Writing Progress #2

Hello dear readers,

It’s been one hell of a month! I’ve been crazily busy – as you all know very well – from last 3 months and finally I’m close to getting done with everything.

I’ve completed the second draft and revised it as well and presently I’m doing the third and the final draft. Dagny, a dear friend of mine who has accepted to proofread and beta read my book, and I have worked out an arrangement, where I’ll send her my completed chapters and she’ll edit them one at a time. It’ll help me finalise all the chapters and be done with the book by 15-20th of this month.

I fell sick last month and wasn’t able to do any writing for almost a week and that really put me behind my planned schedule. So basically, I’m writing the third draft and revising it as I go along, making my hubby, Vishal, read the final thing before sending them to Dagny. I sent her my first chapter yesterday and I must say that I’m really nervous to see weather she likes it or not.

I trust her judgement and I’m eager to make all the changes she suggests. I’ll be sending her the next 5 chapters on Thursday and maybe next 5 by next Monday. There are a total of 40 chapters + prologue and epilogue. So hopefully we’ll be done by the end of this month.

If the first 3 chapters will be ready before 15th then I’ll be sending them out to 4 publishers as they’ll take another 3 months to reply. Oh God! All this is so overwhelming at times, but I’m really enjoying myself.

I’ve decided which publisher I want to go with and I’ll be contacting them on 1st of September (hoping to get their reply by December.) Though I’ll be sending the enquiry mails to 6-7 other publishers as well, just to keep my options ready.

Well, other then all this, last month I successfully completed Camp NaNo with a total of 64,000 words, so basically I’ve written more than 1,10,000 words in last 2 months, and if I count the words written in August, it comes to somewhere around, 1,40,000 words.

Phew… and let me tell you, that’s a lot of words!!!

Before June I hardly ever wrote 35 words in a day but right now I write atleast 3,500 words daily (even on Sundays!) And that’s something… But now I’m planning to go for 5K words daily for five days a week.

Here’s my NaNo certificate:

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This is my first NaNo certificate and yes, it does make me feel proud of myself! 😀

Other than all this, I’m considering weather to have a literary agent or not. I guess I’ll go ahead without one, because I’m certain I know enough to atleast go ahead for now without the help of an agent.

Tough I believe in keeping my options ready 😉

I hope that you all doing great and that everything’s going well in your life.

I’ll be back in a week or two to keep you guys updated. I’m so close, that I can literally feel a hardcover copy of my book in my hands 🙂

Have a great day guys!

Ciao ❤

26 responses to “Writing Progress #2”

  1. Wow, Heena! Congratulations to the certificate. Of course be proud of yourself! I wish you a good progress with working on your draft!

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    1. Thanks a lot Erika! And I’m done with the draft… I’m working on the manuscript now 🙂
      Have a great day dear ❤

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      1. I wish you all the best, Heena 🙂

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  2. Well done, Heena, good luck wish you all the very best. Interested to see you have a beta reader that’s what I need too. 🙂

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    1. Thanks a lot Marjorie! She’s a dear friend and is an awesome proof-reader… so I’m getting beta reading and proof-reading done by her 🙂
      I hope you’ll find a beta reader who’ll connect with your work too 🙂
      Have a great day!

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      1. Thanks Heena, hope you have great day too. 🙂


  3. Wow hun, busy months 🙂
    Congrats hun on all of your achievements, those are huge and so awesome ❤
    I can't wait to read your book and I am sure your friend will love it!
    who is your dream publisher?
    I think with all the knowledge you've acquired here, you can do truly well without an agent, giving you enough freedom to do as you want 😀 I am so happy for you hun that you are so close to your dream goal and may you'll find the perfect publisher for you and your book ❤
    Keep writing 🙂

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    1. Thanks a lot sweetie ❤
      Well, I don't have a dream publisher, but I do have a perfect publisher in my mind. Westland Books. They are one of the biggest in India and most importantly specialise in my genre. So, I want them as my publishers 🙂
      Thanks a lot dear! 😀

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  4. Great going, Heena.. Get to task completion, and I will be very happy for you…best wishes.

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  5. Wow, you’re doing well and working hard! I wish you the best of luck with your novel. 🙂

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    1. Thanks a lot Phoenix! 🙂

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  6. Congratulations Heena. 😀

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  7. I am so proud of what you have done Heena! I knew you could do this and I am really looking forward to seeing your book in print. Keep going, you are almost there.

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    1. Thanks a lot, Tony! I can’t believe that soon it’ll be over… I’ve really grown fond of my characters… I can’t imagine not writing about them after finishing the book… hehe!
      Thanks again dear friend!
      Have a great day!

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  8. I hope I am not sounding rude but I just wanted to draw your attention to the word ‘whether’. By mistake you have written ‘weather’ inthe post. I am sorry but I just found out and didn’t want anyone to read it that way!

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    1. Na. Why rude? It’s a typo anyway. I’ve been continuously writing from last four months (around 2,00,000 words) and this post is from when I was in midst of my writing. When you write this much typos are bound to happen. Guess, that’s why we need proof-readers. Right?
      Thanks for pointing out.


      1. I’m glad you didn’t feel offended. Some people find it as bad manners.

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        1. Haha! Yea, I can understand. A lot of people do get offended. I’m a book reviewer and I’ve experienced it first hand. Lol!

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