I just can’t believe it that we are in the sixth month of the year. That this will be my sixth IWSG post of the year. 2016 is racing by faster than the previous years. Someone please ask it to slow down as I have so much to do this year. IWSG aka Insecure Writers Support Group is a online group of writers, we post on the first Wednesday of every month. In our posts we discuss all our writing related worries, anxieties, fears and insecurities. Other writers who share similar worries help us out with their advice and tips. Check out the IWSG website for amazing writing tips. To read the other IWSG posts, click here.
For starting this wonderful group, we must thank Ninja Captain Alex J Cavanaugh (author of the Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars). Alex is a super musician, an amazing blogger, a wonderful human and a brilliant writer (psstt…there is nothing this magician can’t do).
This month I’m not going to crib and grumble, but I’m going to celebrate my small achievement. The reason I’m doing this is because I want to inspire other writers to push their writing muscle. Not only have I written for a different age group but also a different genre.
I finally finished the first draft of my first adult novel. YES, I DID IT. It took me two months (I started the novel on 1st April), I diligently wrote 1000 words a day and by 31st May I have nearly 60,000 words. Now I’ll leave it aside for a few weeks and work on two other books.
I will be working on an illustrated book (the publisher has since shut down its operations and I have claimed back the rights, the publisher has specifically asked me not to use the illustrations and only the text) to rework it in a chapter book format, and I will also be working on another manuscript I had abandoned a few years back. I had written around 23,000 words.
With the help of my Picture Book critique partner Laura Renauld, I have also revised two picture books. Yes, I am keeping myself super busy and all this has been accomplished because I have given myself a strict writing schedule of 1K words a day. If I missed a day’s word count, then the next day it would become 2K words. That was the only way to do it.
How have your past few months been writing wise? Are you stretching your writing muscles?