Weekly Writing Update: July 31 2020

by Miller C. Lashbrook

This week has marked a new chapter in my writing journey. For a couple years now I have been sitting on a manuscript for a novel that I have been avoiding revising and edits. I knew that there were many things that I wanted to change from the initial finished draft. Much of the writing was done in high school or early college when I was still working on finding my voice. I can’t say I have 100% found it today, but I know it better then my teenage self did.

So, on Monday I decided that I would stop putting it off and commit to working on the manuscript. I believe that the story I have to tell is important and people will want to read it. I am committing myself to writing at least 500 new words of content every weekday since most of the book is being rewritten from scratch. I am proud to say that, besides Wednesday when I worked on plotting out the book’s structure, I met that goal. I did however for the whole week write almost 3000 words and finished the brand new first chapter of what I am now calling The Duel.

In my weekly updates I will check in on how I am doing with this writing goal and also updating you if I decide to change the goal. In the midst of the craziness of 2020 I hope that a finished novel can be something that I can leave the year with to be able to say that the year has not been a total wash.

I will be taking it easy this weekend (there are many shows I intend to watch this weekend) when it comes to my writing, but next week as it is the last week of my summer break from teaching I would like to complete chapters 2 and 3 of the book. So, we will see!

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