The End Is In Sight! #AmWriting

After two rounds of antibiotics, steroids, and two different inhalers, I’m finally on the mend from my nearly month-long battle with illness. Woot! With the recovery comes a burst of writing energy as I task my characters with fetching a box of weapons while a different character works to build a solution to protect her race from extinction.

I use yWriter to organize my big books and based on my plan where I mapped out all the scenes I needed to get me to the end, I’m almost there.

The column on the right is the running word count, and with an average of 3K per chapter, that means this book is probably going to land somewhere around 180K, which is a good deal shorter than my pre-timeline change estimation. Considering Thanmir War was 200K before edits and got cut down to 170K, I think it’s pretty safe to say the books will be roughly the same length.

It’s taken me years to get this far. I started writing this book just after my son was born, and I’ve found juggling two kids is a lot more time consuming than merely having one. Not to mention all the other medical mayhem that’s been going on. But this is going to be the year people! I will finish my draft and then revel in the glory of having done so.

I can’t wait until that day comes.

Have you ever had a project that seems to be taking forever? Did you keep at it, or abandon it along the way? Ever find that something else is hijacking your writing progress?

Loni Townsend

About Loni Townsend

Wife. Mother. Writer. Ninja. Squirrel.

22 thoughts on “The End Is In Sight! #AmWriting

  1. I’m so glad you’re feeling better! And super excited about your progress.

    Yeah, I have a project that I keep shelving. If it’s not another project it’s life deciding that the little bit of time I can devote to it is better spent elsewhere.

  2. Anna

    Congrats, Loni, on getting this far. I’m sure it is worth every second. Keep at it. πŸ™‚

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  3. I’m so glad you’re feeling better πŸ™‚ It took me forever to write my first book and I wasn’t trying to juggle family, work etc. So I’m very impressed with you and your progress.

  4. Glad you are finally feeling better!
    I’ve been messing around with a story for almost two years now. Not because it’s taking long, I just never work on it.

  5. YAY!!! I’m so happy for you. Your dedication has paid off!

  6. Glad you guys are feeling better. Yup, stuff hijacks me all the time, lol. Happy Writing.

  7. So glad you’re finally on the mend. That thing really flattened you, didn’t it?

    Yes, I’ve had projects that take forever. The six-year afghan comes to mind. And I have so many partial novels…

  8. Feeling better and on track again with writing – that’s wonderful.

  9. Good for you for keeping at it! I’m so excited for you to finish it this year – I’ve got a feeling it’s going to definitely happen before 2019. And yes! Definitely celebrate πŸ™‚ You earned it!

  10. YAY! Cartwheels! Except, don’t inhale the flowers πŸ™‚ I am sorry you’ve been sick. I am happy you see the end. You deserve your every happiness πŸ™‚

  11. I’m so excited for you, Loni! So glad to hear you’re finally starting to feel better and as a result you’re writing is back on track. Doing a happy dance for you right now! πŸ™‚

  12. It’s wonderful you’re feeling better. πŸ™‚ And yay for getting back into writing. I admire the writers who are so organized. I just wing it!

  13. Joleene Naylor

    Yay! Congrats on having the end in sight!

  14. Look at that word count! Go you!!! I’m at least working on short stuff right now. I won first-place in the essay category for this year’s IWG contest, so that made my day a couple of weeks ago.

  15. So glad to hear you’re on the mend!

    The only thing getting in the way of my writing progress is me. Sigh.

  16. Yes (like, all of them), no (it stays there nagging me), yes (all the stories want their shot). LOL
    I’m happy to hear your finally healing. Those long illness take a toll on us mentally too, so I’m glad to hear that is coming back as well. Happy Writing.

  17. Glad to hear you’re finally feeling better. =)

  18. Well done getting the Mojo back and so glad you have shaken that illness. I took 13 years to get my debut published, and my second novel is overdue by a few years – and a few discarded first drafts of other novels. I feel it’s more important to release something that feels right and not rushed.

  19. So glad you’re finally on the mend! Projects that seem to take foreverβ€”oh, heavens, isn’t that all of them? Hahaha. You’re almost there; keep at it just a little bit longer. You can do it!

    Thanks for the positive vibes over at Michelle’s IWSG post on my nonfiction bit πŸ™‚

  20. Woot on the glory and feeling better. My current project is taking me forever. But sometimes, that’s the way life bounces.

  21. I hadn’t heard of that program before. Helpful! I’ve definitely had a project that took forever, and I found stepping away for a little while helped me. But, of course, that won’t work for everyone, especially not if you have a deadline!

  22. So glad you are doing better and I hope you have made even more progress since this post was written. My current project seems to be taking forever and a day so I can understand your frustration!
    Take care!

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