Ready to start the week? Do we get a choice? Some times adulting can be hard. I’ll do my best to hold your hand and we can start this journey together. Okay? Okay.
Before I hit my projections, I just want to apologize. I’ve been so busy trying to get my butt in gear and get my book ready for release. My brain has had a few farts along the way. If I’ve forgotten to do anything I promised to do, please don’t hate me. Give me another chance. I’m giving you puppy dog eyes…
Let’s see how I did with last week’s projections.
1) LAST WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:
*Continue working on novella draft. Made a serious dent in this one. Nearly 11,000 words! I met with my local tribe (ladies you know who you are) and made some much needed changes to this draft. I think it works better. It pays to be open to suggestion when you love your main character so much.
*Continue prepping Rescue for critique chats/revisions. Postponed. Due to family and life issues we’ve rescheduled our chat times. Plus, I didn’t do much with Rescue last week. I let my insecurities about Regress move to the forefront. I allowed myself to question the story, the characters… Anything dealing with the manuscript. The big question is why? Why do authors feel the need to keep perfecting things beyond the point. We keep finding fault, even when people say it’s good. If I keep this up, it’ll never be ready. I’ve got to let it go. We’ll see what happens at the end of the week.
*Go over plans for my next Facebook event. Postponed. I asked another writer friend her opinion. Since I’m not offering pre-orders on this first book, I’ll be holding my event during April AFTER the release. I’ll still do something for release day (probably a blog blitz). I’ve decided April will be promo month. The event I hold will be an all-inclusive YA genre event. Don’t worry, I will celebrate the Dystopian genre at a later date.
2) THIS WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:
*Wrap up Regress! It needs to get out of my hot little hands and head to its next destination.
*Continue working on novella. My new goal is 17K.
*Work on revisions for Rescue.
3) A FAVORITE LINE OR PASSAGE FROM MY STORY THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED: [from the opening paragraph] Life here needed more than hope. It required a blind eye, shutting out the ever-present insanity on our streets, blocking the scars from our wars. It took fortitude. Sometimes the insanity is running rampant in our own minds. We create those obstacles, those challenges no one else sees. We allow them to paralyze our thoughts, our actions. Sometimes we need to shut down our minds, just for a minute, and tell our over active imaginations to chill. Just sit back and chill. The writer’s life requires fortitude and a good dose of knowing when to relax.
4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: My over active imagination. I fell victim to imposter syndrome and even got caught up in the self-doubt web. The two go hand in hand. I fear this will be an ongoing challenge at least until the first book is published.
5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: If you’d asked me this just a day ago, I would have screamed NOTHING! I’ve been with Regress for over a year. When I was drafting Demon’s Birthright, I missed the characters. I wanted to know how Tru was surviving. I wondered about Zared’s intentions. I needed to get back to these characters. What I love is how they’ve gotten under my skin and become a part of my life. I only hope that readers will embrace them and want to know everything about them, too.
That’s it for this week!