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Welcome to the last two weeks of Weekly Writing Wrap-up. It has been over two weeks since my last actual post (I don’t count posts that say I won’t be posting something). Why haven’t I been posting? That’s a good question. One, I didn’t do much in those two weeks and had nothing to say. I know me, have nothing to say. Ha! Another reason I wasn’t feeling good. Oversleeping and going through withdraw from my latest soda binge, which really means I had soda and energy drinks for few days and stopped. Not to mention fighting off a cold. Then there was being wiped out mentally.

What do I mean by that? I won’t only once, on the 7th. What should have been a shorter scene turned out to be a longer and harder scene to write. Not sure why it was an emotional scene for my POV character but also a dangerous scene as she needed to get out of a not so safe building. Maybe it should have been split up into two chapters or two scenes. I am not sure. After writing that scene I was mentally beat. All desire to write was gone. So I didn’t write. I have yet to write this week, but I plan to change that, once I finish this post.

Maybe I need a break and let my mind ponder on somethings before I could continue. Who knows, but I still don’t feel like writing. Probably because I am still trying to wake up or still trying to fight off a cold. Whatever the reason is, I need to get back on track. Maybe one of the reasons I am struggling is because I am putting too much pressure on myself to get on a schedule to write multiple books in a year, as well to develop other books when I am not even published. It is something I need to consider. Not worry as much on being on that schedule yet and allow more non-writing activities into my life. Only time will tell.

The most important thing I need to do is keep writing. I have enough projects and at a point where I can be writing consistently now. I can always write book two of the Veil trilogy or book 2 of Forbidden Realm. Hell, I could alway go back to Marks of Eilira… No, no I can’t. That series in a terrible mess. While I can continue to develop my other series I don’t need to have another series ready to go by the time I finish my next book. I have other things I can be writing and editing. Maybe I will lighten my load for a little bit and see how that goes.

As for developing, it is official, Long Live is on the God side of the multiverse. While I am trying to figure out that world, I am going to start hammering out the outline as it’s nagging me now. I even wrote out bullets the other day. I took the key events for the four main characters at the beginning of the book. One issue with the old outline is there are too many things happening before getting right to the main conflict. I should say one of the main conflicts of the book. Once I got a good grasp on the story, that will help developing the world better.

That’s all I got to day. Be sure to check back on Friday as we will be starting a new sub-series in our on going Worldbuilding series. This new sub-series will be on Magic and Technology. I am not sure how many posts will be in this topic. I can tell you there will be only two more sub-series after that. If I had to guess it would be three posts in each. Then we will move on to a new series… a much shorter series.

Welcome to this week’s special edition of Weekly plus a Day Writing Wrap-up. Yes, I am late posting this, solely because of yesterday is a Day I don’t Deal with. What day is that? Can’t tell you because that would be dealing with it. Because I didn’t post yesterday, I counted it as part of last week. So let’s dive in.

Why not start with what this week’s post title is called. A Good Start. Yes, I am referring to writing Pyre (Book 1) of the Forbidden Realm Trilogy. How many days did I write? Well, not as many days as I was writing when I finished draft 2 of Seeing Through the Veil, which basically every day. Last week, I wrote three days back to back. No, Monday wasn’t one of them. Why? Well, by the time I get home from work, and that includes a good workout, I am mentally tired. Plus, I need to write this post and that uses up any writing I have in me. Funny, that is also the reason why I didn’t write Friday, oh and I have a podcast I do with a friend. Non-Writing Related or I would be posting it here. So three days is a good start and will build on that.

So, three days is a good start and will build on that. I am still getting back into the swing of things. One the first two days was finishing up a chapter that was way longer then I thought, that was at the end of a section. Thursday was starting a new section so momentum changed as I had a different POV character. I almost wrote Saturday, but I decided to use my weekend for some fun stuff instead. Also, I saw Logan, so that was fun. I have already written today, and I already feel like I have a grasp on the section for this POV Character. The real challenge will be when I switch to another POV in two or three chapters. It will be good practice for later in the book when sections are split between two POV characters the come as needed.

