cayleighstickler: Black cat walking through the snow leaving a trail of paw prints (Default)
I decided that, in order to get myself motivated and writing, that I needed to do a seven day challenge. [I'm on WriYe, so I signed up on there.] The idea is to pick a minimum amount of words to write each day - then do it. Simple, right? Well, I tend to complicate everything in my life. In past years, I chose a godawful goal like 1,000 or 1,500 words per day for a week. [I didn't get past the first days on any of those attempts.] This year, I chose the smallest goal they offered: 100 words. It sounds stupidly low, but I swear it has been working. I officially started it on Monday, yesterday, but I wanted to get myself used to writing daily so I started on Saturday. Since I don't get time to write during the day with the kids, I have to wait until they go to sleep - except I've been working graveyard shifts. So, I get out around 3 or 4am, and I still need to write my words for the day. [For me, the day doesn't start over until I go to sleep or until the sun rises.] Here I am, sitting in the car in the driveway, half delirious and wondering how the hell I drove halfway across the state and made it home without dying in a fiery crash because I'm half-drowsing while going 80 mph. I reach in my bag, pull out my laptop, which, by now, has only half battery. I pull out my notes, open my word processor, and get cracking. Sometimes it's all I can do to churn out 100 words before needing to just go to bed. But I did it! I actually expended that extra energy to sit down and spend time with my story, and I feel so much better for it in the morning. 

So, 100 words might not sound like a lot, but to me it's the difference between feeling confident versus feeling like a total failure. I'd say that's a pretty big deal indeed. 

This is all to just create the habit of writing something daily. It's a reminder that it doesn't matter how many words I write, just that I write. Words add up. I'm trying to do this all spring. [Sunny weather just makes me want to soak up the warmth and spend the day writing. Weird, I know.] Anyway, I'm starting week 1 with 100 words a day. Week 2, I'll write 200 words a day, and so on. Eventually, I'll be writing 1,000 words per day, but I won't really notice it because I'll already have that habit of just sitting down to write. 

That's my intention, anyway.

For this challenge, I'm working on the cozy mystery series that features a high school English teacher as the amateur sleuth. I'm really excited about this first installment, and I hope to finish it by the end of May. [It will get written.] Ideally, I want it released by October, which means beta reads, edits, and promotions need to be planned too. *squeal!*


cayleighstickler: Black cat walking through the snow leaving a trail of paw prints (Default)
 Okay, so, I really like that word. Sue me. (Please don't.) It's the second-to-last day of February, which, of course means there are only two days left to edit this client's manuscript. To say I'm freaking out is an understatement. 

Not to mention I work my day job (which is kind of an anytime-of-the-day job) on both these days.

As of right now, I have 56 pages left to edit, which isn't too bad. I can knock that out in three or four hours this late at night . (I'm much less productive after midnight, but I have my ways to stay awake.) The scary part is that I still have to go back and address all those things I need to research throughout the manuscript, which is about two-hundred random comments. I'm not even sure how long that'll take. Two days, probably. 


I suppose, then, I'd better make this a short and sweet post. 

Let's see, a recap. 

I finished the final two books in the cozy series, and it ended exactly how I knew it'd end. (No spoilers.) I also wrote reviews for both books. I never did actually write the short story for the crime anthology, and, after seeing the quality of the cover and some of the stories, I'm kind of glad I didn't. You know that phrase "guilty by association?" Well, that's why. I'm spending a lot of time and energy building this series, so I need to ensure its quality, which means I need to ensure the quality of all the other stories in the anthology. I don't like to badmouth other indie authors because, well, the world kind of does that to us already, so I'll just say that there were a lot of corners cut. Besides, if I were to bang out the piece in a day or two, it'd leave little time to edit and no time to send it to beta readers. I'm starting to be okay with not finishing. I do, however, still have a detailed outline of the story, so I'll work on it next month and do it right. Maybe I'll even expand it to a novella-sized story and put it up as a solo project. It did keep wanting to expand past the five-thousand word limit. I'm thinking maybe fifteen-thousand words? 


And my goals now. I want to only focus on these two days before even thinking about March. Basically, my only goal is to finish editing this manuscript and get it back to my boss-lady before 11:59pm on Tuesday. I doubt I'll even read my book until it's finished. 

I'll make sure to come back on or around March 1 to dive into more goals.  

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