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Writing Status Update: September 2021

Once upon a time (last month), I made a promise to hold myself accountable by reporting my writing progress at the end of every month here on my blog.

And I have a question for you... How is September almost over already?

Technically we have almost a week left, but since today is the last Friday of this month, it's time for my monthly status update.

Do you remember my goal for this month? I vowed to finish the first draft of my WIP. Do you think I did it?? Let's take a look...


Current word count: 41,000

Target word count: 80,000

I am PROUD to say that I am on target to reach my goal of finishing this draft in the next 6 days. I have ONE. CHAPTER. LEFT.


Now, I know what you're thinking. "Ceara, you say you're almost done with this draft, but you only have 40,000 words and you want to be at 80,000. WTF?"

The truth is, I'm an underwriter. I tend to heavily outline at the beginning of a book, and then as I'm drafting, I follow that outline pretty closely. I don't write a lot of fluff stuff - in the first draft, my only goal is to make it to "THE END."

I make lots of notes along the way of scenes I want to add or plot lines I want to follow in the editing stage. So although my draft is done, this is the bare-bones version. I plan on adding a TON of details and extra scenes to fill the story out in the coming weeks.

What's next?

Once my draft is finished (IN SIX DAYS), I'll do a read-through and consolidate the notes I made throughout the writing process into a master editing plan. Then I'll go through and add everything I need to. I'm also in discussions with a few potential developmental editors, and I'd like to get a date scheduled for that in the next month or two. After that, we're off to the races.

I am so thrilled with the progress I've made here. I'm on track to meet my deadlines for the tentative release date I have planned (which I will announce NEXT WEEK when I finalize a few things).

If you're not subscribed to my mailing list, do that now! I'll be doing a cover reveal and release date reveal on there first before I share it on my social media pages.

Stay tuned! I've got lots of fun things heading your way.

Until next time!


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