This month, I still wasn’t able to write. But for a different reason than last month. While the majority of my time is spent with my kiddos, I have had a bit more time to start getting back to my writing. However, I decided to take a break from my current WIP. I’m so close to it that I’m struggling to know what to fix. I also feel like writing giving myself some space and writing a new story will give me experience and time I desperately need to make the story better. I have a new story idea that I’m really excited to write. I’ve been thinking about it for a while, but it’s been exciting to spend this month actually preparing for it.
The lesson I learned this month, is that putting a project on hold and starting a new one can have it’s benefits. I typically like to see something through start to finish before I move on to another project. But I’m really excited about my new story idea and taking some time away from my other story doesn’t mean I’m abandoning it. I’m taking some necessary steps to become a better writer so when I return to it, I’ll be ready.
September 2019 Writing Report
Summary of My Month
I’ve spent most of my writing time thinking about my new story idea. I have a basic outline and a rough sketch of my main character. This month I also decided I’m going to participate in NaNoWriMo in November. I won it in 2017, but decided not to participate last year. So I’m excited for it this year. And it will be the perfect push to help me write my new story idea.
I didn’t do too much writing this month, but it’s been fun to start planning a new story. And it’s been a relief to take a bit of a break from my old WIP. Not my best month, but it hasn’t been a complete bust so that’s a win in my book.
I really didn’t get to write. All my time was spent planning and outlining. Which isn’t something I enjoy as much as actually writing. I struggle with knowing how much to outline because I don’t want to restrict myself while I write the first draft. The first draft has always been very exploratory for me. I’m a pantser and I like letting the story unfold as I write it. But I feel like that makes revision harder. So, I’m giving outlining a chance, even though it’s not always my favorite thing to do.
I’ve come back from my “maternity leave.” Although I haven’t written much, it’s been nice to think about writing again. Any time I’ve been able to spend doing anything even remotely related to writing has been so enjoyable. I loved the extra time I took to spend with my newborn last month. But it’s nice to be back to writing. It’s such a deep part of who I am, and I’m glad I’m finding more time to be a writer.
Thoughts and Goals
It’s been an interesting month deciding to switch gears and start a new story. It’s been fun dedicating more of my time to writing. Although I’m not much of a planner it has been good for me to outline a bit of my story and prepare for NaNoWriMo.
For October, I plan to do more outlining and preparation for NaNoWriMo. I have a few resources I plan on working through. I’m excited to try more planning and see how this WIP turns out.
What are your goals for the month?