Posted by jrmurdock
The Mrs and I are back from out (mis)adventures. We got in some great hikes and I’m sore as can be. Even so, I did get back into my routine today. My workout done, and I recorded 5 a Day. It feels good to be able to escape for a few days and get right back to where I was before.
That said, it’s also great that we’re now 15 days away from relaunching my writing career. The biggest difference is, this time, I’ve got more of a plan. Far more of a plan. I even have a schedule to make sure I stick that that plan. I can’t explain how refreshing and freeing it feels to have everything laid out. I don’t have to worry or stress about what’s coming up next.
What I do need to worry about? Writing 4 short stories and a novel every 2 months. That’s a schedule I know I can stick to. I’m already half-way through the series and over the next 2 years, I need to write the second half of the series. I also have the first half of the short stories written and I can focus on that second half of short stories.
It’ll be good mental exercise to do that.
Keeping up with my workouts and the short trips the Mrs and I are taking will help me keep my sanity and keep me healthy. If I stay happy and healthy, my output should stay constant.
If you’ve read Dean Wesley Smith’s blog over the past few days, he’s talking about “pulp speed writing”. Yes, I /could/ write at pulp speed. I type quickly enough to do that, the issue is having enough hours in the day. Were I a professional writer, making enough money to support my family with my words, I’d easily be able to write over one million words in a given year. I’ve no doubt about that.
And that’s the plan. Yes, I’m working toward retirement, but I have no plans to stop writing. I’d love to have my retirement from my day job as a cushion, but I’d love to get my writing career going and have even more time to write and not be dependent on my main source of income.
Perhaps one day, but not today and likely not in the next few years.
We shall see.
I plan to be very open about my book numbers, sales, expenses, etc. I’m starting at the bottom, again. I’ve been here for a long time. Had I been consistent over the years, I’m confident I’d be much further along. It’s now time to see how far along I can get in the next few years.
If you’re from the future and reading this blog posts, say hello and you can see where this all started.
Fifteen days. It’s weird to say that, but exciting at the same time
Until Next Time!