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!
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