I’ll be posting this in my newsletter and on my website on Feb. 28 (which is Monday). Where did the time go? I swear, the older a person gets, the faster time speeds up. Meanwhile, my kids think it will take ‘forever’ before their next birthdays. Ah, to be that young with time crawling along. 😛 Nah. I wouldn’t want to be a kid again because the truth is, I’m having much more fun now with my writing than I ever had as a kid.
So my plan for today, tomorrow and Monday will be to finish proofing Brave Beginnings so I can send it off to proofreader #2. Proofreader #1 already sent in her stuff which I am now changing. I am also doing my own round of proofing. Then I’ll head it off to proofreader #2. So in total, this book will have been proofed over three times. It’s a lengthy process, and since this book is 400 pages, it’s longer than the usual books I proof (which are about 250 pages, give or take 30 pages).
Anyway, that’s the big goal this weekend and on Monday.
Then March 1 is my marathon writing month. I’ll still be posting the rest of Brave Beginnings up on the first draft blog. (I already finished Brave Beginnings, so it’s not new writing here.) I’ll also continue writing Life Mate on the other first draft blog (and this is new writing). In November, I managed to write a total of 110,000 words (Bid for a Bride, Substitute Bride, and Brave Beginnings; however, I did not finish Bid for a Bride or Brave Beginnings until mid-December). So I know I can do it, and frankly, I found that this was the best way to get the books written and finished.
In November, I discovered the focus on only new writing helped me out a lot. It’s the proofing that slows me down to a snail’s pace. I hate proofing my own stuff, but it’s probably the most important part of the whole writing process so I press through it with many breaks and chocolate as a reward. 😛
So in March, I’ll be focusing on writing these three stories…
Bride of Second Chances — I have not even started this one yet. It’ll be the third book in the South Dakota series. Book 1 is Loving Elize, Book 2 is Bid for a Bride. In Bride of Second Chances, Eliza gets to meet her real son. I expect to enjoy this reunion, even if it might be a tearjerker. I expect this book to be between 65,000 to 70,000 words (about the same length as Bid for a Bride and Loving Eliza).
Return of the Aliens — I’m about 60,000 words into it already. My goal is to complete it at 100,000 words but that’s not set in stone. Currently, I’m about 3/4 of the way into novella 5 and need to write novellas 6 and 7 to finish the whole series (or full-length book). I’ll need to write about 36,000 words to complete this book.
Life Mate — I’m halfway (maybe a little more) into this one. I plan to keep writing 500 words a day in this story for March. I’m currently about 43,000 words into the book. At 500 words a day, I’ll write 15,500 words in March (on the low end since I usually write a little more). So that will put me at between 58,500 to 60,000 or so at the end of March for this book. I won’t be done, but I will be getting close to it.
My actual goal for March…
I don’t expect to finish Bride of Second Chances in March, but I do hope to get 50,000 words of it done. I want to finish Return of the Aliens. I also want to maintain 500 words a day for Life Mate. That will put my word count goal at 101,500 which is what I did in November. And if I don’t meet the goal, that is fine. The point is, I’ll be writing. 😀
This will not affect the Goodreads Book Giveaway starting March 5. I’ll still be doing that.