I mention the other day that I decided to get back into finishing/editing this story.
For the record, I started this story as part of my April Camp NaNo project in 2017. The goal then was to write at least 1,000 words for a different prompt each day. “Heaven” was the prompt for day 9 of the event, and I ended up writing over 17k words that first day (instead of the required 1,000). But as the goal of my project wasn’t to finish the stories–just get them started–I didn’t give the story much more of my time until NaNoWriMo in November when I decided to edit and post the stories from April Camp.
I got a few chapters posted and wrote a little more but then fell of the radar again until I picked up the challenge again for Camp NaNo in April 2018. I wrote a bit for it through May but then lost interest again. The last time I really did anything with it was November 2018 when I again tried to finish it but only managed to add 12k words before giving up thanks to increasing chronic fatigue.
That’s basically where I stood. I posted Chapter 37 at some point and disappeared, probably leaving everyone to assume the story would never be finished. I tried off an on through 2019 to pick it up, but my health (namely the fatigue) didn’t allow me to be creative the way I needed.
Until the other day.
Since then, I’ve gotten a lot done.
I spent several days going through my notes to make a detailed outline and timeline of what had happened in the posted chapters and the chapters I had written but not edited yet. Then I spent some more days brainstorming where the story is going and what I need to write to get it there, coming up with a detailed outline through chapter 65 plus details for 75-80 and the epilogue (80 chapters has always been my goal).
And then one day in September, while sitting in the dining room watching my son do his schoolwork, I edited three chapters so they were ready to post. I decided not to post them until I was sure I could get through the rest of them. I didn’t want to just disappear again (possibly for years) after leaving just a small taste to the readers.
Then the other day, I had a breakthrough. And the next day I finished a chapter I needed to fill in a blank spot (for nearly 2k words). Yesterday, I did 2nd edits on chapters 41-43 (meaning they’re very nearly ready to post), 1st edits on chapters 44-46 and rewrites for chapters 47 and 48. That was a significant amount of work.
Today I’ve rewritten chapters 49-52 and prepped 41 and 42 for posting. With five chapters ready to post at this moment and 10 chapters in various levels of editing, I decided I will start posting new chapters starting tomorrow!
That will be 15 weeks of new chapters coming. It should take me to the end of January, and hopefully by then, I’ll have even more written (especially if I officially take this on as my NaNoWriMo 2020 project).
This update has been nearly two years in the making, and if I can keep up this level of work, I could have the story finished sometime next year after four years. I’m really excited and that’s something new.
But there’s a possibility that I’m also manic which means I could crash at any time and be too depressed to work on anything. I’m hoping I’ll have those 15 chapters ready, though, and maybe I’ll be feeling better by January if that happens.
I never know. But I’m hoping this is a good sign.
And here’s a random Six Sentence Spoiler (from chapter 47):
“What’s going on?” Clarke asks, joining Raven.
“It’s the end of the world,” Raven answers.
“Yeah, we know that.”
She types something into her computer. “Well, it might be ending a lot sooner than we thought.”