Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Hard work does pay off . . . eventually



The past few weeks has been good for my writing. I finally finished the first draft of book 2. How did I do that? I pitched up at my laptop, sat down, and wrote in multiple short sessions everyday, aside for Sundays. Certain days were 100 word days. The others were 2000 word days. I really wanted to finish it. Just to prove to myself I can, and I did.

To be honest, I finished book 2 in 2010 already. But I didn't like what I'd written. So, I think it is in the beginning of 2016 that I started over from scratch. It felt like a kick to the face at first, but I definitely like where the new version went. It is a lot darker in theme than book 1. But I needed to get the darkness out;) Besides, I wrote 40 000 words in the beginning of 2016. So I just had to add the next 50 000. If I had to start from scratch and write 100 000 words right now, I think I would cry and never stop:)

But breaking the word counts down into smaller amounts for each day is better for me. I don't tell myself, "you're gonne write 5000 words today." I tell myself "I'm going to have multiple writing sessions today. Lets see what I can get done in the first 30 minute session." In the end, every word written was a victory compared to where I had been just a few months ago. I didn't think I would ever write again. Now I feel like I can actually do this writing thing. That I have the stamina and determination.

Also, I decided to focus on production this year only. What does that mean? Simply, writing more. I want to publish a few short stories this year. I want to keep working on book 2 in The Thelum Series. I'm not going to worry about marketing. Growing or finding "my audience." I'm just going to have fun, and write this year.

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Just a reminder, Indie Author Fringe is is taking place next week. It's free and online. If you want to sign up, go here.

If you want to publish a paperback, you can get your set-up costs waived at IngramSpark. Thanks to the Indie Author Fringe. But only for a limited time. Check out the details here.

** I actually applied for this deal. Unfortunately, being from South Africa it meant I had a lot of forms to fill out for tax exemption reasons. Basically, I forgot that my intention is not to work on producing more paperbacks. I had gotten stressed and I felt lost. My focus should be my e-books. So, I didn't complete my application in full. But if paperbacks are important to you, check it out.

I personally like Createspace. Its easier for me and there are no costs for me.

Hope you guys have a lovely week.

24 comments :

  1. Congratulations on finishing! My first published book was a rewrite and if I'd thought about total word count, I never would've finished either.

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  2. I second the Congratulations on finishing. I think having a word count goal each day would put way too much pressure on. I like your idea of writing in short sessions and not worrying about the count. Sounds like it worked great. Congrats again!!

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    1. Thank you, Mason. Whatever is the least stressful works for me. So slow and steady, adds up to results eventually:)

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  3. WOO HOO! I think it's awesome how you are doing your writing. That's how I do it as well. Smaller chunks of time works for me -it doesn't feel so overwhelming. If I tel myself all I have to do is write for 10 minutes, I always go longer. Yeah, Murees!!

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    1. Thank you, Karen. I can't create when I feel stressed or overwhelmed.

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  4. Hi Murees - sounds like the best way to go ... and short spells work wonders, also once that spell is done - so often we feel like continuing on ... well done - good luck for the future ... cheers Hilary

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  5. Yeh for stamina and determination! Keep going, Murees! :)

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  6. Yay on finishing. And kudos for figuring how to keep your butt in the chair. Sometimes that's the hardest part.

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  7. Good for you for creating a plan and following through on it.

    Love,
    Janie

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  8. Woo-hoo! Good for you! Sitting down each day and writing a little bit is a great way to get a book DONE.

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  9. Hooray!! So happy for you and proud of what you have accomplished. Well done!! :)

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  10. You have such a great attitude about writing! Congrats on finishing.

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    1. Thank you. It does feel like a relief;)

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  11. You are such a sweetie pie and when you set your mind to something, you do it. That takes some
    kind of a special mindset and I send you congratulations from my heart. High-five there, kiddo.

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    1. Thank you! I accept that high-five gladly.

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  12. I was so excited to read this post!! I'm so so proud of you for finishing book 2! Go you, Murees! You have such a wonderful attitude to writing - I think more authors should concentrate on their writing first and then the audience etc will come naturally :)

    Rachel

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