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It’s the beginning of a new month, and I have a new plan going forward. I talked a little about it on Sunday but not too much. Basically, I have too many characters in my head all clamoring to have their stories told. I’ve been trying to take them on one at a time. But, I just…can’t. My mind doesn’t seem to work that way. it does a lot of bouncing around. And as counter-intuitive as it seems, I feel more focused when I’m working on more than one thing. I never said that I make any sense. 😉

This morning started with plotting. I spent 10 minutes on each of 5 projects(1 from each of my series & 1 standalone). I met this week’s goal on 3/5 of them. During the next two hour block, I’ll be focused on writing. I also have blocks focused on editing and side projects. We’ll see how this goes, and I may adjust if it doesn’t work.

I barely have anything for the other projects for this month, so I’m sharing from Nowhere to Run. James is getting a little better about his overprotective urges, though some of it is still coming through. I have 9 paragraphs today(8+1).

“I still worry about you. Is that so bad?”
He glanced back in time to see her face soften. “No, James,” she said. “It isn’t bad. Worrying seems to come natural to you. It must be that do-gooder gene.”
He laughed. At least her teasing about this pulled him out of his head. “I was never great at science, but even I know that isn’t actually a thing. And I’m not that good.”
“Just keep telling yourself that, even as you help old ladies cross the street and rescue kittens from trees.”
He shook his head, biting back his laughter. It wasn’t like he’d ever really done either of those things. He poured a cup of coffee and took the first sip, sighing. He looked up again to see her grinning at him. “Hits the spot, does it?”
“Yes, seriously you should just live here forever and make me coffee.”
She slid off the couch and started over to him. His pulse pounded harder as she approached. “Is that all I’m good for?”
The words hit him hard, and he set the cup on the counter. “No, of course not. I was just joking. I didn’t mean…” He trailed off when she started laughing.
“I know, James,” she said, taking a few steps closer to him. “I know you didn’t mean that. I was just teasing you back.”

Color Code:

Goal Met

Progress Made

Set Aside

Not Done

Plotting: 

  • Primary: Heart to Heart – finish Story Toolkit
    • This Week: Act 2 Beat Sheet
  • Secondary: Heart to Heart – Outline Act 1, List rest of scenes
  • Tertiary: Nowhere to Run – Outline Act 2
  • Stretch: Neil & Lin(Rileys #2) – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run – Draft through Chapter 14/~25000 words – 25140/25000 words
    • This Week: Write 3 Scenes(Chapter 13) – Started scene 3/3
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 5590/5000 words
    • This Week:
      • Hawk – 100 words – 180/100 words
      • Jacob & Matthew – 100 words – 124/100 words
      • Geoff(this will be next month’s Patreon story) – 100 words  111/100 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 15.17/15 pages
    • This Week: Type Chapter 9 – 15/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 4 Chapters – 4/4 chapters

Editing:

  • Primary: Short Story Collection
    • This Week: Goin’ Down – Finish 1 scene
  • Secondary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits(as I get chapters back)
  • Tertiary: Flames of Renewal – Proofread(once I get it back from proofreader)
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – CP edits(if I get it back this month)

Publish:

  • Flames of Renewal

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books – 35/20 books
    • Bound to Submit(Laura Kaye) – Read this Sunday afternoon.
    • Hide Your Heart(Tracey Alvarez) – Started this Sunday afternoon. Finished it Monday afternoon.
    • Perfect Partners(Carly Phillips) – Started this Monday afternoon. Finished it Monday night.
    • The WAG and the Scoundrel(Debbie McGowan) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. At 27%
  • Listen: 5 books – 17/5
    • Nights with Him(Lauren Blakely) – Started this Saturday morning. Finished it Monday morning.
    • Forbidden Nights(Lauren Blakely) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Tuesday morning.

Social Media:

  • Post 5 Regular Blog Posts – 19/21 posts
  • Post to Patreon 3 times – 3/3
    • This Week: Arresting(Flames of Redemption back story)

Now, since it’s the end of the month, I’ll evaluate how this round is going so far. Then, I’ll have my goals for August after that.

