I didn't post a summary of my writing last week but I have been writing and I thought I'd just post a summary this week instead. I'm still working on Shadow Spell and I'm around 7,000 words in now with an aim to get another 1,000 written over the weekend (ideally I'd have the first draft finished this weekend but I'm trying to be realistic rather than setting myself up for failure).
A big part of what I'm doing this time regarding my writing is to not make it feel like a chore. I know that might sound silly but if I really don't want to write (and I mean really, really as opposed to 'I don't think I want to but maybe I do.') then forcing myself doesn't actually make the writing good and I'll spend most of the time procrastinating anyway. So I'm writing when the feeling takes me and I'm actually finding that I'm getting a lot of words down in very little time. As long as the words are good (or at least workable) then it's worth working this way.
Don't get me wrong, I'm still trying to make myself write, at least every other day, but if I've had a bad day at work and I really don't feel it then I'm not going to force myself. It's all about listening to what I want mentally and making sure I'm staying happy and positive about the writing process.
So as I said I'm about 7,000 words in and I feel as though I'm really getting into it now. There's been a bit of a development regarding the main character (Kayla) and also the invisible demons that inhabit the planet. I already know a few things that need altering/fixing when I come to the second draft but they should hopefully be minor. I need to build the workd a little bit so the reader can really see what it's like. Ultimately in my head the planet isn't that different from Earth, so hopefully that'll be an easy fix.
I'm still really enjoying writing this short story (even though it seems to be getting larger every day, and I'm sure it could probably be an actual novel but I've wanted to write a short story for years and decided this was the one), and I can't wait until I've got the first draft complete and I'm able to get some feedback from close friends. Fingers crossed it won't be much longer until I can put the progress bar on my homepage at 100% for the first draft and then start on the second draft!