Writing Check In- March

5 Mar

One of my goals for this year was to write more. My husband had the suggestion of making a monthly feature to talk about my writing and how it’s going. I’ve decided to make this the first Tuesday of the month so you can all look forward to these posts with bated breath and get a little update on where I am.

I’m working through the fifth major re-write of my novel. It’s a YA novel set in the 1920s. I sent it out to some trusted friends to beta read about 18 months ago and I’m still working through their feedback. After this round of editing, I think it’s time to start sending queries. You only stop editing when you publish, right?

My friend Kristine Kruppa gave me feedback that I’m working on now. She had some major plot suggestions that I’m working in. I’ve decided to do this by going through the story, scene by scene, and asking myself at the end, Did this fit the new goals I have for my book? Often, the answer is no and I make some major edits. As I get farther and farther into the book, the edits are becoming more and more time-consuming. This has become a really fun process and I’m looking forward to my writing time each week. When the timer goes off after an hour, I’m usually disappointed and hoping to squeeze in a bit more.

My biggest focus now is my female protagonist. (I have a male and female protagonists. One guess what happens.) Kristine’s feedback was that my male character had strong motivation and dominated the story while the female character seemed to take a back seat and be more easily influenced. That was not my intent by any means and I was glad to get that feedback. I’m adding in some motivation for her and ways she can take a stronger stance when she is questioned. It’s been fun so far.

I’ve got a lot of work to do with a minor character in the next few scenes. Her motivation is a bit muddled so I’m trying to clarify that and make her a little less annoying but just as despicable. It’s going to be a challenge for sure!

Until next time, write on.

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15 Responses to “Writing Check In- March”

  1. BB&Y March 5, 2019 at 10:52 AM #

    People often tell me i should write a book. But about What, i have no idea, my brain comes to a hault and goes blank. How did you decide on what to write? I realize the story sort of writes itself mostly, where to start is the question….


    • Sam March 5, 2019 at 12:19 PM #

      I started with a situation I found interesting, the fight against and for Prohibition. Then I thought of a character, a boy on the cusp of manhood raised by a gangster family. Then I wondered what he thought about his situation and got to my story! Start with something you want to learn about. Books are a lot of research. Happy writing!


      • BB&Y March 5, 2019 at 2:18 PM #

        Thats the part i love the most, Research!

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Mel March 5, 2019 at 11:07 AM #

    This post is a great idea to help keep yourself accountable! I’m glad you’ve been enjoying your writing time, too 🙂 I hope you continue making progress.


    • Sam March 5, 2019 at 12:19 PM #

      Thanks! I wrote again last night and had a huge breakthrough. I can’t wait for my next writing day. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Aymee March 5, 2019 at 11:49 AM #

    Good luck! Writing’s not as easy as people think. Look forward to seeing your progress in the future.


    • Sam March 5, 2019 at 12:20 PM #

      Thank you! I feel like I’m finally getting close. But that’s still a year out, haha. Happy reading!


      • Aymee March 5, 2019 at 12:21 PM #

        It’s definitely a labor of love!


  4. Jess @ Combing Through the Pages March 5, 2019 at 12:17 PM #

    Good luck with your querying!!


    • Sam March 5, 2019 at 12:20 PM #

      Thanks! I’ll be excited to even start that phase. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Rae Longest March 5, 2019 at 4:18 PM #

    Thanks for sharing your progress and your process as well. This was a fun post to read. What a good idea!


    • Sam March 5, 2019 at 8:15 PM #

      Thank you! I’m excited to share it and even more excited to be making progress. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. cafereading March 5, 2019 at 4:25 PM #

    Great idea! I just started doing writing updates myself as to keep track of how much I’ve rewritten and edited. Good luck with your rewrite!!


    • Sam March 5, 2019 at 8:16 PM #

      Ooh, that’s a great idea! I should report my word count and what page I’m on! That would be good to show my progress as well. Happy writing!

      Liked by 1 person

      • cafereading March 7, 2019 at 3:03 PM #

        Great plan! It’s really good to keep track of these things 🙂 hope you writing goes well too! If you ever need another pair of eyes, I’m happy to help!

        Liked by 1 person

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