Hi everyone, welcome to this fortnight’s writerly update. I’ve had some busy writing days and some days that have been too busy to get much writing done, mainly the last three days, but I’m mostly happy with the progress I’ve made.
On the novel front, it’s been a bit slow going on typing up the corrections I made on the hard copy of my YA epic fantasy. I’ve typed up the corrections to the first three chapters, making further corrections as I go along. I’ve sort of come across a dilemma. I have written this book in third person omniscient and was reading something that suggested that this isn’t really used in YA as teen readers like to feel a close connection with the characters, which is hard to do with omniscient POV. So now I’m debating whether to change it to third person limited, or drop the YA and sell it just as an epic fantasy. I started browsing through some of the epic fantasies out there aimed at YA’s and have not come across one written in third person omniscient, mostly third person limited. I’d love to hear your opinion on this, it would really help me a lot with the decision.
The YA urban fantasy that I have decided to rewrite is coming along better than I expected. I have finally written a first chapter that I’m happy with. It’s a huge relief to have that first chapter sorted out, and I’ve also managed to rewrite the first four chapters this fortnight which I am so excited about. It seems that now I’ve gotten past that first chapter the rest is flowing along smoothly.
You may or may not have read my flash fiction story The Girl in the Mirror It was a story I couldn’t get out of my head and is refusing to stay a flash fiction piece, so I have decided to turn it into a novel. I have now written 4 chapters of the first draft and have started on the fifth. I also have the book basically plotted out – I can see the whole thing clearly from start to finish in my head.
It’s extremely hard juggling 3 novels at once, I can tell you. I also need to get back into writing book two for my YA epic fantasy. While book 1 was last on submission I wrote 20,000 words of the first draft, but I won’t get back into that until I figure out what to do with book 1. I’m also occasionally working on a secret project, though I haven’t worked on it at all this fortnight. So, yes, you can say I’m juggling a lot. (Note: with the 3 main novels I am working on, 2 novels are in editing stages and only one is in the 1st draft stage. I do not recommend writing 3 novels all in the first draft stage.)
On the short story front, I received yet another rejection for the story I sent out last fortnight. To look on the bright side, my long list of rejections can only mean one thing…I’m on my way to making it!
I’ve kept my word and sent a short story away today. Again I know I wouldn’t have done it if I hadn’t committed to it in a previous writerly update. So thank you to those who check in every fortnight, you help keep me accountable.
That’s it from me. How is your writing going? I’d love to hear an update from you.
Be sure to check in next week for some writing tips, and I’ll be back in a fortnight for another writerly update. And if you’re interested, I usually post book reviews (mainly YA books) on Fridays and Sundays.