Plotting:

  • Primary: Heart to Heart – Finish Outlining – only have 3 more sheets of the story toolkit to do on this
  • Secondary: Nowhere to Run – Outline Acts 2, 3 & 4
  • Tertiary: Neil & Lin(The Rileys #2) – Outline
  • Stretch: Pictures of the Past(Gilbert, Co #9) – Outline – I’m going to have another one that comes before this. Changing this to Wyatt & Kaden

Writing: 

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run – 1st draft – 25,140 words
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 15000 words – 5590/15000 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 45 pages – 15/45 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – Write Part 3 – Finished Chapter 4/12
  • Will be adding more stories to this list.

Editing:

  • Primary: Flames of Renewal – Proofread
  • Secondary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits
  • Tertiary: Short Story Collection – finished fleshing out Bree & Jenny, started working on a revised ending/continuation of Goin’ Down
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – CP Edits

Publish:

  • Flames of Renewal

Reading: 

  • Read: 60 books – 35/60 books
  • Listen: 15 books

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 Regular Weekly Blog posts
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 9 times
  • Tertiary: September Story a Day

And now for August goals:

Plotting:

  • Heart to Heart – Finish story toolkit & outline Act 1
    • This week: Finished Act 3 Beat Sheet
  • Neil & Lin(The Rileys #2) – Brainstorm
    • This week: Started brainstorming characters
  • Wyatt & Kaden(Gilbert, CO # 9) – Brainstorm
    • This week: Brainstormed general characters, started brainstorming Wyatt
  • GH & SF 3 – Brainstorm
    • This week: Brainstormed general characters
  • Build This Love(Kurztown #8) – Brainstorm
    • This week: Started brainstorming general characters

Writing:

  • Nowhere to Run – Get through Chapter 18 – 0/16 scenes
    • This week: 336 words
  • GH & SF 2 – Get through Part 1, Chapter 4 – 0/15 scenes
    • This week: 547 words(from two Stream of Consciousness Saturday posts I wrote in February then the first line of Chapter 1)
  • Craving You – Get through Chapter 5 – 0/13 scenes
    • This Week: 6987 words(from Story a Day pieces)
  • By the Gun – Get through Part 3, Chapter 9 – 0/11 scenes
    • This Week: 20 words

Editing:

  • Short Story Collection – Flesh Out
    • Goin’ Down
    • Meeting Jonas
    • Changing History(though I may move this one to another collection)
  • Paint Me a Picture – transfer to Scrivener
  • Green Hills & Smoky Fields – Initial Read through/Fill in [xx]s
  • Stained Blood – Beta Edits
  • Flames of Renewal – Proofread
  • Law of Choice – CP edits

Side Projects:

  • Geoff – Write, edit & post to Patreon
  • Hawk – 1500 words
  • Jacob & Matthew – 1500 words
  • Desmund – 1500 words
  • Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages

Publishing:

  • Flames of Renewal

Reading:

  • Read: 13 books – 0/13 books
    • The WAG and the Scoundrel(Debbie McGowan) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. At 27%
  • Listen: 5 books – 0/5 books
    • Protecting What’s His(Tessa Bailey) – Started this Wednesday morning. On Chapter 14/26

Social Media:

  • Post 5 Regular Blog Posts – 1/22 posts
    • This Week:
      • Writing Wednesday
      • Fiction Friday
      • Stream of Consciousness Saturday
      • Weekend Writing Warriors
      • Sunday Summary
  • Post to Patreon 3 times – 0/3

Comments on: "Writing Wednesday: New month, New Plan" (8)

  1. Heh, I really like their banter here.

    And I love the way you make your chaos seem so tidy! I may have to try this approach. I can’t focus on one thing either, but I’ve never tried organizing my multiple projects like this. Hmm…

    • Thanks

      I’ve done it this way before, then I start thinking it would be better for me to work on one thing at a time(as much as I ever do). That usually only ends up working for a few months before I’m back to doing it this way.

  2. Holy wow! That’s a LOT of plans. But…it looks like you also checked a lot off. Way to go!!! 😀

  3. I need to take a note from you and be a bit more organized about things.

    As for the WIPpet – we’re always somewhat overprotective of those we care about.

    • I may be a bit too organized at times, but if I’m not, my mind’s just a bunch of chaos. So, it’s the only way I really get anything done.
      Oh yeah, and James can go a little overboard on that at times, but it’s always with the best intentions. 🙂

  4. Emily Wrayburn said:

    Aww, this is sweet. It does seem like he is a natural worrier. I can relate.

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