UNBROKEN Update – First Draft Finished!

UNBROKEN is finally down on paper (the digital kind). It’s not perfect, but the whole story is built. I just need to fix and polish, and rework a couple big scenes because right after I wrote them I was too traumatized to go back over them the next day like I normally do.

Earlier today I got about a paragraph from the end and hit a wall. So I took a break and vacuumed the house and in the midst of that the end came to me. Vaccumming to cure writer’s block FTW. My revisions start tomorrow.

Progress of UNBROKEN
First draft: Complete! (96,294 words)
My revisions: In progress
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: First draft is here! Second draft in progress.

UNBROKEN Update – Homestretch

Here’s how I’m finishing this book:

1. Tuning out distractions with earbuds playing the sounds of grackles layered over forest rain if I’m writing during daylight hours, spaceship sounds or celestial white noise if writing after sunset.

2. Wildly crossing through big chunks of hardcopy notes I’ve been carrying around with my laptop for six months.

3. Rereading a lot of UNQUIET.

4. Gushing new words with hardly any editing. Not my normal thing. It will mean lots of rewriting later on the last 25% of this book. That’s okay. I see the end. I need to run for it.

If my outline holds true, I’m four chapters from the end. Cover art is also in progress.

Here is a shot I took of a real, non-YouTube grackle hanging out in my yard.

Progress of UNBROKEN
First draft: In progress (85,920 words, about 86% complete)
My revisions: Not started
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: First drafts due in 14 days

UNBROKEN Update – April 5

I never thought I’d be writing UNBROKEN from inside someone’s game of Plague Inc, but here I am. We’re mostly self-isolated here, only leaving the house for exercise and groceries. Missouri hasn’t been hit too hard, but I’ve read what this virus does, and I do not want it in my household. School is all online for the kids right now. Drum lessons are happening over FaceTime. Jiu-Jitsu practice comes in videos over Facebook. Let’s all applaud the internet for allowing us to still have these things when their physical places had to shut down.

Being stuck in the house means lots of extra time to write, yeah? Sadly, no. We do more cooking now. Three meals a day at home. We’re trying to do more outside, so we’ve been walking a lot, like 3.2 mile stretches with the dog and the boys on their bikes. Our neighborhood sits on the bluffs of the Mississippi, so the streets all around us are great climbs and valleys. Our street has become an alternate version of itself where families spend time on their porches and driveways and talk to neighbors from a yard away, or across the street, all while there’s a constant flow of people walking dogs and riding bikes. The neighborhood is visibly alive, and it’s very retro.

I worry about what we’re not being told about this virus, and I look at maps and read articles when instead I should be writing.

Progress on UNBROKEN is good even with all these strange mods to my sense of normal. First draft done in maybe…one month? I’m writing the climax right now.

Progress of UNBROKEN
First draft: In progress (79,742 words, about 79% complete)
My revisions: Not started
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

UNBROKEN Update – February 23

I’m not ready for winter to end but I am ready to see the end of this book. There’s a lot left to write but I have it all very clear in my head. The work is finding the right words to reflect what’s in there…

Progress of UNBROKEN
First draft: In progress (64,710 words, about 65% complete)
My revisions: Not started
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

UNBROKEN Update – January 6

More words added to UNBROKEN … and a new critter in the house. A good samaritan dropped this little guy off at our veterinarian’s office with a mangled tail. They patched him up and put him up front to wait for a home. We made the mistake of looking into his eyes. He has half a tail and tiger stripes hidden in smoky fur. We call him Zeke.

Progress of UNBROKEN
First draft: In progress (55,225 words, about 55% complete)
My revisions: Not started
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started