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The Soul of a Writer – Sunday Edition

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Happy Sunday! Yes, you read that right. UTOPiA’s right around the corner and I’ll be posting about it starting Monday.

Happy Father’s Day to dads everywhere!

Happy Father's

Now let’s see how I did last week:

1) LAST WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

*Continue with Rescue revisions. I have scheduled 3 chapters per day which should have me finished by next Sunday. Almost done… Working on the final chapters. My ending needs some boosting and fluffing (a nice way of saying that sucker is on the flat side… amp it up!).

2) THIS WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

*I’m shooting for working on the final chapters Monday or Tuesday. After I come back from Nashville, I’ll be doing one more sweep through everything (especially those last chapters) before it goes to the editor.

3) A FAVORITE LINE OR PASSAGE FROM MY STORY THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED: [A conversation between Ko and Tru.]

Something else is bothering her. She’s not the same. “What else, Ko? I’m not judging you.”

Ko drops her head in her hands. Her face is tense as she speaks barely above a whisper, “Nightmares. They don’t stop.”

Ko is a problematic character for me. In Regress, we only got glimpses of her. We learned that she was headed into the cadet program for the military and she was a bit judgmental of Tru. But Ko was helpful and seemed to be a take charge type of girl. Then her character changes in Rescue. She’s dealing with a bad turn of events and she comes off as being rather fragile. I had to come up with a justifiable reason for the abrupt change. I think it’s plausible and will carry over into the next installments.

4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: “This isn’t a race.”

A valued member of my tribe mentioned to me, in a nice way, not to rush to publish. It wasn’t an attempt to derail me, just a gentle reminder that ‘this isn’t a race’ to the finish. I totally agreed.

It’s easy to see why she’d think that. When I told members of my tribe that I was ready for them to read book two, I gave my deadlines. I’ve stuck by those dates with very little wiggle room.

I’m an indie author. No one’s putting a gun to my head for due dates. But when you’re the Queen of Procrastination deadlines are a necessity. Without them things don’t get done. Period. I’m a planner (outside of writing). I plan something to death without acting. My mantra? I’ll get it done eventually. But eventually never comes.

Recently, I made adjustments to my publishing schedule (yes, I have one) for The Alliance Chronicles. Books Three and Four will be released in 2017. I have tentative dates for those until Book Two is released. When that happens I’ll firm up the dates surrounding Book Three. Some people may see that as too much or even rushed. It’s not FOR ME. It gives me something to work toward. It helps me determine how many words I need to be writing daily or weekly to reach my goal. If I simply say I’m going to write two more books without any type of dates, it might be five years from not before I even think about finishing them. I used to have boxes of unfinished stories that would ONE day be published. Never happened. They may be lingering in a landfill somewhere in California (that’s a story for another day).

5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: It’s a never ending lesson. I’m learning a lot about writing with this second book. As my tribe helps me fine-tune it, I’m learning how to finesse language. I’m learning how to make the most of my words, descriptions. It’s not easy. Some days, it feels like labor pains—hours later and there’s still nothing to show for it. Other days, I sweat over a keyboard and I end up with something great. I sit back and I’m satisfied. My tribe’s satisfied. Each day is different. Each day I learn something else to stick in my arsenal. Learning is a great thing.

That’s it for this week! Next week The Soul of a Writer will return to Monday.

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