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A New Goal

First off, happy Thanksgiving to all those who are celebrating it! Stay safe and enjoy the turkey!

Second, to all those lovely mad souls currently writing their fingers to the bone in the hopes of reaching 50,000 (or more), wahooo!!! Keep going! You’re doing great whether you’ve only managed 10,000 or if you’ve hit 100,000. Those are all words you didn’t have at the beginning of the month so give yourself a round of applause!

Thirdly, (and the main reason I’m posting today) as a lot of you know, if you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, I’ve been trying reach a goal of 50,000 words for my WIP More Than A Dream. And you only have to look back through some of those posts to see that, while it was kind of a rocky ride, things were going decently. Until they didn’t.

I spoke in my last post how characters were showing up that I hadn’t planned and I that meant I needed to figure out what was going on before I could continue. Well, I did figure it out for the most part, enough so that I thought I could continue writing and worry about previous events later. But the more I thought on it and prayed about it, the more it didn’t sit well with me, and the more the previous events tugged at my brain. And within a day of posting that things were going great, I finally admitted to myself that they weren’t.

Oh, I could force myself to continue writing MTAD and subsequently work myself into a burnout because my heart just isn’t in it. If I want to give this story my best, I have to temporarily put it on hold until the stories before it are written. Did I mention this is book 3 in the series? Yeah, apparently I’m writing a series now. I did try to keep going, to keep writing this story at least until the end of November or till I reached 50,000 words, but it just wasn’t working. I didn’t want to force myself.

Do I regret spending the most of November working on it? NO. If I hadn’t been working on it, I wouldn’t know all I do about the series as a whole. And for that, I am so, so grateful I worked on MTAD. I wouldn’t change how I did this, well, maybe I would’ve liked to know all this before, but that’s beside the point. I enjoyed spending all this time with Charm and Ellar and the whole crew. Even when it was hard, even when the words were a struggle to bring out, I loved every second of it. I love this story, I love these characters. And after spending a long time on another story that I just wasn’t loving like I used to, this was a breath of fresh air. It reawoke the joy of writing again, and showed me that I can write without an outline and it will generally work out plotwise.

For the longest time, I thought I needed an outline before I could write my story and it not suck. Go ahead and laugh, I am too, first drafts usually always suck. That’s just a fact of first drafts, that’s why they’re called first. Though, my outlines were more like bare-bones first drafts anyway, just without the dialogue and descriptions, but it felt like I had already told the story and it took a lot of the fun of discovery out and made it kind of boring.

But with MTAD, I relished the fact that I didn’t exactly know what would happen. My characters had more freedom to discover who they were (Yes, I sound crazy, just go with it) and decide what they would do in each circumstance as it came. Did I maybe have moments of doubt and worry over how out of control they were at times? YES. Of course I did. But I had to keep reminding myself to let go and see where this would take me, to not be afraid of reaching a dead end and having to rewrite, to silence the fear that I wasn’t smart enough or good enough to figure out how to get myself out of the proverbial corner I’d written myself into. I also had to silence that inner voice that told me I would never write something people would love, characters people would connect with and love. Because all I have to do is look back over the comments and see just how sweet and kind supportive y’all are (I’m Southern, and we say y’all) and that y’all do already love my characters and story even though you’ve yet to read it. I am just so touched by all the support everyone’s given me. That in itself proves that I can write something people will want to read.

And I’m rambling, cue Aunt Cass;

Well, the point is, I didn’t reach my goal for MTAD, and that is okay. I learned SO much this past month, not only about my characters and storyworld, but also about myself and my writing needs. And that alone makes it worth it.

So, I’m sure you’re wondering what I’m going to be doing now (and if you weren’t, I’m gonna tell you anyway ;p). I’m going back to the beginning. I am dusting off what is now book 1 of this series, that has yet to be named, and follow the story until I can again enter Charm and Ellar’s world.

My new goal is what I’m calling MyNoWriMo, and I’m going to be spending the rest of the year trying ti write 60,000 words or more as I delve into a story I started at the beginning of the year.

Enter the world of Roses, Thorns, and Curses where a curse is not what it seems, a sleeping princess has been newly awakened, and dark things lurk within a troubled Fae’s past.

Or, at least, that’s the idea thus far. With my track-record of character shenanigans who knows where this story will end up? And I’ll love every moment of it!

And now I’ll share the opening paragraphs!

Phillip rode his horse through the sunlit forest path. His dreams, or rather dream, as it was the same night after night for nigh on five years, had been especially vivid the night before and he was sure this time he knew the way. Today he would find what he sought. He turned his horse and ducked under a low-lying branch.

In the dream he roamed the forest until finding himself in a grove of trees that surrounded a hill. As he walked forward, a door built into the side of the hill would open up before him, revealing a staircase. When he reached the bottom, a princess lay sleeping upon a bed of rose petals, her hair golden as thr first light of dawn. At least, he assumed she was a princess, all the imprisoned maidens in his mother’s stories were, and she was so beautiful how could she be anything but? When he lifted her into his arms to carry her out of the underground chamber, she would awaken and gaze into his face with the most beautiful eyes he had ever seen. Dark violet eyes, like that of the night sky, stared deeply into his and her lips would part as if she were about to speak, and then he would awaken.

