So, after a month of research and planning, I finally started the first draft of my convict ship Love Inspired Historical yesterday. Phew!
Perfect timing, Candace Havens offered another of her Fast Draft workshops, that I’ve heard so many good things about. I wasn’t quite finished the planning, but the opportunity seemed too good to miss.
So far, I have over 9,000 words of story, so it seems to be working!
I don’t know what it is about Blaze writers. I’ve planned the story using Cathy Yardley’s Rock Your Plot , because with such a big complex story I knew I needed to do something different to what I normally do; I’m writing it using Candace’s Fast Draft; and I’m also doing a Category workshop with Tawny Weber at Savvy Authors. All Blaze authors, all awesome teachers, but I’m writing inspy! And yes, I am a workshop tart!
Hopefully, I’ll report back in after ten days with a completed first draft. The finished story needs to be 70 – 75k, but I know I’ll add 25-30% in edits so I’m aiming for 55k in the first draft. I want that finished well before the online pitch to a Love Inspired editor on May 8. At 5k + a day, it will be done.
But wish me luck, persistence, and motivation, just in case!