I’m really pleased with how February went. Last week was, by far, my best week, but I made really steady progress on BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL, and managed to finish one of my most difficult chapters to edit so far (which was my primary goal for the month, so, woohoo!). I’m about halfway through Part 2 now. I also rewrote my query and synopsis for the book, which, I think, helped me streamline my plot better, and I’m feeling much more confident about the story overall. Also, inspiration struck on a couple of other projects that are still in the brainstorming stages, so I wrote on those a bit, mostly just worldbuilding notes at this point. One is my epic fantasy I’ve been adding to forever, and the other is a new mystery project, as yet untitled. I also discovered Canva, so I made a few mood boards for BOSTOP as well.

Word Counts:

Blog/Newsletter: 644
Epic Fantasy: 176
Mystery: 582

Total Words Written Last Month: 13,982
Total Words Written in 2022: 22,834

Plans for This Month:

I’m hopeful that I will be able to wrap up Chapter 8 fairly soon (hopefully today if I can manage it!). I have set myself a deadline for the end of July to finish these rewrites, which means I need to complete at least two scenes each week. Once I finish Chapter 8, I only have two chapters remaining in this section. I think Chapter 9 should be pretty straightforward as it features two villain scenes (somehow, I nailed those characters in the first draft and haven’t had to make very many changes to their POV scenes). Chapter 10 is only one scene, but it’s a doozy of a chapter with a lot of drama going on and a major turning point in the book. I wouldn’t be surprised if that one takes me a whole week to rewrite on its own. Even so, I should have enough time left in the month to review the book up to this point to make sure everything is still cohesive and the pacing is right before moving on to Part 3 next month.

Also, I’m taking a social media hiatus until I finish the book.

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