Authorly Updates

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Well, it’s that time again – as you can tell from the title, this is an update on my writing endeavors. Last month, I officially released Unknown, which was so exciting but also quite tiring. It was definitely a dream come true, but I still have a lot to go in learning how to be an author. 🙂 I got that book submitted right before my college semester started, thank the Lord, so now I can focus mostly on school while still balancing writing alongside college.

Which means I’m still trying to write consistently. I’m about three-fourths into the first rewrite of the second book in the Grace Sufficient series. It’s slow going, especially because I don’t have as much time or energy to devote solely to writing, but I’m trudging through. And remember the stuff I said about this one starting out under 100k words? I’m afraid that great start is going out the window. An added plot kind of beefed this one up, so I’m back to struggling with too many words. Someday, I’ll learn to be concise, right?

I still have no updates on my current “new” project … those poor characters are just frozen in place, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. The rest of my writing is mostly homework, but that’s not quite as fun as writing fiction. 🙂 I’m not taking as many classes this semester as I have in years past, so I’m hoping I can keep making headway on my projects while doing school.

How are your current writing projects going? If you’re in school, how are your semesters progressing?

4 thoughts on “Authorly Updates

  1. Ooh, perfect timing, Vanessa! Getting done right before school is the best. XD

    (Funny thing about me: I’m always getting teased about how my summaries end up to be eighteen pages longer than the original story, but for some reason I always struggle to fill my stories without dragging the plot. Any tips?)

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    • I know, right? Thank the Lord. 🙂

      Hmm … I don’t like writing summaries at all, because I think they’re incredibly difficult to write. One thing I will say is don’t feel like you have to get all of the details in the summary. When I was writing the summary for Unknown, there was a lot more I could’ve said and gone into depth about, but just leaving it more vague worked. So just focusing on the most important points you want to get across can help with shortening the summary. I know there’s also some methods for writing summaries that I’ve heard about online, but I don’t remember what they were called … kind of a series of steps that help walk you through. If only my brain remembered. 🙂
      But anyway. They’re really hard to write, so I feel you there!

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  2. Good for you Vanessa! 🙂 Cheering you on in both your writing and your school year!

    I’m on my second book, which feels like I haven’t made any progress on it for two weeks. I need to sit down and actually just devote a hour to working on it. Life has just been so busy I haven’t had time.

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    • Aw, thank you so much! And it can get so hard to write when life is busy. Even when I have time, sometimes I find I’m too tired to try to think about characters’ problems … 🙂 But I love hearing about your progress on your book! What’s it about?

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