It’s already time to return back to school! Travis is already starting his new classes and I’m still working as an editor, so things aren’t so different for me. We’ve still been pretty busy this month and we want to tell you all about it.
I participated in this fun Twitter challenge over the whole month of August. It was pretty simple: write 500 words a day, or edit for an hour. Then, tweet about your results. This was pretty cool because I ended up getting a ton of new material on the screen, and I rewrote some scenes that were just aching to be reworked. I would say that it was harder than it sounds. A lot of time I would finally get to the writing portion of my day around 10 or 11pm, which is fine since I’m mostly a night-time writer.
I ended up with about 16,473 words and 5 hours of editing for the month of August.
You can still join the newest challenge, #SeptemberWritingChallenge if your novel could use an encouraging shove in the right direction. We’re not planning on doing it in September, but possibly October.
Travis and I recently joined a writing group and it’s been incredible. We’ve been in groups before, and they were beneficial back then, but us four writers have come together to really make this group work for us. We plan on telling you some major perks about being in a writing group in another post, since it deserves one of its own.
Preparations for NaNoWriMo 2014
Ah, yes, the craziest month of the year and yet we want to devote all the time to writing! Well, it’s crazy for those who are in school, but still crazy nonetheless.
Travis at the moment isn’t quite sure what he’ll be working on. I personally hope it’s the ending of Ancients Stirred, since it isn’t finished yet (and he hasn’t spoiled the ending yet), but he might decide to start a new project, too. Either way, it’s bound to be good.
As for me, I have the novel from last year, Speechless, that could use more work. I wrote the 50,000 words, but it really looks like a modge-podge of scenes. A year ago, I decided to just write whatever scenes came to me, or which ones were really important. Now I get to add stuff in the middle to make sure everything makes sense. I’m excited to see what the complete first draft will look like.
As for preparations, we’re doing some outlining, research, as well as time management changes to make sure we’ve got the time to get the writing fitted into our already hectic lives. Isn’t being a writer somewhat of an adventure?
Tell us about your work and how it’s coming along! We’d love to hear what our fellow writers are working on.
One comment on “Monthly McGruder Updates: August”
I love it Whitney!! I want to join all the challenges, and write all the time just like you:) But for sure I will do NaNoWritMo, I’m excited to read your next installment!