April Showers Writing Update


I decided to continue on the heels of March’s success and continue to aim for 300 words per day in April.

The Tally

First the numbers:

  • Starting April 1st: 18,770 words
  • Ending April 30th: 29,773 words
  • April Total: 11,003 words
  • Average: 367 words/day

The numbers are pretty close to March’s, but that’s only because the beginning of April went great. The second week of April, I had my best writing week, over 4500 words, averaging more than twice my goal, 654 words/day.

Then, for almost two weeks, I found myself gripped tightly in the claws of the dreaded writer’s block. Writer’s block wasn’t the only issue either. It was a maddening combination of being tired, not feeling good, and lacking motivation. I have to wonder if it was also partly because I’d been pushing myself so hard and had written so much the week before. Or maybe it’s just because I’m getting so close to completing my first draft.

I tried to combat my writer’s block with other forms of self-motivation: reading, drawing maps, and playing with typography and calligraphy pens. In the end, the only thing that really worked was forcing myself to sit down and write.

Trying Out Scrivener

Early in the month, I decided to give in to writer peer pressure and try out Scrivener. I moved over fifteen or so chapters, including my notes, just those attached to specific scenes and lines and words that had been scattered throughout the Google Doc I was writing in originally.

I’m not completely sold yet, because I’m far too fond of having all my documents available in Google Drive for easy access from anywhere—work, my phone, my tablet. I’m the queen of multiple tabs, and I usually have two instances of Chrome (with my two Google accounts) open, both with 5+ tabs. So I only have my actual novel and its in-document notes in Scrivener.

However, if Scrivener makes it easier to turn my novel into an ebook, it will all be worth it.

Nearing the Finish Line

I surpassed 30k words, and I estimate I’m about 80% of the way through my first draft for Book 1. This worries me to a point, because it means my story will need some serious beefing up to make the epic fantasy goal of 90k+ words. Luckily, I found an article that helped me feel a little bit better about this, and it has fueled me with some ideas of what I can do to lengthen it already.

Now, the difficult part has become pushing myself forward to complete the first draft before I start editing what’s already there. I think this is slowing me down from getting to the finish line, as my notebook fills with these many little ideas.

In fact, brainstorming to finish book 1 led to trying to better flesh out books 2 and 3, which led to changing my mind about the titles for all three books, which led to changing how I originally thought book 1 would end, which led to changing this from a trilogy to a four book series. All of this is leading to more edits once I finish the first draft of book 1.

All good changes, changes that excite me because I know they’ll make the whole story more coherent and stronger, but still frustrate me because I keep feeling I’m slowing myself down. I really can’t fault ideas that will make it better in the long run though.

Closing Out April

I’ve had some stumbling points, but I met my goals for April.

I think May might be the month that I finish my first draft, if I can keep up my 300 words per day. I hope for that to be the update I give in a few more weeks.

~ Effy

National Poetry Month – Week 1

Book of Poetry

Happy Poetry Month! Lately I have been trying my hand at Twitter writing prompts from various different people. They’re all on my Twitter account, but I figured it would be fun to post them here once a week, at least during the month of April!

Let me know what you think. Which is your favorite? (I am especially fond of the ones that reference dragons.)

~ Effy

Twitter Prompt Poetry

Wings snap and catch
The whipping wind
As I feel my
Spirit Rising
And the ground
Fall away

Cut my heart with
And indifference.
I surrender to
The painful numbness.

How do we salvage
This tangled wreckage,
This smoldering heap,
This ruined fortress,
These bleeding hearts?

Remember last night
As the end of
A dark chapter.
See today
As the start of
A brighter one.

He thought he could
Sneak into my lair,
Steal my gold,
Escape without harm.
But I own the knight.

Twist the tainted blade
That pierced my soul.
It siphons my life
And shrivels my veins,
Leaving an empty husk.

Shedding the skin of past lives,
In fire consumed and reborn.
She is the phoenix.
Excerpt from: Hope

Maple, birch, oak,
All stand and gloat
Springing green leaves.
While the pine
Stands silent,

It shrouded her
Like a silky crimson cloak,
Before soaking into
Dry hardpack below.
Life and warmth absorbed.

Scaled wings,
Taloned claws,
Burning rage–
Chaos ascending.
Looping lazily
Breathing terror
As death rains
And order falls away.

Suave words, tender looks,
Fool me into loving you.
Romance and promises,
Too good and never true.

Only when I see
The scorched skeletons
Among gold and gems
Do I realize the folly of
My last adventure.

First rule of summoning:
Never trust
The demon’s appeals.
It always tempts
But never reveals
The truth of all
It’s scheming deals.

Similar to
Wander off.
The difference lies
In the intention
Or lack thereof.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

This story and all related material are the original works of Awaiting the Muse and Effy J. Roan AKA Effraeti. All rights reserved.
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