Something I tried with draft 1 of Seeing Through the Veil was writing the two POV character sections separately. What I mean is I wrote all the sections for one POV character first and then went back to the beginning and wrote the others. Never doing that again for a first draft. Maybe in a second or third draft, but never in a first draft. I may try that when I am editing Pyre.

Moving on, I don’t have much progress on the Multiverse, as I spent my time writing. However, yesterday I finally sat down and worked on Long Live only to come to the conclusion that, that book takes place in the God’s Multiverse. Oh and I developed a little of one of the magic systems. Not much just a piece. I have a few ideas from that on how my God Multiverse will work. I plan on doing a little work on that this week, even if it is just writing down the ideas. Long Live will continue as my primary focus, and maybe the key to helping me crack the God Multiverse.

Beyond that, I got nothing. Wow, I didn’t mention that this week would be short and I actually got a short posting instead of saying it is going to be short and it turning out not to be. Oh well. Check back on Friday for the final post in our Military and Law Enforcement sub-series in our ongoing Worldbuilding series. The topic afterward I am playing around with is Magic, but I am not sure if it will be that. If I do, it will be Technology and Magic. That’s the other thing over the next two weeks I want to do is finally plan out the rest of the Worldbuilding series so I have an actual end date. I gotta see what I have left to cover.

 

Welcome to this week’s Weekly Writing Wrap-up. Why does the weekend fly by so fast and the five other days of the week seem to slug on by? But the next thing you know it’s Friday night. Well, if that didn’t tell you how my week went, just check when I posted last week’s craft post. Yeah, it was late. Anyway, short post today, so let’s get into it.

First I have accomplished one of my goals for 2017. Actually, two, but one wasn’t posted as a goal in my goals for 2017 post. That one was making sure to paste my goals for the year into the side panel, unlike last year. Well, check. The other was I got my schedule done. Funny, I have ignored it so far since I made it. Well, not complete. It has been more of a reminder to do things. I just haven’t done them at the times I put them at. The schedule still needs some tweaking, like adding in posting Craft Post for Friday. It will be work in progress for the next few weeks as I get the flow going forward.

Speaking of tweaks, I have Development on my calendar twice a week right now, it was on there three times. I finally wrapped up a major event that affects the whole multiverse, and can not start to explore some of the other ideas I have been having. Unfortunately, I can’t remember what they are. I know they will come to me, but it just going to take time. While I will continue to develop in some way during this time. I am not sure how some of these new ideas that have been plaguing me will take to refresh and form.

Now on to the writing element, I think the title of this week’s post should tell you how it went. Yes! I wrote three days and finished the section I have been on for months. That felt good. I was hoping to get the next section done since it is like three short chapters. Nope. However, thinking about it, I glad I didn’t. I feel like I need a break a day or two or three to let my mind refresh on and prepare for the next section. That is my goal this week, to complete the next section and try to get a few chapters in the one after. I will say I am about halfway through the novel by the middle of the section that follows the one I am on. Maybe at the end of that section. Anyway, I want to slowly work my way back into writing every day. So, I am aiming for four to five days this week. We will see how it works.

That’s all I got this week, check back on Friday for the next post in our new sub-series in the massive Worldbuilding series, Military, and Police.

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Awe, it feels good to be without the extra pressure of NaNoWriMo. Today is the last day to hit that 50k goal or your own personal goal. I hope that is going well for everyone and that you are walking away with more confidence in your writing ability and as well writing every day is possible. If you won, make sure you take advantage of the goodies you will get for winning. If you did not, there are still many goodies you can still use. I highly recommend Scrivener and Aeon Timeline.

Have you ever wondered how authors spend their day? Do you wonder how authors get a book out every year or maybe more? How do they turn off their internal editors? Have you ever wonder how you would spend your day if you didn’t have a day job? When you write, do you have that internal editor nagging for you to go back and edit your work?

Today, I am going to help you set up a writing schedule. Something I did back in April and then ignored. There is no better time to talk about this then now, with NaNoWriMo coming to an end. If you were successful and writing every day, you will want to continue that. If you don’t, then it will be a struggle for your next novel.
Want to know why you should have a writing schedule? I can tell you, if you are anything like me. I hate them. I hate having to be somewhere or do something at a specific time. I like to do it when I want to. Sad thing is, I get a lot more done when I have a schedule. Here are some reasons to have one.

