Inbetween: Chapter Three

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This is it! This is the last chapter of 2016. I’m excited to share it, even if I’m not sure if anyone will see it. I have to assume most people won’t be reading fiction online on New Year’s Eve.

I owe a huge thank you to my fantastic supporters for being here and believing in me. Check out my Patreon if you want to support my writing and help my creations go from first draft to maybe someday a real book you can hold in your hands.

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After the Dumpster Fire of 2016—How to Make 2017 ROCK!

Looking forward to 2017 and more than ready to put 2016 behind me. Kristen Lamb has some great advice on how to be the best author you can be in the new year.

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We are THANK GOD bringing a close to 2016. Though I’ve survived, I feel like I’ve dragged myself out of a Dumpster fire. Is it me or did 2016 actually last three years?

But as Robert H. Schuller once said…

Tough times never last but tough people do.

Many who read this blog desire to be professional authors and that is a great goal and it is attainable but there are some practical realities we need to appreciate. The road to becoming a pro is long and brutal and treacherous and this post is to help you prepare accordingly.

Think of it like this. If you wanted to take a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood with your dog and kids, would you pack MREs, gallons of fresh water, portable water filtration systems, tents, sleeping bags and a med kit? Would you hire a personal trainer to get you in pique…

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2017: Bigger and Better

2016 was a mess in so many ways. My writing proved to be one of the few things I felt as though I could rely on. I drove myself crazy with perfectionist urges from time to time, but overall, writing kept me sane this year.

I spent the entirety of 2016 working on my writing. Aside from some odd jobs, all of my income this year has come from writing. I’m still letting that sink in. I’m writing and earning money doing it. The amount I’m making now isn’t enough to live on, but it is enough to help out. My wonderful, amazing boyfriend deserves so much credit for supporting me while I’m still in the beginning stages of this writing journey. Someday I plan to make enough so he can turn his attention fully to creative pursuits while I take care of the bills. I’m on my way to reaching this goal and it is all thanks to the support and encouragement of you wonderful people.

At the end of December last year I made a blog post outlining my goals for 2016.

My 2016 Goals

  1. Write every day
  2. Post a chapter every week
  3. Finish The Dreams
  4. Start writing another novel
  5. Win CampNaNoWriMo at least once
  6. Win NaNoWriMo

I did not write every day. I wrote most days, though. Some day I might be able to accomplish this goal, but as of right now I’m still learning what prevents me from writing and how to circumvent those problems. I’ll continuing to work toward this goal because I think it is my personal ideal writing routine.

I almost managed to post a chapter every week. I only missed a few weeks and I know I just did not have it in me to get a chapter out during the weeks I missed. I’ll aspire to do even better in 2017.

The Dreams was completed in 2016. The final chapters were posted earlier this month. I’m extremely pleased to have completed this goal, even if I did expect it to happen much earlier in the year. Sometimes I overestimate my ability to complete a large project. In the case of The Dreams, I think I also underestimated how much story I had left to write.

I started writing Inbetween during NaNoWriMo this year so I can certainly mark that goal off as complete. I’ve started posting the revised chapters of it as well. Progress!

My losing streak during CampNaNoWriMo continues. I’ve attempted CampNaNoWriMo every session and I’ve failed every single time. Even setting a low, attainable goal hasn’t allowed me to win. I’m starting to suspect I have some sort of Camp curse.

I managed to win NaNoWriMo this year. November is the perfect writing month for me, it seems. I always have my most productive month of the year in November. This year I finished writing The Dreams and started writing Inbetween during NaNoWriMo. Between the two, I managed to write enough words to achieve victory.

Now with only a few days left in the year, I need to start thinking about my goals for 2017. There’s a lot I’d like to do that is not entirely in my hands. I’d like to reach $50 per chapter on Patreon. I’d like to reach 300 followers here on WordPress and 4,000 on Twitter. While there are things I can do to improve the chance of these things happening, accomplishing these goals is not something I can accomplish all on my own. For the official list I’ll stick to goals I can reach under my own power.

My 2017 Goals

  1. Write every day
  2. Post a chapter every week
  3. Finish Inbetween
  4. Write draft 3 of The Dreams
  5. Start a new novel
  6. Win CampNaNoWriMo at least once
  7. Win NaNoWriMo

Most of my goals are the same, but that’s because they’re good goals. 2016 was a good year for my writing and I only aspire to make 2017 even better.

Writing Progress December 19 – 25, 2016

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December 19

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 21,247
  • Today’s word count: 87
  • Thoughts: I’m learning that I just can’t write when I’m not feeling well. It doesn’t stop me from trying, but I don’t see much success.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Feel better to get more words out of my brain.

December 20

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 21,627
  • Today’s word count: 380
  • Thoughts: Today was the best writing day I’ve had all month, at least in terms of word count (we won’t count the days I cut a ton of words while editing because that’s a completely different measure than creating new words). I’m still not feeling the greatest, but I’m so fed up with not feeling well that I’m taking advantage of every moment I feel a bit better to accomplish as much as I possibly can.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Feel better and write more.

December 21

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 21,712
  • Today’s word count: 85
  • Thoughts: I had another unusual day. It was part holiday prep and part general chaos. I’m just glad it is behind me now.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Revise this week’s chapter. Maybe write some more. Be productive in general.

December 22

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 21,780
  • Today’s word count: 68
  • Thoughts: Adding words during revisions is still surprising to me. I’m so used to needing to cut entire paragraphs. Rearranging a sentences and coming out a word or two ahead is definitely a less painful experience.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Finish up the revisions and get back to writing in between errands. I need to get everything done on Friday because I won’t be able to get to the store for groceries over the holidays.

December 23

I worked on Inbetween today and ended up with exactly the same number of words I started with. I can’t remember the last time that happened! Tomorrow I’ll be posting the second chapter and diving back into writing!

December 24

I managed to get the chapter posted and poured the rest of my energy into preparing for Christmas. We’ll see if I can write anything tomorrow.

December 25

Christmas Day. No writing progress made. I spent time with family, giving gifts and cooking. It was a great day.

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas and happy holidays! I’ll be spending the next two days with family. I’m sure if I try I can squeeze in some writing time, but it won’t be a priority.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season. If you can’t find time to write, try to consider the holiday season an opportunity to study human interaction. You might find inspiration anywhere. Refresh, recharge and enjoy life.

Inbetween: Chapter Two

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I’m so glad to finally be posting this chapter! I had computer problems today and I was fighting with that for far too long. I almost gave up and dragged this chapter out of the cloud with my old laptop, but I decided to keep trying because a broken machine would just keep bothering me.

I owe a huge thank you to my fantastic supporters for their encouragement and support this week. If you want to support my writing and help my creations go from first draft to maybe someday a real book you can hold in your hands, head over to my Patreon and give me a dollar!

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The Hard Truth About Publishing—What Writers & Readers NEED to Know

Publishing is a complicated business and people need to be aware of the truth. Get informed and use what you know to help yourself and others out there in the wild west of writing.

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As we careen toward the New Year, many emerging writers have a goal to finally publish that novel and I hope you do! But the arts are kind of strange. We often get fixated on the creative side, without really understanding the business side of our business.

The publishing world is still in massive upheaval and it is a Digital Wild West. Old rules are falling away and new ones are emerging, but still? Knowledge is power.

In my book Rise of the Machines—Human Authors in a Digital World, I go into a LOT more detail and I highly recommend you get a copy if you don’t have one. I spend the first chapters of the book explaining how the various forms of publishing work so you can make an educated decision as you are building your brand.

All types of publishing have corresponding strengths and weaknesses and this is…

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