December 2020 Writing Update

Hi there! Twice a month, I will be posting about my own writing just to give myself a little breather (for me and you) from book reviews and other book news. I love books just as much as the next person, but I also want to talk about my writing just as much as other things. Especially my books because I need other people to be as excited about my book as I am. This post will feature a lot of cat pictures, specifically of my two-year-old calico, Esther, who I got in August. On the one writing day I’ve been able to have this month, she slept near me the whole time when I was posting Instagram updates.

Writing from August to about mid-December is always pretty sparse. I go crazy during these months, honestly. I’m not even kidding. I almost withdrew from school because of how stressed I was, and I could tell that it was affecting my mental and physical health. It’s on those days I’m always like “okay, I’m not doing this. I’m taking a break.” This past semester was a particularly draining one.

I don’t normally exceed the 12 credit minimum, but I had to take an additional class to reach that full-time status. I’m not doing that again. Four out of my five classes all had due dates on Mondays, and the other was a Sunday. That meant that my weekends were, well, not really weekends. My weeks all began blending together at some point and my schedule was: Tuesday and Wednesday: Work (5a-2p), Thursday (and maybe) Friday: My “weekend”, Saturday through Monday (due by 7pm): Homework. This way of working was exhausting. Monday was a homework day, and everything had a set due time by 7 because I had to get up at 3am the next day for work. Needless to say, I am exhausted.

So because of this, writing took a back burner. Not that I wanted it to, but it did. I was still constantly thinking of my book, and wanting to write, but I just didn’t have the energy to sit down and write words. It sucked because I’m not even writing anything too heavy right now (more on this in a bit). So instead of writing, I focused a lot of my time on filling my creative well.

In these four months, I’ve consumed a lot of things. My creative well refueling doesn’t usually come in the form of reading (but I’m hoping it will some day soon). My version comes in the form of Sims and watching a lot of TV shows. I’ve been trying to watch shows with good writing, but also something to take me out of that dark mood that I was feeling. Some of my absolute favorite shows that I watched have been: Julie and the Phantoms and E.R.. I don’t really remember the rest of the shows I watched because these two seem to be consuming a lot of me. Julie and the Phantoms is such a good show, and I still have been finding myself listening to the music. E.R. though. E freaking R. If you need a medical show, this is the one, and it’s way better than Grey’s Anatomy. I find that the latter show took a lot of things from E.R.. Also, Dr. John Carter is my favorite thing about that whole show!

Sims has been a huge fueling for my creative well. While I’m not writing anything, I am constantly thinking up new storylines for the characters I’m playing with. It’s been so much fun, and I’ve been primarily playing with the same family since July. It’s definitely been fun, and I can’t wait to see how far I can get with this family.

Anyways, now that that is all out of the way, we can get back to what you’re really here for. The December writing update:

I’m currently writing a (potentially) Young Adult Science Fiction novel that has the working title of We Wretched Things. My manuscript is currently 54,127 words. This most likely won’t change too much from month month right now as I’m going through chapter by chapter and converting everything from first to third person. I started this conversion project back in July or August because I was stuck and decided to try third out (to humor myself). Well, turns out I liked it much better. I found that my character narrating was just observing a little too much, and now that it’s third, I have a bit more of a reason to describe everything and have them be more of an onlooker in certain scenarios.

I think I’ve only written about 6,000 words total this month. It’s not great, but it’s something. I’m trying really hard not to let this hinder me because I know writing takes time. All good books do.

I think the most disappointing thing about this was that I’ve been writing this since 2013. I’ve been having a bad year, and I think I was just in a mood where I felt like a failure. That nothing I do will come to be worth it. This semester was definitely one of the lowest points I’ve felt in a long time, and I’m working on coming out of that now.

My goals for January is to get as much of this draft finished as I possible can. My spring semester begins on January 19, so I want to get as much in as I possibly can. The time between semesters is always my favorite as I’m the most creative then. I am looking forward to seeing how much writing I’m able to get written during my time off!

Can’t wait to see where we are during my first January check in!
~Amanda xx

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