Monthly Writing Update #4 // lots of back tracking and internal screaming

Hello friends, and welcome to my fourth Writing Update!

I’m trying to finish this draft by December, and… I’m not sure if I will ever be able to complete this goal. But I can try! 

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What did you work on since last post?

I’m currently (still) writing a Fantasy novel which I started in early 2018!

But how’s it going, you ask? Well, it’s… it’s going. It’s there.

A few weeks ago, everything was going according to my plans. I had 30,000 words written, I had completed the outline, and I was so ready to write until my fingers fell off. 

But then – I decided, simply because I was a little confused with how I was going to end the plot, that my novel needed two more main characters.

Originally, my WIP was written in first person, narrated by my singular main character (Prince Elias). But all of this changed when I decided to add in a little bit more. 

Suddenly, the story turned into more than just this prince. I added two other MCs, and because of this, I had a breakdown as I realized that I would have to go back and change everything to third person. 

Third person! I haven’t written anything in third person in a very long time. I do not like this tense, but it has to be done. 

I am hollering at myself in my mind. Everything is just one Huge Mess, and my WIP is not okay. But it’s fine.

My notes? Everywhere. It’s like someone took my documents and spread them all over the floor. 

My story? Better, but also scattered everywhere. 

My characters? Precious children, but they also have no idea what they’re doing at all. 

Please send help. 

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How many words did you write?

I have… no idea. Probably around 10,000 words, which is actually not bad, considering how much of a mess of stress I am under right now. 

As of right now, there is a total of 39,000 words in this WIP document. Good, but I would like to make so much more progress. Wish me luck! 

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How many chapters?

I wrote maybe 2 or 3 chapters, but I also spent a lot of time writing my third outline and rewriting some other chapters!

So far, I have a total of 10 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 27 chapters by the end of this draft. That’s a little scary right now, but all I can do is try my best! 

I plan on writing as much as I can 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 don’t know, friends. I am the definition of stressed out. But let’s see how this goes! 

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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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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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11 thoughts on “Monthly Writing Update #4 // lots of back tracking and internal screaming

  1. Thanks for letting us know how you’re doing with your writing. I am telling you, the stress is real for me too!

    But if you are stressing a lot right now, I want to emphasize that you take enough time away from writing to focus on mental health.

    I recently was under so much stress I actually made myself sick for about a week. I had to change my perspective and stop stressing myself out.

    All that being said, I’m super happy for you! You will get there, I promise! Just takes time.

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    1. Thank you, Jonny! I hope everything is well with your writing!

      I think I sometimes put too much pressure on myself through the goals I set. I promised myself that I would finish this WIP by the end of the year, and now that I may not reach the goal, I should tell myself that this kind of progress is okay, too. As long as I’m making progress, I should be proud of myself.

      Thank you for the advice! I wish you good luck with everything, and I hope you also don’t stress yourself out too much. 🙂

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      1. It is, thanks for asking! I’m chiseling out intense amounts of detail for my second act of my sequel, trying to get as much down on my docs as possible before writing. It really makes the writing process a lot easier, so I can envision it just by reading my descriptions.

        I hear you there. We can actually miss things when we are pushing ourselves too hard. I’m having to push back my release date of my sequel because I decided to take my time getting all the great details in and correct.

        Totally, you should be proud of yourself! You’re advancing along, which is a great accomplishment in itself.

        No problem, always happy to help. 🙂

        PS: My stress issues are gone, so long as I keep myself in check. Zero sickness!


  2. I loved hearing about your progress and I relate to having massive changes happening whilst writing as when you figure something new out in your story you then have to change everything to fit in with it!! And like you said I feel like my story is better than before but very scattered!!
    Well done for your current progress and all the words you have written– it is still very impressive and deserves a pat on the back!
    Good luck with the next steps in your writing! And I always love to hear about your WIP!! ❤

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    1. Thanks so much, Sophie! My current WIP is the most complicated thing I’ve ever written, and I’ve never had this many plot problems before, so it’s a bit overwhelming!

      Thank you for supporting my very messy WIP, and I wish you luck with your writing as well! 💕

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  3. ahh, Xandra, I’m so sorry that you’ve hit some bumps in the road! I do congratulate you on the progress you were able to make, and I wish you all the luck in your writing journey! sending you all the good vibes and hope this problem is fixed soon!

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    1. Thank you, Caitlin! All I can do at this point is try my best. 😭 I think it’s time to give up my goal of finishing this WIP by the end of the year, because that’s what’s stressing me out! Progress is progress, and I just need to accept that I’m doing well anyway. 🙂 Thanks for everything!

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