Finally! I’m up to 60k words with draft 1 of novel WIP#4, which is my supernatural horror. I needed to do some chapter planning for this most recent chapter (chapter 28) as there was a time skip in between and I had to make sure the continuity was sound. Since all is going well with this story, I’ve decided to make a plan for the coming weeks, which is loosely as follows:

1. Day job finishes at the end of June (I work in a grammar school, so I have July and August off, hooray!). This means I’m going to knuckle down and make writing my temporary 9-5.

2. Finish draft 1 of novel WIP#4 by hopefully the end of July.

3. Buy a new laptop and figure out how to typeset novel WIP#3 (that was finished last November and is currently out on submission to traditional publishers) using Adobe InDesign.

4. Source cover art for novel WIP#3, or maybe attempt to DIY it myself on Canva.

5. At some point hopefully towards the end of 2021, I’m hoping to ‘go wide’ with novel WIP#3. I’ll write about my reasons for deciding to self-publish in a later blog post.

For now I’m celebrating my novel writing progress this weekend with a nice bottle of Pinot Grigio, since I’m officially three-quarters of the way through novel WIP#4. 60,000 words is no easy feat, especially while working full-time, wrangling a rambunctious preschooler and running Bindweed Magazine. Whew!

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of educational books. Literary blog: https://leilaniestewart.com/ Meandi Books: http://meandibooks.bigcartel.com/ Bindweed Magazine: https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com/

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