My Writing Schedule For November

In October, I had created a new schedule for myself. I created a calendar-like template on Word and color-coded it for everything I need to do – writing, blogging, filming, reading, etc. Some days it worked, others it didn’t. October was pretty busy and plans change some days, but that’s okay. It worked enough and I decided to do the same for November, especially with it being NaNo. Because of NaNo, I tweaked my writing schedule a bit. So, here’s my writing schedule for November.

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Sunday

I know people tell you to write every day. When you work on multiple projects like I do, writing every day is a good idea so you can give everything a fair amount of time. I try to take a day off though. Sundays are usually those days. I have church in the morning and then Kris and I spend the afternoon blogging (and I work on Sunday school stuff as well).

Since it’s NaNo though, I made time to get a little writing time in during Sundays. I blocked off two hours in the afternoon from noon to two to get some writing done. If I’m focused enough, I can bang out 2,000 words in an hour. So two hours is plenty for me to write my minimum of 2k-plus.

Monday – Friday

I’m an early bird and I do my best work in the morning. My brain is the most awake at that time and it’s quiet as everyone is either still sleeping or getting themselves ready for work. It’s just me, my coffee, and my words.

So, during the week, I blocked off two hours every morning from six to eight. I’ll admit, some mornings I tend to sleep in more than planned. Even if I only have seven to eight to write, I still hit my word count, so it works.

Saturday

This is the easiest day to get some writing done. Sometimes I have family events on Saturday, but most of the time Kris and I head to Barnes & Noble in the mornings. We get a coffee and write. Or sometimes we blog, but mostly we write.

The bookstore opens at nine, so I scheduled myself to write from nine to noon, which is three hours. Most of the time, there’s no distractions, so it works. Now I have a new laptop too so I can take it with me instead of having to write on my iPad.

15 Hours A Week

15 hours a week is spent on my writing. This includes editing and the like. If I get in the mood and find extra time, I definitely write more. I like blocking off certain times to write because I’m slowly training my brain to write each day at specific times. It’s working so far, anyway.

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NaNoWriMo 2018 Update One

I have no intro for this. The past few years I’ve been updating my weekly progress for NaNo. So, I’m doing it again. Here’s my NaNoWriMo 2018 Update One.

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My daily goal is always to write 2,000 words. I like the even number over 1,667 words. I also try my best to get it done by the time Thanksgiving rolls around at the end of the month. Here’s how I’m doing so far.

Word Count

Day 1: 2,203
Day 2: 2,125
Day 3: 2,175
Day 4: 2,114
Day 5: 2,061
Day 6: 2,132
Day 7:
Haven’t written yet this morning!
Week One Total:
12,810

Not bad, right? I had a steady stream of words each day. Day 3 was Saturday as well as Double-Up Day. I don’t know why I thought Double-Up Day was later in the month, but I wasn’t planning on that. When I found out I had decided to attempt 4,000 words.

I ended up not getting the chance to write until much later at night. I usually write early in the morning but I didn’t make my word count that day until around 10-10:30 at night. It just so happened that other things were going on that day (good things, of course) and I had decided to put my attention towards that instead of focusing on writing.

I thought Sunday, November 4, would be a good day to write 4,000 words and pretend I did it for my own Double-Up Day, but that didn’t happen either. I was at church for a few hours, got my 2k in, and then had other work that needed to be done. Maybe this weekend I can aim to give myself a mini writing marathon.

Projects

I spent the whole week working on my Short Story Sunday 2019 project. That is, if you don’t know, 52 shorts/flashes – one for every Sunday of 2019. These will be under my Short Story Sunday category next year.

I also put the last finishing touches of November’s short story for my patrons. They’ll be getting their exclusive story from me on Saturday, November 10. If you’d like to receive a patron-only short from me each month, then please join me on Patreon for only $1 a month. If you want to see what it’s all about, you can check out my Patreon page here.

I’ve also been working bit by bit on Sunday Morning. I’ll have more information on that as soon as I can, but if you’d like to be the first to know, then Patreon is a great place to be.

NaNo Week One

I can’t believe the first week of NaNo is already done. It was a good week though and I feel like I got a lot done. I’m happy with my progress and I’m looking forward to what I’ll get done in week two.

