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It’s Monday, a new week and a new month. Let’s get it started with a peek at last week’s forecasts…

1) LAST WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

*Finish reading Regress. I’m at the halfway point. Read-throughs are slow when you’re reading aloud AND choosing teaser material.

 

*Select formatter. Done! I’m happy with my decision. Now it’s a matter of me finishing my read-through and getting it to the proofreader on time.

*Work on novella. I finished! I was shooting for 17K. I downgraded it to 15K, but the story was essentially done. I had one scene I wanted to tweak. I worked on it and ended with a little over 14K. So it’s finished for now. I’ll put it on the shelf and get back to revising book two. I’ll return to Anarchy in June for revisions. I’m happy I was able to get Asher’s story down.

 

*Work on revisions for Rescue. Still working… I looked at the calendar and the time commitment my critique partner has for reading. We should be done with these revisions in March.

2) THIS WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

*Finish reading Regress. This is a must do!

*Work on revisions of Rescue, chapters 30-34.

*Tackle some author business items–newsletter, contacting bloggers, etc.

3) A FAVORITE LINE OR PASSAGE FROM MY STORY THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED: This is from Anarchy. Asher and Ko were talking. She just asked him if he loved her.

I exhaled. “Can’t you just accept that I care about you? I don’t want to imagine a day without you in it. What hurts you, hurts me.”

Asher’s struggling with his emotions. He hasn’t had good outcomes with love so, he’s reluctant to say those words to Ko.

I spent the past week struggling with insecurity and impatience. Seeing my short story in third place for a long time had me wondering about my ability as a writer. When it jumped into first place, I was overjoyed. Then it started the back and forth between first place and second place. I kept doubting myself, but then I read the feedback from some of my postings on Facebook. People liked the story, and wanted to read more of it. My doubts finally receded enough for me to see the story as a future novel. I also realized taking second place wasn’t a failure. It validated me as a writer.

My impatience comes from comparing myself to others, writers who have been at this game much longer than I have. I want to sit at the ‘big kid’s table’. I know my time is coming. If I can just tame the impatient beast, I’ll be fine.

4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Gluing my butt in a chair and writing! Instead of typing away on a hot keyboard, I pulled out some books on my TBR. I couldn’t put them down. On Friday, when I should have been writing, I called an author friend and congratulated her on her latest release. We talked and talked and talked. We both had work to do, but I think I needed that break, a chance to touch base with humanity. A chance to reach out to someone who understood the struggle. We compared our own issues and were able to tell each other ‘I get it’. It was rewarding. I realized I need more of those opportunities. I’ll have to create them. Thanks Casey!

5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: I came up with a new idea over the week as well. My critique partner put up a challenge on her website, and it made me think. It was one of those 30 day writing challenges. She’s stretching it out to serve her purposes. I got to thinking about a 30 something challenge where you develop a novel over a course of time. What if I took… say 30 days and developed characters? I’d spend another 30 days developing a setting? I’d apply this same strategy to backstory and then plot. I’d have the makings of a novel.

So what did I come up with? A twisted, evil being who isn’t used to hearing the word ‘no’. All the men in the family, the women go missing, are feared by the townspeople. Cops don’t even question their actions. But one girl makes the mistake of telling the youngest son in the family ‘no’. She learns what evil is all about.

I can’t tell you any more than that. If you sign up for my newsletter, I’ll give you little snippets of this blossoming New Adult tale.

That’s it for this week!

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