The end of this year has been so much better than the start.
I was horrifically sick on New Year’s — I’d caught my dad’s stomach flu, and I ended up missing a New Year’s bash (luckily I was able to sell my ticket.) I was also sick for much of the first part of the year, and I started having to take a lot of medication to get my symptoms under control, as well as completely change my diet and my lifestyle.
But at the end of March I finally admitted I was having a real problem writing (though some of it was related to the health issues) and so I started doing writing prompts. It was probably one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. I went back and I read a lot of those beginning entries today. It amazes me when I think about where I was in terms of being able to write and where I am now. But a lot of it, I also realize now, reading back through those entries, is that I was will to change my process and try different things in order to enable myself to write again. It sounds funny, I know — but it’s a huge thing. And not only did I do it — I’m willing to do it again if I need to in order to keep writing.
Speaking of such — here’s the final typed word count for the novel for the end of the year:
67,733 / 100,000
In addition, I’ve probably done another 3000 words handwritten, so I’m just going to call it 70K in three and a half months. I’m still amazed at how much I’ve done in such a short amount of time. I figure it’ll only take me another 5 weeks for me to finish the novel (I’ve been averaging a chapter a week.) Then I’ll rewrite. My goal is to have this novel to my agent by the end of May (i.e., before I go to WisCon.) During the rewrite I’m going to be sending chapters as I finish them to my reviewers — yet another change in my process.
I hope that ya’ll are having a lovely holiday season, and I wish each and every one of you the best in the coming year!