Progress Report 9/15/17

As always, I’d like to begin this week’s progress report by thanking all of you awesome people who’ve followed, liked and/or commented on my blog!

Here are this week’s stats:

Words Written This Week: 12,010

Total Word Count for First Draft: 82,812

Days Until Start of Editing Process (first rewrite): 26

This week’s Progress Report looks a little different, doesn’t it? In case you missed my Facebook announcement and Wednesday’s blog post, I completed the first draft of my book on Monday! I would write *cue happy dance* here, but I actually broke down in tears upon finishing it. Shocker, I know.

Since getting serious about this thing, it has been my plan to take a month off from my book after completing the first draft…but I never planned to finish it a month early. I debated about how to handle this and, in the end, I definitely do not want to take two months off. Especially since I’ve decided to try the whole rewriting thing instead of a more traditional self-edit for this first round of ‘editing’.

So, here’s my plan:

I’m taking a month off (9/11/17-10/11/17) from my book. I will not look at my manuscript. I will not look at my outlines. I will let it – and my poor brain – breathe. *begins humming Breathe by Alter Bridge*

During this ‘time off’, I am going to start working through my research list. As I’ve written, it’s come to my attention that I need to research several topics so that I don’t sound like an idiot when I reference them in my book.

I also need to print out my entire manuscript (and promptly seal it in a large manila envelope so I’m not tempted to read it) for use when I begin my rewrite. Also, I’d like to take a picture of it (carefully concealing any text, don’t get excited) for my Instagram. Because I’m a millennial and that’s what we do.

I would also like to read several books for pleasure, as I know this will help me to ‘forget’ my story enough so when I pick it back up next month, I can read it with fresh eyes. I’d like to finish the Adrien Englishseries by Josh Lanyon. I’d like to read I’ll Give You the Sunby Jandy Nelson, so I can return it to my sister. I’d like to read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtueby Mackenzi Lee, so I can lend it to the same sister. And finally, if I can squeeze it in, I’d like to read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universeby Benjamin Alire Sáenz, so I can return it to the library.

With respect to actual writing during this time, I will continue to jot down any ideas, notes, dialogue fragments, etc., in my writer’s notebook. I’m not banning myself from this particular activity because I’ve captured some of my best dialogue this way. But I am only going to do this if the idea strikes me. I am not going to sit down with any specific writing intentions during this break.

So, what does this mean for my blog? Well, I fully intend to continue to post three times a week. Sundays will continue to be my ‘diary entry’ days. Wednesdays have been my ‘inspiration’ days up until this point, and I believe I can continue along those lines even though I’m not actively writing. And Fridays have been my ‘progress report’ days. I think I can continue producing a progress report, even though I’m not technically making direct progress on my book. Instead of word counts and my thoughts on how my writing is going, I will update you on how I’m doing with my research, as well as the progress I’m making with the to-be-read list above.

Note to self: Why does leaving my manuscript alone for a month seem more overwhelming than actually writing the manuscript itself? *deep breath* I can do this.

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