Drafting is one of those things that's easier said than done (who knew? Writing a book is supposed to be easy, right? ;-)
What I mean by that is-I tell myself I'm going to FINISH THE BOOK all the time. All summer I've had two books begging me to be written (and 2 more waiting their turn in the back of my head), and all summer I've been saying "by the end of this month I'll have..." most of the time I don't finish those goals. Now I DID, finally finish the first of the two books. I wrote the last 20k of my Middle Grade WIP during Camp nano. But I pledged to write 30k because I wanted to jump right into my pirate book.
I hit my main goal and after that I got lazy. But I REALLY need to write this new book. Because it's awesome. Because I can't wait to query it and publish it and have all of you tell me how amazing it is (because in my head, it IS amazing. Let's hope it lives up to that)
But first, I have to write it.
And goodness knows every time I hear an agent or editor say they want pirates! ACK! WHY HAVEN'T I WRITTEN THIS YET.
So when I came across some tweeps talking about this #WIPmarathon nonsense (I just wanted to use the word nonsense) I perked up. Sounds perfect, I'll have set goals and people I'm accountable to (I NEED that, guys. I'm such a procrastinator and I can not be trusted to trust myself) So I'm doing it. Once a week I'll post back here with how it's going and hang around some other writers also drafting or revising on twitter (check it out: #WIPmarathon or here for the info post http://ifeomadennis.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/hello-august-writing-marathon/). So here is my intro post answers.
Marathon Goal: 30k. It won't finish the novel but it will get me well on my way.
Stage of writing: First draft of my 4th novel! I have 7k written as of now, so I'll post my month word count as well as my total word count.
What inspired my current project: I wrote a post, back in the day about being inspired to write it, find that here (along with pretty Caribbean pictures). It's a YA historical romance with paranormal elements (or something). I like to think of it as The Luxe meets Pirates of the Caribbean. Because I'm obsessive I wrote a short pitch for it already so here is that:
Stolen from her not-quite-wanted high society life, Whitely is thrust into a pirate feud where she's the bargaining chip. Bluff is her only ally on the high seas, but Whitely knows well—never trust a pirate.
What might slow down my marathon goal: My current mental state. Been a rough week or so, nothing really bad just.... bleh. I need to get back into the swing of things. I'm tired and cranky, so hopefully a good night sleep tonight will help and it won't stop me from committing to this awesome story!