Ready for Fall

Everywhere I look on social media are postings about fall. I’m sure ready for it. Plus right now we really need the rain in Washington. I’ve never been a fan of the heat and prefer the dreary days. Proof I’m a Washingtonian.

There is a lot I’d like to achieve in the next few months. I’m working on a novella that I plan to submit to a few publishers. It’s different and sort of out of my comfort zone, but I’m trying to expand as a writer. I wrote a different novel where I completed a rough draft but want to give it time to cool off.

I hope to get my manuscript back from my editor and see what the next step is. I’m guessing more rewrites and self editing. It’s a long process and harder than I thought.

Writing is my outlet for stress right now, every time I read the news there is something terrible going on. I can’t control the world, but I can control my stories. I’m just going to keep on writing.

On a side note, I really hope to get out of the house this weekend. I’m thinking a hike sounds refreshing right now.

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Writing Diary – July

For the first time in months, it’s been good in my writing life. I also finished a rough draft for a book that takes place in New Orleans. I started it before my trip there, but purposely held off because I knew I’d have more material when I got home. Researching a place and seeing it are two different things. I was able to add small details in the book I wouldn’t have known unless I visited. Especially when it comes to the food. 🙂

It’s a romance novel, which is something new to me. I don’t want to be stuck with one genre because I enjoy them all. There’s several new books I’m reading and may do another Books I’m Reading post soon.

I’m staying positive and know the process doesn’t happen overnight. I can only focus on my journey and improve my craft.

Hope everyone else is having a good month! Let me know what projects you’re working on. writer

Diving Back In

I did it! This weekend I got back in the groove and wrote more than I initially thought. It took me a long time, but I finished it. I’m trying to find a happy medium of being a writer and having an average life.

I think time off did me well. I’ve been catching errors that I didn’t before. My novel had a  lot of unnecessary fluff. It’s a work in progress that I’ll keep chipping away at.

How is everyone else doing with their current projects?

Life Changes

It’s crazy how many things happen within a few months. I haven’t posted in quite a while and that’s because there’s been changes in my life.

In April, I left to New Orleans on vacation and came back engaged! It was a surprise and the past few months have been very busy with wedding planning and work. I now have a few of the important planning details taken care of, so I feel like there is a resting period. I’ve always been told planning a wedding takes a lot of time but never realized it until now.

Aside from that, there has been some writer’s block, which I have been trying to get over and finding motivation to write. I have a lot of material but am not sure what to do with it at this point.

All other excused aside, tonight I will sit down, butt in chair and write for the first time in months. Wish me luck!

 

My Quota

Pick up a book on becoming a writer and somewhere tossed in there is having a quota. This ranges from 1000-2000 words a day. If you can write more that’s better.

I have a quota but it’s not strict. I write more on my days off work and sometimes I don’t write at all. It also depends on what project I’m doing.

Editing may not add any word count to your project, so do you consider it a quota? I do. Most writers hate the editing process. It’s the least amount of fun. We want to create, not line edit and find all the flaws in our work.

I have a quota system with editing. I’ll edit 500 to 1000 words at a time. This ensures I get a small break in between and don’t get burnt out. I’ll edit and then work on something else so that I’m still writing and creating something new. This doesn’t happen everyday, but I do my best.

During the holidays I took a break and wrote little. Now I’m back in full swing. My goal is to get something out there in 2017. Not sure if I’m going to self publish or keep going the publisher route. It’s all a learning process, the hardest part for me is to not rush it. The need for good stories will always be there. At this point I need to make sure it’s the best it can be.

In the meantime, let’s hope I can hit my quota. How is everyone else’s writing going?

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My 2016

I know what we’re all thinking, the year is almost over. 2016 was a decent year for me but I still have a lot to accomplish in 2017. To reflect, I thought to post some things I did achieve this year.

Started my blog.

I started blogging in August and have been able to connect with some of my favorite authors and talk to others. It’s nice to read about others in the same boat as me. I really do appreciate all the support I’ve received and it doesn’t go unnoticed.

I turned 30.

One of my first posts was Crap I’m 30, which was more of me poking fun at myself. 30 isn’t so bad, I just want to take time to enjoy life. I need to quit stressing about petty things I can’t control. My 30th birthday was awesome.

I got closer to being published.

I actually received good feedback from a short story I submitted. It didn’t get picked to be published, but it’s the farthest I’ve ever gone so for that, I’m proud.

Future Goals

I have a lot more to achieve in 2017 but I’m glad to get this far. It’s a battle each day to keep going, when my inner voice tells me to stop writing and focus on other things. I can’t let that happen. I have several projects in the works. I just need to tighten up my writing and get working with an editor.

Thank you again for all the feedback and comments. I hope for more to come in 2017.

 

 

 

 

Oh The Holidays

The holidays are here and bring lots of distractions and setbacks. It’s the time of year when things we want to accomplish are pushed away to make time for family gatherings or working more hours. Maybe you’re doing last minute shopping and fighting through crazy shopping malls. Finding time to write is often pushed aside.

This is happening to me.

I try to remember one thing; a small accomplishment is still an achievement. Even if I can only edit one page a day or write two paragraphs, it’s still something to get me further along. Doing something is better than doing nothing.

The last few days I haven’t done much writing at all, not even reading. I don’t plan on writing much the rest of this week. I want to enjoy the rest of the holiday season. I still need to watch Edward Scissorhands and Die Hard. Yes, I consider Die Hard a Christmas movie.

The truth is, there are always setbacks when it comes to writing. Life always has some hiccup to get in the way of reaching our goals. As much as I despise work, it’s what pays the bills and allows me to write. Without income, I can’t pay the power or Internet bill.

For the next week, I’m going to give myself a break. I know this weekend I’ll be enjoying a few drinks and stuffing my face with cookies. Mmm, cookies. Anyone else feel the same?

I hope everyone is having a nice holiday season. Although, I can’t wait for it to be over!

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