MS Number Two

It’s been a while, but I thought I would give an update since I haven’t posted recently. I’ve been busy and it seemed like I was spending half my writing time finding the right picture and writing up a blog post as opposed to actually working on my writing, so I took a break from posting. Here’s what I’ve been up to since last time I edited.

If you recall, I attempted NaNoWriMo this year for the first time. And while I didn’t get to 50k words, I was pretty happy with my results. After November, I kept working on that MS and it’s gone pretty well. I finished the first draft in May and had a couple beta readers take a look. I wanted to know if I should bother with a second draft as the genre is really outside my normal wheelhouse.

Honestly, though, I had a really fun time writing it and when I got some positive feedback, I felt validated. I spent a while going through and reading it myself, leaving notes of things I should fix or change. I finished that process about a month ago and I’ve been implementing the changes ever since.

This MS is separated into 4 parts. I have finished part 1. Part 2 is difficult as there is historical information in there that I need to do more research on. During NaNo, I just threw it on the page, knowing I’d have to come back and fix it. That time is now, unfortunately.
I am confident that I’ll have a reasonable draft before November though, which for me, is a really good amount of time to finish a MS (my first was 3 years). Especially since I’ve written a handful of short stories and had one published during that year (as well as working on edits for my first MS).

In other news, I’m having surgery on my ankle on Tuesday (I tore some ligaments). I’m taking a week off work and will likely spend that week in bed reading. Hopefully, the painkillers don’t fry my brain too much because I have a stack 4.5 books that I’d like to read.

Since my last update, I read the whole Broken Earth Trilogy by Nk Jemison, which was fantastic. I’m still working on The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong, which I’m quite enjoying as well.

That’s about it for me.

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