I need to find a way, to make my writing my safe place to go. I need it to become more of a habit. It needs to be my place that even when people in my life piss me off, and treat me badly, that I can go to and feel better. That I can be productive, and create new worlds and people, and I can feel better about myself. Being angry, shouldn’t prevent me from writing, it should bring me back to writing even more, because it’s a place where I can have a real benefit, and make real changes, and things always go the way I want them to. That’s what my writing should be for me. A place I want to be more then anything else. I should always be writing. Even when I’m editing. Even, if it’s only for an hour a day. I can write close to 1500 words in that hour. There’s no reason not to do it. I could force myself to do it for 30 days, and it will become habit. Spend a few minutes plotting something, then write what you’ve come up with. You may have to force yourself to do it for 30 days, but then it’s habit, then you just keep going. Right now, your at 183 days with your morning journal. If you hadn’t missed that one day, your streak would be at 193. Your very close to 200. Could you possibly imagine not doing this every morning. It’s become a bit of a sanctuary Definitely, if you can get in the habit of writing every day, including weekends, even if it’s for an hour, you’ll have a whole other series to publish. You could spend the first 15 minutes in here your morning journal doing some plotting. That would work, just write something in here about what you want your characters to do. If you have other stuff you can write that too. But, if you did that every day. A thousand words, then you could publish a short novel every month. If you had done that at the same pace that you do this morning journal, then you would like seven 25K sized books out there right now. That’s seven books of a hundred pages long each. There’s really no reason not to do that. Actually you should plot out an entire 25k, then write it in one month – one scene per day. That’s easy. Then you get a story out every month, and you can still work on the bigger one. I think. That, seems very manageable. Or, maybe, you just apply that approach to your main novel, and bump up the number of words that you write per day. What you really need, is to have an outline ready before you start. If you had an outline done at the beginning of the month, then you could just write as many words as possible, till it was finished. Then, edit, make a cover, and do all the other admin stuff and get it out there. You shouldn’t have a problem editing that many words a day. Make it a habit. Do it, every day. Just write every day for thirty days, and make it a habit. At least 1000 words, preferably 2000+ words or as many as you can pump out there. Say, at least a 1000 on weekends, and the rest of the week, you do 2000+ . That gives you close to a 200 page novel a month. Nothing wrong with that. Call it a series, a serial or whatever. That’s a pretty good schedule. And, writing every day including weekends, is a better habit to get into. It becomes more routine. Like you really need to do it . . . like oxygen. It just becomes a part of your daily ritual. Could you imagine, really having 7 novels out there in this amount of time. And, if you decide to crank it up, and get to your 5K per day mon-fri, then you’ll have even bigger stories out there for you readers. At that pace, you could actually do like 2 shorter novels (200 pages) per month, or one very long 400 page novel per month. You did get to 5K days that one week. You could do it again. You could crank out that many words. There would be no stopping you then. If you could put out two 200 page novels per month, that would be pretty impressive, and for sure would get you seriously deep into a 5 figure monthly income.
TIGERBLOOD: yes DAILYMOOD: still pissed LOCATION: home office WORDSWRITTEN: none PUSHUPS: 4:00 wall sit TODO: write TV: prophets of science fiction, californication, game of thrones BOOK: none GAME: 2048 EXERCISE: none WEIGHT: 170 BREAKFAST: ham & eggs LUNCH: big ass salad DINNER: steak and brussel sprouts SNACKS: nuts (cashews/walnuts) ALCOHOL: none BEDTIME: 11 and 1:30 AWAKE: 6:30