I am officially back in touch with the blog-o-sphere! After my long break I am back in action and could not be happier. I cannot wait to share with you what has been happening in my creative life since I last put up a post back in November 2015.
I took time off to focus on me for once and to determine what I wanted. I spent that time working, learning, getting back into sports and spending time with my family. I figured out that I let my life change in a negative way last year. I was all over the place and my priorities were out of whack, but this year I've changed my thinking and I have put a plan together.
I have reevaluated my blog and have set myself a schedule of what I need to post and when it has to go live. I have upgraded my website so that it emulates the standard of professionalism. This was all done by myself therefore, I spent my time getting all of that done instead of blogging. I think it has worked out in my favour since my level of followers has jumped once the new concept went live and my email subscribers has grown exponentially.
The other thing I worked on was my novel. Some of you may know that I stopped writing at 66K and started all over again with the same characters and premise (click here to see how I made this decision). This was the best thing I could have ever done for my novel! It is going so well now and I am in love with my story. I took my characters, my world and my plot, and examined them to figure out how they work together. I found out that my plot just wasn't right. So I disguarded the entire thing which meant 66K went out the window. I worked out the background of my world, my creatures and then wrote the backstories of each and every character. Once that was done, I based the action of my plot on what I knew of my world and characters.
At first it went really well, I figured the entire plot out (for the third time) and started writing. However, despite my well laid out plans they decided to take the story where they wanted to go and you know what... their story was better than the one I planned and it made more sense. Ah, have you ever had that moment when you realised your characters were better writers than you are? Well, this novel is full of those moments and it meant that my well laid out plot was thrown literally thrown in the bin.
That is when I started doing plot research and discovered the 3 Act method. That is when you envision that your novel has three parts, a beginning, middle and end, and you only plot one section at a time. This way your story progresses naturally and it stops you from throwing out multiple plot outlines. So far, so good and I am enjoying this new process. It works much better for me as it allows natural changes in the plot as you are writing.
Under this new regime I've written 37,872 words and I have loved every second of it. I have made really great progress since January. Here are my statistics so far!
Oh, April is an ambitious month.
I want to write 11,000 words this month. I do have some assignments due but I think it should be alright, I generally make my goal no matter what it is. Unless, I make it unrealistically high as I did in January. Nevertheless, I want to keep up the same pace I have set for myself and see my first or second draft finished this year.
I am have also started copy writing for small businesses and will be doing book promotion for self-published and indie authors. I have been working as a professional corporate copywriter and as a digital marketer in the jewellery industry for years now. It is a natural progression for me to expand into an industry that I love and help those who are struggling because they don't know how to market their book. I am really hoping to start running these services this month.
Let's see how I go! Stay tuned for an update on how all of this goes in next month's wrap up post.
I want to know how you are going in your writing adventures? What are some of the challenges you have faced? What are some achievements? Let me know of your aspirations for this month or even this year!