Okay, I have to say this upfront before I forget: 15 minutes of drafting a day, just 15, has given me some incredible results! I’m so chuffed with how the last fortnight has gone for me that I’m feeling a hella lot more positive about the weeks to come.
Actions This Past Fortnight
~Finish drafting ‘The Back Seat of My Sister’s Car’
Done. In fact I’ve completed the deep edits on it and have no decided to let it rest for a couple of days before going back for my final read through.
~Do all background admin checks on ‘A Domme At The Club’ to be sure there’s nothing left hanging
Sorted. The piece released on Friday. Check it out if you haven’t already. ^_^
~Complete half the draft of ‘Shh, The Kids Are Sleeping!’
Sorted. This was a lot of fun to write: softer and sweeter than many of the other SS offerings. I also finished the full thing; the whole snippet has been drafted.
Also . . . since I didn’t really want to stop, I also wrote the first draft of ‘Back Row of the Cinema’ too, which is Smexxy Snippet No.5.
Seriously the next person who tells me they doubt planning and outlining will help them, I’m going to direct them to this post. Writing these shorts has been easy because I’ve outlined them before hand. I know exactly what I want in them, where I want them to go and how long I want to them to be. Yes, they’re short, but it still takes me about three days to get one done. But compared to how long it used to take (even tapping at the keys for two hours at a time), I’ll take the planning any day!
Activities For This Fortnight
Well, the things I had listed for January are actually completed in full, so there’s no harm in slipping ahead (in a gentle, easy fashion).
- Complete editing on ‘The Back Seat of My Sister’s Car,’ upload and list
- Draft ‘Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?’
- Draft ‘Not Another Blind Date’
Thoughts . . .
15 minutes a day. Just 15. Sometimes more if I’m on a role, but I’m working in 15 minute sprints, against Ileandra who is doing the same. Then the rest of the time we have each day is devoted to editing and admin.
I guess, I just want to tell you guys that so long as you do a little every day, so long as you push on, even when it feels tricky, you’ll get where you want to be. 100 words a day is LOADS better than none at all and if you do that every day for a week? That’s 700 words. Every day for a month? 3,100. See where I’m going with this? Even at 100 words a day, you’ll soon have a novel length manuscript on your hands.
I used to feel guilty if I couldn’t spit out thousands of words a day. Now, my average in that 15 minutes is about 900 words but that’s creeping up slowly every day. So long as I keep that up seems like I should have no trouble. 😉