Daily Log: 2018-09-22

Hey Crew,

It’s days like today that I love writing. As I’ve said before, I’m a little bit country and a little bit rock-and-roll. I mean, I’m a plotter, and I’m a pantser. I know the major movements of the story, but I still write “into the dark” and discover things along the way.

I had thought things were going to REALLY stretch this book out unintentionally. The last scene I wrote, I wasn’t prepared for. None of the characters were prepared for it. Everything that I just wrote, I had no idea would occur. That’s what makes writing so much fun. My hope, when I run into something exciting, readers will experience that same rush.

Right now, everything is a frenzy for what unexpectedly happened. I can’t wait to jump back in and really get this story going.

I have much to do today, but hopefully, I’ll get more writing time. I got an early start because I wasn’t confident how the day would shape up and if I’d find another free hour to sit and write.

So I knocked out just over 1500 words. This story is really moving now. Lots happened to get us to this point and it’s all building to a conclusion. It’s getting me more excited for the 3rd book in this series as well as the 4th. I know, generally, what’ll happen. I just need to write the books so I’ll know exactly what’ll happen and how it’ll all tie together in the grand scheme of all the books.

Speaking to that, I’m still excited to write V&A Shipping 3 and GRPC 3 (well, and the 4s also). I wish I hadn’t stopped writing last year. It agonizes me to think that I could have had all these books done already if I’d only stayed the course. Yes, life happens and priorities change. I fully understand and accept that. I also accept that it was my own choice to stop writing when I did.

Now is not the time to look back and feel guilty for not writing. The time for reflection is gone. Now is the time to look forward. I’m on a roll. I’ve written every single day for the past 30 days. I’ve averaged 1000 words per day. Not nearly what I’d like, but I’ve been gaining steam as I continue. I’ll only get faster from here.

As I’ve said before, the more I write, the more I want to write and the more ideas I get for writing. It’s challenging to look at a blank page and try to figure out what to do. Best thing for that, do something. Do anything. Press forward in the face of doubt. That’s what I’ve been doing for the past month when I’ve been questioning every word. Why am I doing this? What’s the point? I have 0 sales in the past 30 days. Who really cares?

I care. It’s my fault I have no sales. It’s my responsibility to keep a flow of books coming out in the hopes of gaining a readership. Even if my story makes one person happy, I’ve succeeded. Based on the reviews on my books (yes, I have a bad habit of reading them) people love what I’ve written, they just wish I’d line edit better. Well, I’m doing that.

I’ve got a stinky dog to go and wash. Hopefully, more words will happen today, but if not, there’s always tomorrow.

Until Next Time!

Stay Awesome!

Posted on September 22, 2018, in Blog Post. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Harvey Stanbrough

    Hey, JR,

    Re “Everything that I just wrote, I had no idea would occur. That’s what makes writing so much fun. My hope, when I run into something exciting, readers will experience that same rush.” EXACTLY.

    That’s exactly why I’ll never outline, etc. Because if I can “figure it out” ahead of time, so can the reader.

    Or as Ray Bradbury put it, (paraphrased) “If the story doesn’t surprise you, why would you ever expect it to surprise the reader?”

    Of course, every writer is different.

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