Tuesday, September 17, 2013

September #writemotivation check-in No. 1

Wow. I was supposed to do this last week and kept getting busy. Well, at the very least, I'm getting to it now, right?

Anyway, here are the goals:
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  1. Write one blog post a week. Probably will be a #writemotivation check-in post.
  2. Edit two chapters in my WIP a week (on average). So, that's equal to at least eight chapters by the end of the month. Not a lot, but I've had wacky schedules lately, working overtime and a lot of other stuff this month (including a wedding) that will more than likely throw me off for a goal of more. 
  3. Comment on others' blogs at least three times a week. Not much, but I haven't been commenting AT ALL lately, and that's just sad.
  4. Finish editing my CP S.M. Robertson's manuscript.
So the good news is, I've completely finished one of my goals! Huzzah! I have finished my critique for my CP and we've talked and talked and talked about it, so she's off and editing!

As for the rest of them, I missed my blog post last week, but I'm doing it this week, so that's great. And I was commenting on blogs for the first two weeks, so I'm doing okay there too.

As for the most important of my goals, edit two chapters in my novel a week on average, I'm slowly falling behind on it. The problem lies in the fact that my CPs had a lot of questions about my world in them that I didn't have answers for, so I'm world building and researching. And you know what? I REALLY hate it. There is so much thought that goes into world building. So many questions I have to answer. And EVERY TIME I think I've done enough world building, there are always more questions my people ask. And that SUCKS.

My other problem with getting to the editing is that I have to write a new first chapter, and honestly? I'm afraid. I'm afraid it's going to suck. I'm afraid it won't be as interesting as my now-second chapter. And all the mundane things I think of that may have worked and been fine in any other chapter, they just don't seem good enough or exciting enough or special enough for the FIRST chapter. And so I find this fear of starting crippling. I can't get any work done on it, because I can't start. And I can't edit my now-second chapter until I know how much of my background is going to be in the first chapter.

So, that's where I am. Have you ever run into this problem with a chapter of yours? What would you do to get out of it? How are you doing with your own goals? Let me know in the comments below.

Friday, September 6, 2013

September #Writemotivation (and no, I'm not dead)

Well, it's been a long time. Hi everyone! Anyone still around here?

As you can see, I'm not dead. Just haven't been blogging lately. That's not to say I haven't been thinking about the blog. Every so often I come up with really good topics to write about (at least, they're really good in my mind), but I just haven't found a balance for writing.

Anyway, that's going to change at least a little bit this month. I'm participating in September's #Writemotivation. I've done it before, but I'm going to actually  meet my goals this time. Or, that's the goal. We'll see, I suppose. Haha.

Anyway, here are the goals:

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  1. Write one blog post a week. Probably will be a #writemotivation check-in post.
  2. Edit two chapters in my WIP a week (on average). So, that's equal to at least eight chapters by the end of the month. Not a lot, but I've had wacky schedules lately, working overtime and a lot of other stuff this month (including a wedding) that will more than likely throw me off for a goal of more. 
  3. Comment on others' blogs at least three times a week. Not much, but I haven't been commenting AT ALL lately, and that's just sad.
  4. Finish editing my CP S.M. Robertson's manuscript. 
That's everything!

So for updates, I'm hoping to have #4 finished today. I have just more than 100 pages left, so that's totally doable. 

Also, if you guys can remember back that far (or look at the last blog post) I was supposed to finish my WIP by the end of March? Yeah, well that didn't happen. But I did make my next goal when I made it this summer. 

Hey, I had a lot going on. I know that's not much of an excuse, but it IS what I have. I moved again. This time back to Montana. I started a new job. I was dealing with a lot of stress about a horrible moving company and getting new things set up and unpacking and whatnot. And, I have to balance my free time with getting to see my boyfriend again. So, I've had a lot going on!

But, I'm still going to try to make my end of the year goal of being at the point of querying. It's getting more and more unlikely that I'll actually make that goal, especially since I'm planning on doing NaNoWriMo this year like normal. So, I guess we'll have to see how it goes? I'm still going to try my hardest for it. 

So tell me! How have your lives been, people who are still around? Also, drop a line if you're new! Tell me about yourself. 

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Happy Friday, everyone!