Book Talk, Writing

May Wrap Up

Today I’m doing my May Wrap Up. It wasn’t a super successful month for reading or writing but it was decent. Here are the books I read in May:

1.  A Court of Frost and Starlight (5/5)

2. The Fifth Era of Man (4/5)

3. Assassin’s Heart (3/5)

Only three books and 1,018 pages but I did start another book that I’m in the middle of reading now. Not a great month but pretty average for my reading year so far. It’s a little shameful honestly. I really want to get back to reading more books every month but my reading is suffering because my focus and time is mostly spent on writing my book and the blog. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I loathe reading on my phone because it really slows down my progress. I didn’t read any more of the Mortal Instruments series this month and didn’t even think of picking up A Game of Thrones like I wanted to.

As for writing, it was pretty successful for part of the month but then dipped down quite a bit. I mentioned in my April Wrap Up  that there was a small chance I would finish my first draft of my novel in May and it was really looking good for a while. For two weeks straight, I had incredible writing days and wrote around 3,000 words a day on average. It was fantastic and I felt so motivated and excited. And then the crash came, as it so often does. I would wake up motivated to write, get a cup of coffee and sit with my computer and…nothing. The motivation was there but the words weren’t and I slowed down significantly. I was able to push through on some of these days and still reach my daily goal of 2,000 words, but the excitement and speed with which I had been writing was missing. This stressed me out and made me feel like something was wrong but a little pep talk from my dad (who also writes) had me feeling better. Sometimes your creativity is on full force and you’re incredibly productive and other times it just drops away and you have to work harder for it. It ebbs and flows. It was still looking possible to finish the first draft in May, but then I decided my story needed a little something else so I began going back to add new scenes and bits into stuff I already wrote because I can’t stop myself. Total, I wrote over 22,000 words in May. Before I knew it, May had passed and I still had more writing to do. 

Looking Forward to June

This month, I just want to read more. That’s the only reading goal I’m giving myself. More books, more pages. I don’t care what books they are or anything, just more. 

For writing, I’m really confident saying I’ll finish my first draft this month. It was the initial goal, after all, and I’m not too far from the end. But oh my god, you guys, does it feel daunting. I already know how much work there is to do on the second draft and how much needs to be moved around and changed completely. It’s exciting being so close to the end but I’m still not even close to being done and it makes me feel a little nauseous. Also, the document is sort of massive and I sometimes think to myself “How have you written so much and not reached the end yet?” Writing is a never ending battle. At least it feels that way right now. Does anyone want to volunteer to edit my 184,000+ word first draft? Any takers? No? Okay. Well, by the time June ends I hope to be working on that. 

How was your May? Did you reach your reading and writing goals? Do you have new goals for June? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Madison

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