And so, it's been hard to feel like writing here. But I have been writing! In fact, since I got my yearly breakdown finished with early, this was probably a record Summer for me in terms of writing. I didn't really keep track of everything I got done, but I know that I started Spun of Silver's second draft in June, typing 12 whole pages in one day! It was really crazy. Probably the most I've written in a whole day ever.
Some more updates... Magic Inc. is now 9 chapters into its second draft. Miss Masquerade is only a few exciting chapters from the end of its first draft. I'm still working on typing and editing that first chapter of Dreaming in Shadow. I've been editing down a lot of the unnecessary exposition that was all over that chapter, but I'm finally getting to the point where stuff is actually happening. And it's getting exciting again! I'm listening to the soundtrack right now, because it's really pulling me.
And last week, I finished an outline for a brand new story! Well, brand new, in that I've never mentioned it on here before. I've been planning this story in my head since 2006. And I can't tell you how exciting it is to think about writing something totally new. I'm sure a lot of well-meaning people could tell me I should work on finishing those other stories first if I ever want to be successful. But luckily, I don't listen to those people, and I only follow where my inspiration leads! I will finish those stories at the exact right time, because I trust the Universe to help me make that happen.
Really, I've had an extremely successful writing year in my own terms. If we look back to my resolutions post, I wanted to finish the first drafts of Dreaming in Shadow and Magic Inc. And I totally did that. Months ago! Spun of Silver, too. And I feel really great about my writing these days. The amazing flow of writing second drafts - and then, seeing them on my Kindle looking all professional - has boosted my confidence in my own work so much. I love my writing now! And it's partly to do with the fact that I no longer push myself. Sure, that means that some weeks are "successful" and others aren't. But I'm trying to approach writing like breathing. Sometimes, you breathe in;sometimes, you breathe out. Both are necessary for living.
I do still hope to finish Miss Masquerade's first draft before the end of the year. It will be amazing to have my first round of stories all in second draft! But I'm not going to push it. I'm going to write whatever pulls me, and therefore, love the process every step of the way.
I can only wish you the same on your creative adventure, friends! Even if I'm not around, you can send me messages.