Progress Journal for Aramis Gothboi: Book One

Mog’s ongoing account of completing the first draft.

Total word count: 30,189


Twenty-third Post:

I began the clean-up editing yesterday with the first chapter and managed to knock out an outline as well. Not much work, but it was good to get back into doing something.

Tonight I’ve been chipping away at the blurb to tighten it up and make it more enticing. It’s currently at 217 words, but I think it really should be closer to 150-175. I’ll revisit this every now and again to get it where it needs to be.

The week leading up to yesterday was a whole lot of nothing. After the push to get the submission in the other week (I was accepted by the way), I’ve been mentally exhausted.

I haven’t had it in me to try the pitching exercise yet – it’s still sitting there at the top of the list. Every time I sat down to do something, I found myself unable to get started with anything. That said, I think I needed a break anyway.

I also had another session with the writer’s workshop over the weekend. Nothing of mine was put forward this time around, but I enjoyed the process of talking about other people’s work and hearing about the problems they found themselves trying to solve. When you get so caught up in your own little world, it’s kind of comforting to hear when others are face the same issues in their own work. At the end of it all, I hope everyone is getting as much out of it as I do. I get anxious about the kind of feedback I give. Is it useful or am I focusing on the wrong things? I suppose it’s about communication. If I don’t know what to focus on, all I can do is guess and continue with what I feel is necessary.

Only a short post tonight. I’m super tired.

I’m going to slow down over the coming month by just doing what I can when I can. The new semester begins in the second week of July and I’m sure there’ll be plenty of opportunities to get stressed and overworked in the 16 weeks that will follow.

I’ve got another project or two nipping at my heels too, so maybe that’s what’s exacerbating the old lethargy.

Stay safe everyone.

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