My Goal: 1 hour, but minimum 30min of writing fiction during workdays and 2 hours any day I’m not working.
After all the baby steps I’ve been taking, I think finishing my debut is about to be kicked into high gear. I came to this conclusion because of how well things are going for me on social media.
The past few weeks I’ve been trying out tips I’ve gotten from Kait and from reading Kristen Lamb‘s blog. ROW80ers, if you’re not subscribed to this blog, IT IS A MUST. And so it doesn’t come as a surprise, anytime I mention Kristen on this blog, I’ll follow the mention with a similar decree to read her blog until you guys start commenting, “We’re reading it! Enough already!”.
So now that we’re clear on that . . .
Kait and Kristen’s advice has made it easier for me to be social on twitter and start conversions. This is a personal weakness of mine. When the topic moves to what I’m writing and I give my tweet sized synopsis, I’m surprised at how positive the response is. Don’t get me wrong, I love my story and am thrilled others are looking forward to it, but I guess after keeping what I’ve been doing to myself for so long, outside excitement takes some getting used to. Check that off in the GOOD problem column.
Besides the twitter chats, readers of this blog have expressed interest and most recently when I was interviewed on Draven Ames’s blog, his commenters were enthused. All this happy talk leads to the obvious question.
When’s the book coming out?
Argh! I have no idea. I’m thinking in the Fall, but I cap off that prediction with a big MAYBE. Some of my reasons are my learning curve for self-publishing because I know there are many steps and the last thing I want to do is put out a book that feeds the stereotype of poorly written indie books. And if I want to be totally honest with myself, maybe I’m not putting as much energy as I should be to getting the book completed. I’ve definitely improved my work ethic because I’ve made more progress since ROW80 started than ever. The community thing works well for me. I plan to pre-order tickets for round two.
What all this means is I’m making the biggest change in my writerly journey. The writing comes first. Period. As I’ve said before, my computer access is limited to when I’m home, which isn’t always much time. For those small pockets of time, I will write. Not, I’ll check my email and see what’s up on twitter. Not, I’m going to blog hop all over the world. Not any of it. No, I’m not turning my back on social media, but some nights, I’m not going to be able to get to it.
For awhile, I thought the internet was going to forget me. Why, I can’t say. The logic couldn’t be dopier. Oh,well. That was then. All the awesome people I’ve connected with will still be there if I’m away for a day or two. So for the foreseeable future, my social media presence will be intermittent at times. Take tonight for example. After work I have a date night planned with my wife and after we get back I’ll write. If there’s time when I’m done, I’ll see what’s up in the triple W. To all my readers leaving me comments, if I miss you tonight, I’ll get you on Thursday. Promise.
I’m excited. It feels like since I made my first goal to become a more organized writer, I’m taking the first BIG step towards that goal. I’d really like to be able to answer the question in this title with a date rather than “Argh!”.
The linky for fellow ROW80ers.
Info Stuff- Follow my ROW80 progress every Wednesday and Sunday and for the month of February, Tuesdays and Thursdays will be devoted to my Love series. Eight loves that have shaped me into the writer I am.
Want more of me? Head over to Draven Ames‘s blog for an interview I did with him. We talk Buffy, zombies and bunch of other cool topics.