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A WRITER’S SOUL: My Weekly Goals & Such

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A Writer’s Soul is a glimpse into my thoughts and process as an author. A chance for you, the reader, to check out the progress of my current work-in-progress and find out what I’m reading.

Last week was all about catching up. Let’s see how I did.


1) LAST WEEK’S GOALS:

*Finish the revisions on Delivering Sin by Nadirah Foxx. I have seven more chapters to go. The plan is to tackle two chapters a day which should have me finishing by Thursday or Friday. After getting half way through my revisions, I decided that I needed to flesh out the previous chapters some more. So I tackled five chapters daily and added more emotions and cut out things that didn’t move the story forward. I’m a little past the midway point.

*Once I’ve finished the revisions, I plan to return to Finding Me. I’ve set aside the month of September to complete the rough draft. Nope. Didn’t even think about this one.

2) THIS WEEK’S GOALS:

The only goal this week is to finish the revisions on Delivering Sin. I’ve pushed the deadline back a smidgen to accommodate by progress. I should be able to finish by Tuesday. Wednesday would be the latest.

Once I finish the revision, I’m taking a mini-break before tackling a new project. I’ll tell you about this one in a minute.

3) A FAVORITE LINE OR PASSAGE FROM MY STORY THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED:

Electricity passes from his hand to mine. This is dangerous. I thought these feelings had died, dried up like a fucking raisin. I slip out of his grasp. [Sinatra Neeley, Delivering Sin by Nadirah Foxx] 

Remember I said I went back and added things? This little passage is one of them. The character of Sinatra is a woman who undergoes a lot of growth in this story. In the beginning she’s kind of shallow and only thinking of money. By the end, she understands the error of her choices. I had failed to show her as having the potential for redemption. There were no indicators of her regretting her decision and what Jake Carter meant to her.

So I went back through and flavored the story with more moments where it’s obvious Sinatra is fighting herself and the decision she made.

4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK:

Wrong focus. Ever get more concerned about what’s in the rear view mirror instead of the road ahead of you? This is close to what I experienced over the week. Instead of focusing on what I have ahead of me (more signings, more books, new adventures), I got stuck thinking about the things I SHOULD HAVE done in the past. Yes, sometimes you have to sit back and take an assessment of things. But when you get stuck in yesteryear nothing gets done. You invite the pity party to start up. Not a good place to be in.

How did I fight through it? I took frequent mini-breaks through the day. Sometimes I just needed to turn up the music and have a good old-fashioned singalong with my favorite tunes. I laughed and went back to work. Some days I had to do this a few times.

5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP:

The fact it’s almost over! Seriously. I’ve spent a long time with this manuscript. Other project ideas have popped up along the way. Delivering Sin is the first time I’ve written in the genre (which I decided last week is an erotic paranormal romance) and it makes me nervous. When the butterflies take off, I start second guessing myself. I’ll start making dumb changes and suck the soul right out of the story. Being near the end is the best thing for me and the story.


How I’m feeding my soul this week…

I’m reading an ARC from Amy Miles (Jasper). This book is full of suspense and I’m already guessing where it’s going. It’s definitely something to put on your TBR. It comes out next month.

That’s all for now.

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