A Writing Update

Between bits of freelance work here and there, blogging, my own writing, and life, I’ve been pretty busy. When I check off one thing from my to-do list, five more things seem to get added.

I’ve talked about it this before. In fact, I’m sure I’ve talked about it a couple times. I’m trying to create a steady schedule and routine for myself for all the work I need/want to do.

Some months are easier than others, but, like I said, my to-do list grows faster than it shrinks.

I’ve created deadlines for everything I want to do – some I’m going to end up missing. Which is okay. I can’t do everything all at once.

A big problem I have is that I focus a lot more on my blog than I do my writing – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, my blog needs a lot of attention. However, I’m barely getting any writing done, despite my blog posts talking about all these projects I’m working on. I need a better balance to give my characters the spotlight they’ve been craving for so long.

So, that’s why this update is strictly for my writing.

My Schedule

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know I create monthly goals. Since I’ve been working on multiple novels, I try to spend each month working on different stages of each novel – outlining, writing, editing, rewriting. It’s a lot, but it’s actually been working for me, as crazy as it is.

My biggest problem is time. I’ll tell myself I can work on a couple projects on certain days and then things in real life will happen or something will happen with the blog that I’ll need to take care of. So this is something I need to account for. I won’t get to everything on my daily to-do list – again, which is fine since I can’t do everything at once – but I don’t think I work on the “high priority” stuff first.


I had a few novella ideas for Wattpad. I had planned on publishing 4 stories, each of them being three months apart. Two have been published and are completed – The Scribe and Take Over – feel free to check them out if you haven’t already.

Currently, I’m working on Brave, which I had originally planned on publishing in July. I outlined the story in April and was supposed to write the first draft in May and only ended up writing the prologue. I’m supposed to edit it in June but obviously, I can’t edit what I haven’t written. I’m not sure if I’ll try to have it done by the end of July or push everything back a month. This isn’t something I want to rush.

After Brave, I’ll be working on Silhouettes, which is supposed to be published in October, which might end up being November depending on how Brave goes.

I’ve already decided for 2019 that I think I’ll only publish 2-3 stories on Wattpad. I have a good schedule going, but with my other projects, I think it was too much. I still want to try to get Brave and Silhouettes out this year though.

So, long story short, I’m still working on Brave. It’ll just be later than originally planned.


When I started writing I always thought I’d go traditional. I’d get an agent and a book deal with a publishing company. I’ve even queried to agents – and some publishers – before. However, the more I write and the more research I do, I’ve realized self-publishing is the way to go for me (which I may explain in a later blog post).

I’ve been researching self-publishing and learning a lot about it as well as creating a timeline for the book(s) I plan on publishing.


This is a collection of mystery short stories that I’ve been working on since January. I was hoping to self-publish it in 2019 but I don’t have many short stories. It’s a lot harder to create mystery shorts than I thought. I knew it wouldn’t be easy, but all the ideas I create star George and Lilah. I’ve thought about creating a collection of short stories featuring them, but not until after a few books from their series have come out.

So, Perplexed is going a lot slower than I thought. I’m still working on it, but I’m not giving myself a solid deadline anymore. I want to see what comes of it as inspiration hits. Though I still plan on working on it fairly regularly.

George Florence and the Perfect Alibi

Yes! I have finally come up with a title for the first book of the George Florence series that I have been working on since 2011!

But anyway, I plan on self-publishing this. I’ve gone through many drafts and have edited it a ton. It’s definitely time I kick George and Lilah out of the nest.

There’s still plenty of work to do, of course, but I’m planning on a 2019 release.

Other Projects

I have many novels I’m working on, but there’s one I’m working on monthly. It’s called Unwritten and I’ve been sending it to my writer’s group each month. I plan on giving it a deep edit in July (since my group won’t be meeting that month) so they’ll have a brand new draft to look at come August. And then, hopefully, I can edit the book each month after we meet to keep up polished… like I had planned to do originally and never did.

There’s also The Lost Girl, a book I had planned to start editing this summer, though I don’t think I’m going to get around to it. I feel like I have too many other projects to work on, so I’ll be putting it on the backburner.

For More Writing Updates

If you want to stay up to date with my writing, there are a few ways to do it.

Each month (unless I accidentally skip it like I did this month) I publish a WIP Wednesday post. It’s usually the second or third Wednesday of the month where I discuss what I’m currently working on and such.

You can check out the My Books page. I update it pretty regularly. It’s just a list of what I’m working on and what stage each project is in.

You can subscribe to my newsletter. It’s free and while I’m still playing around with what I want to do with it, it’s a great place for resources for yourself as well as updates from me and more.

You can check out my Patreon and Ko-fi pages where I post regular updates.

Thanks for reading this whole post if you made it this far. I didn’t think it’d turn out this long. I hope you’re just as excited as I am for self-publishing and all my projects!

How is your writing going? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.

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12 thoughts on “A Writing Update

  1. Nice to find your blog. I plan to self-publish on CreateSpace soon. My book is about 75,000 words. Can you offer typesetting advice? (margin/gutter sizes, text font/size, page size, software for conversion from Word to PDF for upload, etc.). Just trying to get ideas. I’d like my book to look as professional as possible. Thanks!

    • Thank you for reading and commenting. Unfortunately, I’m not in any position to give you formatting advice. I haven’t gotten that far yet. I’m sure you’ll be able to find loads of information about it on Google or even the CreateSpace website might have information.
      Good luck. 🙂

  2. Your plate is too full right now! Maybe you could line up some guest bloggers to take up the slack sometimes. I’m chasing a June 15 deadline for book #8 in my mystery series and I don’t have time for anything else! YOur writing is important!

    • I do offer guest bloggers, but I let them come to me. I don’t typically chase people down. Sometimes I get a lot of people and other times it’s pretty quiet, lol.
      I write my blog posts pretty well in advance, so it works for the most part. Good luck with your book!

  3. I can completely understand about the to do list issue. I feel the same. And everything on my to do list has a number of sub-level to do lists. It’s very overwhelming.

    Blogging always does seem to take so much time, I am in awe that you run multiple blogs and blog so frequently, you do it well.

    Good luck with the publishing and I hope you get more chances to write. 🙂

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one who has to-dos for her to-dos, lol.

      Yeah, blogging is a full-time job in itself. It still amazes me how much work and time goes into it.

      Thank you and good luck with your work as well!

  4. Hang in there Rachel. I just completed my latest novel or the first draft of it yesterday and I am not 100% satisfied with the ending despite enjoying writing it. It’s a long and hard process, but the benefits such as someone liking what you write can be rewarding.

    • Thanks, it’s a great process, but the balance is hard. Especially when I want to write so many things at once, lol.
      Good luck with your own work. 🙂

  5. I hope you manage to achieve all you hope to with your writing.

    I’m self-published myself. Have been since 2012. I like the freedom to set my own deadlines, and the flexibility to adjust them if needed when things like health issues and daily life need to become the priority, as is the case right now, unfortunately.

    • Thank you. I’m sure I will if I’m persistent enough. I’ve hung on this long, so I better self-publish something, lol.

      Yeah, everyone I know through WordPress who is self-published loves it so much more. And honestly, it’s a great learning experience as well.

      I hope you’re feeling better and your doctor appointments have been going okay!

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