Daily Writing Check-in: July 1, 2019

Words/Time:  1 hour, 40 minutes revising “Outcast.”

I have spent much of the last week dealing with a major sinus headache, so I have done no writing work, and neither have I worked on publication submissions for “Pithea.”

Camp NaNoWriMo started today, and fortunately, I am headache-free this evening. I have set my goal at a lofty 90 minutes per day of revision on “Outcast.” I also have plans to continue working on publication for “Pithea” outside of that.

And here’s a big announcement–this will be my last daily writing check-in. I started this blog in 2014 solely as a place to keep track of my writing work, so I could hold myself accountable in a semi-public location–silly reason, maybe, but it really helped for a while. In the time since then, I have enjoyed adding content to my blog that is actually worth reading (by people other than me), and I want to start to focus more on that.

From this point forward, I will post a brief update on what I did over the last 7 days only once a week, because I don’t want to drop that completely. But I don’t want to focus on it anymore.


Daily Writing Check-in: June 21, 2019

Words/Time: 2 hours doing research into what I need to prepare for book submissions, in the publishing process.

I’ll be honest–this was a rough day. I worked on a cover letter for one literary agency, only to realize that I am going to have to spend a lot more time on a particular section for the proposal than I can do right now (competitive titles).

I don’t know how many of you out there have gone through any of this, but it’s overwhelming! I will probably not post every day, so long as my only real “writing work” involves working on book submissions. I will check in now and then, and continue to post Writing Wednesday posts. I also want to do some freewriting now and then, so I don’t get too bogged down in this area, and miss out on the fun of actual writing for a long time. With any luck, I may even be able to post some Monday Moments along the way.

But for now, this is my focus, in the time that I have to devote to writing work (which is a small part of my day).

For those of you out there who have submitted your book to publishers or agents before, or who are working on it now, or even considering it soon, please feel free to share your thoughts, tips, concerns, even just reciprocation.

Daily Writing Check-in: June 18, 2019

Words/Time:  1 hours, 45 minutes reading through “Pithea.” for any further changes to be made to the final draft.

I finished reading through the book, making changes that make the story even stronger. I spent the last 15 minutes copying scenes into Scrivener so that it would be up-to-date there. This completes goal #2 in my current list of writing goals. My new list contains only one thing: Submit “Pithea” for publishing.

Then I spent hours reading through blog posts about submitting a proposal to a publisher or an agent. Though I have done this before (a tiny bit), it’s been a few years, and I want to try to understand it better. It all gave me a bit of a headache though, and I’m not sure how I will ultimately proceed.

Daily Writing Check-in: June 15, 2019

Words/Time:  1 hour, 24 minutes reading through “Pithea.” for any further changes to be made to the final draft.

I am through page 101 of 468. I did make a few small changes, and changed the name of a character ever so slightly.

My pace today was a page a minute, so at that pace, it will take me approximately 6 hours to finish the book. That will most likely take anywhere from 3-7 days. After that…it’s time to delve back into the scary world of publishing.

Daily Writing Check-in: June 14, 2019

Words/Time:  1 hour working on the “final” revision of “Pithea.”

I worked on the one larger change, which was also basically the last one on the list. That took up most of the time, and now I am giving the story one more read-through to make sure I didn’t miss anything related to the things I changed. I am on page 16 of 468. I’m guessing this will take several days, unless I find a lot of time to spend on it in the next few days.

After this, I will begin to look into publishing options. I have a starting point in mind already.

Daily Writing Check-in: June 13, 2019

Words/Time:  1 hour, 30 minutes working on pre-writing for Book 3 of “Pursuit of Power” trilogy, as well as beginning the “final” revision of “Pithea.”

I finished the character interview that helped me basically hash out more than half of the main plot of this book. And I can’t believe it, but I think I do have enough further ideas for this storyline for a 4th book in this arc.

