For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be an author. I’ve let fear and procrastination stand in my way, but not anymore. Here, you can track the progress of any major project that I’m working on. Working towards your own writerly goals? I’d love to hear about it!
Shenanigans | YA Contemporary Romance | Developmental Edits – 4th Draft
When Alyse and Scott break up, things get heated when Scott accuses Alyse of cheating on him with Brent, her best friend. With rumors flying around school, Alyse devises a plan to turn the tables on Scott and protect a precious secret. A faux romance with some unbreakable rules leads Alyse down a road she never considered.
Shenanigans saw a lot of progress in 2020. I was able to finish the first draft during CampNaNo in July, and the second draft during NaNo in November. I took the month of December off to let the draft rest before I open it back up on New Year’s Day! In my downtime, I was able to get my manuscript printed for the first time (above) and get started on a Pinterest board for some of my characters (below). It’s been such a fun experience despite what a terrible year this was. In the first couple weeks of the new year, I’ll be realigning my outline to fit in the changes that popped up in the second draft and prepping to start the third draft.
I’m just shy of hitting the 25% mark on Shenanigans‘ third draft! I shared the first act with critique partners, and I have been receiving some very positive feedback! While I couldn’t meet my goal of finishing the draft by the end of February, I’m very optimistic about being done this month. I’m also not waiting until I’ve finished to share my work and get feedback on it, which should save me a bit of time later. I just… I love this story! I can’t wait to have it out in the world!
After receiving some fantastic feedback from some fellow writers (fantastic in that they love it so far and they helped point out some POV problems), I decided to take a break over finals and come back with a clean page. I’m officially working on the 4th draft of Shenanigans! Here’s to hoping it’s the last major rewrite! Granted, not that much is changing at this point, but I needed to reduce some head-hopping and better organize the transitions between switching POV’s, and I work so much better with a clean document.