I’m trying to focus for Contract Signed, but I’m outside of the plot I had written down so I’m kind of in my own marsh style area. Seven more chapters to go, I kind of have a gist of an idea of what and how. Because the what and how of before didn’t really change all too much.
On the vampire front, I’m on chapter six of Death Mask now and that’s going fairly well. Again, I’ve broken outside of my plot just a little bit. But this break was by mashing two chapters together because it worked better as one rather than separated.
What I should do, is when I get home start edits on At Death’s Door.
Or work on edits while at work on break and before my shift starts. I could do that too. Except I need to have laser focus for this edit and there are people who talk to me while I’m sitting there. I think they think I’m joking when I say I’m working?
I also have to take the time to set up the… I don’t have a clever name for it yet. The book where I’m going to put all my worlds in one place so that I stop whining about all the ideas I’m chasing and the possibility of losing them. This way I can add and snippets of plot to the book. When I’m done writing Wraith’s Rebellion and the new Contracted trilogy, I can just open the book, grab a page and off I go.
I’ve been starting to think of what I’d do if I quite my day job, how would the writing run. Just sleeping until I wake up doesn’t do it for me, not if I want to be productive. So I was thinking if I can manage it, I’d have a seven am start, maybe earlier some days, with coffee. That’d give me a couple of hours to do some writing before a majority of people are even up.
Or stores open, because I’d still have to go out and buy groceries and stuff.
I’d probably work a set schedule, like Monday to Friday, seven to whenever I went to bed. I’d probably end up wheeling that back to like five and then taking the rest of the night “off” to pursue whatever projected I wanted to or to just play video games. Take weekends, holidays, and festival days off.
I know I sound like a crazy person. I know my first book just went up in September. I know that I don’t have a firm date for the next book to come out, or a real plan to get the others out at this moment. I know I’m writing every day instead of editing.
I also know I’m not marketing, but everyone wants 15+ reviews on Amazon, I don’t meet that requirement yet and I’m not going to pay for reviews. So I have to actually wait on that.
But at the end of the day, I am a planner. I want to plan for the eventuality of not working a day job so that when I get off the job, when I get home that first night, then the next morning? I can get up and I know what I’m going to do and I know how I’m going to do it. Without planning now, getting it thought out and the kinks figured out as much as I can, I’ll spend weeks, or even months caught in a bog of trying to figure it out as I go.
So I’m planning and thinking now. How can I do this, what is the best use of my time?
Oh gosh, I’d be able to eat meals at a table instead of at the computer as I typed one handed…
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This is really interesting Aya and I understand your worries. I quit my job in December to pursue a writing dream. I got some redundancy to soften the blow, but only enough to last me six months or so. It all comes down to discipline really. The amount of writing I’ve done in the last six weeks puts my efforts of the last few years to shame, because I’ve never wanted anything as much and have never enjoyed anything else as much. Also, my two kids are a constant reminder of having to give it absolutely everything! It is scary – and exciting – but if it doesn’t work, it won’t be through a lack of hard work. In fact I think the fact I haven’t got a job has made my writing more urgent.
A schedule is important. I treat it like a job. Drop the boys off at school and go straight to the library. People keep asking me how much daytime TV I’ve watched and I haven’t watched a second, I promise! If I’m happy with myself and how much work I’ve done, I’ll allow myself some time on the PS4 in the evening.
Good luck with it though! Carpe Diem and all that 🙂