Today I decided to share my writing works in progress. 😊 All of them are in various stages of progress, but none of them are anywhere close to being ready to publish. I’m planning to publish everything I write (or everything I finish at least) in the future whenever I get them ready, though. I love writing but I don’t think I could write with the intention of just keeping it to myself. Then my stories wouldn’t really feel real, you know what I mean? Plus, stories are meant to be shared! I love daydreaming that one day BookTubers and other bloggers and well, anybody really, will one day be gushing and fangirling over my books.😄
Anyway, back to the point.
The first writing project I have going is a middle grade series about eight best friends who are all on a nationally competitive dance team. Yes, I shamefully got the inspiration for it from watching the first couple of seasons of Dance Moms, but I swear my series will mostly focus on the actual dancers, and it will be a LOT less crazy. I mean, there will still be some drama I guess, just enough to keep it interesting, (I hope) but it was more the idea of competitive dancing that I thought was cool. I took some ballet and a little jazz when I was little, but my studio never went to any competitions (that I know of, at least) we just had our annual recital, and that was it, so eventually I got bored.😞
I have the first draft of the first book done, and I’ve started going through it and highlighting things and doing some editing and revising, but I don’t work on that anywhere near how much I should, so I’m trying to discipline myself to at least get close to finishing the second draft by the end of this year, but who knows if that will actually happen because I have so many other projects to work on. 😩
This is definitely the project closest to being done, and I know I probably shouldn’t, but sometime this year I also want to start on the first draft for the second book in the series, because I am absolutely bursting with ideas for this! (I already at least roughly have the entire series outlined and it started out being around 20 books but now I’ve narrowed it down to 12 and I know I really need to figure out how to narrow it down even more because I know ain’t nobody got time for that! 😜) I’m thinking about working on it in November for NANOWRIMO, but I don’t think I’ll finish it because I’ll be back in school…unless I can write 40,000 out of those 50,000 words all during Thanksgiving break, but I’ll also probably be catching up on my reading challenge then too so…ughhh…bookworm problems! Too many books and not enough time!
Next is a novel that I started for my first attempt at Camp NANOWRIMO last year, and I did pretty good I think. My goal was 50,000 words since I figured if I could do that I could do the real NANOWRIMO, but I only got to about 27,000 words which I guess for my first try is pretty good. I tried to finish it during Camp Nano this April, but life got in the way and I kinda gave up, so I’m hoping to at least try to work more on finishing it this year. Anyway, it is a contemporary about a princess who fled her home country with her family after a coup and is now living in NYC incognito as a normal American teenager.
My next project is probably the project that I should be working on the most, because it is the most important to me, but I guess that is part of the reason I’m procrastinating on it, because I live literally everyday in my head as the main character and she is so closely based on me that I’m kinda afraid that when I finish it and get it published, I’ll have to let go of her and I don’t know if I can ever do that. Plus, it’s a contemporary and the way I have it in my head is that it plays out just like real life, and I have the beginning written and I have an idea for the ending, but the middle is kinda fuzzy. I just have some random scenes that I know I’m going to put in there, I just don’t know when, and I’m having trouble figuring out how to give it an actual plot that actually progresses and wont be annoying or boring since I’m just kind of living it in my head…does that make sense? Probably not. Anyway, other than the random scenes, I have the first two and a quarter chapters written down, and the rest has been in my head literally 24/7 for the past five years. So…you can see how attached to this I am that makes it so hard to get it out on paper…or on computer…or…you know what I mean.
Next is the first of a sci-fi quartet that I also started around five years ago that kinda fell by the wayside. It is about a fugitive mother and daughter who are from the future who came back to our time to seek refuge. Aaannnd that’s basically all I know about it so far.😂I wrote the prologue for it, and I was pretty proud of it, but then every time I tried to write anything past that I got blocked. (smacks forehead and sighs) I want to be able to go back to it in the future…maybe after I read more sci-fi I’ll be inspired to work on it again.
Another project I kinda have temporarily given up on is about a girl and her twin brother who find out one day that they have a bunch of siblings that their Dad had given up for adoption and they go and try to track them down. Yeah...I only had a vague outline of this and I kinda got bored so…hopefully someday I will start working on that again.
Next is the first book in a duology about a girl who discovers she is a mermaid after her parents drown. I wanted it to be contemporary but I didn’t want it to be cheesy, so I’m still figuring out how to actually make it good. I started writing the first chapter and I am really proud of it, but like the sci-fi book I got stuck after that.😟
My next projects are ones that I’m just in the stages of world and character building and outlining and all of that, so I haven’t gotten any actual words down yet:
· A contemporary series about families that host foreign exchange students and their experiences with that.
· A contemporary series about four friends training to be Olympic figure skaters.
· And a fantasy trilogy about teenage pirates.
· Also various other stories that are just seeds of ideas.
I’m also working on building my blog up and trying to get on a regular schedule. (I just figured out how to make cool graphics so this blog will be a little more colorful here pretty soon.) 😉
And I just started doing a free online creative writing course on this website my friend Grace told me about: The Write Practice. Hopefully it will help me make progress on my many projects. I will leave the link below if you want to check out their site.😊
And also, I was reading Kellyn’s blog over at Reveries, (you should totally check out her blog, the link to it is on my sidebar to the right ---> 😃) and she mentioned she was thinking about entering The Rooglewood Press Snow White Retelling contest. And OMG GUYS I just HAVE to be a part of this too! It looks like SO MUCH FUN. The top five winners will be published together in an actual book and I’m SO EXCITED! I’ve entered a few writing contests before but not like this and I honestly have never been more excited about a writing contest EVER! It would so AMAZING to be one of the winners but even if I don’t win, I can just post my story here on my blog for everyone to read anyway! (smile) And if any of you fellow writers out there want to take part in it or just learn more about it, I will leave the link to the contest’s page below because seriously it sounds like an AMAZING opportunity! I can’t wait to start brainstorming!
Welp, that’s it for now. I know it’s kind of a lot. But to those of you who stuck it out through my ramblings I very much appreciate it.😄
Feel free to comment below about any projects you have going on and how they’re coming? Are you going to join the Rooglewood Press contest? Let me know!♡
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