Also known as a habit, whether you develop the practice of writing ten pages a day or continue with the speed of NaNoWriMo at One thousand six hundred sixty seven words a day, the key to being an accomplished writer in my point of view is to continue with one story until it is finished.
If you can not finish the story, and you constantly go on to the next story idea you have, oftentimes you will find other authors no longer take you seriously in the craft of writing.
Consistency with word count – Five hundred words consistently written each day will produce a One hundred eighty-five thousand five hundred word tomb by the end of the year.
Regularity with page counts – two pages written each day will produce a seven hundred thirty page epic saga by the end of the year.
Viscosity – using a flow of time to create words of fifteen minutes a day, will produce at least a novel by the end of the year.
Bullet points to strive for:
Consistency – word count, page count, allotted time
Consistency – page count, allotted time, word count
Consistency – allotted time, word count, page count
Follow through and type “The End” or “The End for Now”
Write for the story. Do not get attached to the outcome of your story. Let me explain, if your goal is two pages a day or five hundred words, sometimes dialogue will fall short of that five hundred, yet you have a full two pages.
So open up your document, set it to your favorite font or use one of mine (Merriweather, Book Antique, Crimson Text) and 12 px font.
These last couple of exciting months have provided me with the sale of my old class C RV and a new-to-me RV. As some of you know from my meanderings, in 2017 I was suppose to purchase a Class A Rexall that my friend had renovated and that fell through when she decided to keep it. It had the floor plan I dreamed of and zero slide-ins to have anything go wrong. Then 2021 came along and another buddy had a lifestyle change and decided to sell her RV. I hired Vagabond RV Solutions to do an inspection and bought my airline ticket to go retrieve my new to me RV with slide outs. My old class C sold in less than two days after I put it on Facebook Marketplace. I had my license plates in hand and ready to get my new home. Well, my luck did not hold out and she reneged on the sale two days before my scheduled flight making me houseless.
On the upside of things, I have an RV site on the river for my spring/summer time in Ohio. I love my spot on river. When it rains on the river and floods, I will then move to my home in the hollow or travel. So far, I haven’t spent any time on the river due to decorating and making the RV I did purchase mine.
Things really looked sad in June when things were falling apart left and right. I’m so glad I took the set backs in stride and began looking again. My eldest says, “Mom, let’s go look at this one.” I told her I was looking for a condo and not a quan set hut. Then we went to see what this offered.
Ignoring the custom paint job, I viewed the interior. It is not the Rexall, but it is a close runner up. The floor is wood plank.
The front seats swivel for additional seating. The fold out table against the wall at one time had a chair beside it. The TV is the Panasonic in the cockpit dash. The walls and upholstery were denim blue-gray. I felt as if I had stepped on to a USN ship once again.
Fast forward. I bought it after I had my mechanic check it over. Now, unlike the Class C, he can not work on it because it is 34 feet long and a tri-axle. It has a Chevy workhorse chassie and a 454 engine, plus an aluminum frame and roof. It is a 1990 Holiday Rambler Imperial, that sports a custom paint job in a classic rendition of the WW2, Bomber aircraft.
Say hello to Lucy Shark, and her theme song is the verse: Grammy Shark, doo doo doo doo doo.
Next Blog post will be a tour inside of her since I have made her mine.
Life is looking up for me. I sold my home to my grandson. He is the sixth generation to live there. Not many grandkids can say they knew five generations of those six, either.
As I move on with selling my Class C and purchasing a Class A, my work in
progress is coming along and appears to be a serial crime spree with lots of humor mixed in. I recently visited my sister and we reminisced about all the things we had done and wah lah I decided to include them into the story. I may revise Small Bit of Justice and add more of Sis’s and my experiences into it as things Tracy and her sidekick Lehana get into.
Have a great adventure today, whether it is going to get ice cream or hiking around the block.
What is NaNoWriMo? It is National Novel Writing Month. Embraced by novelists, authors, and writers. The goal is to write 50,000 words in a story format. Formatting does not matter, genre does not matter, and neither do your typing skills or grammar. This is a goal each person sets for him or herself, and all milestones should be celebrated.
My goal is to write 50,000 words in a new genre. The new to me genre is romance. Romance has a formula and to have a romance novel that means I have to meet the expectations of the industry. To reach the word count is doing what I do already, type 2,000 words a day. My stretch is writing to market and catching all the beats anticipated by the reader and demanded by the publishers.
My RoamingRavenRV YouTube trailer is all about my RV travels. This YouTube trailer is all about the author. October is Preptober for National Novel Writing Month in November. NaNoWriMo is a challenge many people use to write their novel, memoir, or something with 50,000 words in one month. Subscribe, click the bell and be notified when I go live for a writing partner. I’ll offer sprints and chitchat. Writing can be a very lonely profession. It doesn’t have to be 😉
This past month continued being riddled with unexpected RV issues. Yellowstone National Park delivered eye candy galore. Bison and Old Faithful along with the Painting Pots delighted my imagination.
Dispersed camping in the Grand Teton National Park with friends made the experience more enjoyable. Follow me on Instagram: RoamingRavenRV and RoamingRaven.com for photos. The videos will go up on YouTube as soon as I can get it edited to a higher standard than my past.
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Small Bit of Justice is in the final stages. It is on my ‘to-do’ list to have it published by the end of September. This revision took longer than I originally thought. I just had a thought, I’ll toss up some deleted scenes for your reading pleasure.
This is short and sweet, but I’m still putting in many hours a day on Small Bit of Justice with the goal of it being available this month.
For many years, I have focused on growing this or that business. Nothing has grown from many attempts. My recent focus on writing. Not a publishing business, not a website with merchandise for sale, just plain old writing stories, and typing the end. Then I begin again.
This is my recent epiphany. What did you do today? As I look back, probably busywork. When I ask, What did you accomplish today? A different answer appears. I want to know what I accomplished that propelled me forward to my goal.
Let me share an example. What did you do today? I researched and figured MailerLite might be a better choice for a newsletter distributor. Then I removed the old email distributor and set up the new MailerLite after creating an account, and the first campaign. Discussed the change with my go-to person, and hashed it out as to if this really was a good idea. Now, What did you achieve today? See how that changes your focus from the busy work and went directly to what you needed to accomplish. I put into place a new more productive newsletter distributor.
Using the plan set out by Sunny Lenarduzzi and Steve Jobs, I’ve taken my writing to the next level. Stephen King said in an interview that he writes four hours a day. I’m not to that level of habit, but I am getting cranky if I don’t get at least an hour a day of writing time.
You might ask, what stops me from doing more? Power. Until this past week, I didn’t have reliable power to keep the computer charged let alone the phone and the tablet I do my 9 – 5 job. My creative moments were during the time I had unlimited shore power. In fact, during those times I failed at my exercise program because I lasered my focus on my writing and editing.
A lot happened this past month. I celebrated my two youngest daughters’ birthdays, fixed a flat on the RV and headed west. For a more in-depth look at my RV life and its recent challenges visit RoamingRaven.com.
The recovery of the author interviews on the external hard drive, that went swimming in the dog’s water dish, was a 95% recovery. The layering of the video is now in production. Tim Smith’s is in the final stages.
Mountain Bookfest canceled. Since Renee and I had several hard copies of “The Missing Locket” we gave the copies away in exchange for reviews. Ten ARC readers of “The Missing Locket” report, they want more. Yet, they have not left a review on Amazon in exchange for reading the novelette. If it is as good as they tell Renee and me, how will others know unless they leave a review on Amazon? The frustrations of being an author.
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