In the beginning of the year, I set myself a goal to write 150 thousand words. This week, I reached the 75 thousand mark, which means I’m halfway there — right on schedule!

The colorful writing track in my bujo!

This isn’t all for book #2, though, I’ve been counting everything I write creatively towards that goal. Once in a Lifetime accounts for around 50k of this total, the other 25k are spread among book #3 (yes, I’m already working on that), the short stories I post on the blog every month, and some random texts written in the subway or in the middle of the night that have no purpose (yet).

Reaching this halfway mark is satisfying but has also been a huge challenge. Although I’m writing more than I did last year, things still feel out of control — I don’t have a routine, I’ve been struggling with self-doubt more often than ever, my day-job is slowly killing me (lol, the drama). I have no idea what I’m doing or where I’m going with this. Do I even want to go anywhere? Do I have to go anywhere?

The other day I saw a tweet from someone saying that books take so long to write that by the time you’re finished with one, you already forgot how to do it. I’m at that point. It took me three years to write, edit, and publish Welcome to New York. I don’t know how I did it. I don’t remember wanting to throw everything out the window on a daily basis or asking myself ‘what have I done with my life?’ so often as I’m doing with this one. But I must have. It’s just we forget the painful parts. Right? We must forget the painful parts.

I’m currently reading/listening to Yes Please by Amy Poehler and she opens the book by complaining about how difficult it was to write it. She says that writing is “like hacking away at a freezer with a screwdriver” and, honestly, this might be the most accurate analogy I’ve ever seen. She goes on saying that writing a book is awful, lonely, “hard and boring and occasionally great but usually not”. She’s right, you know. And I’m here to vouch for her opinion: writing a book is a fucking nightmare! Thankfully, I’ll forget all about this part when I start the next one.

My writing space. It’s also an accurate representation of the inside of my head.

Okay, now that the frustrating rant is out of the way, let me finish on a positive note.

I’m planning on finishing this first draft by the end of July, so send me all the motivational vibes and coffee you can. I’m around 75% done with the first draft of the second part of Once in a Lifetime. This might not mean much to you since I still have no idea of when you’ll be able to read it but, trust me, it’s great news! At least there will be a book (well, two, as I explained before) for you to read. At some point.

I’m also planning to be more organized with the launch for this one. Like, actually having a launch plan, you know? That would be good. And, also, maybe, having beta-readers. I’ve had such amazing responses to WtNY, I would absolutely love if some of you wanted to help me out with this one. I’m currently looking into how to make this happen, so, if you have suggestions, send them my way!

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