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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Update on my YA Fantasy's Progress

This is Bear, my shapeshifter, in his griffin form. Isn't he beautiful?

The writing of my YA novel is progressing nicely.

It seems the draft is going to be a wee bit longer than my conservative estimate of 70,000 words. If you have been watching my progress you'll see I reached 66,000 words today. Which is, of course, Awesome! but we aren't finished yet.

I still have about 8 -10 short chapters to go or about 60 pages, at a rough guess.

Still the end is in sight. YAY! Yay! Yay!

Of course, with the completion of one manuscript the question "what next?" does raise its ugly head.

First, a celebration might be in order! :)

Then I have a couple of short stories to write for an upcoming competition and a play to script. None of which should take long.

I'm thinking, I should probably drag out the MS of my historical fiction and finish editing it too (maybe).

But really the important question is "what am I going to WRITE next?"

I wondered about the gothic romance I started writing at the beginning of the year, but I'm worried that, because it is such a different genre, when I come back to write the next book in my fantasy series the voice/feel will be wrong. Does that make sense?

My gut feeling is to keep going with the fantasy thing, but will it get tired? Will I get fantasy-ed out? (yes, I know that's not a real word :P)

So, what do you think?
What should I do next?

Have your vote. I'm keen to hear your thoughts.


  1. Well done you! I think you should bite the bullet and write the next Tremorgan book. That's what I'd do anyway. BTW love the picture of Bear.

  2. Wow, that an amazing accomplishment. Congrats!
    Personally I would go for a change of scenery and come back fresh ( I really don't think you will have a problem *losing* your voice!), but I am a total newbie to this game so take my advice with a grain (or ten) of salt!

  3. Thanks for the supportive comments guys, but man, talk about contrary ideas.
    I'm no less unsure than I was before!! :)