•        Most published authors have one, even if it is very loose
•        If you want a career from writing, you will need one
•        It forces you to write
•        It will force you to be productive, not just by writing but other areas of your life.
•        You will walk away each day feeling like you accomplished something.
•        Keeps you busy and thus it keeps your mind working on those pesky story problems in the back of your mind.

There are many more reasons, but I hope you get the idea. As I mentioned already, I hated schedules. Why did I decide to make a schedule? Several reasons.

First, I needed to write every day and I wasn’t. Thanks to some pretty powerful motivations, I am. One of the major reasons was, having to post on my Weekly Writing Wrap-up post on Fridays that I didn’t make my week. By the way, I did make my last week, just not at the time of the post. Having to post that I failed was a very strong motivation. Second, one of my yearly goals was to do so, and by October I was convinced I wasn’t going to  achieve it. Actually, I wasn’t going to achieve any of them and some of them I am okay with. This I was not. The final thing that motivated me was my friend Vince, who I met working at my summer job. That kid wrote every day on his book and finished it and got through the second draft in thirteen weeks.

Other, were simple. I was looking at what I wanted to accomplish as a writer. I want a long full career. If you have read this blog long enough you know I have a lot of different projects in the works and I want to write them all. The only way I was going to accomplish this was to have something to guide me. Yes, my schedule is flexible. Though if you look at it, it doesn’t look like it.

That brings me to how to make one. There is a few things you need to know to be able to do this. They are as followed:

•        The best time to write
•        What you want to accomplish currently and in the future
•        What things outside of writing are important to you?
•        How much time you have
•        How much time you are willing to put into it.

Kind of vague, don’t you think? I hope so I wanted them to be. You can’t create a schedule if you don’t what you want out of your writing. What you want to accomplish. These things only you can answer. I’ll cover your best writing time in a second. What do you want to accomplish? Don’t know, here is what was in my mind when I developed my schedule.

•        I wanted to write every day
•        Develop multiple projects at the same time
•        Revise my writing from the day before
•        Read during the week
•        Have time off on the weekends and evenings for other interests

That is what I wanted and still want. I would also love to be able to write two novels at one time. It was one of the reason I gave it a shot for NaNo. Not easy to do and something that will take a lot of effort and practice to do. Once I knew these things, I could make my schedule. No, I didn’t forget about the perfect time where I feel inspired to write.

“I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning. ” – Peter De Vries

You can choose when you’re inspired. My best times to write are around 10 am. Between 1-4 pm. 6-7 pm and before I go to bed. I’ll admit, the before bed is only because I have put it off and I need to write only a few words to say I wrote. Though sometimes I get inspired.

If you are the very artsy and think and believe inspiration comes when it comes. Good for you. I completely disagree with you, but will admit there are times when something comes over me and I just need to write. If I waited for that, I would never achieve anything I want to achieve. Note, if there is a time where you really feel inspired on a semi-regular basis, that is your mind telling you that is the best time to write. You won’t always feel inspired, but your brain has warmed up and got something.

Once you know when you should be writing, and this will change based on if you can afford to stay home and write and not have a day job. You can plug into your day activities to accomplish your goals. A picture of my current schedule that needs to be updated is below.

Here’s the best thing about having a schedule that you created. It’s not locked. You can change it to fit your day. You wake up and you write first thing after you have breakfast. Not feeling good, coffee hasn’t kicked in yet. Didn’t get the best nights sleep. Okay. Maybe you do something like check emails, or see what some of your writing sites have up. You know you can work on development then but proses you can’t. Do that, and write when you are normally would develop.

One last good thing about setting this up now, is when you succeed and publish your novel and have fans emailing you with questions. Have deadlines with your editor, you won’t have to set this up and feel panicked to get so much done. You will have the structure already in place to do it all.

I hope this post helped you and would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below. Check, back on Friday for my Weekly Writing Wrap-up post.

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