Writing Updates: November 2019

by | 1 November 2019 | Writing | 4 comments

It feels like heaps too long since I did a writing update on my blog, so with the coming of NaNoWriMo once again I thought it was the perfect time to fix that!


Some of you will know that most of this year I’ve been working on and off on my novel A Sprig of Green, a sci fi story with Jewish holocaust vibes (everyone with a physical defect is taken from society and either killed or enslaved, but the main character is trying to save everyone!).

To roughly recap the writing year so far:

January: finishing my contemporary secret agent novel

February – March: editing A Sprig of Green

April – May: first draft of my fantasy sequel, Princess

May – June: editing again!

July – August: sent ASoG to a professional editor

July: started writing another fantasy novel

September – October: received feedback and planning edits


Let me tell you, I am kind of tired of editing by this point. 😅

However, after getting some amazing feedback from an even more amazing editor, I’ve been revising and expanding some elements of the story. At this point, I’m writing a detailed outline/synopsis to make sure all the edits work logically, then I’ll apply them to the story soon.


Some parts of the story are nearly identical, others are totally different. But it’s so much stronger as a story, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the finished product of these revisions! It’s finally diving into the story I’ve been trying to tell all along, and I’m so happy.

My characters mightn’t be quite so pleased about some of the changes though. There may or may not be even more pain and feels.



I’ve also renamed it! Say goodbye to A Sprig of Green (though I still call it that when I’m not paying attention 🤷🏻‍♀️) and please welcome…


The Chasm Between Secrets



So what’s my plan from here?

I’m not quiiiite finished my outline for this draft yet, so I still need a few more hours of work on that before I can knuckle down and write, but I hope that most of November will be writing in all the changes! I’m participating in NaNo as motivation, though I’m not aiming for a certain word count. I want to take as much time on this draft as I have to so it will turn out as good as I can get it.

It might take me the whole of November and December. Maybe January as well. I honestly don’t know, but I’ll be working on it until I’m done!


Once I’ve finished that draft (#6!), I’ll send it out to a few readers to give it a once-over and I’ll write up my query. Whether that’s in January or later on in 2020, I’m not sure yet. I guess we’ll get to wait and see. And that’s half of the adventure. 😊


What are your November plans? Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year, yea or nay? Chat with me in the comments!

Jane Maree

Jane Maree

Jane Maree is an Australian writer, adventurer at heart, beloved daughter of the King of Kings, and believer in at least six impossible things before breakfast. Raised on fairy tales, scraped knees, and makeshift swords, she has yet to outgrow any of them. In her day job, Jane teaches music and freelances as an editor, but by night she crafts daring stories of broken heroes overcoming extraordinary odds.


  1. Jessi Rae

    I love the collage for The Chasm Between Secrets! And the story sounds super interesting–I can’t wait to read it someday! 😀

    • Jane Maree

      Thanks!! It’s a screenshot of my top secret pinterest board! Which I maybe spend way too much time on. 🤷🏻‍♀️

      One day! 😍

  2. Estella Kate

    I can’t wait to read The Chasm Between Secrets one day, I like the new title, but I will miss the old one.

    I am doing NaNoWriMo again this year and plan to actually reach my goal this time. And it’s looking good so far.

    • Jane Maree

      I can’t wait for it to be out in the wide world one day! 😱

      Yay, that’s so cool! 😀

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