WIP Update Progress Report May 2013

With The Butterfly Storm about to be published and my newest WIP so new that I’ve not even started writing it yet I thought I’d use this WIP meme that Elaine Jeremiah kindly tagged me in to answer questions about my children’s novel which I’m in the process of editing.

1.    What is the name of your current WIP?
Time Shifters.

2.    Ready to do a cover reveal?
No, although I have been thinking about what I imagine the cover to look like.

3.    How many words are you into it?
It is finished apart from editing and currently stands at approximately 64,000 words.

4.    Goal word count by the end of the week?
N/A

5.    Goal word count for the entire manuscript?
I’m pretty happy with the length of the novel as it is and I don’t anticipate the word count changing by much following edits.

6.    What genre does your work in progress fall within?
Fantasy/adventure for children, specifically 8 – 12 year-olds.

7.    When would you like to publish this project?
It would be great to publish it by Christmas but I’m in two minds about whether to self-publish it or send it out to agents again – I did have an agent interested in it but that unfortunately fell through (otherwise known as a bit of bad luck).

8.    Go to page 5 of your manuscript and pick a sentence at random to share with us!
I peered into the gloom and gasped.

9.    Will this WIP turn into a series book?
Yes! I always planned on Time Shifters being more than one book but I didn’t quite know how it was going to pan out. About two-thirds of the way into writing it things began to fall into place when I reworked the idea I had for the ending and realised that there was definitely the potential for a trilogy.

10.    What has been the hardest challenge in working on this WIP?
Keeping the time travel element of the story clear in my mind and then working out my own rules for time shifting and abiding by them. It’s a complicated but an interesting challenge!

11.    What has been your favourite part of working on this WIP?
Doing the research and immersing myself in the time periods that my main characters Maisie, Danny and Lizzie find themselves in, including 1471 and the Battle of Barnet, 1666 and the Great Fire of London, 1940s London and even a little way into the future.

12.    Any special treat planned for when you finish the final draft of your WIP?
We’ve not had a holiday yet this year and have nothing planned at the moment, so if I finish the final draft of Time Shifters in the next few months (which I should be able to) and Nik and I still haven’t been away then a holiday is how I’d quite like to celebrate.

13.    Tag three people to complete this WIP meme.
I thought I’d leave this open to anyone who fancies using this WIP meme to talk about what they’re currently working on, so over to you…

 

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7 Comments

  1. Interesting! Despite reading your WIPpets from Time Shifters, I had no idea that the characters visited different time periods; I thought it was all set in one (I think the 1471 stuff was what I had in my head).

    • I think the majority of the Time Shifter WIPpets featured extracts from when they were in 1471 because anything too far into the novel (and when they’re in other times) gives too much away or is too difficult to explain!

  2. Love the WIPs I’ve seen so much! Good luck deciding on an agent or self pub!

  3. I love that even though we can make up our own rules, we still have to stick to them. The WIPpets you’ve shared have been really great – and I look forward with reading with my son when you get it finished!

    • I had to make up my own rules about time travel otherwise it just got too confusing! I’d better get it finished so you and your son can read it. :-)

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