Writing Progress #1

Hey everyone!

After successfully writing my first draft in June (JuNoWriMo) with a little more than 50,000 words (you can read about it ), I joined Camp NaNoWriMo for this month (July) with a target of 60,000 words.

I’ve been writing non-stop from last one and a half month and I’m going to keep writing till I get this book done 😀


The plan is to revise the first draft and write the second draft along with it. My word count as of Day-13 is 31,415 words and I’m halfway through my second draft. I’m planning to finish 50K by 20th July (fingers-crossed.)

Coming back to my book, Deceived, there are going to a total of about 40-42 chapters. I’m writing this book in various narratives. Following is a chart that Im working with for now:

  • Female protagonist – first person narrative – 12 chapters
  • Male second lead – third person narrative – 12 chapters
  • The teenager – third person narrative – 8 chapters
  • Antagonist (the psychopath) – diary entries – 8 chapters

So far I’m done with 7, 7 and 6 chapters respectively, I’m yet to start the psycho’s diary entries, but that’ll be done at the end as I need to do a bit of research for it.

I’m planning to go mild on the gore stuff because I don’t want anything to work against my debut novel (considering that my main release is going to be in India and people here won’t like outrageously crazy psycho.) Though once this book is released,  in my next book I’m going to do just that – the outrageously crazy psycho stuff 😀

Now I’ll be writing the second half of the book and this is where everyone’s lives take a dark turn. This part is going to be quite intense and dark and gory, and I think that’s the reason that I’m starting to have  terrible migraine headaches. That’s how it happened last month as well, as soon as I started writing the psycho’s part, I had these headaches and I didn’t get sleep at all for almost 2 weeks. Crazy, right!?

I hope my psycho will stop haunting me soon, because if it continues then I’ll be starting to freak out, and we don’t want that, right? (You can read the working-blurb of this book here.)tumblr_ljry5cYRfQ1qixleeo1_500

The plus point is that if the antagonist is doing this to me, I’m sure that he’ll be haunting my readers as well, and that’s the whole point! I remember reading Duma Key by Stephen King a few months back, I was so freaked out by that book that I used to hide it in my cupboard at the night. lol! Now that, my dear friends, is a really good book, where the writing and the story can create such strong emotions, and trust me, I can already feel it while writing Deceived.

I hope that I haven’t freaked you guys out. I’ll get back to my writing now as I have another 3K to write today. (You can read more about Deceived here.)

I’ll be sharing a new excerpts from my book, Deceived, every month in my newsletters (starting this month.) So, if you guys haven’t already signed up for my monthly newsletter then you can sign-up here.

I hope you guys are having a great week!

Ciao ❤

33 responses to “Writing Progress #1”

  1. I’m impressed with your determination and perseverance, Heena. With such a positive approach to your writing, I’m sure your book will be brilliant. The theme sounds fascinating – and intriguing. 🙂

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  2. Sounds like you’re doing well with your writing. Keep at it. 🙂 It’s such a boost to see the word count go up and up and up… Lovely feeling. 🙂

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    • Thanks a lot Phoenix! And yes, it is indeed a great feeling!
      I hope I’ll be able to finish this book by 23rd or 25th of this month. Actually, if I publish this book before my birthday in Dec, then there’s a 90% chance that I’ll India’s second youngest author (and if I’m correct I’ll be the first female author under 24 here… hehe!) So I’m trying my best to get this book to my beta readers by the second week or the third week of August (next month.)
      I hope your writing is doing well!
      Have a great day dear 😀

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    • Thanks a lot Tony! Actually, I’m not into caffeine (at all!)- no coffee, no tea. Water keeps me fuelled up 😉
      I follow Stephen King and George R.R. Martin’s formula: write atleast 2-3K words everyday 🙂 And so far it’s working beautifully…
      I’m actually getting used to writing easily.
      Have a great day dear!

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  3. Has the book been published or Is it going to be published soon? I read the excerpt and found it really interesting. I am sure it will be really good. Also I have a dream of writing a book once In my life, get it published and then adore it! 🙂

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        • You’re welcome! And thanks, it’ll be out in the first half of 2016. Presently I’m working on my second book. So wish me luck as I’ll be swamped with writing again! 🙂
          BTW, do you participate in NaNoWriMo?


          • Best of luck for your second book too!
            I read about NaNoWriMo somewhere but currently I am in 12th class so its a little difficult for me to write so much within such a short period.
            Also I write a short story kind of thing based on an incident I went through and I am not really confident about it. I know we should fear failure and not care about what other people say (I read it in ome of your posts!) But I’m thinking of making that story as a post but don’t know if anyone will be interested in reading it.
            But if I ever post it, will you review it, just for fun or any errors? 🙂

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            • Awww… Thanks a lot! And I’m stoked that you read that post! Thanks.
              You’re really young and that’s always good because the sooner you start the better.
              Sure. I’d love to review it. And you are right, NaNo will be a lot for you in 12th as grades are the priority, right!?
              I can completely relate to you as I know how it feels when you are so young and full of doubts. I’d suggest that you check out Decsribli. It’s a small community of writers (new as well as seasoned) where they provide 4 photo prompts and we are supposed to write anything (a poem, post, incidence, story, etc.) in less than 1000 words. It’s a great start for anyone who loves writing. You can start by writing there 1 scrib per week or something like that. The writers there are few and really friendly. They always give honest feedback. I’m one of them 🙂 If you decide to join, let me know. Would love to read your stuff there.
              BTW I do hope that you post your story soon on your blog. 🙂

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  4. Yeah, I am concentrating on studies now. But I’ll probably start NaNoWriMo from maybe after boards and also Describli.
    And I’ll post it soon enough and let you know about it.
    Amd thanks for even considering me for it. 🙂

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