It’s been one full year since The Boring Job Project was published and I’ve been through some highs and lows with progress on my open projects. On the one hand, I like to make the excuse that I work full-time and have a toddler and a house to manage, but on the other, I know I just have a problem with committing to finalise anything.
In 2022, I’m re-evaluating a few things and looking to finish three of my open projects that are so close to completion, it’s not even funny. Or, at least, move them into the editing phase.
I started my Young Adult/New Adult (YA/NA) fiction piece during NaNoWriMo last year. And though I hit that 50,000 word count goal, I haven’t quite managed to finish off the first draft. It’s very close. I have about three chapters to go.
My YA/NA fiction piece is about a girl who moves to Texas for six months while her mum works on her latest romance novel. This change of perspective and environment, as well as the people she meets along the way, forces her to take a look at herself and who she’s becoming as she finishes off her last year of school and has to make decisions about where to go next – all while trying to immerse herself in the American experience.
My adult fiction is a rom com (or it’s trying to be, anyway) set in a consulting office. It includes fake dating and frenemies to lovers, along with a couple of my other favourite tropes. The plot is almost there and it’s about halfway written, but I love this story and I’d love to at least have a first draft by the end of the year.
I’ve been working on my next creative nonfiction for (literally) years and I’ve never been quite able to finish it off. I’ve lost steam through two rewrites in about the same spot, which means I need to hold a magnifying glass and torch over it like a dentist to figure out the problem. It’s part travel diary, part honest travel guide and it takes a look at my (probably) unhealthy obsession with social media and being a perfectionist.
What are you working on this year? Do you have any projects – not necessarily just writing – that you’re looking to finish?
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