A Super Simple Way to Track Your Progress

A Super Simple Way to Track Your Progress

A Super Simple Way to Track Your Progress Dear Blog, Last time, I talked about taking back control on a goal. You know those apps that tell you you're on a roll for doing a particular thing every day? Well, I decided to start designing a paper version for myself. That way, if I stay up until three in the morning to meet a goal, my "streak sheet" still says I met it. I got started on the design, but then I got sidetracked. I decided instead to go back to using a bullet journal I had created a couple years ago. If you're not familiar with bullet journals, they're great for keeping track of progress and daily tasks. I use one for my writing and business work. There are a bunch of premade designs you can buy and even print out, or you can design it the way you want with a notebook and a pen. My regular bullet journal is simple. Nothing fancy. It's...
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Minor Setbacks, Frustrations, Oh No!

Minor Setbacks, Frustrations, Oh No!

Minor Setbacks, Frustrations, Oh No! Dear Blog, You're probably wondering how my plan is going, but it's too early to tell. Actually, I don't want to talk about it. The good news is, I haven't experienced the new-shiny-object syndrome. So, that's a plus. On the other hand, my word count is taking a hit. I'd say I don't know what's wrong with me, but it's a classic case. No, not writer's block. That's just an excuse to justify laziness. It's... not feeling the story. I'm not connecting with it the way I need to. I'm not focusing. I'm also not feeling energized, so I'm letting that get in the way of my work. It's been a while since I ate a salad or had much for vegetables and I think that's really the root of the problem. It's easier and quicker to go for the meals you simply heat up on the stove and then eat. The colder outside temperatures also don't get me excited about eating cold salads. So,...
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Creativity Challenges and Plot Structure Limitations

Creativity Challenges and Plot Structure Limitations

Creativity Challenges and Plot Structure Limitations Dear Blog, Last Thursday, I was in a pickle. And as of today, the following Monday, I still am. This plan has not been going as, um, planned. I feel like I'm pulling teeth with this story. I finally reached the first major plot point the other day and am happy with the results. I think the major problem was that I had my basic outline already, but up until last night, I hadn't fleshed out anything else. I was also struggling with the fact that the plot structure spread out the few big events throughout the whole book. Well, I switched it up. See, with this story, we go back to training at Faction 73. Back to where Gabe and Emerson started training in Blackout (Book #3 in The Hexon Code series - keep in mind I'm now writing Book #6). I want my readers to be able to connect with Tessa, but I also don't want to bore them...
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