First, I just have to say that I twisted my ankle this morning. Daisy was bouncing around all excited because I had her leash and I made the mistake of trying to go down the porch stairs while she was all hyped up. She ended up getting in the way (which is common) and to avoid stepping on her, I stepped funny and twisted my ankle. Now it hurts like a biotch and it's all swollen and blech. It made writing a hot scene between my hero and heroine very difficult to focus on. I think I'll have to go back tomorrow and fix it up.
Current word count: 55,157
Approximate length: 100,000
In the last 8 days, I've written: 17,157
That's 2144.6 words a day.
If I keep this up I should be done the first draft around July 21st. *crosses fingers*
About a week ago I took over my family's tent trailer (I think Americans call them popups?) and set up camp. Every afternoon since, I've written in there. I can honestly say, that was the best decision I've ever made. There's something about being outside (for the most part) that calms me down so much. And with the small beige table and power, I'm comfy, so there's no worry about me stressing out my back or wrists. Anyway, I'm pretty sure the wisdom of my choice is reflected in my word count. The best part is, I've had a beta read all but the last 3000 words and they love it! Woohoo!
Other writing news:
Okay, so some of you already know this, but I've decided to try my hand at writing a YA. I've been thinking about it for a very long time now and only recently started to take myself seriously. I mean, why can't I try to write one? So I spoke with my parents and Christopher and they agreed that as long as my Medieval doesn't fall to the wayside because of it, then I should try the YA. I agreed that I have to write 2000 words a day on my romance before I can work on the YA.
So Monday I spent the evening plotting and started it last night. I'm 2078 words in and I ADORE IT! However, I now understand why YA authors always seem so paranoid. I keep sitting here thinking, is this too similar to anything else? Oh, but my story has a party near the beginning and so does this other story! Crap, my story takes place in NYC too! And the action of my story begins in a somewhat similar manner to this story.
Basically what I've decided is to not worry about it. I've briefly mentioned what my YA is about to my darling Tina and she assures me my idea is completely unique--without being weird, LOL. Therefore, I think there's no point in worrying about it. All teens have parties. Many stories take place in NYC-- because it's a cool place that could believably have weird stuff going on. If I want my story to start quickly, I need the action to follow pretty quick, which means I don't have all that many options.
So how are your stories going? Have any of you ever tried to work on two stories at once? Am I insane?