Welcome to THE CHECK-IN, where you can get a sneak peek into my writing progress every week! Read on to find out what I’m working on and how things are progressing in my world.
Here’s the breakdown:
- Bloody is the Night: So close to the end…so close I can almost taste the editing… This bad boy has less than 10k left to go and it is making me work for EVERY. WORD. It’s like pulling teeth lately, honestly, mostly because I think I’m discovering I struggle with endings (even more than mushy middles!). There’s something anti-climatic about it when I figure out how a book is going to end, and I almost avoid the writing of it because I don’t want the ride to be over. But I’ve got people waiting on this! It needs to be finished! LET’S GO BRAIN, KICK IT IN GEAR.
- Mafia Anthology Sub: Conversely, this snack-sized story is ticking right along, 25% done already! The honeymoon period may be nearing an end, though, as I start having to wrangle a cohesive plot into submission. I almost always start a project with a few key scenes in mind, and that was definitely the case with this piece. Now that I’ve written those scenes out, I’m left looking around going “…right…what now??”
- Everything else…: I’d really like to bounce back to that Untitled Paranormal Romance I started…but sadly, the demands of my schedule won’t allow it. Don’t worry my darling WIP — you have not been forgotten!
I’m having a lot of fun writing the Mafia Anthology Submission, which I find super surprising, given that I’ve had no urge to write in this particular subgenre before. I thought I was going to find the whole exercise less inspiring, more like ticking off boxes and writing to order. But it’s actually been super fun and challenging, stretching my writing muscles in unexpected directions. I really like how the story is shaping up!
LESSON OF THE WEEK: IT’S OKAY NOT TO EXCEL AT EVERYTHING. IF YOU DISCOVER A SKILL THAT NEEDS SOME WORK, THAT’S A GOOD THING!