September Plans

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It’s finally my favourite time of the year…Autumn!! Where I can wear comfy jumpers, boots and get back drinking hot chocolate with cold fingers!!

The month is already looking to be a busy one, the plans so far are:

Write 15,000 words on two novels [30,000 words in total]. These are completely separate form one another and from any books I’ve written so far. I’m really looking forward to writing them.

Re-edit the beginning of my finished novel, and send it off to five publishers/agents by the 30th of this Month. This is going to be tough- I haven’t received feedback on what to change about the beginning from previous agents or publishers. Just that I should keep trying.

Getting back into my smoothie/juice diet and being healthy again.

Writing of 2014, Plans for 2015

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So, I messed up on my word counting for the year and it’s somewhere around the 40-50k mark right now. It also get’s messy because I edited book one and didn’t keep track on what I did for it. So it may be either a lot more or a lot less. So, I’m just sticking to the 47k I have.

That’s a terrible number. Okay, yes I finally completed the book I’ve been working on for years which is a huge mile-stone, but next year I want everything to be different.

2015 – I’m going to complete 5 novels. I’ve started fixing up my graph and writing notes to myself on where to stop and finish and what dates I want to print off the books for editing. Jan and February are going to be for two of the books I’m working on now, February’s goal is to finish book 2, then the beginning of March I want to finish the other book. Then my mam is going to Australia in March, so I’ll take the peace and quiet to get started on a brand new book and have that completed by May. (I think it’s going to be easier because I have the ideas and chapter outlines for a handful of books already sorted and written out, I just need to find the time to write them).

Then I lose June and July to my sis’ wedding. So I’m just going to take the down-time to write my script and to keep writing novels, but without the word goals, and also editing the completed novels. I want to complete book 4 by September. Then take the winter months to finish off the following book in the series.

That’s the plan, but you know, they never happen as you liked them to. That’s why I’ve given myself those two months of free time, to either take a breather or to catch up with myself.

That Dreaded Word Count

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As a writer that has gone from quality over quantity to quantity over quality all because of Nanowrimo; I have spent months-to-years scrounging the internet for every-single-method of getting that word count up on a daily basis. 

Few that I have found, that might be of help to someone are… 

The sticky note method. Where you write goals on each sticky note (i.e. 250, 500, 1,000) going from small-big. You rip off the sticky note whenever you get to that goal, to find another one underneath.
(this didn’t work for me, there was no motivation and the notes just hung on the side of my laptop until they fell off on their own) 

The word sprints. Where you set a goal in five minute -1 hour sections. (I would do one word sprint, think I’ve achieved greatness and would abandon my writing for the next few hours…or whole day.)

All-nighters. You know, busy lives and the only way to get some me-time when everyone else is sleeping. (I love my sleep. Coffee doesn’t do squat to me, so it’s physically impossible for me to stay up any later than 2. Unless I’m out that is)

Having goals like 5k or 10k per day. (They’re so far away I would be better of hiking Everest.)

The only thing that has worked for me, so far. After years of writing is…

To aim for the same small amount for each chapter. Right now, I’m aiming for 3k. (most of them have 1.5-2k already written). Once I reach 3k, even if the chapter isn’t finished, I go onto the next chapter. I then chose which one to work on depending on my motivation. So I’m more focused on the chapters rather on my actually word count for the day. It has worked so far, and I’m getting the book finished by doing this. I know I have to go back and finish off the unfinished chapters, but I can happily print a proof copy with 3,000-word long chapters. They’re not too small that they hold no meaning, but they still need padding up. I can feel confident on each chapter and how each one is going to shape up.