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My First NaNoWriMo

I realized, being 2018, this is my tenth year doing NaNoWriMo. 10 years! That’s a long time. I’ll admit, my first NaNoWriMo was technically in 2009. That was my first story, but I did join in 2008. I just had no idea what I was doing. I spent that year exploring the website and checking in on the forums.

Either way, I’ll talk about the first story I wrote for NaNo.

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I know I’ve talked about this before, but it’s been a while so I thought I’d talk about it again. I wrote a story called The Others. If I remember correctly, this was my idea of the Pixar movie, Inside Out, long before it was a thing.

The Others

My protagonist had DID, though I barely knew anything about it. The POV was through the different personalities though not the actually protagonist. Each personality was based on an emotion. I remember there was anger, happiness, sadness, love, and maybe jealousy? I can’t remember if I included jealousy or not. So, yeah, I thought of Inside Out first. Thinking back on it, it was a pretty cool idea and I think I executed it well. Or, as well enough as I could have for a 16-year-old who did no research whatsoever.

Honestly, I wish I still had the story so that I could go back and read through it. Maybe I’d even comment on it on here like I did with my first fan fiction story a long time ago.

Then again, I don’t know if I’d be willing to share the story. It would depend on how “well written” it was.

I lost the story anyway. It was saved on my flash drive and my USB port on my old laptop broke. I put in my flash drive and learned the hard that it was broken and it kind of fried my flash drive.

I still have the flash drive though… I wonder if I should try plugging it into my new laptop and see what happens?

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November 2018 [Goals]

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Reading

As always, I’ll be reading and reviewing four books this month. I also plan on going through my bookshelves as well. I want to organize them and also make a list of books I still need to read… without buying new ones… but we all know that won’t happen.

To keep up, you can check out my Reading List and Goodreads.

Writing

NaNoWriMo is officially back in session! I’ll be working on a few different projects, as I’ve already mentioned. I won’t go in too much deal since I already did, but I’ll be working on writing flash fiction for 2019’s Short Story Sundays, Sunday Morning, and a little bit of George Florence & The Perfect Alibi.

Blogging

I had tried to get as much of my blogging done for this month in October because I knew NaNo was going to take up the majority of my time. So, November is just about done and I also planned a lot of December so I won’t have to worry about getting ahead for next month either. This will also free up December so I can plan for 2019, which I’ve already started. New things are coming!

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NaNoWriMo 2018

NaNo begins in two days! Two! Can you believe it? NaNoWriMo 2018 has come up so fast that I’m not sure what to do with myself. I’m usually more prepared but this year is different. I know what I’ll be working on and it’s nothing new, which is usually what I try to do.

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The whole point of NaNoWriMo is to spend a month writing 50,000 words and just getting the basic bare bones of a first draft of a novel on paper. The challenge is also to start something new. You can prep, but you can’t do any writing until midnight November 1 and you keep writing bit by bit each day until the end of the month. I always try to start something new, but I haven’t the past couple of years. I have so many projects that I don’t want to bury myself deeper.

This makes me a NaNo Rebel.

I don’t mind though. The point is to finish something (or start something) and to make progress. Any progress is progress, no matter what you’re working on or how far along you are in it. Or eve how far you manage to get in a certain amount of time.

So, here’s what I’m working on this year.

Short Story Sunday 2019

I write my short stories in advance for my Sunday blog posts. I usually write them during a Camp NaNo session (because, as I said, I try to start a brand new novel each November). I didn’t work on next year’s stories though during April or July… I don’t know why. I honestly can’t remember what I worked on instead.

Still, I’m going to work on these quick flash fiction pieces throughout the month and get the majority, if not all, of 2019 written. It’s 52 stories. I’ve done it in a month before, I can do it again. I’ve already gotten all the prompts and the layouts down. I just need to write the stories.

Sunday Morning

Speaking of my Short Story Sunday, I’ll also be working on Sunday Morning. I have another round of edits to get through as well as publishing duties to do. Again, unless it’s Camp NaNoWriMo, I try not to edit. But this is something I need to get done sooner rather than later.

If you don’t know what Sunday Morning is, you can check out this post here. This book is being supported by my Patrons on Patreon. If you enjoy my blog and my creative writing overall, please check out my Patreon. It’s an exclusive community where you’ll get an inside look at my work and we can chat easier with one another as well. There are special rewards and, if you give $1 a month before December 9, 2018, you’ll get a special promo box for Sunday Morning when it’s published!

