Behind the Book: Author Update 9
Spring 2023: Thoughts on the journey of writing a book.
Wow! That's how I'm going to start this off...just total wow.
I'm not sure what has gotten into me, but the words are coming faster than my poor little fingers can type. In just the last 2-3 days, I've pumped out more than 10k words. In April, I managed over 25k words.
This story is coming together so fast, so intensely, I can barely keep up. As it stands, book 2 of The Dissenter Saga is currently at 86k words. I'm coming into the climax and last 25% of the book, and I already know this part is going to go quick.
And OMG, you guys. This WIP is sizzling. I mean, I'm getting intensely emotional as I write it, and I can't wait for you to read it!
While I've been writing, 2 songs have been playing on repeat because they give the exact vibe and energy I envision for this book:
Breathe by Fleurie
Soldier by Fleurie
Right now, those 2 songs are my absolute favorites. And I am living and breathing this mini playlist to help me keep up the momentum and creative energy for this WIP.
And with that said, I totally have to give a super big thanks to my niece, Clara, who indirectly introduced me to Soldier. The moment I heard the song, I was hooked!
Now, let's talk about May! Camp NaNoWriMo is over, and it was a great success. I met my goals twice over.
As I look into May, I know the month is going to be insanely busy with the end of the school year and summer starting up. I'm already way further ahead than my original goals for Q2, so I'm setting the bar a little higher this time.
I would love to aim for a completed first draft of book 2 by the end of Q2. Ideally, I'd love the first draft done by the end of May, but I know that's going to be a bit of a stretch. The way I see it, however, why not put the pedal to the metal and give it a go?
The Plan: So, here we go! For the month of May, I'm pushing for a completed first draft of book 2. That means I have somewhere between 20k to 40k more to write before the end of the month. And honestly, if I maintain the momentum I've had these past few days, it'll be done sooner than that!
See you in a month!
Reminder: I've been sharing snippets of Dissent on my social media accounts, and revealing different themes that pop up throughout the story. Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads to catch little tastes of this upcoming dystopian romance.