How is everyone doing? If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving, are you making anything special? What is one thing you’re thankful for? If you’re writing, how’s it going? Tell me in the comments! πŸ˜€

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10 thoughts on “A New Goal”

  1. It’s so exciting that you’ve decided to run with the series from the beginning! I hope it makes writing easier and that you have an absolute blast!

    I’ve been in the same spot before, where writing the wrong thing makes you realize the right one and it’s a difficult decision to step back, but in my experience, it’s so very worth it!

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    1. Awww! Thanks, Jorja!!! <333 I hope so too! I've already written a couple thousand words since my decision and am really enjoying hanging out with these characters again. πŸ˜€

      Yes, it is so worth it! Thank you for commenting! ^_^

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  2. Hi, Jen! Happy Thanksgiving!!! πŸ¦ƒ I like that your calling your new goal MyNoWriMo. That’s so cool! Wherever you go in your writing, I’m cheering you on!!! Your story ideas are GREAT! I’m intrigued!!! “I’ll share the opening paragraphs. I’m nice like that” – haha, I LOVE THAT!!! πŸ˜€ Ooh, great beginning! It sounds AWESOME!!!

    I’m thankful for the blogosphere! It has really been a blessing to me. πŸ™‚ After reading this post I feel like writing. Thank you, Jen.

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    1. Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

      Aww! Thank you!!! πŸ˜€ Hehe, I love the Marvel movies and like to quote them when I can. πŸ˜‰ Meep! Thank you! ❀

      I'm so glad the blogosphere has been a blessing to you! ^_^ Oh wow! You're welcome, I'm so glad it made you want to go write! I hope you have a very good session! πŸ˜€

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  3. I just want to say that I completely understand and will support you in whatever writing direction you take! It is important to have your heart in it. I hope and pray that writing this β€œnew” story will go well for you! I can’t wait for any updates with that!
    This story sounds interesting so far! I bet it will continue to be so! Your writing is good. And your ideas are creative.

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  4. WOW, THIS STORY IDEA SOUNDS SOOOO AMAZING AND LIKE IT’LL BE A LOT OF FUN!!!!!!!! Whoo! You’ve got this new goal, girl!! We’ve all got your back!! (Also, the whole part about ya’ll was just funny. XD I say ya’ll all the time and don’t apologize for it. πŸ˜‰ .) One thing I’m thankful for? Easy answer: JESUS!!!! He’s my Savior, King, Lord of my life, Friend, and well, the list goes on. But without HIM I wouldn’t be where I’m at today. I’m very thankful for Jesus’s love. Well, for me, writing’s going. I think it’s all been going pretty good, but yeah, I just gotta stop procrastinating…..I wish you the best of luck for whatever’s next in your writing journey. I KNOW YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!!!

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    1. AAAAHHHH!!! Thank you! ^_^ (lol XD) Jesus is the best thing to be thankful for! ❀ I'm glad your writing has been going good! πŸ˜€ I definitely understand procrastinating, I do it all the time, lol. XD Meep! Thank you!!! ^_^

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  5. Happy (late) Thanksgiving!!!! I hope you and your family had a blessed day! ❀

    OKAY. SO. I am so so so soooo proud of you for taking a step back, looking at what you and your stories need, and choosing to shift gears to cater to that. I am TERRIBLE about being enslaved more to stats and my goals than actually what is best for the STORY. Which is absolutely backwards. There's really no point in pushing through just to make a specific word goal or something if it's not even working. So really looking at what the best plan of action is and making the change to do that is SO admirable!!!

    I'm sorry your original plans for MTAD fell apart! BUT I'm ecstatic to hear you know what the next step you need to take is! AND, like you said, all the work you've done this month brought you to this realization! No words are wasted words!

    AND OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS. IT'S A SERIES!!!! And it looks like it's going to be a series of absolutely gorgeous, fantabulous fairy tale goodness! EEP.

    The first book in the series sounds SO. GOOD. I mean, curses and sleeping princesses and FAE??? YASSS. EVERYTHING I LOVE! That snippet was so intriguing! :O So this is a Sleeping Beauty story-ish? I'M SO EXCITED!!!!

    I am cheering you on ALL the way, girl, and so admire your decision to shift gears! I hope it all goes absolutely spectacularly!!!

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    1. Awww, thanks! We did! I hope you and your family had a blessed Thanksgiving too! ❀

      Thank you so much! *hugs* Your words mean a lot to me. <333 It was a hard decision but one I do not regret. πŸ˜€

      YES! No words are wasted words!!! I do not regret any of the time I spent this month working on MTAD, I loved every moment and am so glad to have experienced it! ^_^

      Hehe, yes, it's A SERIES!!! I am so, so excited over that! Awww! Thanks!!! ^_^

      Meep! Thank you! Yes, Sleeping Beauty is the main fairytale in the story. *smile smile* I'm excited you're excited!!!

      Thank you! ^_^ I am pantsing more than I ever have and I am LOVING IT!!!

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