Monthly Writing Update #3 // wait, I’m actually making progress?

Hello friends, and welcome to my third Writing Update! 🙂 

For every month in 2019, I plan on posting one of these just to track my progress while working on the first draft for my Work In Progress novel.

I’m trying to finish this draft by December, so let’s see how that goes!

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What did you work on since last post?

I’m writing a Fantasy novel which I started in early 2018!

Now that I am currently 64 pages into this book, I’m… still having problems with it.

Is it too unoriginal? Should I have more characters? Do I need to add more magic??

My WIP has princes and dragons! And maybe a bit of magic, too.

I love this story, and I’m proud of this being my most complex plot yet, but I’m still very hesitant to write it. When I was younger, I used to slap out thousands of words a day, but now… I overthink everything too much. 

I’m afraid of writing the 2nd draft already, because that’s something I’ve never done before. How does one even begin to rewrite??? The mere thought just scares me.

But anyway, I’m beginning to feel more comfortable writing these characters and their dialogue, which is great! Yay for me.

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How many words did you write?

Hold on to your seats, because this time… I wrote 12,000-13,000 words! That’s nearly half of what I have so far!

As of right now, there is a total of 27,000 words in this WIP document. How did this happen so fast??

And what makes this even better is the fact that I wrote all of this within the past few days! This is such an improvement for me, and I couldn’t have done it without finishing my semester of college last month. So thank you, school, for ending another year.

It’s possible that I may have written even more words, but it’s been so long since my last Writing Update that I’m not sure where I left off last time! Oops.

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How many chapters?

I wrote exactly 3 chapters, and it was absolutely amazing.

So far, I have a total of 7 chapters, not including some other chapters I’ve gotten ahead on which means that I’m still a little behind overall, but that’s okay!

According to my outline, I am supposed to have 22-24 chapters by the end of this draft. That’s a little scary right now, but I’m so far into the book at this point, that I feel like it won’t be as difficult as starting, y’know?

I plan on writing A LOT this month, and hopefully I can get a lot done before I start school again in August. 🙂

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Goals for next month? 

During the next month or so, I hope to write at least three chapters!

I know I can do it, and I’m so excited! Maybe this won’t be as hard as I thought. 🙂

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If you would like to know more about my WIP, check out my previous post about the characters and plot, and read the first page! 

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And that’s all for today! Time to get back to writing. netflix and books-33

Are you working on any drafts? How’s it going so far? Would you be interested in hearing more about my Fantasy WIP?

I want to hear all of your thoughts! 😊


You can also be my friend on Goodreads! 📚

Happy writing, everyone! 😀

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23 thoughts on “Monthly Writing Update #3 // wait, I’m actually making progress?

  1. AHH congrats on such great progress!!! That’s amazing, and I hope the words continue to flow for you 😀

    I totally get the feeling of overthinking everything and doubting that what you’re making is any good. And the idea of even attempting rewriting is so daunting to me. But that’s awesome that you’re still making the effort to write something amazing – that’s what really counts in the end!! I can’t wait to hear more about your WIP and your progress as you continue! 😀

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  2. Oh wow, this is some great news! I’m a writer as well. Just published my first novella in April and am currently working on my sequel, hoping to get it published in time for Halloween if possible.

    Anywho, kudos to you for going for those writing goals! Eventually you may want to consider having an alpha or beta read cycle, and I may be interested (just depends how busy I am) with an honest opinion should you need it later down the road.

    Would love to hear more about your WIP. 🙂

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    1. That’s awesome! Good luck, and I hope you finish your goal in time! 🙂

      And thank you! It will probably be a while (perhaps another year?) until I try to get beta readers for it, but I will definitely consider contacting you if I need someone to read it!

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      1. Thanks, good luck to you too! I’m about to finish my first act, then it’s on to plot out the second act. It’s just a little nerve-wracking that I don’t have everything plotted out like I usually do.

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  3. That’s amazing progress! I just re-outlines and completely overhauled by whole WIP this month. So far I’ve only written about 4,000 words since I scrapped my last draft (which was 10K words).

    Writing can be really frustrating at times but it’s so fun too. It’s nice to make progress and I hope I can get 70K in the next few months.

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    1. Thank you! 🙂

      And that’s okay, everyone has their own writing speeds. For all of the books I’ve written before, there’s always something I realize doesn’t make sense, and I get frustrated because that means I’ll have to change so much of it later! I hope you have more fun while writing, and good luck with your goals!

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    1. Thank you so much, Daria! 💕

      When I started this WIP, it seemed almost impossible to get this far, but after 20,000 words it became more fun and easier for me to continue. Just keep trying to write whenever you can! And if that doesn’t work, you can always try writing something else 🙂

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  4. Xandra that is amazing and I’m so impressed! Blogging+keeping up your WIP is so hard!! (Also if you ever need eyes on it in the future I am definitely excited to volunteer!! 🤗) Also pleease tell us more about your dragon WIP!!

    I think I’ve told you before that I write too. Right now I recently started Draft No. 2. of a Rapunzel retelling but before that I was researching medieval France and learned some pretty weird facts along the way 🤣🤣 Also ~insert whine about how hard editing is ESPECIALLY first chapters~ I’m procrastinating by blogging oops so I MUST get back to it.

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    1. Thank you, Miri! 💕 I would love for you to read it in the future, when I’m ready! Although I’m not sure when that will be. It might be this time next year. 🤣

      Yes, I knew you were writing draft 2, and I’m so excited for you! But I didn’t know it was a Rapunzel retelling – that sounds amazing!! And yeah, researching is weird sometimes, and it’s hard when it comes to fairytale-like stories, because you also have the opportunity to make up your own ideas of how the world works, as well. But good luck with your editing, and I would gladly read it for you someday, if you want!

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  5. Congratulations on your progress ❤️ I never tried writing anything so probably I won’t know the feeling of reading your own work. But I would definitely be interested in reading more about your work 😊 This story sounds interesting.

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  6. I love princes.
    And dragons.
    And magic.
    When do I get to read your story again?! 💕
    Happy writing for this month (& always but right now, for this month 😂)

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