Thursday, July 8, 2010

Writing Goals and a Novella

I try to set writing goals for myself. Sometimes I accomplish them, and sometimes I don't. I don't try to stress over it much because most of those goals are just for me. Yet, I mentioned before that I made some writing goals for July. So far, I've kept them for the most part.

I am writing more. I don't have word counts yet as I'm trying to stay away from them until closer to the end of the month and tally them up. On Monday, I wrote chapter one of Moonlight Murders and finished the edits for Once Upon a December Nightmare. On Tuesday, I worked on my flash fiction piece for Friday. Unfortunately, I didn't get anything written in my new short story. On Wednesday, I finished my flash fiction piece, even though I told myself that I would do it on Thursday, and I almost finished writing the synopsis for my first novella. Today, I would like to go over my flash fiction piece one more time and see if I can cut some words (it's at 670, which is still flash, but I'd like to make it less). Tomorrow, I'd like to work on my new short story, and this weekend, I want to edit a friend's new WIP and edit a chapter of Virtuoso. Then, I'll have to start the process again.

As I mentioned above, I am working on my first novella. According to Wikipedia, a novella is a work of fiction between 17,500-40,000 words. Of course, publishers all have different terms of novella, but I hope to have mine between 20,000-30,000 words, and it'll likely be around eight chapters. The novella I'm working on is titled Panther Moon, and it is Paranormal Romance. The idea is a type of Romeo & Juliet with a twist. Here is what it is about:

Leonard "Leo" Washington is second-in-command with the Roselan pack, a group of were-panthers lead by Lucius Roselan living in the Florida Everglades. Portia Roselan is the daughter of Alexander Roselan, head of the Roselan fortune and the main were-panther group in Miami. When Leo meets Portia, their lives are forever changed. Portia wants to reunite her uncle and father, twins separated by greed and anger, and the Roselan packs, but her uncle has other plans for the reunion. Unwittingly using Leo, Lucius arranges for Portia's kidnapping. Well-made plans go awry, though, and Leo must do whatever he can to save Portia or both packs might forever be divided.

*laughs* I'm still working on the blurb for it, but you'll get the gist. There will be romance, but I don't yet know how much heat I'll put in it, although one scene is particularly enticing, or at least I think so. It's an idea that has been in my mind for a couple months, so I'm excited to begin working on it.

Don't forget tomorrow is Flash Fiction Fridays! And, I have an idea for Flash Fiction Fridays in August of using the characters from Once Upon a December Nightmare and creating new flash fiction stories about them one for each Friday to celebrate its coming release. So, stay tuned for them. *grins*


Aubrie said...

Congrats on writing more! Keep writing, I'm itching for more of your work to read!

Lisa Rusczyk said...

Sounds like you've been busy. The novella sounds fun!

Cherie Reich said...

Thank you, Aubrie and Lisa!