It is amazing how much more I write when I track my daily writing. That’s not to say I have a specific daily goal (well, I do, sort of, because I have an annual goal, and that is broken down into monthly, weekly, and daily numbers to hit, but mostly I ignore it), but I just write down what I write each day. (Some days, that number is 0. Those days are okay, too.) I knew I wrote more when I tracked it, but it is startling to see just how much more I’ve written this year.
My goal for 2016 was 500,000 words, and I’m currently sitting at just over 400,000. That means I have less than 100,000 words to write over the next three and a half months. That is pretty amazing.
Current active projects:
UK Horror Project
(cowritten with Sarah)
1. Talking Dead
Young adult supernatural adventure. Ghosts, monsters, and killers, oh my. Status: Fifth draft in progress, plus a fun side project that will be released as a companion piece once this is published. (We hope we’ll reach the day this is published.) After tearing apart the outline yet again, we’re in a pretty solid place, writing-wise, though we’ll see how long that lasts.
2. Halloween Horror
Young adult supernatural adventure. Flirtatious werewolves and incorporeal monsters. Tam needs the supernatural world to shut up a second so she can get laid. Status: Second draft outline in progress. More fallout from the big series breakdown. Monsters & Magic used to be #2, and then it was rolled into #1, and now a very different story has been pulled out of #1 and made into #2 again. *hands*
3. Supernatural Slumber Party
Young adult supernatural adventure. It’s a slumber party of supernaturals, see? Status: First draft complete. Second draft on hold until Halloween Horror draft 2 complete.
4. Wicked Witches
Young adult supernatural adventure. Witches, dude, always with the witches. And the world goes BOOM. Status: First draft complete. Second draft on hold until Supernatural Slumber Party draft 2 complete. Second draft combines Wicked Witches and Monster Mash into one book.
Stand Alone Books:
1. Monsters in the Trees
Young adult horror. Friends, makeouts, and monsters in an isolated cabin. Status: Draft one on hold. Need to revisit the outline.
2. Winter Cabin
New adult or adult paranormal romance. There are monsters in those snow-filled trees. Status: Draft two complete. Edit in progress. It is mid-September, and I have not sent it out to first readers. I need to figure out where editing fits into my daily writing; I have writing sessions with Sarah scheduled, and my (more or less) daily writing sessions scheduled, but I don’t yet know how I’m going to work the editing into that. I thought I could spend the first half of each day’s session editing and the second half writing, but that is not working for me.
3. Monsters and Music
Young adult horror. Ghosts and werewolves, oh my. (witches and dead people and haunted things, too.) Status: Draft two on hold. Had an epiphany about the main romantic relationship, which I think will help structure the story.
4. Frozen World Fantasy
Adult fantasy. Brainstorming and talking to JBJ, another fantasy author, about how to write a fantasy novel. Doing some research on the writing side, working through world building before I start outlining.
5. Marching Rock Band
New adult or adult contemporary romance. Drumlines and rock bands and romance. Status: Draft one in progress. I’m not sure I will ever be able to write a contemporary story — I tend to get bored writing without monsters — but damn it, I keep trying. I’m about 40k into this one and loving it so far.