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 launch. Most of the money I have saved, is earmarked for novel expenses already.
Dragon has now become my main way of writing my novel. This has doubled my writing speed. At least according the numbers of the past two days. I’ll need to keep track, but I always expected that my words per hour would slowly build up as I got use to Dragon, and it in turn got accustomed to me. If you’ve never tried dictation try it now! Not necessarily Dragon, but try a free speech to text apps.
I’m creating a new habit, where I set a timer for 27.5 minutes and write the whole time. Once the timer goes off, I try and keep writing until I hit the end of the scene I’m in. If I hit the end of a scene while in the middle of the timer, I pause it and open up the next scene, and restart the timer. After the writing sprint, I log my numbers, usually post to twitter, then start my 10 minute timer for my break, and read through twitter or anything that will take my mind off the work. This is the key though, once the timer ends, I get my ass back in the chair and start another writing sprint.
My goal is to work my way up to doing six of these sprints a day and writing at least 5,000 words. Right now I’m still working on maintaining 12,500 words a week, but eventually my goal will be 35,000 words a week. I’m also training myself to write extra ahead of time so I can have light days, rather than putting off the writing saying ‘I can do it tomorrow.’
I really like writing blog posts, because I can play Dubstep in the background. I need silence when I’m working on my novel.