Current Writing To-Do List


i'm so behind in my writing. halp.

1. Finish draft #1 of Karissa Goldlock's Guide to (Almost) Utterly Everything. This story is the middle-grade steampunk pirate story I've been working on since November. I'm hitting myself for not having it done earlier; it really should have been finished by February at the latest. However, every time I almost finish, something new comes up that sets me back a while. I've gone through several rounds of main character cuts, and now I'm rewriting the last quarter. *bangs head against wall* I'M SO SORRY TO AINE AND REIKE AND ALL MY LOVELY BETAS WHO HAVE BEEN WAITING SO PATIENTLY FOR ME TO GET MY CRAP TOGETHER. But I WILL finish draft #1 by the end of May, I SWEAR.

2. Finish draft #2.5 of Four Suns Falling. (Yes, half drafts are a thing now.) This one is book one of my probably-YA epic fantasy series. There are assassins and demons and sorcerers and all sorts of other fun things. After changing the tense and style in which I'm writing this and readjusting the main character roster for the umpteenth time, I think I'm finally happy with where this project is going. After Karissa's story is sent off to betas, I plan to tackle this and finish draft #2 by (hopefully) August. Camp NaNo in July will probably be a huge help.

3. Edits galore! This will kind of happen alongside #2, but I'll obviously be implementing the suggestions I get from my betas for both these drafts.


4. Research for my Raphael/Michelangelo retelling, The Year of Splattered Paint. "But Ellie!" you say. "I thought your retelling was about Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, not Michelangelo and Raphael!" Well, you're right. It was. The trouble is that after months spent stewing and thinking, I've decided the way I want the plot to go will work a lot better if Raphael is the one to share the spotlight with Michelangelo. This, of course, requires an immense shifting around of character names and personalities, which is why you've not seen hide nor tail of this story on here for a while. I'm currently figuring out the characters, and I want to read some nonfictions over the summer to hone my knowledge and inspire plot ideas.

5. Start a new story! I never officially do November NaNo because of school, but I usually still make an effort to join in with everyone else and write as much as I can (even if that's only 30k or 40k instead of 50k). I plan to use October to plot and November to start writing a new story. Maybe I'll pick The Year of Splattered Paint or Heaven Bleeds Fire (my heaven vs. hell novella) back up, or maybe I'll embark on draft #1 of a dream universe novella called Everward. Or I could start The Spies Just Shy of Legendary, which is turning out to be a lot more of a gangs + criminal underworld story than I originally suspected.  Whatever I feel most excited about is what I'll tackle - but probably just a nice little novella as I suspect FSF will be quite long, and I'll want a shorter project to help me recover my writing juices. XD

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Let's chat! What are your current writing goals? What are your WIPs, and how are they coming? Comment below, and have an awesome day. <3

Namarië,
Ellie

10 comments:

  1. Wow! That's a lot on your writing list! Good luck on getting it all done! I've reached a good point in Gearbound. Basically for a long time I was unable to write, I had to force the words to come and it wasn't good writing at all. But I was listening to Audiomachine's Worlds of Wonder album (which is kinda like my 'soundtrack' for Gearbound) and suddenly the words just started coming, and I have an outline for the last few chapters. I'm nearly done the first draft, (FINALLY) and I am really happy about it.
    Also that WIP Bumble Bee I was working on last year? Well I've combined it with this post-apocalyptic steampunk world I created, but didn't have a story for. So that's what I'll be working on when I'm done Gearbound :D

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    1. Thank you! Ahhhh, I'm glad you had a breakthrough with Gearbound! Best of luck with all your projects :)

      - Ellie

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  2. Wow, and I thought I had a lot of writing projects going on! I love how you're so organised about which one you're going to do first; I just kind of fluctuate between projects depending on my interest at the time. Also, all your titles are so lovely. <3

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  3. Omggg you're doing a Michaelangelo retelling!! I HAVE WANTED ONE OF THOSE FOREVER!! It's actually on my to-do list, which means I'll probably never get to it hahaha, so I'm glad someone is!! :D :D Also good luck with all these projects. You balance so many...*applauds wildly* I basically only work avidly on one book at a time, although I will probably be plotting several at once. XD I'm currently (mentally) plotting the last book in my epic fantasy con-artist series about two brothers who basically rob the entire world (bless their evil hearts) and it's really hard trying to tie all the threads together after plotting out 6 books but having written exactly none of them.😂 What have you done Cait. GO SIT DOWN.😂😂

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    1. Thank you! Ahhhh best of luck - tying billions of plot lines together is something I've really been struggling with in FSF. I wish I had good advice on how to fix that, but I'm afraid I've just been throwing lots of different plot sequences around and seeing what sticks.

      - Ellie

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  4. ACK! I am so behind on my writing projects, too! Or rather, my Camp NaNo project...

    I mean, I DID finish my first draft of my current WIP this month, and while that was my main goal for Camp, I finished it a lot sooner than expected, and now have about 14 hours left to go.

    In four days... EEP.

    But your story ideas sound SO COOL!!! I'm actually quite jealous that you have written and are planning to write so many stories??? Like, this current WIP of mine is the ONLY THING I actually have planned right now?? (I'm sort of a lame chicken, obviously.) I MUST WRITE MORE!!! XD

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    1. Thank you! Haha, it's both a blessing and a curse. Having so many projects going at once makes it really difficult to focus enough on any specific ones to make substantial progress. Best of luck with your writing!

      - Ellie

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