I’m Back! (Hiatus Wrap-Up + Battle Song Ending Thoughts + Blogging Plans)

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Hello all! I’m back earlier than I thought I would be because…I finished the first draft of Battle Song

Here are some stats on Battle Song, just for fun! It has:

  • 89,016 words
  • 41 chapters + an epilogue
  • 1 POV character (1st person, past tense)
  • 24 named characters
  • 202 document pages

It was quite the adventure! There were some really dramatic scenes as I reached the end…those were fun to write! Everything started coming together and I had to reference lots of earlier scenes as I pulled everything together. I don’t think I did it perfectly, but I think I did it well enough (for the first draft, anyway)!

So…what are my writing plans now?

Well, I’m letting Battle Song sit for a little while before I come back to it and start revising (which will give my alpha readers a chance to look over it). I think I’ll leave it for a month or two.

Here’s what my main writing-related goals will be during this period:

  1. Start blogging consistently and with a plan.
  2. Decide what my next novel will be.
  3. Outline my next novel.
  4. Outline and begin writing a middle grade novel for my younger brother on the side.

And then I’ll come back and begin the adventure of revising! Which…I’ve never done before. (That’s why it’ll be an adventure. Well, there’s a first time for everything!)

Speaking of the first point, about blogging…I have some ideas. I’m still figuring out the exact plan, and I’ll probably end up experimenting with different posts.

But for now, my ideas are:

  • monthly mini book reviews post
  • writing updates (not sure in what form)
  • writing advice posts
  • possibly book reviews
  • little writing snippets from my life
  • and a monthly post that is currently secret.

We’ll see how these ideas work out. I’m going to be posting twice a week. In the past, I posted on Tuesdays and Saturdays, but once college starts, those days might change depending on how busy I am.

Oh, and just for fun, I wanted to record, after the first draft, what I think are the best things in Battle Song and what things will most need to be revised. Then when I start revising, I want to see if my opinion has changed.

So here’s my top three best things:

  1. Amrya’s conflicting emotions
  2. Plot reveals (hopefully!)
  3. The book’s overall enjoyable-ness

And the three things I think I’ll need to do the most during revision:

  1. Develop Rhys’s and Malena’s characters
  2. Clarify Amrya’s character arc
  3. Add more description

So that will be fun to come back to in a month or two, when I start revising!


let’s talk!

I’m curious about what all of you writers do after you finish a first draft. How long do you let a novel sit between the first draft and revision? How many people do you have alpha read vs. beta read? Do you ask them to look for different things?

And on the subject of my blogging, what posts are you most/least excited for?

Rewriting + An Actual Schedule?

This is basically an update-y post because I have stuff to tell y’all! Last week, I decided that I would start the rewrite of Enhanced, the novel I’ve been talking about for the past long while because I was so tired of just preparing and not actually writing anything.

Turns out that starting a novel is a lot harder than it seems, especially when you keep telling yourself that it has to be good since it’s no longer a first draft. I know, I know, it doesn’t have to be perfect, but I think some inner part of me still believes it should be.

So I really haven’t written all that much. I think part of the reason I’ve felt so stuck about writing it is because I had no idea what was happening in the first scene that I started writing. In an entire week, I hadn’t even written a thousand words.

Yesterday, then, I decided that I would ignore the first part of the scene and write the second part, where I actually knew what was happening. I still haven’t written much, since I didn’t have much time, but I wrote a decent amount in the 20 minutes that I had and I’m at a place where I can continue working.

Normally, I’m not the type of author to skip around chronologically (mainly because I know if I do, I’m never going to actually edit and fill the gap with something else) but this time I decided I would have to, and it actually worked.

So, I shall give you more updates as things move along and hopefully some fun Spotlights as well!

Now, onto the second part of my post–a schedule. I’ve said many a time that I’m never going to have a schedule for my blog, but I think that I just might end up having one now. You see, I’ve been procrastinating a lot. And when I start procrastinating, I really get nothing done. And with school and marching band and homework, having nothing done is a really bad thing.

So I decided to limit my time on procrastinatable online activities, such as browsing the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program or flopping around the Internet, which led to me making a little schedule of which online thing I could do each day.

If I can keep to my schedule, I will be blogging on Tuesdays and Saturdays only. (Unless there’s something really important.) This doesn’t mean I’ll still post every Tuesday and Saturday, but I should be on for some amount of time to respond to comments and make posts on Tuesdays and Saturdays. I will also update my Goodreads on Thursdays and hopefully I will also get a link to that in my sidebar soon.

If I do blogging related stuff on days other than those, I’d actually really appreciate it if you could remind me that it’s not part of my schedule, because that likely means I am procrastinating again and no longer following my schedule.

And one more update-y thing: I should have said something about this earlier, but I now have 54 followers on this blog! We passed the fifty mark! So I just want to thank you all for visiting my blog and reading my posts, and for all the amazing 780 comments on this blog! I love having conversations with you and I’m so thankful that you’ve thought The Music of Words worth a little bit of time. You all are amazing. ❤

Research Week Starts Today

research week 2 fixThe Research Week begins today! I don’t have much time, so this is going to be a short-ish post just reminding you about it (because even I almost forgot). If you don’t remember or haven’t heard about the Research Week, the official post on it is here.

Anyhow, I’ve been thinking about what I want to post during this week, and I’ve been toying with a few ideas. Either I could: (a) write something short every day, with some sort of quote or research advice every day, (b) write a few longer/regular-size posts two or three times this week, still about research, or (c) I could continue doing my two posts a week that may or may not be related to research.

Which would you rather have, a, b, or c? Do you have any ideas of posts that I should write this week? Are you ready for the research week? *is totally ready for it herself*

Good luck with your research and have fun! 😀

Blogging Evaluation Thingy

I didn’t know what to title this, so…yeah, it’s a “thingy”. Lately I haven’t been having too much inspiration for blog posts, and while it might just be doing Camp NaNo with Cryonic that’s been stealing all my creativity from me, I want to take a look at how I’ve been doing blogging–and mainly, what you’d like to happen on it.

First off, I want to talk about some of my blogging accomplishments! One of them is just starting a blog in general. I always thought it would be cool to start a blog, but when I actually started it, it was even cooler than I imagined! One of the biggest reasons for this is because of you. At the beginning I was kind of just amazed that people would want to read what I’m writing. Now, I have more than 900 views, I’ve written 35 posts, have 19 followers, and 423 comments! That is amazing, and it’s all because of you. Pat yourself on the back and give yourself some chocolate.

And since you’re reading all of this stuff, I’d like youopinion on what you want to see on this blog. Obviously, you won’t be forcing me to do anything, but I’d like this to be enjoyable for both of us.

So, what have you liked/not liked so far? What would you like to see more/less of? To jog your memory, here are some of the things I’ve done blog posts about:

  • Writing stuff related to music stuff (I feel like I haven’t done one of these in forever)
  • Short stories/poetry/other writing-y stuff
  • Advice and stuff I’ve learned about through my current writing projects
  • Randomness (blog tags, random facts about me, etc.)
  • Character interviews
  • The occasional ramble about my novel/plot bunnies I’ve had
  • Book review
  • Annnddd…I think that’s about it, actually.

Also, are there any things that you would absolutely love to read about that I haven’t really done yet? (Or just things you’d like to hear, that works too.)

So it’s sort of an evaluation thingy for myself. I accept constructive criticism and suggestions as well as praise and would love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Thanks so much for taking the time to read my ramblings!