July went by so quickly, I hardly noticed it. Between taking part in the CampNaNoWriMo and my other projects, time flew. This month turned out to be another stepping stone in my writer’s life and in learning more about my process.
I signed up to the Camp with a joy of finally being able to work on something new instead of being stuck in the editing hell. As much as I like the idea of polishing my words, at the same time it feels like a mundane, endless process, so writing something new became a very appealing prospect.
For the Camp I chose what I considered a reasonable goal: 30,000 words. A double of my daily goal for this year, but at the same time not more than I used to write in the previous editions of 365 Writing Club. I also chose book two of my fantasy novel, By the Pact – something I was excited about. Unfortunately, even though I have most of the story plotted, it needed some structural work first. Following a beta-reader’s advice, I cut out the last three chapters from By the Pact. It made the ending of the novel stronger (and at the same time, gave it a nasty cliffhanger). These three chapters were bound to become a beginning of book 2, but they needed some thought and rewriting which clashed with the idea of diving into the writing.
After two days of no words and struggling to focus on something that was a yet another revision (even if a much shorter one), I made a decision: switching projects. I chose to write what I call postapocalyptic fantasy and what has been my pet project for a long time. Shards of the World (working title) that I mentioned in my posts before, benefited from a 10-page long outline and me knowing the story and characters inside out.
I started to write, and after a couple of days hit the wall of self-doubt and uncertainty. I couldn’t find the right voice for the story (I believe “voice” is a part of a story, not a writer, but that’s a topic for another post), I questioned myself as a writer, and second-guessed everything. If it wasn’t for my friends’ help and encouragement (thank you, JR Bee and Joanne), I’d probably be still sitting and feeling sorry for myself. Instead, I lowered my Camp goal to 20,000 words to avoid the pressure and stress of catching up. At the end of the month I ended up with over 26,000 words written in July, the 20,000 in the Shards of the World, making me the Camp winner.
At the same time, something had to give, and this time it was editing. I haven’t done even a full hour in July, but it was somewhat a conscious choice. Some of my beta-readers already returned to me with comments, and I was eager to jump back into Humanborn. I decided against it, and instead focused on my other goals. I’m sure taking a month break from editing will be beneficial for my love-hate relationship with it.
Art-wise it’s been a good month. I finished my polymer clay pendants, I mentioned last month, and I worked on a fun design with a little witch doll. It’s now available in the Society6, Redbubble, and Zazzle stores. As always, I have more ideas for art, but they’ll have to wait for their turn.
When it comes to workout, I got into the routine so much, that I stopped counting consecutive days of exercise. I think it’s been 5 month of daily workout now. Sadly, I had to give up on the weights, at least for a while, as I pulled a shoulder muscle. It affects my ability to type, so I’m not going back to them until I can be sure it’s fully healed.
Green dragon with a little but of a steampunk feel. I finally got around to finishing polymer clay pendants I’ve sculpted and baked a month ago. Its design is similar to the pendants I’ve shared before, but this time I tried adding wings and more gears. #dragon #dragonpendant #greendragon #steampunk #steampunkdesign #steampunkdragon #steampunkpendant #handmadebyme #handmadejewelry #handmade #handmadependant #polymerclay #polymerclaypendant
Not sure how I feel about this white dragon. It was an experiment: trying something new after making a bunch of steampunk dragons. The purple on the wings didn’t turn out too well, and sadly, white polymer clay tends to catch *every* *single* speck of dust, and on top of that. #dragon #pixiedragon #whitedragon #polymerclay #polymerclaydragon #polymerclaypendant #handmadejewelry #handmade #handmadedragon
I was also determined to start reading a bit more again. I hoped the book I picked would be a quick read, but instead I almost ended up tossing it, and even though I planned on reading at least two in July, I barely made it through one. But, in a way, it’s still progress when you compare it to the previous months.
The trio of my tentacle pendants, finally finished and glossed (ok, white is not glossy yet, because I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to add color to it). All made around glass stones. It’s a lot of fun to make them, so expect more in the future! 😉 #polymerclay #polymerclayjewelry #polymerclaypendant #handmade #handmadejewelry #steampunk #steampunkjewelry #tentacles #tentaclejewelry
All in all, the initial hiccup aside, my writer’s life month felt very productive. I’m hoping I’ll be able to keep up the work and good mood going. And how was your writer’s life month?