George Florence & The Perfect Alibi

I won’t be working on this one as much or as hard as I probably should. However, the other two projects are going to take priority. I’ll still give this one a bit of attention though. You can be sure of that.

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WIP Wednesday [July 2018]

So here we are. Halfway through July, which means we’re halfway through 2018. I’m not sure how that happened, but I’m going to continue making the most of each day and work hard toward my goals. I have a lot I want to accomplish this year. Here’s how I’m doing so far.

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Camp NaNoWriMo

We’re almost done with our second and final Camp NaNo session for the year. For me, I have about a week left of writing since I’ll be going on vacation the last week of the month.

I’m counting hours this month, which is something I’ve never done before. I’m editing and my goal was to edit about 2 hours a day (one hour for each project). It totaled to about 44 hours (I forget how I calculated it) and that was too much.

A lot has happened this month in real life and things have been busy. Plus, counting hours is really unmotivating. I don’t know why. I thought counting hours would be easy since it usually takes me an hour to write 2,000 words. It takes me an hour to get through a chapter of editing (sometimes). But for some reason, when counting hours, I just stare at the clock and can’t wait until I can stop writing to go play video games.

So, I dropped my hours from 44 to 31 so that I have to do an hour a day. That’s been more doable for me, though I do have a get a little ahead since I won’t be doing anything next week. Still, things are going much smoother.

George Florence & The Perfect Alibi

It’s back to the drawing board with this one. I started off the month editing, changed a bunch of stuff (meaning, the way the plot is executed) and now I’ve written myself into a hole. I was retyping the last draft I edited and I can’t go much further because I’ve changed too much. I have to completely rewrite about 80% of the novel.

This book just won’t end. Did you know I’ve been working on this since 2011? This will be the third time I’ve had to do a complete rewrite.

I feel I’m getting close though. I’ve started the outlining and planning process again trying to decide what to keep and what needs to be changed. I’m looking at the novel with a different approach. Hopefully, this is just what I need to finally complete this novel.

Please, let this be it.

Patreon Project

I’m also in the editing stages of another project. I can’t say too much on this project yet as it’s exclusive for my patrons on Patreon at the moment.

If you want to learn more about the project, I encourage you to check out my Patreon where you can support the project for as little as $1 a month.

What’s in it for you if it’s only temporarily exclusive to my patrons? Well, for one they already know what the project is and they get sneak peeks of my process and where I currently am in production of the said project.

Plus, when the project is released, my patrons will get some special goodies as a special thank you for supporting me and my creative work.

You can check out my Patreon here.

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Another Camp NaNoWriMo Session Has Arrived

2018 has been zipping by and we’re already into our second and final Camp NaNoWriMo session for the year. I’m not working on as much as I did during the April session, but my plate is still pretty full.

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I’m spending the month editing more rather than writing. I have so many projects that need some TLC rather than me adding a new project to my ever-growing list.

This month, I’m not even counting words either. I’m recording my progress by hours, which is something I’ve never done before. I’m working on two projects and have aimed to work one hour a day on each, which is two hours a day.

Even though we’re only 5 days into the month, I’ve already gotten behind. There has been a lot of life stuff happening so yesterday and today I’ve aimed to work for four hours instead of two. So far, it’s been working and I’m sure I’ll catch up in no time.

As I said, I’m working on two projects this month.

George Florence & The Perfect Alibi

Yes, this one again. I’ve changed a lot so I’m retyping the last draft I edited while editing it some more and editing my edits. I’m planning on one more round of editing before prepping it to be released into the world.

Secret Patreon Project

I’m working on something new, something that’s already in the editing stage. This is a special project for my patrons over at Patreon. Anyone who supports me over there, even if it’s as little as $1, will get an exclusive look at the project as I work on it as well as some fun goodies when all is said and done. If you want to know more, feel free to check out my Patreon. The money helps me keep this blog running as well as allow me to do what I love for a living. So if you enjoy my writing or any content I post here, please consider supporting me. You’ll get fun rewards based on your tier and it’s a great exclusive community for me to get to know you guys better.

So that’s that. Two projects are in the editing stages, both are almost done with the editing. (I think. We’ll see how it goes.)

It’s going to be a busy month, but progress is happening!

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Wrap Up: April 2018

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Reading

I’ll admit I didn’t get much reading done this month. Two of the reviews I posted were books I had already read at the beginning of the year and never wrote reviews for. I was on vacation for a week and Camp NaNo took up a chunk of my time. I’m sure I’ll get back into my reading habits next month though.

