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WIP Progress Report (#18)

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- Title: I have two possibilities, but haven't decided yet!
- Genre: Hockey Romance
- Release Date: Late 2017
- Series? Carolina Rebels

It took two days longer than expected because...well, the reason isn't important. BUT WOOHOO THIS BOOK IS DONE!

And by done, I mean the first draft is complete.

It's now time for me to do revisions.

And dance! 

You're probably thinking, "Damn, Lindsay. You seem more excited than usual about finishing this book. What's up with that? I'm highly suspicious here."

I see your point. Let me explain. As you can see above, this book is set to release late this year. It's May and my first draft is done (ahead of schedule). Which means, I'm ahead of schedule in general.

Which is good because I'm changing up my schedule and I needed a window in order to assess things, plan things, plot things, and finishing this book meant reaching the much needed time slot to do all of those things. Finishing it early? Tickles me to death because that means I can do all of that this month and pick right up on my schedule on June 1st and not be behind! 

That feels worthy of another one these.

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So, that's what's next, plus what's in my other projects section below. It's still a heavy workload this month, but reaching this point means I'll be dancing like Carlton while I work. ;)

Other Projects:
The couple after Ian was edited last month, but I now have to go through it and make the changes, and get it ready until the final version is complete! This novella also got a cover, which I'll reveal soon. (If you're in Lindsay's League, you'll see it first!)

- This month, one of my secret projects is resting before it undergoes final revisions and edits. My timeline for this is still too tentative to announce anything definite yet.

- I'm also working to finish writing the second secret project this month.

WIP Progress Report (#17)

- Title: Untitled
- Genre: Hockey Romance
- Word Count/Goal: 42,583/80,000
- Release Date: Unknown at this point
- Series? Carolina Rebels

I'm working on so much this month, I don't even know where to start! Plus, it's been since around late January since I posted a WIP progress report, so there's a lot of catch up on! Let's start with my main WIP.

So, Ian is getting a novella and a book. After that, there will be a couple (I'm announcing soon, I promise!) with a novella, and then there will be another couple with a book. That last couple is my main WIP.

I'm really enjoying these two. There's a bit of an interesting aspect to their story, so that's been fun to deal with. Plus, I've added a dog to the story and that's always fun! I'll even admit that I'm slightly nervous about this story. I can't quite put my finger on exactly why, though. That part isn't so fun, haha!

As you can see by the word count, I'm a little over the halfway mark. That's so good because I will be taking small breaks on it this month. Why? Let's proceed to the Other Projects section.

Other Projects:
The couple after Ian is getting some of my attention this month between revisions and edits. This also needs a title and the cover process will start soon as well.
- If you're a newsletter subscriber, then you saw in the April 1st edition that I mentioned a project that might just be a newsletter exclusive. This month, I'm also working on revisions for this. I don't have a timeline available for this just yet. That's also something I'm hoping to figure out this month, but I'll definitely keep everyone posted! :)

2016 Goals & Plans

It's Day One of 2016, and I'm excited! As promised from my 2015 Recap post, I want to share my goals and plans for the year.

Reading Goals
Last year, my goal was to read 100 books, and I read 112. This year, I'm aiming for 120 books. That seems like a good increase that isn't too much higher than what I was able to read in 2015. I'm also hoping to read my Paperback Picks each month.

Writing Goals
IF all goes as planned, then I'll release five solos this year. I already have my YA Romance, Bending Under Pressure, pretty much ready to go. The next is Brittany & Trace's story, which will happen in two books and is an Anxiety/Depression NA Romance. After that, I plan to launch a new hockey romance series, Carolina Rebels, which will start with Noah & Meredith's book. And to finish off the year, a story where there's an age difference.

Last year, I experimented with having self-imposed deadlines. Turns out, deadlines are meant to be missed where I'm concerned. In 2016, I'm tossing out deadlines, but keeping my tentative plans. The key words being tentative and plans. I don't want to feel pressured or feel rushed. Considering I can make my own schedule, it only makes sense that I do so in a way that truly works for me. My goal for 2016 is to not freakout if I have to rearrange some things or if I'm taking longer than I'd like to get something done.

Traveling Plans
I'll be leaving for a short trip to Pittsburgh on Monday, and then Mary & I are hitting up Dallas in March and Chicago in the fall. I'll also be going on a Alaskan cruise research trip. Lastly, I'll be heading to Charlotte for Carolina Book Bash in October. I'm so excited about all those trips, and hopefully, I'll be planning a vacation at some point. It's going to be a busy year, and I'll need to make time to take a break.

