I didn’t do any writing today, but I don’t feel bad about it. Maybe I do some more tomorrow.
Day 2 of writing
I wrote a little bit for the third chapter, but it is not completed. I’m feeling a little better since I got back into writing again. It also helps that the cats are used to me now and sit on my lap, but they end up walking all over my laptop lol.
I might try to do some more after my second shift because I didn’t do anything during my break. I’ve decided that I’m going to finish the first draft of this book by the end of the year 🙂
Day 1 of writing
I’m going to be doing 30 blog posts, once a day, to prompt me into writing again. I’ve been slowly coming out of my burnout but sometimes writing still seems like a shitty assignment that I feel like I have to do rather want to do.
Only in the last few weeks that I’ve begun to have thoughts of returning to my works. I’ve got so many half-completed first drafts that it is not funny. Especially since I just begun another story and it might be a longish one too. I’m currently on the third chapter. This story is the one I mentioned a few days ago.
The process of writing one of my stories
Shiny new idea!! Better write it down.
Spend a month or two writing the first draft.
Feel good once you finish it.
Go to another project because you’re exhausted from writing this one. Also look at cover images from iStock and fuss over the title.
Do a second draft weeks later because you’re excited about it.
Go to another project for a while because you need space.
Do a third draft weeks later.
Repeat five more times (minimum).
Start to feel amazed at your productivity. Then as you stare at the manuscript again, you shout at it for not being as good as you thought it was when you finished it.
Cry and stress because you ultimately know that it’s you that is the problem. It might be a good story but are you good at writing it or vice versa. Is anything you ever write, the definition of good?’
Do another draft and restrain yourself from throwing a tantrum because you just want it all done now!
Still frustrated, so you cope by playing the sims and realize that you’ve started down a terrible path of addiction.
Somehow wean yourself off the drugs and go back to the unfinished draft. Find you have a bit of renewed energy for it.
Make a funny blog post about your process because you need stuff on your blog or no one will see you or buy your book.
Realise that your following is so small that if you somehow fail to self-publish then no one is going to call you out. But if you do put it online then no one will even find it and if they do they will buy it even less because you’re unknown 😦
I’ve lost followers :(
It seems that in the last 12 hours I seem to have lost about 7/10 email followers. But whatever has happened doesn’t appear to have affected my wordpress followers. Has this happened to anyone else?
Goals for 2018
See these three books? I had it in my head that I would have these out by the beginning of 2018. It’s not going to happen. Instead, I’m going to have them out within the first quarter of next year. I will get them out.
My next resolution is to have any two more of my incompleted stories done to the first draft stage. Maybe have the sequel to Jumpstart planned out a little bit more.
I also want to get my blog up to 400 subscribers. I’m not too sure how I’ll do that, but the 20 days of blog posts really did bring in more traffic.
So that is a rough outline of what I plan on doing during for the year of 2018.
20 Days of Blog posts: Day 20
A while ago I had a baby idea for this YA fantasy story, but at the time I couldn’t think of all the parts that would have gone together. But today I had a someone break through and have thought up a bunch of things to go with it 🙂 So far it’s mostly the beginning, somewhat of a middle and ending. I’m going to have to divide it into parts to make the plot more manageable.
20 Days of blog posts: Day 17
Thursday, 16th November ’17
I managed to edit 31 pages of my novella The Things We Do. I have another 10 pages to go, but I’m just too tired. I had already given this story to some people to read a few months ago. They said that they liked it and wanted to know what happened after the book finished. I’m not sure if I want to write a sequel, I don’t have much of an idea of what the next journey will be.
But as I was going over it again, I saw a lot of mistakes. I mean quite a lot. It makes me wonder what my friends thought of my writing. I know one person only managed the first few chapters because they started it stoned and then forgot about it 😦 Thanks for that.
20 Days of blog posts: Day 16
Wednesday, 15 November, ’17
I did nothing but edit Save One for 11 hours today. I started at 8am and finished at 9pm. It has been one of the most productive days in a long while. All up I only did about 30-40 pages. I finished the third draft 🙂
There were times when I was getting distracted by the internet, but I was motivated by the thought of disappointment. It’s a massive motivation, don’t knock it until you’ve imagined yourselves failing. I’m serious.
20 Days of blog posts: Day 11
Friday, 10th November ’17
I only wrote half a chapter.
Then I went and I played around making a physical copy of my books through CreateSpace.
Then I went and watched a lot of CreateSpace unboxing videos. Those people have better book covers than I do 😦 But then I did all my covers myself.
Less than ten days until I return to Edinburgh.