Hello friends! I was thinking of what to write on the blog today, and since I’ve been working so much on my manuscript, I thought I’d share with you all my journey as I continue to edit and write it. But first, let me give you a little update on what exactly it is I’m writing.
When I was in grad school, I fell in love with a branch of anthropology--Ethnohistory, which studies the history of cultures and populations, especially those of indigenous peoples. I basically spend two years researching and writing about an indigenous group from South America, and I’m basing my historical fantasy novel on their pre-history stories/myths, which have been passed down from generation to generation through their oral histories.
What I’ve Done
I started writing my WIP during NaNoWriMo of last year and managed to win! It was my first time participating, and the experience was amazing. I wrote 56,000 words in 26 days, which helped my manuscript's progress tremendously. Then, the holidays happened and I got lazy...But, 2019 was around the corner, so I promised myself I would finish my first draft in January. And guess what? That didn’t happen. I ended up finishing it on March 1st at 84,000 words.
If you’re a writer, you know the first draft is NEVER good. There are so many plot holes, poor word choices, weak prose and character development, confusing world building and magic systems, and so many other details that need further wok. And I’m getting anxious by just writing this. So, I’m taking it one day at a time.
Where I Am
I’m currently editing/rewriting my second draft, and I’m focusing more on filling plot holes than anything else. I hope to give a little weekly update on what I’m working and what problems I’m encountering. For example, today I had to let go of an entire scene of about 700 words. It just wasn’t working, and I had to be real with myself, even when it hurt.
So, that’s it for today! I hope you follow my journey as I share more about my WIP!
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