Personal Goals
I have no idea what I want to accomplish personally. I'll be going to school part-time in the fall to be able to focus more on my writing. This allows me to keep going to school, but lowers the stress that comes from being a full-time student and a full-time writer. I feel like 2015 was a great year personally, and if I could just maintain doing well, then I'll be happy. I'm constantly growing and evolving, and I'm hoping 2016 is the year where I continue to do so.

That's it for me! What are some of your goals and plans for 2016?

Writing Update: What's Next?

I haven't written a What's Next post since Nepenthe released in January and since I've gotten my writing mojo back, I figured it's time. I've broken it down between solos and coauthored books. :)

Solos:
Firstly, I've taken a break from the Bracing for Love series (Patrick and Bo were tentatively going to get a book). I hope to write their stories, but they have their lips sealed right now.

Instead, I've been alternating between two works-in-progress.

One features Brittany and Trace and will be New Adult. Brittany has a lot going on in her life while struggling with anxiety. Trace is her former therapist who is now divorced and works at the college she attends.

The other features Haley and Keelan and will be Young Adult. Let me just say that I'm SUPER excited to be returning to YA after last year being full of New Adult and Adult age-categoried books. Haley is a tennis player who learns her family has some secrets after moving to a new town with her mom and stepdad. Keelan is a football player who was adopted and is dealing with his own family issues.

I've been having a lot of fun with these characters when I've been able to work on them.

Books with Mary:
As shown on the Schedule page, Mary and I have three books coming out starting this month. We're wrapping up the Oh Captain, My Captain series.

We have already started our next project. Of course, I can't say much about it yet. We probably won't announce any details until June at least. All I'll say is that we're very excited about and of course, it'll be a series. If all goes well, we'll have a couple more releases this year. That's all I'm sharing! :)

There you have it! That's the full update on what's coming in 2015.

The Burn Out

I've been having trouble writing more than like three sentences lately, and I'm pretty sure it's because I burned myself out over the summer, or from all the writing I've done all of this year. I mean, there was most of You Before MeBracing the Blue Line, a lot of Game Winner, plus most of the books in my and Mary's next series. I don't know about you, but that's a lot of writing! All of that in six months.

For the past few weeks, I've been feeling "eh" to writing altogether. I have all the scenes in my head, but typing them into a doc has proven to be very difficult. I've read some books in attempts to recharge, but it surprisingly hasn't really helped. I attempted to take a week off, but I couldn't resist jotting in those few sentences if I actually had some to put down.

I burned myself out.

And it sucks! I want to write, the story wants to be told, but as soon as I open that doc, it disappears.

I'm really hoping that my upcoming vacation will do the trick and recharge me completely. For now, I'm going to go with the flow, read some more, go on vacation, and start school. I'll get back into the groove of things soon, I'm sure!

Hope you are all having a great day. I'm going to read for a bit. :)

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Characters Waiting to be Written

I have a lot of characters waiting to be written. Lots of ideas jotted down and I even have a handful of books I've started, but ended up pushing aside for others. The list is pretty endless as far as what's waiting for me to start working on next.

There's this true southern gentleman with a name I really love and a storyline, and he's waiting rather patiently for me to write his book. 

There's this girl named Chloe who is waiting for me to get the guts to try her story because it's unlike what I usually write. I will need lots of focus for her book and I don't currently have enough to give.

There's the two solo WIPs I keep going back and forth between.

There's a list of characters for my and Mary's books.

And then, there's the story I'm here to talk to you about today.

I've been wanting to write it for a while. I don't think about it a lot, but I do every blue moon. Lately, though, I've been thinking about it more than usual. I know why I have, but that's not something I'm going to get into. Like I said, I want to write it.

But I don't really.

I'm struggling with wanting to write it and not wanting to write it. What's the big deal with this story? That's what you're thinking, right? Why would I not want to write a book?

Because I'm scared. 

It's that simple. A portion of it would need to be carefully written a certain way, and that makes me nervous. The reason I thought of this idea is very personal, so that makes me nervous. And because of that, if I do write it, I know that I'll be even more obsessed with every last detail to make sure that the story is told perfectly. 

The story itself scares me.

Not because of anything bad, but because of my personal attachment to it. This won't be a true story, but there will be a lot of truth in it. 

So, here I am, thinking about this story, half way to obsessed already. But the fear has been holding me back. 

Until today.

I don't know when I'll finish this book or if I ever will finish it. However, I'm going to start writing. Thinking about it won't get me anywhere, so I'm going to pour my heart into this story in bits and pieces until it's either done or until I can't work on it anymore. I realized that all I need is progress. That's the only thing that will help. 

Not thinking about it for hours on end.

Not wondering if I'm good enough to tell this story.

Not my fear of writing it.

This may be the only time you'll even hear about this unwritten book, but I need to do something instead of thinking about doing something. That's my new plan with this particular idea. I'll start writing it and take it slow, and we'll see how it goes.