I’ve written for at least 30 minutes for 100 days in a row.
That’s a HUGE accomplishment for me! My brain is so easily distracted, and when Covid hit, all my extra brain cells were diving down every rabbit hole looking for updates and answers and research and what ifs. I didn’t write. And if I’m being honest, my writing before then was pretty dang sporadic.
Fast forward to May and Becca Syme’s 30 Day Writers Block Challenge. We authors sent an email for every 30 minutes we spent thinking about our manuscripts, or writing or editing or whatever for our books. Someone on the Facebook page mentioned a friend she had who’d written every day for a thousand days in a Seinfeld Don’t-Break-the-Chain kind of challenge, and I decided that’s what I’d do.
That was 100 days ago. I almost feel like a real writer again!
What have I accomplished in those 100 days?
I finished Shades of Allegiance.
I know. Finally! I wrote The End after… God, I don’t even want to look back at how long ago I published Shades of Honor. It’s ridiculous. It’s embarrassing. It’s pretty much soul-crushing.
But it’s done! Sort of. It needs a major rewrite. MAJOR. Funny thing–when you take freaking forever to write a book, your plot lines get dropped and twisted and you don’t remember what you wrote and what you edited out. The rewrite is going to be a pain in the butt, but it will get done and it will be awesome and satisfying!
I had a couple of people reading along while I wrote the chapters. I was hoping it would keep me motivated and productive and it did. While I waited for their feedback, I switched things up and started edits on the Urban Fantasy I finished last year. This was a book that I thought was awesome. Turns out, it wasn’t.
My betas gave me feedback on it, and the book was pretty much lame (they’ll say it wasn’t that bad, but it was! Truly!). My MC came off as too-stupid-to-live. That was because the author was too-stupid-to-write–I completely neglected to put a few things that were in my head into the manuscript. *face palm*
There were other problems, too. Hard to fix problems. I set it aside because I didn’t feel like I could fix it. I felt like the fixes it required took away all the reasons I wanted to write the book.
Anyway, I picked it up when I finished the first draft of Shades of Allegiance. I *think* I’ve fixed it. It still has everything I love about it, I’m pretty sure I actually wrote the ideas in my head into the manuscript this time, and I’m hoping it’s a pretty solid book. I need to finish the last chapter, then do one more read-through, but after that, I’ll be looking for a few beta readers. If you’re interested in beta-ing, be sure you’re subscribed to my email list. I’ll send out a message in the next week with more info.
The Don’t-Break-the-Chain method of being productive is working for me right now. I’ve written every weekend. I even wrote when we went to Galveston for a few days. I’m just worried about what will happen when I miss a day. I’m an all-or-nothing type of person (unfortunately), and I can see myself missing one day and then missing dozens of others.
Hope everyone is doing okay. This year is rough. It sucks. It’s stressful and depressing. I hope you guys are staying safe and taking care of your mental health. I hope you’re able to get away from it all by falling into the pages of a great book.