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Story Stats

Last week I gave you guys an update on my NaNo session. I mentioned I had a lot of editing to do.So here’s what I’m working on (or plan to be working on)

I have too many ideas swirling around in my head that usually when I finish the first draft of something I decide to go ahead and start on the next project.

The upside to this is that it keeps me writing. I rarely come across writer’s block and I always feel accomplished when I finish another first draft of a novel.

The downside to this is that I never fully finish anything. I never really get to the editing part.

Editing is hard and there are sometimes when I try to avoid it at all costs. I have to be in the mood to edit. Yet, when I do edit, it turns into proofreading and I make notes of what I should edit for the “next draft.” So I essentially just put it off until the last minute.

So that’s what I meant when I said that I have a lot of editing to do. I never actually do it.

I have so many ideas and so many novels started, but here are the ones I’m the most serious about:

George Florence – A mystery novel. I’m deep in the editing stages of this one. I’ve been writing, editing, and rewriting this novel since November 2013. This is the book I hope to publish sometime in the near future. The editing has been going well overall, but there’s a lot to it (as this is one book one of a series) so it makes my head spin. I’ve not only been just editing this one but trying to plan the other books as well to make sure the timeline matches up. I’m hoping to start querying this novel come January 2017.

The Lost Girl – A fantasy, Peter Pan retelling. I wrote this novel for Camp NaNoWriMo in April 2016. While there are 50,000 words into it, the story itself isn’t fully complete and I know I’m going to have my editing cut out for me. My ultimate goal for this novel is for it to be edited and published to Wattpad by June 2017.

Hunter – A fantasy novel. I started this novel for Camp NaNoWriMo in July 2015 and finished it during July’s 2016 Camp. This is book one of a trilogy and I originally wrote the very first draft (the novel is much different now) for NaNoWriMo November 2011. I have no real deadline for this novel since the other two are my priority at the moment, but once George Florence is edited and being queried, I’ll most likely start getting real serious about this novel.

Take Over – A young adult novel. I wrote this standalone novel a long time ago. It’s always been in the back of my mind to complete the editing stage and publish it. Again, I have no real deadline for this one because I want to work on the other novels first, but this there in case I need a break from the others. Eventually, I would like to get this published. Maybe I’ll even self-publish it to get my foot in the door.

Editing is a lot and is tough. So to take a break from that and to keep on writing, I’ll be working on short stories in the meantime. I need quick stories for my Short Story Sunday feature and would also like to submit to contests and magazines.

So that’s where my work stands at the moment. There are plenty of other novels I would love to work on and beginning writing, but I think I have my work cut out for me at the moment.

Wish me luck!

How are your projects going?

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

13 thoughts on “Story Stats

  1. This is an awesome update on all your work, and it gives me an idea about a post to do at the end of the year. Maybe a yearly project recap. It”s always good to know where you stand with your own works, even if it’s only for your own benefit. I take it these are only projects that you’ve neared completion, rather than all the story ideas running through your mind? lol

  2. Good luck! Sounds like you’ve got your hands full! If you ever feel the need to have your work translated… yes, I’m plugging myself shamelessly, though I’m by no means a professional (yet..) That said, if my first proper translating gig goes well, I’ll definitely try to do more of it!

  3. Camp NaNo interests me, but I don’t think I could ever do it. I have trouble finishing short stories as it is. Right now, I have this short story that I’ve been working on for over a month. The sad thing about it is that so far, it’s only four pages long. It’s ridiculous to be working on a story that short. But it is what it is. Eventually, I want to finish this story and start on something new.

    1. You can change your word count for Camp NaNo. You can do 10,000 words as opposed to 50,000.
      Even if you don’t hit your word goal, you at least end up with more than you originally thought you would do. Plus it’s a great community and you meet a lot of wonderful people. 🙂
      You’ll finish that short story sometime soon enough with Camp’s help or not. And I’m sure it’ll turn out great. Good luck. 🙂

  4. Better too many books in progress than none! They all sound great and I agree the editing is a challenge and can get boring. Keep at it – all your WIPS sound fantastic! When you think you are at a finish point – let someone else edit!

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