Lilly Avalon Monthly Writing Update #5 for September 2020

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Every month I share an update about what I'm writing in my Monthly Writing Update!
Here's the latest for the month of September.

If you look at my August update, my main goals for this month were to write 10,000 words in 30 days (or about 333 words a day) and to continue to prepare for two new releases.

Have I accomplished this?

My new releases went very well and I'm super happy that I was finally able to share these books in the Risqué series with you all. If you missed getting your copies, you can go here to get them.

As for the writing...

Well... I tried.

Early on in the month, I was doing okay. In fact, I managed to get 5000 words written total in the new story. Then I hit a snag... at the same scene yet again. You see, this story was one I tried to write before. However, this time I changed around circumstances to make the plot make sense. Which was good, but the scene is just so DULL. It made me think that maybe I need to step away from it and reconsider this as my next project or find a way to flesh out the details so that the characters aren't so flat and the dialogue isn't so boring.

Then near the end of the month, I got sick. This definitely didn't make progress on writing easier. I'm currently on the mend and it likely was a head cold or something else that isn't COVID.

Am I on track?

I'm getting back on track again. Even though I didn't meet my goal of 10k words on this new story, I figured out early on that this story wasn't quite ready yet. And that's a good thing! Sometimes it's better to set a project aside instead of pushing through it and being dissatisfied with the end result.

Instead, I've been going through all my story ideas. The ones I've outlined, the ones I wrote scenes for, the ones that are just general ideas with and without a plot, etc. I have a bunch of them started in my Google Docs, but they were so jumbled I couldn't remember what I wrote for what. So I went through each of them one by one, reading over my notes. Then I added to the titles whether they were outlined, if they were short stories, novellas, or novels, or if they have been started. That way I can tell at a glance what's what in my folder.

September ended up being more of a regroup and rest type of month. It's the last month of the third quarter and I accomplished a lot more than I thought I would. So, I'm excited to plan ahead for the rest of 2020!

Goals for October

Figure out what's next! There's a possibility the story I started might be next if I can work out the details, but I may set it aside for now. I have SO MANY ideas that I'm sure I can find one to write.

Once I decide, then I can outline and make notes on important details of characters. I may start writing the story in October, but I think I'll try to get the bulk of the story written in November during NaNoWriMo. I don't think I can handle a 50,000-word month in November, but I'm going to aim for half that at least. I wrote 20k last year during NaNo, so 25k shouldn't be too much of a stretch if I outline right! And even if I can't reach that goal, any writing would be a good thing.

In the meantime, please stay safe out there! Take care and I love you all!

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