In the meantime, check out my Goodreads and Reading List on this blog to keep up with what I’m reading and their reviews.

Writing

My writing was pretty successful this month. Thanks to Camp NaNo, I outlined my next novel project, edited the next draft of my mystery novel, finished my Short Story Sunday stories for the rest of 2018 and got a head start on 2019, and wrote a mystery short story. All this resulted in over 80,000 words for Camp NaNo.

I feel pretty good.

Blogging

Blogging was slow. I was really into it at the beginning of the month and then I lost my groove after being on vacation. I thought the break would do me some good and while it did, I felt like taking an extended vacation from blogging. So I’ve only done the bare minimum for the blog pretty much this entire month.

Though I think I’m ready to get back into the swing of things for May and beyond. I ordered my new blogging planner (mine is July – June for some reason) so I’m eager to start filling that one up.

Overall

April was busy, but not in the way I expected it to be. I got a lot done and spent a good amount of time with friends and family, so who’s to complain? It was a great month and I’m sure May will be even better.

Posts To Remember

1. April & May 2018 Writing Submissions [Writing Contests]
2. A Million Dreams [Life]
3. Editing/Rewriting A Novel During Camp NaNoWriMo

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Camp NaNoWriMo Wrap Up

There’s less than a week left of Camp NaNoWriMo. I don’t know where April went, but we’re hitting May before we can do anything about it.

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I’ve worked on a lot of projects this month – 5 to be exact. I wrote flash fiction for Short Story Sunday, wrote a mystery short story for Perplexed, edited the second draft of George Florence, typed up and published Take Over on Wattpad, and outlined Brave.

Due to being away, I didn’t write or do anything from the 12th through the 18th. But I got right back to work on the 19th.

Day 19: Wrote 2,232 words of Perplexed.
Day 20: Wrote 3,298 words of Perplexed.
Day 21: Edited about 8,995 words in George Florence.
Day 22: Edited about 9,980 words in George Florence.
Day 23: Wrote 1,038 words of Perplexed.
Day 24: Wrote 1,029 words of Perplexed.
Day 25: Wrote absolutely nothing.

I’ll admit I’m starting to lose steam a bit. I’m almost done with the short story for Perplexed and I have just a few more chapters left to edit in George Florence. I’m planning on finishing the short story on Friday and finish the edits on Sunday. The last day of NaNo is Monday, so I should be good to go.

One more week, guys! We can do it!

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Outlining A Novel During Camp NaNoWriMo

This month I’ve been working on a lot of various projects. Camp NaNo is so flexible that some people write novels, short stories, poetry, or even edit their work.

I don’t know if anyone has ever attempted to outline a project during Camp so they could work on the writing part when the month was over. Well, that’s one of the things I’ve been doing and I’ve been having a lot of fun with it.

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It’s no secret that I enjoy outlining my novels. I like to be organized and have some sort of idea where the story may go, even though I know the outline isn’t set in stone.

Usually when I outline I summarize how each chapter would go. I make up scenes along the way, some may stay, some won’t. But I end up with a clear beginning and end at the very least. I also have a basic idea of how long the novel may be.

I’m not doing that this time.

I’m outlining Brave, my next Wattpad story. (Take Over was published yesterday, so go check it out!) It’s a fantasy that I attempted writing before. It was originally a Short Story Sunday I decided to expand upon.

I didn’t get far in it because I had a lot of world building to do. So, that’s how I’ve been doing my outline.

I created a list of characters, wrote the basic gist of the plot, and then I got to work on the make-believe stuff. I created the Kingdoms, towns within them, and jobs that the people can have. I haven’t gotten this far yet, but I need to create a list of routes, forests, lakes, and other places that are within the world the characters may come across on their journey.

Dragons are a huge part of the world and I’ve spent a good amount of time creating different species and coming up with their names. I’ve come up with them on my own though some are based off “real” dragons.

Lastly, when that’s all done, I’ll be summarizing the plot points. I don’t want to summarize each chapter like I have done in the past, but I’m going to list the plot points that keep the characters moving forward. What makes them go on the journey, major dangers they face on the way, finding what they’re looking for, then the final battle.

Honestly, that’s pretty much the gist of the story.

I’ve been having a lot of fun with it and I’m looking forward to starting writing it next month.

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