yours? Is summer time the best or the worst time for you when it comes to writing? Why?
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.