Week Recap March 4th, 2017

Week Recap March 4th, 2017

Progress Breakdown: Writing Weekly Word Count – 9,512 (5,642/146% Increase) Editing Weekly Word Count – 12,051 (42,110/78% Decrease) Week Recap: Just hit publish on Project Phoenix #2 Light Speed! I missed my goal of publish on the 4th by 30 minutes. I’ll do better for #3, I’m aiming for Thursday night, Friday morning. Aside from coming in a tad late with the book, I’m very pleased with my performance this week. Assuming I keep improving at my current rate, I’ll be performing where I want to be in 3-4 months. I’m pushing myself to improve by 10% weekly. I know that level of improvement is not sustainable indefinitely, but it is doable for the next few months. I’m planning a major trip at the end of July, and I need to two things to happen before then. 1st, I need my production level up to 30,000 words per week. 2nd, […]

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Week Recap February 25th, 2017

Week Recap February 25th, 2017

Progress Breakdown: Writing Weekly Word Count – 3,870 (4,625/54% Decrease) Editing Weekly Word Count – 54,161 (39,342/366% Increase) Week Recap: I spent the whole week on my new natural schedule, where I go to bed around 04:00 and wake up between 12:00-13:00. I decided the only way it would be worth the trade-off, is if I saw at least a 30% increase over my past performance. Given the results I’d say I did well over that. However, most of my productivity was in editing. This week I’ll be writing and editing the 2nd installment in Project Phoenix #2. Therefor I’m going to aim to write 10,000 plus words this week. If I manage to do that I’ll count it as a 30% increase for sure. I’m aiming for Project Phoenix #2, to come in around 9,000-9,500 words. Which means I’ll need to edit 18,000 plus words this week, after writing them. […]

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Week Recap February 18th, 2017

Week Recap February 18th, 2017

Progress Breakdown: Writing Weekly Word Count – 8,459 (352/4% Decrease) Editing Weekly Word Count – 14,819 (11,746/382% Increase) Week Recap: My sleep cycle is all out of whack. I’ve found it hard to keep a regular day schedule since I transitioned to writing full-time. In the past I’ve always been a night owl, and it would appear that having the freedom from outside time responsibilities, has resulted in me transition to my college sleep schedule. It’s usually 4 or 5 AM before I fall asleep and as such I’m hard pressed to get out of bed before noon. At which point I make the family lunch, and drink a pot of french pressed coffee. I start work around 2 PM and stop around 6 PM to make dinner. By 9 PM my daughter is asleep and I’m able to edit or read, depending on how my day went. The trouble […]

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Week Recap February 11th, 2017

Week Recap February 11th, 2017

Progress Breakdown: Writing Word Counts: Weekly Total WC – 8,811 (1809/26% Increase) Editing Word Counts: Weekly Total WC – 3,073 Week Recap: 2/5/17 – Writing went well. I’ve started my new series. Having two different stories to write between helps keep the creativity flowing. Since I’m between a plotter and a discovery writer, it’s easier for me to work on different plot issues. The new series should be easier, because I’m reworking a few short stories I wrote and turning it into a serialized series. I’m planning each book to be between 15,000 and 20,000 words. I won’t put the first out until I have the first serialized arch done. I figure a 5 or 6 book series would be ideal. 2/6/17 – Spent the day world building. 2/7/17 – Great fucking day of writing. Hit the half way point of the story and picked out the graphics for the […]

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Week Recap February 4th, 2017

Week Recap February 4th, 2017

Progress Breakdown: Writing Word Counts: Weekly Total WC – 7,002 (2431/25% decrease) Editing Word Counts: Weekly Total WC – 0 Week Recap: I think my progress breakdown says it all. I missed my targets for writing, and the only goal I managed to hit for last week was not obsessing over my sales numbers and checking them constantly. Last I check Aether Walker Game Changer was ranked around #65,000 for the store. Given the money I’ve sunk into advertising I’m a little disappointed, but I knew that the odds were against me. Once I’ve launched Aether Walker End Game (Book 3) I’ll evaluate if the series is a success or failure. I’m defining success as break even plus $500 per novel over three months. Meaning I should know by July. I’ve been thinking of what to write next, and I have loads more stories to tell in the Aether Walker universe. […]

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Week Recap January 28th, 2017

Week Recap January 28th, 2017

Progress Breakdown: Writing Word Counts: Weekly Total WC – 9,433 (3,279/52% increase) Editing Word Counts: Weekly Total WC – 3,659 Week Recap: My first solid week of the silent launch didn’t go as well as I hoped. With just over $60 sunk into advertising, I managed to garner 458 KU page reads, and zero sales. I’ve launched a free offer for Saturday and Sunday. I’ll still run some ads to get the ball rolling. As of this moment when I’m writing this, the novel is ranked #57 under the Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > New Adult & College category. If I don’t get into the top 20 of the category by Sunday night, I’ll extend the sale for another day. My hope is the free books will help increase my reviews and maybe even start some word of mouth. At the end of the day, I’m still doing […]

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Week Recap January 21st, 2017

Week Recap January 21st, 2017

Progress Breakdown: Writing Word Counts: Weekly Total WC – 6,154 Editing Word Counts: Weekly Total WC – 14,633 Week Recap: When I sat down to write this blog post, I realized it’s been nearly a month since I did a Week Recap. I feel bad about that. I plan to take my blog in some new directions. However, this Week Recap fits in with that new vision, and also helps to keep me accountable, and my ass in the chair writing, which is the whole goal! If you’ve read the Review post, you’ll know I got an AlphaSmart Neo2 (I’m writing this post on it right now). This is a huge change for me, right up there with getting Dragon Natural Speaking. I’ve logged well over 100 hours training my Dragon, and I’m throwing in the towel. It’s not worth the time and effort to dictate my fiction. However, it’s not […]

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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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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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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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