Develop a growth mindset and ignore everything else.
Talent X Hard Work X Perseverance X Learning X Luck = SUCCESS
This led to another insight: writing is challenging, not hard. Webster defines challenging as, “arousing competitive interest, thought, or action”, and hard as, “difficult to bear or endure”.
Stop making assumptions about what you should do and instead focus on making data driven strategic decisions based upon your own experiences.
My wonderful editor sent back my manuscript ahead of schedule. While he found major issues—which I’ll fix this week—it means I’ll have the final copy for my Beta Readers early. I’m looking at a few long days of editing nonstop, but after that I’ll get back to drafting Sorcerer’s Trial.I think the newest book is shaping up to be my best yet, but I’m also crazy excited to have you guys read Ocean’s Dagger. So many turns and reveals.
Chapter 1 – Kick In The A$$
Chapter 2 – Fighting Through The Fear
Chapter 3 – The Process
Chapter 4 – Keeping It Original
Chapter 5 – Setting A Schedule
Chapter 6 – Discipline
Chapter 7 – Finding Time To Write
Chapter 8 – What’s The Deadline
Chapter 9 – Feedback
Chapter 10 – Keep Moving
Chapter 11 – Write To The End
Chapter 12 – Last Words… One More Time
I’ll accept this as a vacation. Instead of fretting over the fact I’m not able to get my work done, I’ll look at this as an opportunity to rest, relax, and prepare for when I can get back to work. By accepting this is a vacation I’ll enjoy myself and do things I’d normally put off.
This is the first document I made as a test: This is my AlphaSmart Neo2 and so far it seems fucking awesome. However, the keyboard is laid out slightly off center. That drives me nuts! I might need to consider that before posting my review of the product. The screen is large enough to see four lines of text at a time which is nice. In my lap the keyboard is not comfortable at all. At my desk it’s quite nice. The balance is slightly off. The keyboard wobbles ever so slightly as I type. Maybe I can fix it with heat gun. I think the problem is with the plastic being slightly warped possible from transport. Time to test sending the data to a text document. I ate this Scooby-Doo style sandwich, then wrote the review/Free-thoughts. Both events were highly enjoyable. This is my Review/Free-thoughts while using the AlphaSmart […]
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 […]
I’m not sure if this will continue to be a weekly post, but I wanted to start a week recap, because there were several changes for me this week, and I want them compiled in one place. Most importantly, I’m no longer working a forty hour a week job. I’ll find a part time job, but I’ve reached a point that I won’t need a full time job. Unless my first series flops, and all three books bring in next to nothing. With the launch of book 1 (Aether Walker: Game Changer) planed for March, book 2 to launch 15 days after book 1, and book 3 to launch 30 days after book 2 – I plan to have an income of at least $3,000 a month from my writing by May 2017. I have money set aside, but I will need a 15-20 hour a week job until the books […]
1:38 – Word count, 0. The hotel server is down. Internet keeps going in and out, and there is a leak in the roof over the front desk. On the plus side I’m by myself tonight. I had to train the new guy last night, which was interesting since he is a reader. However, it meant I was only able to write 386 words. Better than nothing, but a far cry from what I want. Goal tonight is 3,750, and six scenes. Checked the server again, but it’s still down. Still can’t check people in, or run night audit, so the hotel is at a stand still. The GM isn’t returning my texts or phone calls. I’ve done what I can, so I’m setting it aside, and getting back to writing. 3:28 – Word count, 1,464. Second scene done. New podcast episode is out for Science Fiction & Fantasy Marketing. […]
Sorry for the laps in posts. As of right now, I’m at the 60% mark for the novel, with just over 43,000 words. I’m back at work after a four day weekend. I took the time to read and relax. I feel fully revitalized. I’ve learned that I can’t put off reading while I’m writing. I was avoiding it so another author’s voice wouldn’t affect my own, but upon review I think that was a silly worry. Reading helps keep my mind sharp. I need other stories to help me see new ways of developing plot, character growth, etc. etc. I also got a new hair-cut for the summer. With it being well over 100 here I had to take a few inches off to cut down on the heat on my head. I’m happy to be back, and excited to tear into the novel. I’m going to set myself […]