Hey y’all! Happy Tuesday!
Today, I want to give you a brief recap of where I’m at in my writing process right now. I’ve been working hard for the last two months, so I wanted to share some updates.
Starting in September, I wrote 1500 words a day, every single day of the month. I was working on the first draft of a dystopian fiction, and I wanted to write it quickly, primarily so that I could get the idea out of my head. In October, I lowered my Daily Word Count Goal to 1000 words/day and started taking Sundays off, but I have been writing consistently for almost two months now. I am wrapping up this first draft, and then I’ll probably set it aside. This book isn’t something I want to pursue any further, mainly because dystopian isn’t my favorite genre to write. I LOVE to read dystopian, though. This was an idea that I had a while back, and I had to get it down on paper so I wouldn’t keep thinking about it.
My beta (test) readers returned their feedback to me mid-September, and I’m in the process of making the FINAL EDITS to what will be my debut novel. It’s really exciting to be at this stage in the writing process, especially because I feel like I received some very helpful, constructive feedback. Every change I’m making is improving the quality of my story. I can’t wait for people to read it when I self-publish it NEXT YEAR.
Speaking of self-publishing… I still have a TON of research to do, but I have so many great resources at my disposal, so I’m confident I can learn everything I need to know soon. I’ve been so caught up in the writing process that I haven’t devoted as much time to research as I should.
Lastly, I am preparing to participate in a worldwide challenge: National Novel Writing Month, more commonly known as NaNoWriMo. The goal for NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in the month of November and, hopefully, finish a first draft. If you’re doing that math, taking into account that I am trying to take Sundays off from writing, you’ll quickly realize that I need to write approximately 2K words/day to reach that goal. Am I crazy? Probably so. Am I excited? Definitely! I’ve been hearing about NaNoWriMo for years, but it’s really become quite the craze in the writing community in the last few years, and I’m finally going to participate this year! I’ve got a team in the writing community on social media, and we will work to motivate, encourage, and hold each other accountable. Now, I bet you’re wondering what I’m going to be writing….
… well that’s a bit of a secret right now, but I’m calling it Project Ragsdale (it’s a long story that’s more of an inside joke), and I will say that it will have a tiny bit of a thriller element to it, which is new for me. It will also be set here in the Charleston area!
And now, I have a special treat for you! Below is a brief synopsis for my debut novel, still tentatively titled, The Lights Out Club. Thanks for reading, and let me know what you think by commenting!
Two childhood best friends.
One summer that will change them forever.
For college student Ellie Taylor, the chance to house-sit her uncle’s beachfront home for the summer is a dream come true. To make her trip even better, Ellie invites her closest friend to stay with her for a few weeks, but Olivia arrives with more baggage than just her suitcases…
At only twenty-one years old, Olivia Blakely is faced with the realization that her husband—who was her high school sweetheart—is not the man she thought she married. Struggling to figure out her next steps in life, Olivia seeks solace and escapes to Sullivan’s Island, only intending to stay for a few weeks.
But while Olivia is busy deciding if she can salvage her marriage, Ellie finds herself dating a local man that she met on the island. Her feelings for him are strong, but she’s scared that when the summer ends, so will their relationship. As the days fly by, Ellie and Olivia realize exactly how much their lives have changed since they were two little girls, dreaming of exciting futures.
In this moving novel, two young women learn that no matter how many plans they made as children, their lives will never be quite the way that they imagined. They cling to their friendship as the summer brings both unexpected love and devastating heartbreak.