What I'm Reading & Writing Wednesday

whatimreadingandwritingwednesdayHello and welcome to What I’m Reading and Writing Wednesday, my weekly feature that fills all of you in on what is going on in my reading and writing life this week. This feature is my own spin on WWW Wednesday, hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A second great feature is My Week in Books, which is also posted on Wednesdays by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

What I’m Reading…

I just finished…

throne-of-glass-coverI’ve been meaning to read Throne of Glass for a while now, and with the next book coming out soon, I figured that I should get on it. This book has been sitting on my shelves for a few months now and with the issues I’ve been having with my current read, I needed to set that aside and step into Caleana Sardothien’s world. Continue reading

Monday Musings: Digging Deeper and Finding Your Character's Voice

It took me about a year to have a complete third draft of The Girl in the Glass Coffin.

Hours, days, weeks, months were poured into this manuscript to finish with something that I could be proud of. My life basically revolved around when I could write and how I could come to an ending that I was satisfied with. Eventually, to my shock (and probably everyone else’s too) I got there. I finished The Girl in the Glass Coffin with a lot of cheers and happy dancing.

18520-the-simpsons-dohBut when I read back through my manuscript I noticed one glaring issue… the voice had developed over the course of the novel (which was great). However it was entirely inconsistent with the voice in the beginning of the novel.

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Monday Musings- Creating a Writing Routine

One thing that NaNoWriMo really helps me with is creating a daily writing routine. As a writer, I understand the importance of writing something every single day (or at least working on my WIP in some way).

tumblr_m8vonhz5Ql1rn95k2o1_500But how do you continue a writing routine after the schedule and pressure of NaNoWriMo is over?

This is just one of the things I’ve struggled with since coming back from the holiday crazy time where I think I wrote/revised one chapter in my novel.

I didn’t focus on my writing for one whole month. That routine that I developed in October and November went ka-put. Now that I am working on TGGC again, I need a new writing routine. Otherwise I will never get anything done.

It takes about 30 days to make something a habit. My goal is to write or work on my novel for at least one hour a day for the next 30 days.

How am I going to do this?

1. Use a calendar

  • Mark days where I work for 1 hour
  • Mark when I work for more than 1 hour
  • Set weekly writing goals for myself.
    • Word Counts
    • Chapters revised or written (usually I shoot for 2).

2. Set aside separate time for blogging and a separate spot in my notebook/document on my computer

  • Blogging is very important to me, but it can distract me from other things that need to be done.

3. Reward myself for a job well done

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  • For example- Did I go 1 whole week achieving my goal of 1 hour per day?
    • Did I hit my word count or chapter goal?
  • I will let myself go on an extra long walk or something that will help to replenish my energy and creativity.

4. Make my document full screen

  • So I can;’t see when an email pops up or someone Facebook messages me. Biggest distractions ever.

5. Put my phone in the other room

  • If someone needs to get ahold of me, they can wait an hour.

 

What is your writing routine? What do you do to eliminate distractions? Let’s chat!!!