Author Journey (December 7, 2020)

The Otaku Author Journey December 7 2020

I appear to have a habit of starting things in the run-up to New Year. Apparently, I just can’t wait to make resolutions, so I do it whenever I feel like it. So, this is the first of my new weekly posts, documenting my writing.

December 7, 2020

After documenting my progress in this year’s NaNoWriMo, I realised that having a weekly update was far more likely to keep me accountable. I used to do monthly updates, but I never felt like they pushed me the way these weekly posts do. There’s a lot more to hide behind. Sure, it’s more work for me, but being accountable is more important.

As Monday was the last day of NaNoWriMo, this week was a shorter one than normal. I should state here for the record that I did win NaNoWriMo and managed to write 50,006 words of my new novel in November. The fun thing is that it’s not finished. Before I started NaNoWriMo, I put together a plan, using Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat plotting method. Well, at the end of November, I had almost finished the second act.

KonoSuba Episode 1 Aqua and Kazuma

I figure, I have another 25-35k words left in this story and it’s all going to be pretty exciting. So, how have I done? I actually took some days off after pounding through NaNoWriMo and then some other stuff happened. I have been doing other things, of course, like working on my blog. There’s going to be a bit of a new approach to things, which is exciting.

I know, change can be scary, but I’m trying to find that balance that allows me to continue to blog and write as both are important to me. The first change is that the A to Z challenge is going on hold for a little bit. I originally watched W to Z before the pandemic began and hadn’t gotten around to writing up my reviews. I feel like I need to watch them again to really do them the service they deserve, so I’ll get to that at some point.

In the meanwhile, I am going to do a mix of seasonal and older shows. The first two episode reviews came out on Saturday and Sunday. With the older shows, I’m going to focus on the series that I enjoyed and want to re-watch to see what I liked about them. On top of that, I have picked a series that’s old and new to me, so that’s going to be interesting. Basically, expect me to be having a good time watching and talking about things that I enjoy. I want to limit the amount of time I spend on shows that don’t interest me, especially as I am unlikely to drop them once I start reviewing them.

Goblin Slayer Episode 1 Priestess

Anyhow, back to the writing. Here’s how last week went.

  • Dec 1 – 0 words
  • Dec 2 – 0 words
  • Dec 3 – 0 words
  • Dec 4 – 0 words
  • Dec 5 – 0 words
  • Dec 6 – 0 words

It’s nothing to get too worried about… I needed to take a short break after NaNoWriMo after thirty days of worrying about hitting my targets. Originally, I had only planned on taking two days off, but then the day job got a little crazy and started taking up some of my evening time too. Next week, I hope to get back to work. It hasn’t been a complete loss though as I have been doing a lot of research on a number of things that will help me to make this the best story possible. Once it’s ready, I’ll reveal much more about the development process. There’s a lot of things to talk about and I’m looking forward to getting it all off my chest.

So, this is going to be how the future looks for now. I’m excited as this approach will allow me to spread my time in a more balanced manner. Too often, I get sidetracked into one project or another and ignore everything else. Blogging is a part of who I am as much as writing and I need to do both to the best of my ability. I also want to have fun with it, so let the good times roll! Thanks for reading.

Iwakakeru Sport Climbing Girls Episode 9 Jun and Akane

5 Comments

  1. David Boone (moonhawk81)
    David Boone (moonhawk81)

    Good luck, but enjoy your break!

    • Lynn Sheridan
      Lynn Sheridan

      I wish I could have… stupid day job. Had my lowest month for watching anime in three years in November and that just seems to make me cranky.

      Going to aim for a better balance so that I can do both without having to give up too much sleep.

  2. “I used to do monthly updates, but I never felt like they pushed me the way these weekly posts do. ”

    That’s a really good idea. I tried monthly updates, and if I miss one, it’s 8 weeks between updates.

    “using Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat plotting method. ”

    I’ve read a lot about that. Haven’t actually talked to anyone who uses it. What attracted you to that approach over any others?

    • Plus with monthly, you can kind of hide how little you did because more time has passed.

      I’ve tried lots of different plotting tools and often end up mixing them together. I decided to try this one because of the movie fee to it. It really helped me to flesh out the story. I realized I had missed the entire middle part of the story from my thinking. I was missing a whole third of what I should have.

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