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Weekly Catch Up


So for the past week I’ve been reviewing the first draft of my children’s adventure novel. Admitedly the progress has been slow but with a newborn to take care of I’m still happy with what I’ve achieved so far.

So a bit of background:  I got the idea for this novel while taking a course on writing for children at New York University back in 2014. Over the last two years the plot has changed significantly thanks to valuable input from my writing group (which I had to drop out of due to terrible pregancy sickness).  Right now I have 51,200 words (197 pages) and I would say the novel is 70% complete, which is why I spent the week re-reading what I have so far, so that I can hopefully continue with renewed determination (while changing diapers and dealing with a fussy, gassy baby).

Don’t be fooled by 51,200 words.  It sounds like alot but I’ve still got to work out if the ending that I’ve outlined still works.  I hardly wrote anything while pregnant so it will be interesting to see how I feel about my current draft.  I suppose I’ll either continue as outlined or tweak the outline which may send the novel off the rails in a good way.

Either way – I’ll keep you posted 🙂

What have you guys been working on?  Are you sticking to an outline or are you a pantser?

I’d love to hear from you.






Writer. Wife. Mother. Not necessarily in that order.

2 thoughts on “Weekly Catch Up

  1. I just found your blog, and it’s so encouraging – I don’t have kids yet, but it’s great to know that when I do, writing can still be in the mix! And…I find that I use an outline to get me started, but then the characters seem to have minds of their own 🙂 Good luck!


    1. Thanks for commenting! It’s overwhelming at times with a newborn but I’m still managing to carve out a few slots for writing here and there. Good luck to you on your writing projects too 🙂


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