I’ve just gotten feedback from my first round of beta readers and the consensus seems to be that the emotion is there but the organization is not. At least it’s not the other way around. The essentials seem to be intact but it’s just lacking unity. I can see it now. I was withholding too much and relying too heavily on the readers’ ability to assume. I’d like to get re-writes done by then end of the month but this other WIP is sort of hogging the spotlight right now.
Speaking of which I’ve made some huge progress. I expected to have it done by the end of June but I have literally been flying through this first draft—something that’s never happened to me before. Last week I clocked in 15,000 words, my previous personal best almost doubled. I’m not exactly sure what it is. Nothing has changed really. I don’t have more time than I did before—maybe I’m just making better use of it? And I’m not any more inspired than I’ve been in the past—maybe I’m just not relying on that anymore. But maybe the real key has been momentum. The more I write, the more I want to write and the more I want to write the more willing I am to actually sit there and get shit done. That’s really all it’s taken this time—telling myself that I’m going to reach this goal and then doing it. So at this pace, I hope to have a first draft completed within the next couple of weeks and then hopefully once it’s all out of my head and down on paper I can finally dive into the rewrites for book two.