Where I am: Progress Report and Novel Updates

If you had told me back in January that I’d be where I am today, I probably would have laughed in your face. Instead of a writing post today, I thought I’d give you a little progress report about the new website and where I am in my novel. Let’s get started!

About the website

In June, I realized I was outgrowing the old Weebly site. At the very least, I wanted to have my own domain and better analytics than Weebly was providing. I also wanted more options regarding the website appearance. This is my best marketing platform, at least for now, and I need it to look professional. I also need to know where my traffic is coming from so I can draw an audience. When my book is ready for submissions, it’s going to be a big help if I already have a following. Publishers sometimes look at that sort of thing, so I want to be mindful of it now.

What you can expect

Probably things aren’t going to change a whole lot here as far as you all are concerned. I’m still going to do a weekly rant on Wednesdays and an exercise on Fridays. Some of my old posts need a few tweaks for SEO and readability before I get too deeply involved in other projects. I’m trying to rewrite those in a way that preserves the old information but also adds new content, so it doesn’t feel like I’m just recycling old stuff. Stealthily updating them was an option, but I want to leave the originals as they are. I think it’s good to show how you can expand upon and improve your ideas as you gain experience writing.

I’m also expanding my social media outreach. I have a Pinterest account just for this site, with lots of useful links and tips you can check out. I’m also on Twitter now. Apparently that’s a great way to meet agents and connect with other writers, so I’ll give it a try. I’ve never used it before. If it helps, I’ll be sure to blog about it.

About my novel

I’m a little behind where I had hoped to be by this point. My initial goal was to have the rough draft finished in June and that just didn’t happen. I hit a personal roadblock, and then things got really weird everywhere, and that’s definitely part of why I’m still where I am.

When I first started this blog, my goal was to have a completed manuscript by December 31, 2020. I’ve decided to amend that. My new goal is to have something ready by February 2021. Alexa Donne is part of a program called Author Mentor Match, and I want to apply to that when it opens next year. Pushing my goal back two months is a little bit of a bummer, but I did take roughly a two month break in the spring when the pandemic started shutting things down where I live, so I think it balances out.

As far as the writing goes, I’m slowly picking up the pace. I’m closing in on 60,000 words and I think I’m a little more than halfway through the story. I know I need to rewrite a big section of the beginning act, and my deuteragonist’s entire story arc needs a major overhaul. I also need to work on my antagonist because he’s not much more than a faceless authority figure at this point. I’m planning to tackle those issues in my second draft.

It’s clear I still have a lot of work ahead of me

I’m not worried, though. I have plenty of drafted blog posts, and now that the website is more or less how I want it, I have more time to devote to my novel. Here’s hoping I get that rough draft finished soon! I’ll see you on Friday for an exercise, and I’ll be back next week with a post about writing strong female characters.

If you have any thoughts about anything I’ve written in this progress report, please share them in the comments below. Thanks!

Image credit: Roberto Nickson

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2 Comments

  1. I came across your blog on reddit! I love what you’re doing here, and find it really inspiring.

    60,000 words is insane! Keep it up. I’m not sure if you posted about the general idea of your novel somewhere, so I may need to track that down to see. Interested in seeing where it goes!

    1. Thank you! I’m so glad you’re enjoying my blog! I don’t write a whole lot about the novel itself here, because I know things are going to change some when I edit, but I do talk a little bit about it here.

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