NaNoWriMo Update.

Before I left for Vegas I finished typing the first draft of my novel for NaNoWriMo.

I’m going to title it Jane for now.

My final word count was 12,801.

The goal was to write 50,000 words.

I am 37,199 words short.

You know what?

I don’t care. 

I’m proud of myself for finishing. 

I started to revise the first 5 chapters on the way to Vegas.  I know what direction I want to go.  There are a couple changes I want to make.

I’m not sure what my June goals are for this yet.  I’ll decide over the weekend.

It’s a great starting point.

Have a nice relaxing weekend while remembering the lives that were lost fighting for our freedom.

Thank you Veterans!!!

Getting Back In The Groove

Ahhh….it feels good to be at one of my favorite writing spot again.

I’m using today to get organized and find out where I am at.

I’m dealing with the folder and notebook I took with me on the plane to Vegas. I have a lot of notes for blog posts. I also started to rewrite the first a couple of chapters of Jane.

I’m trying to figure out my goals for June and what I want to accomplish.

I have some thinking to do.

I’m excited to get back to my writing.

I missed writing and all of you.

First Draft of 100 Items in 30 Days Complete!

I finished writing the first draft of 100 items in 30 Days.

As many of you know in October I let go of 100 items in 30 days. About halfway through October I wondered why I wasn’t taking notes for a book about my experience so I started taking notes and sticking them in a file.

I have the first draft written in pencil and my goal for March is to type and revise it.

I’ve decided that publishing (traditional or kindle) is going to be my main goal for 2021.

I”m crazy excited about this book and all of the possibilities. More books. A journal to go with the books. Classes.

The sky is the limit.

I have always loved to organize things and have thought about sharing this, but I didnt know what to do.

Now I do.

How exciting!

I will keep you posted on my progress.

Writing Projects and Goals For 2021

A couple of weeks ago I read an article on line “Why Throwing out the ‘Old Bananas’ is Imperative to Your Success”  by Gabrielle Garrett.

According the Gabrielle you’re only suppose to have 3 or 4 projects (ripe bananas) that you are currently working on on your desk.  If you have more than that you are putting those projects on the back burner and they are rotting. They need to be removed because they are taking up space in your mind and on your desk.

I totally get that.

My office is filled with rotten bananas.  Unfinished novels and short stories.  Non fiction books.  Essays.

She’s right. They are clogging my mind and office.

After reading the article I decided to put all of the files in my filing cabinet (children’s book ideas, essay ideas, novel ideas) in a bin and put them in the basement.

I had essay and short story files that I worked on once in awhile on my desk and on my coffee table.  I picked out two that I wanted to work on and I put the rest in two small bins with a list of what files are in the bin.

The four writing projects I choose to work on are as follows:

Jane

I started writing thos novel for NaNoWriMo last November, but didn’t finish the 1st draft.

My goal is to have the first draft finished by March 31, 2021.

5 Minute Memoir

I’ve been working on this essay to submit to Writer’s Digest for the last two years.  (really rotten banana!)  I keep changing direction and never finish.

My goal is to have this finished and submitted by March 31, 2021.

If You Didn’t Like The Way The Election Turned Out

This article idea came to me after President Biden won the election.  I have a bunch of notes, but I need to complete the essay.

I would like to have the 1st draft of this done by March 15, 2021 and a market in mind to submit it to.

100 Items In 30 Days

As I was letting go of 100 items last October I wondered why I wasn’t writing a book about it.

I was thinking about writing a Kindle book.  Actually 3 books.  I don’t know anything about Kindle so I don’t know if it’s going to work or not, but I want to see what my options are. 

Book 1    100 items in 30 days

Book 2    The next 100

Book 3     Decluttering your work life

The first handwritten draft of book 1 is almost done.  Book 2 and 3 are a bunch of notes in a file.

My goal for Book 1 is the to finish the handwritten draft by March 1st and the typed draft by March 31 and to read five books on Kindle publishing.

Wow!  I have a direction.

Now I have to come up with a schedule.  I’ll have to think about this for awhile.  I’m not sure what is going to work, but I will figure something out.

I sold the end table last week.  It was just a dumping ground for my unfinished writing projects.  

I replaced it with the six cube organizer pictured below.   A cube for each of my writing projects. 

It’s not organized the way I want it to be, but for now it works.

My office isn’t completely organized.  I’ll write about it when is it.

I feel good about my four projects and my direction.

I’ll keep you posted!