How to keep in touch with your book when your writing routine is disrupted

As we head into the holidays, have a read of these great tips to help with your writing.

Nail Your Novel

I’d planned a post about self-editing. But then I thought – really, Roz? This close to the holidays, who cares?

Indeed, it’s more likely that the seasonal ding-dong is turning your routine downside up. If that’s merry and welcome, great.

But some of us (including me) get panicky about losing touch with our work.

This post is for you.

Don’t fight it

Resolve to do smaller sessions on your book. To stave off anxiety about your slower progress:

1 Figure out how much time you can regularly set aside, realistically.

2 Make a schedule.

If you do this, you’re in control. You’re making a plan you can stick to. Goodwill henceforth.

How to think small

Here are ways to think smaller while still making progress.

1 If you use wordcount targets, reduce them, obvs – then surprise yourself when your concentration lets you exceed it.

1.5 Or turn the limited…

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New Years Goals 2018 #MondayBlogs #amwriting

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So, uh yeah, hi folks! Hope you had fun over the last year and the holidays. As you may have guessed from the Twitter widget, I have pretty much transferred there for my writerly web presence. I should probably write on here much more often. Even the way you post and format on here has changed.

Anyway, this last year has been crazy. Life has changed quite a bit as have my habits I guess so it is little wonder my online presence has changed. The world in general has changed quite a bit I think as well. Between Trump and the Republicans in the US, Brexit here in the UK and all the madness that has resulted from that and other things, it is hard to feel excited for the new year but I think hopefulness should be the main feeling for this new year. Hopeful that things will work out better and that I will stick to my goals this year.

For now though, last years goals:

  1. Write something at least once a week, every week.

I did not quite do once a week, every week but I did succeed in achieving my yearly writing goal.

The yearly goal was 38,000 words. I ended it with 57,937 words, nearly a full 20,000 words more. Not too shabby all things considered. With how life has been, it’s not too surprising I didn’t succeed in the weekly writing but I am proud nonetheless. I wrote.

I also continued to review my goals every 3 months and never increased them once I achieved them. This made my goals all that more achievable, no massive word debts and far better suited to how my life is now.

For this next year, I will be keeping this goal. It seems achievable and the 3 monthly review of my word counts is also working. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it right?

  1. Post once a week, every week on this blog.

Yeah, this one failed obviously but as I said, it’s because I have pretty much moved from here to Twitter. I am really enjoying using Twitter and it is fitting a lot better with my life right now so it seems obvious that Twitter should become my main social media platform. Even so, I do feel bad for letting this go by the wayside when it is something I have worked pretty hard on.

For the next year, perhaps my goal for this blog should be to ensure that I am attempting at least to keep it active. How I am going to succeed in that I don’t quite know right now. If anyone has any suggestions, I am open to them.

  1. Read more and finish books.

Again limited success because of how life has been. I have been reading a lot of comics once more and shorter books here and there but nothing actually in the way of reading fully. This is something I am going to have to work on for research and writing purposes.

For 2018, I am going to keep this goal to ensure I do read but try to use it to it to help me with my writing. You will see why possibly in the next bit.

  1. Complete at least one draft of one story.

I failed this one (sort of) but not for a lack of trying.

I was genuinely working hard to finish the draft of the dark witch project but I think it was a little ambitious to hope to finish it last year. The story is feeling much bigger and complex than I thought it was going to be so maybe it is for the best I did not complete this one. I am still working on that project (I’ve invested way too much time not to I don’t think) but I am also enjoying working on a Dragon Rider plot bunny that bit really hard just before November last year. I now have two projects on the go and both are having a steampunk-ish feel to them I think so I at least have some crossover with them.

Going back to the “sort of” bit of the first sentence in this section, I am saying that because I did finish writing and posted a couple of bits of Destiny fan fiction. So I did finish drafts of two stories. That counts right?

So 2018 will see me continuing to work on both projects I think with the aim of getting majority of the drafts done. I will also have to do quite a bit of reading and research as steampunk is something I have attempted before without much success. If I want to make both story drafts steampunk (or at least steampunk-ish), I am going to have to put the work and effort into it so make it happen.

To summarise, my goals for the next 12 months are:

  1. Write something at least once a week, every week.
  2. Keep this blog active, somehow.
  3. Read more and finish books
  4. Continue to work on the Dark Witch and Dragon Rider projects.

How did you guys do over the last 12 months? Successful or not so success? A mix? Please do comment below and if you can offer suggestions about how to keep this blog active, I would be very grateful!

Have a great new year guys!

12 Things Writers Need To Pack For Their 2018 Writing Journey #MondayBlogs #Writer

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Happy New Year!

Before we all climb in and buckle up for our 2018 writing journey, I think we need to agree on what needs to be packed. Now I know some of us are very excited about our journey but it’s vital we take the right stuff. We can’t get halfway through 2018 and discover we forgot some important items.

Here’s what I think we need to pack:

  1. Notebooks. In 2017 I fell in love with writing longhand and it has changed me as a writer. There’s something magical about filling up notebooks with observations, novel outlines, character profiles, ideas for plot twists and quotes which have inspired you.
  2. Dark shades. Writing hangovers can play havoc with your eyes and crows feet. If you’ve been burning the midnight oil with your second draft I guarantee you will look rough the next day. So, my creative friends its time…

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