November 21, 2016

The Weekly Word

Over the past few weeks, I've learned a lot. I've also settled into a routine of sorts that works well for me and my writing. But the best thing that's happened is I've fallen in love with my story again. The ins and outs and intricacies only I know...I rave about it. I gush. I gesture wildly and accidentally hit random people on the back and have to apologize for my uncontainable exuberance.

True story.

This continual writers high is why I do it. That and watching others fall in love with my writing as well. My alpha readers are fantastic at gently nagging me to get the next chapter done so they can read it. I love how they can't wait to read what comes next.

I love being a writer.


After posting last week's goals, I went through and fixed the first big hole in my outline. The other two gaps are tentatively figured out, depending on how these next few chapters play out. There's a big old battle scene happening with magic and creatures and all sorts of craziness happening and I'm both excited and nervous to write it. Fight scenes are not my strong point and this one is a huge mess. But an awesome huge mess. 

I hope.

My writing schedule got an overhaul as well. I'm now due to have this rewrite and a quick revision done by Christmas instead of the first week of January. In fact, the rewrite should be done by December 9th. Woohoo!

I'm going to continue to dedicate Tuesdays and Thursdays as writing days. I get so much done by doing that. Twice as much as other days. And mornings are now off limits to anything non-writing related.

Lessons Learned

  1. The nachos at Fiiz are really good writing fuel.
  2. I really do gesture wildly and get really, REALLY excited when explaining my story. It gets worse when I'm with someone who's already familiar with how the story goes and can contribute to my madness.
  3. Disney songs are distracting while I write. I tend to start singing along. I wouldn't be surprised if the lyrics to "Now I See the Light" or "I Wanna Be Like You" show up in my story somewhere.
  4. Film scores are AMAZING inspiration. The words just seem to fly from my fingers. 
  5. The level 6 dungeon on the original Legend of Zelda is hard. I need more potion bottles!

What's Next

- I'm gonna beat that game, gosh darn it! (Oh, wait...that's not writing related. Oops.)
- Mornings + caffeine + munchable stuff + film scores = Good writing. Now that I've found my groove, I'm protecting it like a mama bear with her cubs. 
- Five chapters this week. That should bring me to Chapter 37 out of a projected 50. I deliberately did not schedule any writing time on Thanksgiving or Black Friday, but if I can squeeze out a couple of chapters over those days, that'll put me ahead of schedule.
- Contact my next two Dream Chasers. I kind of dropped the ball this month as I've been trying to get my writing mojo back.

My Challenge for You

Find your "why." Why are you chasing your particular dream? Why is it so important to you? What motivates you to move forward? 

Talk to someone about it. Let yourself get excited. Bonus points if you get so lost in what you're saying that you accidentally walk into a wall or something. 

And if you can no longer find your "why," figure out what changed. Maybe your dream has changed. Maybe it no longer applies. Maybe you have a new dream. Or maybe there's a dragon or two you have to slay first.

I want to see you excited. I want to see you gush and rave. I want to see you motivated!

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