What’s Happening in 2017

Hello everyone.

The blog is on hiatus right now.

For the past two years I’ve used this blog to talk about…

  • Story Structure
  • Creativity
  • Novel Writing
  • Health/Inspiration/Motivation

Now it’s time for me to bring all that research to bear on my own novel. Book 1 of my fantasy series, Turtle Island, is still in the works.

I’ve been working with a professional developmental editor for the past 8 months. My novel is coming along, and in the meantime I’m getting a crash course in writing from someone who does what I want to do – someone who deals in words for a living. Most importantly, I’m getting direct feedback on my writing. Which is scary, and painful, and exactly what I need.

I still plan to have the novel published on Amazon in 2017. But because this is my first time going through the process, it’s hard for me to judge exactly what month I’ll be able to publish.

My blog hasn’t slowed to a halt because I don’t care about writing anymore; it’s just that, I’m trying to stop talking about writing and do the damn thing.

When I do re-start the blog, I’m actually considering doing it in the form of a podcast. In my podcast I plan to break down famous novels, especially fantasy trilogies and series like…The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman, Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin and The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. The podcast will be the result of some intense reading and studying I’ve done in preparation for my own fantasy trilogy. Because how better to learn than by taking notes from the greats?

 

But the podcast is not right now. Right now I’m in radio silence mode. Working my day job, day dreaming about writing during my day job, and coming home every evening to write.

So that’s where I’m at. When I’m back here next, I’ll be carrying a basket of good news.

 

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My Problem Is: Friday, July 10th

So here’s my problem.

I spend approximately 10 hours / week writing these blogs. Maybe 15 hours if I’m enjoying myself. Never less than 5.

But that’s not the problem. The problem is that I’m not writing as much “story” content as I’d like. I’m getting at least one short story finished each month. But I think that I could do more. And I want to write novels at the same time.

I want to be writing stories, every damn day, because that’s the only way to write better stories.

Every minute of every day counts. So when I think about 10 hours per week of blogging, or 40 hours per month, well that’s a lot of valuable hours. And maybe more of those should be spent writing stories instead of writing about writing stories.

Now I’ve been going 4 months of blogging 5 days a week. I’ve never missed a day and I’m proud of that. But what are goals worth if they’re not steering you in the right direction.

But I can’t just quit blogging. I can’t even just say, “OK, now I’ll cut back to two days a week.”

Because I’m afraid that, if I did that, it wouldn’t actually lead to more story writing. Maybe it would just lead to more Youtube Watching, or more Bike Riding, or more Sleeping in on Sundays.

So here’s my brilliant solution / compromise.

I’m going to keep posting 5 days a week. Only some of those posts will not be “nonfiction blogs”, they’ll be some kind of story, some kind of serial or ongoing fiction plot-line.

That way, I’ll keep the daily posting, which I like because it kicks my ass into producing every day whether I like it or not, but I’ll turn more of those hours into “story producing hours.”

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Now that I’ve had the idea. I know this needs to happen. But I’m scared to do it. Because it will probably mean even more weekly work. It will mean I need to plot a full story arc (or two) before I can begin the first installment. And it will mean publishing more stories at a faster rate, which for me feels more high stakes than just a nonfiction blogpost.

So because I’m scared to start this, I’m gonna go ahead and say, “to begin at an undetermined date.”

So, hopefully in the next month of so… (that’s the anxiety talking again)

I’ll jump into a slightly different routine of… 1 short story per month. 2 blog posts per week about writing. And 3 installments of a short story series per week. Or something along those lines.

Obviously I’ve got a lot to figure out. But right now the idea feels right. More to come.

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Have a fluffy, feathery weekend everyone!!

Writing Routine: Tuesday, June 16th

My writing routine needs some tweaking. So far in June I’ve been surviving but not exploding. My productivity’s been fair but not furious.

First I’m going to write at a different time of day. I’ve always been a morning person, and for the last two years I’ve been writing primarily in the mornings. But recently I switched to writing in the afternoons, and it worked well for a while. My wife is at work in the afternoons, and my friends and family in the States are all asleep (because of the Korea->America time difference). The other thing I like about writing later in the day is, there’s a little more pressure. I’m a person who needs pressure and deadlines. And in the morning I often feel like, “well, if I don’t finish, I can always finish later today.” That’s why I made the switch from mornings to afternoons.

But lately I’ve felt like my energy is drained by the time I get around to writing. Too many other errands pop up and distract from the writing. So I’m going to switch back to mornings. And it isn’t an easy switch – it involves readjusting my whole week and time schedule. I simply can’t wake up at 5 or 6am unless I’m in bed by 9 or 10pm. It’s easy for a day, but I can’t sustain it over time unless I make it a habit.

The other thing I need to change is I need to prep these blog posts on the weekends. Each one of these posts takes me 1 or 2 hours to write, re-write, and post. So some days I’m frustrated when, only having an hour of free time to write, I have to focus on the blog-posts instead of my stories. The stories are the number one priority, so I can’t afford to push them aside. Also, if I don’t write stories every day then I quickly start to lose the groove, the flow, the ease of jumping in and out of the creative mind. So if I can prep these blogs on the weekend (which I’ve done a couple times but not often), then I can really pave a good path for myself going into the week.

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Sometimes a change is worth it, simply for the sake of making a change. Like I said, I’m doing fine, but fine isn’t what I’m aiming for. I want each month to build on the one before it. I want to keep the snowball rolling and picking up speed. So it’s time for a change.