Yes, it’s time for updates. Thanks for sticking around and checking in on us. Do give us an update on your writing life in the comments or on social media!
We’ve Got Updates on Our Summer Goals
Writing Schedule: Sad to say, we haven’t done much creative writing beyond Camp NaNoWriMo. That’s okay, because you don’t have to constantly write to be considered a good writer. I do want to finish Throwaway Queen by the end of this year, so I hope that I can channel more writing juice into the novel and not as much on the blog. Balancing can be difficult, but I have the blog to talk about my writing, so let’s say that I’m trying to produce something to blog about.
Agent & Job Soliciting: I didn’t apply to anyone in July. I focused more on writing and enjoying my summer. I still need to make a few revisions in Destiny Seeker before I solicit to other agents, so once I do that, I’ll be back in the game.
I appreciate the amounts of people who enthusiastically tell me they can’t wait to read my books. I’m excited to let you read them, but sometimes the publishing process is daunting and I have to take on one goal at a time.
Travis recently got a local writing job and he’s pretty happy about that! We’ll be staying in our apartment for at least another year to let him soak up some experience. It’s a relief to know we won’t be moving, but we’ll be more prepared once we do!
We Enjoyed Our #HalfYearMarkGoal Instagram Challenge
The #HalfYearMarkGoal challenge was definitely a learning experience. I had never hosted a challenge before, so I had to anticipate some ups and downs. A lot of people were excited to join but didn’t actually post anything. So that was a bit discouraging, but I learned about some ways to make future challenges more user-friendly and enjoyable for everyone.
Whitney’s Editing & Beta Reading Services Are Live
As many of you have noticed, we have a new feature on Wit & Travesty—hardcore pricing options for freelance editing services! Check out my Editing Services page right now!
Take a look if you or another writing friend is looking for a freelance editor. I’m already booked through August, but I have spots available throughout the rest of the year.
If the prices are way out of your budget, still shoot me an email. I want to help new authors and we can work something out. Keep coming back for future pricing updates or offers.
Whitney Rocked Camp NaNoWriMo
Ah yes, Camp NaNo. I almost didn’t make it this time, but I still won. I set a 10,000-word goal and set out to write a reliable outline for Throwaway Queen. This was actually a fun approach to a NaNo goal because I didn’t have to worry as much about grammar or any writing mechanics. I just needed to record the different types of scenes I wanted—even some snatches of dialog. It’s definitely a zero draft, but I was able to get quite far into my outline. I just need to finish recording the climax and ending chapters. Then I can prune the outline and start writing like a plotter!
I honestly couldn’t have done this without my Word Count Slayer group. I don’t think I would’ve joined had they not gently encouraged me. We were all talking like “Oh, I’m too swamped with stuff,” and boom, nearly all of us beat our word count goals.
What We Wrote in July
We had some great blog posts for you! To recap, just click on them below:
We’ll be having a couple of exciting blog posts and book reviews in August, so subscribe via email or follow us on social media to be notified when they’re live.
That’s about it from us! We’ve been pretty busy and we know you have been, too. What have you been up to? Let us know and bask in your own glory in the comments section or via social media.
2 comments on “Monthly McGruder Updates: July”
I didn’t slay my goal for Camp NaNo but it did help my get some pivot scenes penned. It’s a fun challenge that I am glad they host. 🙂
I say the challenge did its job if it helped you write out some juicy scenes! You keep all the progress you make regardless of whether you win or not. 😀 Do you have new goals for the near future?