It’s been more than two weeks since NaNoWriMo ended and I just realized I never posted an update!
I did not officially win NaNoWriMo by writing 50,000 words, but I’m pleased at the progress I made. I wrote a total of 28,726 words in November, which is the most I’ve ever written in one month. That alone is a huge accomplishment. About 21,000 of them were for my first book, and when combined to what I had previously written, I’m at just over 28,000. I also wrote almost 2,000 words towards the second book in the series, and then another 5,600 words towards a completely new book. This happened when I was at a write-in one day and just couldn’t find anything to write. I started free writing, and next thing I knew I had the first chapter written of an entirely new idea. It’s utterly different from my cozy mystery series. Right now I’m classifying it as post-apocalyptic, but as I’ve been moving along it’s developing into a creepy, Stephen King-type book. So excited to see how all 3 projects end up!
This past weekend, I went on a writing retreat with my fellow Hive members. We rented a house about two hours away from home and were gone from Thursday through Sunday. As usual, we brought enough food to survive a zombie apocalypse. Despite the frequent food comas I fell into, I did accomplish a lot during the retreat. I printed out my works in progress and did a complete read-through first to see what needs to be updated. I was able to make edits through about half of Book 1.
We didn’t just write, though. There was a Harry Potter wand ceremony, complete with Harry Potter theme music.
We also visited a local state park for a break. It was absolutely beautiful and refreshing!
That’s it for now. Here’s to getting my writing mojo back with the writer’s retreat.