This month had been unusually busy, with the NaNoWriMo revision exercise and the A to Z challenge.
The NaNoWriMo has been particularly challenging because I have had to pull together all the work done in writing a novel titled “The Will”. Like a lot of my writing projects this had been one that I wrote about half of it, then put it aside, either having written myself into a proverbial corner, or there was another project that needed completing.
Then in succeeding weeks I would go back and write another chapter, perhaps having had a brainstorm. This would happen off and on with a number of other stories as ideas for them came to me.
Then I noticed the April version of NaNoWriMo and decided this was an opportunity to pull it all together, and over the 30 days, this novel has turned into a manuscript of 360 pages and 48 chapters. Gaps have been filled, prior writing has had an edit, and continuity has been checked.
I now have another novel that will be sent to the editor for a first reading.
The other exercise, the A to Z Challenge, this year, is about a phrase, like You’ve got to be kidding, and turning it into a story, where, somewhere within it, the phase is used.
I had hoped that the stories would be short, and easily fitted in with everything else. Well, you know how that goes. Stories write themselves, and some have been 6 to 8 pages long.
Talk about making a rod for my own back.
Aside from those two exercises, there has been some time devoted to my episodic stores, and one in particular, the Treasure Hunt. I have managed to write several more episodes which will appear in the coming weeks.
Any chance of getting a break next month will be impossible.
The episodic stories need more episodes, and three new books are just about at the stage where I can send them to the editor, two for final approval, so hopefully, these can be published in June.
But, as always, there is no rest for the wicked.