Last Updated on April 28, 2021 by ThoughtsStained
Welcome back to another monthly post in my Novels and Narrations blog series! In this series, you get updates on my writing in all facets: from the celebrations and excitements of the high moments, to dealing with imposter syndrome, hopelessness and rejections. Thanks, as always, for caring about my work as a writer and supporting me in this way.
Let’s see how the month went, shall we?
So, after finishing edits in BLOOD PRICE last month, guess how much I’ve written this month?
Like everything in life, there is no cut-and-dry reason why I went from making writing a priority to allowing writing to be put on the backburner. In some ways, I was making excuses and not putting in the work that needs to be done. I recognize that. Yet, in others, I can’t deny that April has been a sucker punch month for me. My mental health hasn’t been great, my anxiety has skyrocketed and my day job has been kicking my ass.
So, I’m allowing myself grace. Sure, I didn’t write, but that doesn’t mean I’m not a writer. Even if I didn’t write this month, I did still dream. Scenes from this WIP, what life will be like as an agented, published writer, people reading and supporting my work. I just need to find the balance and put in the work to make these dreams a reality!
I’m not sure if May is going to be any kinder, to be completely frank. (Yet without getting into the details, as I’m honestly just stuck in a bit of a limbo, waiting for factors outside of my control to help me find my grounding once again.) But, I think I need to try and build writing back in. My mental health hasn’t been the greatest. Diving into worlds I’m excited about will help me escape the problems of real life and I need that.
I did glance back through the rough, eight page idea dump for my currently untitled fantasy romance briefly. It’s gotten me excited! I already love the characters so much: a hearty crew of misfits who are given an impossible quest to investigate the mysterious dying land known as the Revenant. It’s been dormant for years after the war that (supposedly, coughcough) wiped out the invaders who first brought this sickness. Yet, when it’s showing signs of not only coming back to life, but beginning to expand and threaten the lands of the five territories? None of them could imagine–or prepare for–what lies within, or what will be asked of them to stop it.
That’s just one plot aspect of it. I didn’t even get into the romance plot, yet. 😍
- Finish fleshing out UNTITLED WIP outline
- …start writing fantasy romance? 👀
- Build better writing practices
That’s it for this month! My fellow writers, what are you working on? How can I support you? Let me know in the comments and thanks for supporting me in my own journey and reading another installment of Novels and Narrations! ❤
I always love hearing about your writing, Nicole. I’m sorry you’ve been struggling with your writing lately, but like you said, there are highs and lows and it’s okay to take it easy, too. <3 I'm happy you got excited and inspired by one of your ideas and hope you can take some time to day dream, think about it and maybe even work on it a little bit! <3
Yes, exactly!! I even started writing the new WIP a little bit! 👀 I’m very stoked about it. I hope your own writing process has been fantastic!! <3