Hi to any and all who happen to be reading this post. I want to thank you for stopping by to check in with me on this Monday. It truly means a lot to me that people have been coming along with me on my journey of keeping these goals.
I would also like to take a moment to thank the good people from the Field of Dreams Movie Site for retweeting my most recent post. I wrote a blog regarding my visit the the Field of Dreams and I shared it on Twitter. They were nice enough to retweet the link, which drove plenty of people to this very blog! You can only imagine the excitement I felt when I saw that they shared it.
But this post is strictly about my wordcount goal that I’ve now been working on for seventeen weeks. I have been trying to hit 5,000 new words each week, while also editing other completed works in an effort to prepare them for publishing. I have to admit that doing both is very, very difficult. Not all of my WIPs (or, Works In Progress) are of the same exact genre, so switching from one to the other makes it a little difficult.
Truthfully, I found that I sometimes have to sacrifice one for the other. This week, I was able to write all my words, but failed to do any good amount of editing. But them’s the breaks.
These words this week are kind of new altogether. They weren’t written for either my Children of Bast Series or for my unnamed Fantasy Series. This new project, which pains me to even think that I’m even starting something new in the midst of all of this, is a dream project of mine.
The core idea for this book came to me many, many years ago. It came in the form of a dream, much like Plod On, Sleepless Giant did. The core idea is very simple and was mainly visual. There was no story there, but a lot of beautiful imagery. I put the whole thing to the back of my mind as I continued to write my first published novel, the aforementioned Plod On, Sleepless Giant–which can be clicking here (Selfish promotion completed).
But over the years I have found little elements that fit the mood or that core idea of the story. I took those little elements and filed them away in the back of my mind, stowing them there until I had more time to fit them all together. Recently, I had some time to sit there and spin these ideas around in my head, and I found interesting little details that I thought, damn… this would make a great story.
So I started to piece it all together; I wrote the first chapter, but mainly only to get the mood out on the blank screen and give the story a nice starting point. It won’t be my main focus, at least I don’t plan for it to. I have the other books that I need to get done and out. But I might dabble here and there. And honestly, sometimes writing the same story over and over again gets boring, and your boredom with the project makes the writing stale.
So, for the sake of clarity in future blog posts, I will be referring to this WIP as Project X, partly because I don’t have a title for it, and also because it sounds super sweet.
Until Next Time: Keep things lively… Focus is important, but sometimes a step back from your work gives you a refreshing look at the direction you are taking.
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Juggling goals and life is tough. Good luck, and congrats on all that you HAVE done. My monthly plotted out goals are all amuck, as I really wanted to build a new raised veggie bed, and that was 3 weeks of a lot of work. Now I’m getting back into the writing/editing swing. Like you, I’m supposed to be editing an earlier book while editing this one, and since I’m not meeting the editing goals on the WIP, I haven’t gone back to that other book. Congrats on that re-tweet!