I finally finished my Draft 2 outline and started the rewrite of BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL this month, and I’m now almost to 10,000 words total on that, with the prologue rewritten and polished and now working on Chapter 1. I’ve been struggling a little bit with getting started and juggling all the necessary elements that need to go into these first chapters, but I think that things will improve moving forward. I’m woefully behind where I want to be to finish this draft before the New Year, but that’s okay. I just have to do the best that I can, and the draft will be done when it’s done.

 

Word Counts in October:

Blog/Newsletter: 1,233
Cartridges & Catacombs: 2,498
BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL: 12,144
Other: 510

Total Words Written in September: 16,385
Total Words Written in 2020: 111,905

Woo! I crossed 100,000 for the year!

 

Plans for November:

I will be digging into this Draft 2 rewrite this month, with the goal to write as much as possible between now and the end of the year. I don’t have any other obligations or events that will eat into my usual writing time, so we’ll see how it goes. I do think that this rewrite will take longer than I originally anticipated, based on my progress so far. Ordinarily, I would be able to complete 10,000 words per week, but this draft is different because of the way it was written, with no backtracking to edit previous chapters or scenes before I was finished. Because of this, the draft is less polished overall, so I’m having to do that extra work now, as I rewrite. That slows things down. And that’s okay. I would still like to have a finished Draft 2 by the end of 2020, but if I can’t manage that, my hard deadline now is end of March 2021. That feels like a good goal for me.

In the meantime, this month’s conservative/achievable goal is to finish rewriting the first four chapters, with an ambitious goal of eight chapters. If I can manage something between those two, that will be great.

 

Writing Talks:

Still going with the live writing talks on Twitch each week. You can tune in every Friday at 1:30pm CST to listen to me talk about what I’m working on, or check the videos on my YouTube channel. These usually run 30-45 minutes. I posted four videos in October:

10/2: Restructuring part of my novel and setting up foreshadowing
10/9: Finishing revision outline and changes made
10/16: Starting the rewrite and the challenges involved
10/30: More struggles with the rewrite and immediate goals for the project

 

Cartridges & Catacombs:

Only a couple of posts last month. I didn’t play much beyond some casual WoW with all the event planning going on. Hoping to game more this month, with Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity coming out Nov. 20.

Games this Week… Baldur’s Gate 3 (Early Access)
Games this Week… Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

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