The new year has started off well. I’m well ahead of my goal so far and I see no reason to relent.
I plan to get into the habit of at least a weekly post, probably on Monday (hey, look at this!). Then I’m open to adding other posts in the middle of the week.
Of course, part of the problem is what to write about. Time being finite it’s tough some days to figure out what I want to write here in addition to the writing I do every day.
I wrapped up two novels last year. Those need edits now. I also completed a short story at the end of last year. I need to give that another set of edits before I send that off to a magazine.
Later this week, I’ll have a review of Double Dead by Chuck Wendig over at www.terribleminds.com.
Today I finished Dwarf Lords (tentative title, but I like the theme). This is probably around 60k words. Will add them up later. It is definitely in need of some edits.
I’ve had a good year for writing then. Wrapped up Dragon Lords first and now this one in about ~3.5 months. Add on a short story to that on a few other small pieces I’ve completed and overall I’m happy with my achievements.
Last goal for this year is to finish up my edits for my short story. Then plan on the novel work I will work on next year.
As we draw near to the end of November, I am happy to report I have met my goals for the year! Though with the time I didn’t write in January and the fact that I still have all of December left, I’ve managed to do it in 10 months.
What’s next you ask? As they say, no rest of the wicked. My goal is to finish my dwarf story by the end of the year. I would also like to finish off the edits on my mythology story. Both goals are achievable.
What does that mean for 2012? It’s clear that I’m capable of a higher daily goal. So I’ll adjust those numbers. Then I’m left to decide what project to work on next. The second Dragon Lords novel? The SF epic I have rolling around in my head? I have a month to decide.
How To Find the Perfect Writing Environment:
It doesn’t exist. There is no such thing.
There will always been a distraction, something that needs to be done. You can make the time for writing or not. You can watch a show, or you can write. You can play a game, or you can write. You can tinker around making a blog post, or you can write. (See what I did there?)
We all have the same 24 hours. At the end of the day, you determine what is a priority. Writing well is work and it will only be polished to a high shine if you spend that time on it.
That doesn’t mean you can ignore your responsibilities. Letting stuff pile up won’t help your cause. You just have to devote the available time you have to writing. That bus ride or your lunch break. Unplug the internet for an hour. Wherever you can find the time, use it.
As for me, I have some writing to do.
I’m not a fan of just the “status update” kind of post, but I just wanted to get something out here. As you can see by the handy meter on the left, I’m at 86% of my goal for the year, 121,000 words. Pretty cool. Keeping my rate of progress will put me well ahead of my goal by years end.
You may have also noticed I’ve updated the Free Fiction section to the left. I cleaned up The Battle for Tragon Keep I wrote last year. I have another story I’m currently editing that I may post here soon.
Hey, take a look over there to the right. Scroll down a little. See that? A new section I have titled Keep Writing. I want you to keep writing too.
Yes, I too am sometimes discouraged. I don’t always want to write. So I am adding this section to capture inspirational/motivational posts directed toward creative people.
The first link I have there is for Right Brain Terrain Manifesto. You should read through it if you haven’t done so already.
If you have a link you enjoy, a link that really gets you motivated, let me know and I’ll post it there.