You’re not a writer if you don’t write

The title of this blog post isn’t pointing fingers at anyone but myself. To say that I’ve been “bad” at setting aside time for writing over the past couple of months would be an egregious understatement. Truth be told, I’ve hardly written a single word of anything for the past several weeks, and the fault lies entirely with me.

Thankfully, I’ve been much better about working on WordKeeperAlpha on the weekends, and I’m getting ever closer to that big update that I’ve been promising for quite a while. Soon as I get all the little fiddle bits working, a few bugs ironed out and verify some security questions that I have, users will get a brand new interface for working with goals and projects, have more graphing options and should get a faster experience all around. Its still a few weeks out, but it is coming soon.

As to my writing, my lack of progress is due largely to my inability to step away from my video games for any measurable length of time. The main culprit is Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but I’m sure that Persona 5 is quickly going to start claiming more and more of my brain space. This is on top of my normally scheduled gaming time … and that leads me here. Silence on the blog for well over a month and nothing measurable to show since the start of the year.

This, my friends, will not stand. I’ve got two active projects right now, both of which could be finished and left to cool for a little while if I’d just finish them out. While I still don’t think that Impervious is right to send to publishers, due mostly to its size and my inexperience as an author, my second project, still lacking a title might serve as a nice jumping off point to get me an agent and publisher.

To that end, I’m going to be starting a strict “No writing, no gaming” policy. If I don’t hit a minimum number of words on any given day, I don’t get to save highrule and / or capture demon’s in Tokyo. That starts today, here and now. I’m going to focus on finishing my unnamed project, then smash the ending of Impervious to paste. My goal for this month is 10,000 words, to start off small, build up the habit of writing every day, and then ramp it up as the year goes on.

I may not sell a book this year, or self-publish one, but I certainly intend to finish two books and get a start on a third. My goal, at this point is to produce something that will get me representation by an agent as a first step to getting published. I’ve got several projects that will serve that purpose, and those that don’t work I’m completely open to self-publishing. Still, none of that happens if I don’t write. So, this month, the goal is 10,000 words. That’s about 500 words per day, every day, for the rest of the month. Wish me luck!

There’s only one real rule to being an author. Writers write. Its high time I got back to work.


The Second Draft Slog

Man… 2016 has not been a good year for my writing. Four months in and I'm only at twenty thousand words, and not many of those are usable in Impervious. I know exactly where the book is going…and the next part is going to be awesome to write…but I just can't seem to get past these few chapters that are in between the middle and the end.

I'm assuming that more experienced authors have ways of dealing with this, and I've read a few, but those aren't working for me. It feels like I've been working on this second draft forever and I just want to get it done. I can only guess that the third draft will be as painful, if not more so.

Which isn't to say that I don't like writing Impervious, at the moment. I think I've got a fairly good shot at getting published with it, if I can just make it awesome… I'm just … Held up.

I figure that if I can just do sixty thousand words in two months, the draft will be done and I'll be dancing a jig. Now I just have to get a good start on that. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight now! Go! Write!

*sigh*

*headdesk*

*headdesk*

*headdesk*

Fine. Enough of that.

*headdesk*

Alright. Now I'm done. Maybe. We'll see how the next month goes. May is going to be a thirty thousand word month. I'm putting it here and you all have to hold me to it. You just read the words and that constitutes a legal and binding contract due to section 3.44.a in the Internet Responsibilities and Distractions act of '06. Look it up. And remember, everytime you break the IRaD a kitten picture is taken off the internet. You monsters.

Hmmm…Looking at the last post date I've been gone for a while. Stuff has happened… But most of it is Stardew Valley and you guys probably don't care about how my fake farm is doing.

I'd talk about politics…but no. God. No. I'm writing about a world with a morally ambiguous Empire fighting against nightmare gods. I would emigrate if I could.

I met Delilah S. Dawson last weekend, which was pretty awesome. I'm really looking forward to reading her Wake of Vultures, because it sounds kick-ass. And now I have a signed copy. I loves me a good book.

WordKeeperAlpha update coming later. I've been doing some stuff…and broken a thing or two in the last couple of days. I'll write another post about the changes I'm making in a day or so (once I've got the bugs ironed out.) If you're here looking for explanations of why things aren't working like they should… Monkies. It's because of the monkies getting in places they shouldn't. I'll have them cleaned out shortly. If you see a monkey, let me know and I will humanely transport them back to their enclosure** (where they will not be ruthlessly killed in the monkey compactor.)

**No monkies were harmed in the making of WordKeeperAlpha or the writing of Impervious. Probably. Maybe. You can't prove anything.