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 – 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

UNBROKEN Update – October 24

Progress isn’t happening fast, but it’s happening. Yesterday I made a rough outline of the plot for the entire rest of this book (and I normally don’t outline, so I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing). Now it’s just a matter of filling it with life. And death.

Unrelated: There is a plastic human skeleton sitting in the chair next to me, and its head just swiveled slightly to face my direction. I know it’s just gravity turning the head around because we find its head backward all the time, but STILL.

Happy Halloween, y’all.

Progress of UNBROKEN
First draft: In progress (41,810 words, about 42% complete)
My revisions: Not started
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

UNBROKEN Update – August 31

In about fifteen minutes I’m heading to my three-season room to open all the windows and let in this cool 80-degree late summer day. Clouds just rolled in, so if I’m lucky I’ll get some rain. If I’m even luckier I’ll get 1,000 more words added to UNBROKEN.

If you’re in the mood for a book con there’s a good one coming up here in St. Louis on September 12-14. I’ll be there signing books and nerding out with other book nerds. Join us!

Progress of UNBROKEN
First draft: In progress (30,974 words, about 30% complete)
My revisions: Not started
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started