Week Recap December 24th, 2016

Week Recap December 24th, 2016

Week Recap: This was the hardest week I’ve faced in a long time. I quit smoking Wednesday at 12:03. I still have a half empty pack of cigarettes sitting at my desk, but I’m not going to smoke another cigarette. I’m intentionally keeping them close at hand as a practice of will power. When my cravings get bad I’m able to look at the pack and know I can have a cigarette, but then I remind myself if I do smoke I’ll have to go through withdraw again. The strategy has been working thus far. I managed to write every day, but not the 2,000 words I wanted. I could focus for the first hour or so in the morning when I woke up, but after that the cravings became to intense for me to focus on writing. It’s been hard to creat while my mind is thinking non-stop ‘smoke!’ […]

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Writing Log December 21st, 2016

Writing Log December 21st, 2016

Novel Writing Sprints Breakdown: Total fingers on the keyboard time: 1 hour and 11¬†minutes. Total words: 1,817. Words per hour: 1,535. Writing Log: 10:03 – I just got to the library and found the right corner, where there is plenty of light, but no one should be able to look over my shoulder while I’m working. Not that someone would try, but the thought it happening would distract me. The chair setup will take a little while to get use to; it has a spinning desk top attached to the left arm of the chair which swings over, but only covers half my lap. However, any negatives aside, the quite atmosphere and lack of distractions should prove invaluable to my productivity. 10:23 – Well it worked for about fifteen minutes, but now there’s an older woman less than two feet away from me looking for books. The feeling of having […]

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Why and How I’m Giving Up Smoking!

Quit Smoking - Why and How I'm Giving Up Smoking!

15:14 – I’m just now getting around to writing. I woke up this morning at 8:30 as part of my new morning routine. Yesterday I didn’t accomplish nearly as much as I wanted, and obviously haven’t today either. If you follow my blog then you’ll know I write about my journey to becoming an author, and most of that journey has been more about self-improvement than improving my craft. I might focus on increasing my word count, but what I’ve been really working on is improving my self motivation and self-discipline. Which leads me to the biggest self-improvement task I’ve taken on to date, giving up smoking. Back in November I was up to nearly a pack a day. A good day was when I only smoked half a pack. For the past week I’ve been keeping that down to five cigarettes a day or less. I just smoked my […]

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Writing Log December 19th, 2016

Writing Log December 19th, 2016

Novel Writing Sprints Breakdown: Total fingers on the keyboard time: 1 hour and 4 minutes. Total words: 1,202. Words per hour: 1,127. Writing Log: 09:35 – No I haven’t been up all night. I actually managed to get my ass out of bed this morning at 8:30, thanks to new habits I’m setting for myself. It was well after 4:00 in the morning, before I went to sleep last night. I suspect I’ll feel tired by the end of the day, but that’s a good thing. I need to go to bed at a decent hour, and quit staying up until all hours of the night. My agenda is quite simple today: write 2,000 words, edit 12,000 words, and post on my blog. The internet is off, and my phone is in the other room, my distractions should be minimal. I’m even on my second cup of coffee, which is […]

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Week Recap December 17th, 2016

Week Recap December 17th, 2016

Week Recap: I didn’t hit my writing goal for the week, but I started another pass on Aether Walker: Game Changer. I wrote 5,147 words towards the 2nd novel, and it’s now at 26,101 words. This new editing pass is going well, and will make the novel more enjoyable for my readers. Which is why I’m putting it first before continuing the 2nd novel. I want my readers to fall in love with my characters, and the only way that will happen is if the words on the page are clear enough to let the character’s voice’s shine through. With the end of the year coming up, I’ve started to think about how far I’ve come this year, and how far I want to go next year. I’ve never been a big follower of new years resolutions, because when I want to make a change in my life I don’t […]

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Editing Log December 17th, 2016

Editing Log December 17th, 2016

Novel Editing Sprints Breakdown: Total fingers on the keyboard time: 3 hour and 5 minutes. Total words: 16,899. Words per hour: 5,480. Editing Log: 16:15 – Editing is flying by today. I just knocked out an entire chapter in only 11 minutes! Granted it was clean to start with, but still I’m counting that as a win! I’ll hit my goal of finishing this pass by the 23rd. Only down side is I’ve not writing anything on the second novel in the past couple of days. I need to get at least a scene done, to keep the momentum and keep the story fresh in my mind. 21:26 – I use to hate editing. In fact I hated it so much that for years I refused to do it, and that’s one of many reasons it’s taken so long for me to get to this point in my career. I […]

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Writing Log December 14th, 2016

Writing Log December 14th, 2016

Novel Writing Sprints Breakdown: Total fingers on the keyboard time: 1 hour and 38 minutes. Total words: 2,743. Words per hour: 1,679. Writing Log: 12:23 – I woke up a little after 11. I’ve had breakfast and I’m on my second cup of coffee. Time to start knocking out some words, after I post to my blog. There was a glitch last night so I put it off. 12:36 – Finished uploading the post. I’ve changed where I’m writing to see if it helps me focus. I’ve also turned off my internet and placed my cell in the other room;¬†unanimous advice from Lindsey, Joe, and Jeff last night on Science Fiction & Fantasy Marketing Podcast. (If you’ve never watched an episode you should go do that now, even if it means you stop reading this post.) The hard part with this new space, is trying to find a comfortable sitting […]

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Writing Log December 13th, 2016

Writing Log December 13th, 2016

Novel Writing Sprints Breakdown: Total fingers on the keyboard time: 43 minutes. Total words: 1,201. Words per hour: 1,676. Writing Log: 12:19 – I didn’t wake up until 11:10. I feel better today and I’m already on my second mug of coffee. Today I found out about the YouTube channel Today I Found Out. () This will most likely be my new ritual for getting ready in the morning. A mug of coffee, and watching a 5 to 10 minute video about some random piece of information. 13:07 – Finished up a scene from yesterday, and now it’s time to start a bad ass scene! I’ve been looking forward to writing this scene since the middle of my last novel. Which is a long time to wait to write something. 15:24 – Progress is being made. Having to cook lunch eats away at my time. I need to start preparing […]

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Writing Log December 12th, 2016

Writing Log December 12th, 2016

Novel Writing Sprints Breakdown: Total fingers on the keyboard time: 52 minutes. Total words: 1,203. Words per hour: 1,388. Writing Log: 11:34 – Finished my blog post for last week’s recap. I’m taking a few minutes to watch Youtube, and clear my head for my first writing sprint. I’m going to try and write from 12:00 to 16:30, taking 10 minute breaks between scenes. I’m also going to start writing Monday through Friday. My hope is treating the writing as a 9-5 style job, will create a habit and writing will become second nature. Thus allowing me to write more words per week. Based on the math, I only need 60 hours to write a novel. However, I can’t write for 60 hours straight. I also find it difficult to write for more than an hour at a time without taking a break. Furthermore, I can only write for 3-4 […]

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Week Recap December 10th, 2016

Week Recap December 10th, 2016

Week Recap: Last week was a failure. I only wrote 7,819 words towards the 2nd novel of my series. To hit my deadlines I’ll need to bump that up to a minimum of 12,500. I broke down how many words I think I need to write a day to make writing a full-time career, you can read that here. Based on the math, I’ve improved my productivity since the first novel, but I still need to improve more if I want to write fast enough for the market, and thus make a full-time income. Given my growth, I suspect that I’ll be up to the 12,500+ words a week by the end of this novel, but there’s no reason not to push myself now and speed the growth process up a bit. I’m 20,954 words into the novel, or about 30% in. If you like to think of stories in […]

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