My Writing Journey | July 2018 Update

by - February 10, 2019

Whew, July has been crazy! But it's been a great month! I was given the opportunity to teach 10- and 11-year-olds at my friends' VBS, which was fun!

In the midst of volleyball practice, watching a two-year-old two days per week (lots of fun), and keeping up with piano, I've been able to get quite a bit of writing done!

So let's begin...


This month, I haven't been doing much in the publishing field. I wrote a rough draft of an article about trusting God during difficult times, but I haven't polished it yet. Part of the reason is that we've been busy, but I've also not wanted to work on it. (I know, I know. I should. But honestly, I wasn't liking the article. Working on another article, though!)

If you missed last week's post, be sure to check that out if you want to get published! It's called How To Start Getting Published...TODAY.


I am super excited to announce that...

I finished the rough draft of my novel, A Candle in the Window!!!

I've been working on this novel for 9-12 months. Part of my heart has been left in the 1800s with Katie. *sighs*

Here are the stats for the novel 
BEFORE I did a quick edit:

A Candle in the Window
Status: Rough Draft
Word Count: 138,740
Page Count: 393
Chapter Count: 62
Number of Parts: 3

And here are the stats 
AFTER I did a quick edit:

A Candle in the Window
Status: Rough Draft
Word Count: 133,842
Page Count: 368
Chapter Count: 30
Number of Parts: 4

If you've been keeping up with my monthly My Writing Journey updates, you'll remember that I really wanted to lower the chapter count. And I did! I finished the novel with 30 chapters, instead of 62 (much better, don't you think?). I feel much better about it!

I also added Part 4, which was nice, too!


As I mentioned above, I am currently working on another article to possibly submit to It includes the story about a teen that inspires me. I will hopefully make a post about her! (But if you're really curious and can't wait until I make the post, read the book her mom wrote about her: Miracle for Jen, by Linda Barrick. I am re-reading it and falling in love with it again!)

After finishing the rough draft of my novel (which I actually completed the same day my article was published on TheRebelution), I read/edited it a little. That helped me let go of the story and characters better. It was hard for me to let go of the novel I've put my heart into! (#writerproblems)

That said, I finished that project...for now. I'll take it back out in a couple months or so. But now I have something else to work on...

A NEW novel!

This novel is currently titled 
In His Hands, although I might end up calling it The Promise. Or something like that.

This is the non-official synopsis (which I actually am just now coming up with while writing this blog post):

Set in the Civil War, In His Hands is the story of one woman's dream to change the world for three slaves.

Elizabeth Thomas has always hated slavery. When visiting her Aunt Sara and taking a trip to Pennsylvania, she sees free black people. They are free and happy. That's the way all men and women should be treated
as free people. Equal people.

However, in Richmond, Virginia, Elizabeth's father holds different views. Can Elizabeth convince her father to let her buy Josiah, her mammy's son, from him? Or will she have to take greater risks and run with them to the north, where Josiah and his parents have a chance to be free?

Can they overcome the obstacles in their path?

On my writing community, The Young Writer's Workshop (which is opening registration soon!), someone said "Describe your character in one word, then tag someone."

I thought it would be fun to let you know what I posted.

Katie, from A Candle in the Window: I would describe her as HOPEFUL.

Elizabeth, from In His Hands: I would definitely describe her as DETERMINED.

I am very excited about this novel! So far, I haven't made a ton of progress. To be honest, I'm a little nervous about how this will turn out. I don't think I've ever written anything during the Civil War time period. Also, I am basically starting a novel from scratch
something I've never done before. When I was writing my previous novel, A Candle in the Window had already been written into a novella (which is like a short version of a novel), so I had something to expand on.

Now, I'm starting completely from scratch (and notes, of course)! That makes things a little scarier, but exciting at the same time! I'm learning something new!

Here are my current stats for In His Hands (which you'll be hearing a lot about in the months to come):

In His Hands
Status: Rough Draft
Word Count: 6,930
Page Count: 21
Chapter in Progress: 2 (+ Prologue)
Part in Progress: 1

let’s chat!

What about you? What have you learned this month? What have you accomplished? What do you hope to accomplish? Tell me about it below!

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