Daily Update: NaNoWriMo Day 13
There comes a time in every man’s life when he must realize that he’s riding a speck of dust in an every expanding universe and that universe will do everything in its power to prevent you from reaching your goals. You must push past all that and work even harder to reach those goals. If you just try and will your way to victory, you will usually have a much harder time than if you actually write down what you want to achieve, then map out those steps to reach each goal.
The universe has fought against me tooth and nail. It’s thrown me curve balls. Tried to crush my head. It’s beaten me down and given me distractions beyond measure.
I’ve persevered. This hasn’t been easy, but I’ve continued on my path. And guess what? I pass the 425,000 word mark. I’m also half-way to my NaNoWriMo goal. I’ve written more word this year than ever before. Heck, I’ve written nearly as many words this year as I’ve written in all the other years of my writing combined! I’m shocked. I’m astonished. I’m thrilled.
I managed to do this by writing down my goals, looking at those goals daily, and realizing that I need to keep taking steps forward to reach that goal. Each step was a tiny step on the path to my larger goal. I took those steps as they came. I missed a few, but I did my best to catch up. I skipped a day here, a week there, and I always felt like I could be writing more than I was. I allowed distractions to distract me and pull me away from what I should have been doing.
Well, no more. I’m looking at all the words I’ve written this year and I know I’m capable of so many more than I’m currently producing. Not only that, I’ve avoided getting those words out into the wild. That’s the next step on my grand journey. I’ve taken the first steps to plan out next year and what books I will put out and when to publish them. I’ll also be planning on when to record, getting cover art done, getting editing done, doing layouts. I won’t announce a release date until I have all of these things completed. That’s right. I want to have the audio recorded AND EDITED as well as having the book ready to go all before I even think of announcing a release date. It will likely be one month after I get all that work completed and I may have multiple books in progress. All that I will be doing while I’m continuing to write new works.
I had said at the beginning of the year that I would treat my writing more like a part time job. I’ve done that. I’ve gotten my writing groove down. The next step is to treat my completed works like a product. I need to get that product to the public and see what happens. This year has been exciting seeing just how much and how often I could sit and write. next year will be double exciting as I see how many of those completed works I can get out into the hands of readers. I’m not just excited, I’m anxious.
I’m not going to do what I did with Astel. I did take my time, but I didn’t make sure it was the best product I could. I will be getting a good edit on that book and getting it re-released. That’s just one I’m planning on for next year. I’m also planning what I’m going to work on next year as well so I can get more books written and be ready to record and produce those. It’s an exciting time and if I can keep books rolling out, that will help people find me, right? That’s the plan anyway.
I’ll be doing all of this as well as keeping up with my day job. And speaking of the day job!