This has led me to think that I don’t necessarily want to think of this arc as a trilogy (or tetralogy, as the case may be) within the greater series. Instead, maybe they should just be part of the series that happen to coincide more directly with each other than some of the other books.

I then went on to finish the early outline for this book (which still has no name, but I haven’t really put much thought into it yet either), and wrote down the ideas I have for the follow-up book so I don’t forget later. That ended goal #1 in my current list (which only contains 2 goals).

1. Plan Book 3 of “Pursuit of Power” trilogy

2. Final revision of “Pithea” – All of my writing goals this year have been for one final goal: to know what, if any changes, future book drafts may force in “Pithea,” so I can get those things changed now, before attempting to publish this book again. I want to make sure it’s exactly what it needs to be, as book 1 in this series of books. I do have a list of things that I want to change, and one of them will possibly change the structure in such a way to make it more marketable.

Though I now have ideas for another book at the end of the current list of Pithea books (+1, because the book I just finished outlining isn’t even on that list yet), it’s just going to have to fit into what already exists in “Pithea,” because I can’t put off revising and going forward with trying to publish it. Any longer, and it’ll just feel like stalling. So today I started on what will hopefully be a final revision to “Pithea”, at least regarding changes prompted by me, rather than by someone else like an editor, and look into publishing options.

Daily Writing Check-in: January 30, 2019

Words/Time: 17 minutes finishing reading through “Pithea” for any changes that later-written stories may force in the book that started it all.

The final final draft of “Pithea” is now done, and I didn’t need to make very many large changes at all. I really did go into this thinking that other stories I’ve written since this first one would force some even small changes here and there. But there wasn’t much more than deleting a couple of scenes that fit better in “Pursuit of Power,” which was the 2nd book I wrote, so not even one of the more recent ones I thought might have caused a problem.

However, I don’t want to make too big of a deal out of calling this THE final draft, because I have pretty much decided that I need to have at least first drafts written of a couple more planned books before I call “Pithea” done enough to look into publishing again. I don’t want to cause trouble down the road or force a ret-con.

I cut my time short today, because I’ve been working heavy hours and need to go to bed early tonight. It’s possible I won’t do any work for the next few days, because it’s harder to get to it when I’m busy, and I don’t have a clear course of action. Because I’ve finished this draft and am not entirely sure what to work on next, it’s very possible I’ll put it off until I’m less busy (or if nothing else, Sunday, when I’m off work for sure).

Daily Writing Check-in: January 26, 2019

Words/Time: 2 hours, 24 minutes reading through “Pithea” for any changes that later-written stories may force in the book that started it all.

I got through about 128 pages, getting me to page 288 out of 510. The pace was slower than it’s been in the past, but I did get distracted by some rabbit trails while reading. Still, I am solidly into part 3 of 4, heading into the exciting parts of an otherwise more drama-filled part of the book.

I am loving the fact that I don’t have to force myself to write most days, and in fact have been spending most of my free time working on this, rather than playing video games or something (I still do that some, but keep finding myself wanting to come back to this). I just don’t know what’s going to happen exactly when I get to the end of my current list of short-term goals, and when this book is once again finished being edited…and ready to attempt publishing again.

The Triangle Released!

1 The Triangle is officially out! It’s available both in paperback and Kindle format. I didn’t expect the paperback to be released so soon, but the proof copy came quickly!

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Daily Writing Check-in: January 14, 2016

Words/Time:  45 minutes working on another submission for “Pithea.”  I finally buckled down and started on my first query letter. It is nearly done; there’s just one small line that I can’t quite decide how to word. I think (fingers crossed) that after this, submitting to more places will be easier, because I will have created the different documents that I can alter as I need. Except the CV. I’m still unsure what to do about that, so if it comes up…I may spend another 3 days researching.

The Triangle releases tomorrow(!), which I’m a lot more nervous about than I thought I would be. The proof copy of the paperback came today too, almost a week sooner than projected. So things are moving really well on that front.