Writing Update: End of Summer

Last month, I wrote a post about how I wanted to finish the first draft of ARDEN HAYES' GUIDE TO SAVING LIVES by the end of summer. Long story short, I did!

My draft ended up being shorter than I hoped -- 60,000 words instead of 65,000 -- but I've sent it off to a couple of critique partners, and I'm hoping they can help me find some places that may need fleshing out. I ended up adding over 10,000 words during the revision stages of my last novel, so my guess is I'll easily reach 65,000 when all is said and done. Word count has always been a challenge for me (I tend to underwrite like crazy), but I know from past experience that things usually work themselves out.

So what's next for me? Well, I'm already in the planning stages for my next (as yet untitled) manuscript. It's a YA psychological-thriller-type story, and I'd describe it as The Maze Runner meets Agatha Christie (three words: murdery puzzle mansion). More details to come when I actually start putting words on paper. I'm not quite sure when I became a plotter instead of a straight-up pantser, but now I feel paralyzed if I don't have a plan.

College classes start up next week, so I don't know how much time I'll have to write, but I'm determined to write at least a little bit every day. So that's pretty much where I'm at right now.

How's your writing life going? Let me know in the comments!

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