Do, Assess, Adjust, Go!

Do, Assess, Adjust, Go!

Do, Assess, Adjust, Go! Dear Blog, The road is paved with good intentions... I think adjustments are in order. Maybe I was a bit too ambitious with my plan. It sounded great in theory. Maybe a little nuts, but overall a great plan. So, I'm still going through edits on my novel and I'm not quite sure who to blame. Okay, just kidding. It's totally me, and maybe my muse for holding out on me during the draft phase. I've added about 8,000 words over the last few days for the scenes I had skipped over in the first draft. It's coming together and I'm happy about the words. Getting a little frustrated that it's taking longer than I had initially allowed. But whatever. So it took a little longer. Big deal. At least it's getting done. Without my insane plan, I'd probably be releasing this new book in April (we're still in February). So, we're making big progress. Now that I'm almost done with No Way Out,...
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How to Work Smarter for Better Success

How to Work Smarter for Better Success

How to Work Smarter for Better Success Dear Blog, Last week, I talked about my plan to not take a break. Today, I wanted to talk about what that means and what I actually did. So, my "break week" - which isn't actually a break in the true sense of the term - has been focused on editing No Way Out, the next novel in my series The Hexon Code. I've had to add a ton of words, delete a ton of words, and I think I have a ton of words left to write to finish off the ending. *panic sets in* My plan is to have this completed for a February 15 release date and I'm so close to meeting that. Basically, I need to wrap this up by Wednesday of this week. I think I can do it. Sadly, this also means I'm cutting into my two-week session of focusing on the next project, Breakout, which follows Tessa's point of view (remember...
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How to Not Take a Break – A Writer’s Guide

How to Not Take a Break – A Writer’s Guide

How to Not Take a Break - A Writer's Guide Dear Blog, Tuesday was the first day of my "break week" after my insane 14-day plan to finish drafting the remaining 45,000 words of my new novel. This is the week where I enter the editing phase. The dreadful editing phase... It's actually not that bad. I'm on Chapter 11. I have a few parts I need to flesh out more, but overall it's going well. The part I had also planned on doing was getting back to writing for other projects. And that isn't going so well. I can see my daily average word count receding rapidly and it's driving me crazy. I went from an average of 2,011 words per day to 1,901 (as of end-of-day yesterday). If I don't pick things up again, it'll keep slipping. But I have to remind myself that I'm in a break week. The whole point to this plan was to focus, focus, focus for two weeks...
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