Writing Word Counts:
Weekly Total WC – 6,154
Editing Word Counts:
Weekly Total WC – 14,633
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 a total loss. I still find it invaluable for posting to forums or even writing blog posts. I’m using the Neo2 for this post, so I keep up the groove for the day and train my fingers for the keyboard more.
Regardless I have new method for writing and it will have some affect on me. I hope for th better, defined as increasing my word count, while still keeping the act of writing fun.
When it comes to tracking, I’ve stopped logging my start and stop times for each writing sprint. I’m not interested in how fast I write anymore. However, I’m highly motivated to increase my total daily, weekly, and monthly word counts. As such, my new spreadsheet tracks total word count for the day, along with total edited word count. I did this because my new production schedule requires that I edit my old projects while simultaneously writing my newer works.
I’ve made reading nonfiction a priority for this year. I’ve set my Goodreads book goal at 100. I did more than that last year, so I hope to be able to do it again this year, or even more. However, I have less wiggly room on my writing deadlines, so I might end up reading less. We will see.
So far I’m ahead of schedule for reading, but I did start the year off with Harry Potter, a tradition of mine. Last night I tore through half of Stephen King’s On Writing. I’ll most likely finish that tonight. Next will be a couple more books on craft, then I’m going to start reading nonfiction books that are about science and history. However, I’ll still make room for some indie published novels via my KU account. I’m not sure I’d have been able to afford my reading habit without KU.
Past two days have been great for writing. Before that I wasn’t writing much at all. Maybe 1,000 plus words in a writing spurt once a week. The main reason for this was editing. I just launched Aether Walker Game Changer this week, and that required so much more effort than I had planed for. I learned how to format an ebook and do it I think well, but I also formatted a print book. I placed a test order of 5, and they should arrive Monday *fingers crossed*. I also setup the preorder for Aether Walker Queen’s Gambit, which was slightly different. That novel’s not entirely done, but close. I finished Aether Walker Blake’s Story, and was able to edit and publish that as well. It’s offered exclusively to my mailing list for people who read the first book and want more. In that regards, it’s more of a compendium to the first novel. I don’t think anyone who hasn’t read the first novel, would enjoy it at all.
I’m in the process of revamping my social media to be more uniform and geared as a marketing outlet. I still plan to be myself on Twitter/Facebook, but I’m making sure that there’s plenty of opportunities for my fans to know about my work and buy it if they choose.
I bought a year at a glance calendar for my wall so I can keep track of my deadlines and see them every morning and all day. My hope is it will help keep me on track and trigger my subconscious to work on ensuring my productivity. I’ve planed in a break after I launch book 3, so I avoid burn out, but if everything goes to plan I’ll still be writing on the break the same amount.
I conducted a small market test, to see if my novel was viable to sell, and I’ve been running small adds to test the waters of my copy. Next week I’m going to hit the ground running and if I’m right, my sales should shoot me into the top 100 of my genres. I’m not listing them, because I might change them again. I changed them last minute before publishing because the data coming back, indicated that I had miss labeled them. I may have done that again, but we’ll see.
All in all I’ve been very pleased with my month and past week. However, I will make an asserted effort to focus on my blog more, and I’m making a commitment to post at least these Week Recaps. If my launch fails I’ll post it here and learn from it, and hopefully someone else will learn too. However, if I do well, I suspect that I’ll see loads more traffic, and I want to make sure there is plenty of quality content to help those who come.
Goals For Next Week:
1. Drive to the Library Monday – Friday to work.
I think having somewhere to be at a certain time will help motivate me to get out of bed in the morning, and get an earlier start on the day.
2. Shut off all electronics before midnight.
I think part of my issue sleeping has been the over use of my laptop at night, and possible my kindle. Which I hate to say because it holds so many books I want to read.
3. Read two nonfiction books.
4. Publish next weeks Week Recap.
I’ll try to publish something else as well. I have some ideas for post that might be even more interesting than how I’m doing on my journy towards becoming an author.
5. Spend at least 1 hour per day playing with my daughter.
With the novel coming out this month and all the work that entailed, I didn’t spend enough time with her. She’s been acting out more, and think it’s only because I’ve been ignoring her. I’ll fix that.
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Nicholi A. K. Baldron
@NAKBaldron on twitter