Wednesday, February 7, 2018

What If It's All About Love #IWSG #SpecFic

The IWSG was created by Alex J. Cavanaugh. February's co-hosts are Stephen Tremp, Pat Garcia, Angela Wooldridge, Victoria Marie Lees, and Madeline Mora-Summonte. Please visit the other participants here.
My biggest insecurity this month is getting back on track with my rewrite/edit of Forged (The Fate Challenges #2). When I was working on the rewrite, everything was going well. I often was hitting 1,000-2,000 words per session, and I felt like what I was writing was shaping up into the novel I hope Forged will end up being. Unfortunately, I didn't get that many days to work on Forged during January, so I only rewrote 11,000 words instead of the 20,000 I was going for. So somehow I'm going to have to increase my pace because I would really love to have this rewrite finished by the end of April. Wish me luck!

February's question: What do you love about the genre you write in most often? Is everything an acceptable answer? I write speculative fiction, which is a fancy umbrella term featuring "what if" scenarios often in the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. I suppose if I had to pick one thing I love about the genre is the ability to create new worlds or modify the ones existing around us. I can let my imagination run.

What is your insecurity this month? What do you love about the genre you write most often?

Though I did only rewrite 11,000 words in Forged instead of 20,000 words in January, I did finish a critique of my critique partner's newest novel.

I only have one main goal for February, which is rewrite/edit 20,000 words in Forged, which will put the manuscript up to 31,000 words (or about a third finished).

What are your goals for February?

2018 Stats
11,055 words written
11,055 words edited
78,212 friends' words edited

Also, I'm hosting a monthly giveaway where one person a month has a chance to win one of my ebooks. You can enter the giveaway here.

35 comments:

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Cherie, hope you finish the rewrite of Forged by April. I'm very eager to read some speculative fiction novels. Any book recommendations?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You can do it! Hit the ground running. Or rather, hit the page writing.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Good luck with your goals and picking up your pace. My goal is to go to WriteOnCon, an online writing conference, this weekend, and get some writing done for me because the play that I am producing and running Front of House for with my boyfriend has it's first show on 2/22. It'll be busy until early March.

Crystal Collier said...

Running imaginations are both dangerous and fascinating. I say, let them run. Speaking of which, I'm wishing you epic success with your goals. You've got this!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

My editing for others dominates, too. But that comes with the territory for me.

Christine Rains said...

You can do it! I love playing with those what if questions in SpecFic too.

Carrie-Anne said...

Good luck with your rewrite! Sometimes life gets in the way, but any new words written or progress on editing and rewriting is better than doing nothing at all.

DMS said...

Wishing you the best of luck with your writing. I wish I had gotten as much writing done in January as you did! Wow! :)


Happy writing!
~Jess

Chrys Fey said...

Several people have mentioned speculative fiction. :)

Good luck with your rewrite! You can do it!

Jacqui said...

I don't do well setting goals. I write, edit, start over, finish, edit. I have a long goal of when I want to finish the book (which I share in my blog sidebar) but that's it. If I don't make it, I adjust it! I like that goal-setting works for you and lots of others, though.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Good luck with your new goals. I love the 'what if' of speculative fiction too for reading and writing.

Patricia Lynne said...

Good luck with getting your rewrites done! My fingers are crossed for you.

Gwen Gardner said...

I'd say you still did pretty well on your word count. Well done!

I love the world building too. Possibilities abound!

emaginette said...

Even on a not-so-good month you do great. I wish I had your drive. :-)

Anna from elements of emaginette

Loni Townsend said...

Best of luck with your rewrites! You're still rocking it more than me. :)

Loni

Juneta Key said...

Cheering you on. I know you will reach your goals.

S.A. Larsenッ said...

Wishing you all the positive writing mojo in the world! I answered this month’s posed question much like you did. Everything... :D

Chemist Ken said...

The endless possibilities are why I like fantasy and science fiction so much.

Good luck on the writing!

M.J. Fifield said...

I think 'everything' is a fine answer when the question is what you love about your chosen genre.

Best of luck hitting your editing goal!

Laura Clipson said...

Good luck with your re-writes, I'm sure you'll achieve your goal this month!

Cathrina Constantine said...

I love speculative fiction, Cherie. I like how you wrote it's like an umbrella term, so true. I'm wishing you much luck and hope you get your edits all completed by April.

alexia said...

As you know, I write fantasy. Everything is a good answer :) But if I had to distill it down I would simply say magic. Magic makes everything better!

authorcgcoppola.com said...

The fantasy thing is so freeing! Hey, I say as long as you worked, it doesn't matter how many words you got. You created something. That's all that counts!

Shannon Lawrence said...

11,000 is still good progress. "What if?" is the best part of writing.

Rachel Morgan said...

11,000 is better than nothing! Hopefully you'll get some more work days this month than last month :-)

My insecurity at the moment is the fact that I'm working on a brand new series and I'm constantly aware at the back of my mind that readers WILL (whether intentionally or not) compare it to the series I've recently completed. Of course, I hope they'll love the new one just as much as (or more than) the old series, but I know I can't make everyone happy!

Tamara Narayan said...

Monthly goals: Continue querying the historical novel, continue writing the new contemporary novel, and either locate Kindle or give up and buy a new one. Argh.

Michelle Wallace said...

Good luck with your 20,000 words rewrite/edit. You CAN do it.

dolorah said...

Good luck on your re-write goals.

Olga Godim said...

Hooray for speculative fiction. It is my favorite genre too: to read and to write. So many of us, IWSG members write in it. Keep going, Cherie, and you'll hit your goal by April.

Heather R. Holden said...

Sorry your rewriting plans were derailed a bit in January. Know too well how depressing that can be! (I never seem to achieve anything in the timeframe I hope to, anymore.) Hope the next few months go more smoothly for you, so you can meet your April goal!

And completely agree with you about speculative fiction. Those "what if" scenarios are always fun to dream up!

M Pax said...

You will get Forged done. I have every confidence.

That's the reason I love speculative fiction, too. I love weird. It lets me get really weird. lol

Nick Wilford said...

Sounds like you're in a great flow with your rewrite so I'm sure you'll meet your goal. Impressive stats for the year already! I also enjoy the freedom to explore all sorts of worlds with spec fic.

Tara said...

I write romance so my favorite thing is the HEA. ;) Best of luck hitting your goal!

Nas said...

Wishing you all the best with your writing!

Sherry Ellis said...

You're doing great! You'll get it all done.

I've never written speculative fiction, but I bet it would be fun answering, "What If" questions.