My writing journal for Monday, August 18, 2014. All the entries are here.
Today promises to be a busy day. Lots to write, and a couple of phone coaching sessions at the end of the day.
Fiction and nonfiction: ending one project, and starting another
Up at 5AM, as usual. Wrote 1200 words of the novella this morning. Just another couple of scenes to write. I went over the first couple of chapters this morning, and had to stop myself reading. I’ll create a MOBI file of the novel tomorrow, so that I can read it when I’m away from my work computer.
Then I drew the first cluster diagram for the next novella in this series – there’s a theme for the series, and I want my subconscious mind to start thinking about this new book as I wrap up the current one..
Whenever I reach the mid point of a project, I’m eager to get the project done. With only two novellas to complete, I’m well past the midpoint on this project. The next two stories will be shorter. At least, that’s what I’m hoping.
After a quick email message to my fiction client, I start on the new nonfiction book for the series I’ve ghostwritten for a client.
This client hasn’t commissioned me to write any more books in the series, however I know that he wants me to write several more.
So last night, while thinking about the rest of this year, and 2015, I decided that this will be the last book I ghostwrite for him. If he offers me a commission for the next book, I’ll set him up with someone else to complete the series.
I’m committed to making 2014 the final year I take on so many ghostwriting projects.
Last year, I had every intention of cutting back on my ghostwriting commissions. However, long writing experience has trained me to grab great projects when I can. So I kept grabbing, which is fine. However, it means that I’m doing much too much “work done for hire”. The fees for the ghostwritten materials are excellent. When I see authors like Russell Blake building wonderful careers, I know that I should be focusing on my own fiction and nonfiction.
I’m resisting working on my own materials, and it’s frustrating.
When you meet resistance, ask yourself why
Resistance is always interesting for writers. I think I know what’s behind mine — fear, as always. When you accept commissions, you’re not risking anything. Enough musing on my psyche. Onward with the nonfiction project.
I write a short description of the project, and create chapter documents in Scrivener. Then I write an introduction of 600 words.
This is odd. Usually I complete a book, then write the introduction. Not to worry, I’ll go with it. Now I’ve started it, I want to get it done. I create a cluster diagram for the first chapter, and write some research questions.
Breakfast for Honey, and then for me. No walking today. It’s raining and windy. Yoga later.
Email and blogging
Julia’s arrived, so we have a coffee while going over this week’s projects. Then I work on blogging.
Next, a dip into social media, and more blogging, for the freelance writing blog.
And it’s lunch time. No time to go out to lunch, so Julia and I chat and read social media. It’s still raining.
I’ve got some administrative chores to get through, so I turn on Spotify and resist the temptation to poke myself in the eye with a sharp pencil. I resist doing essential housekeeping chores as long as I can. Very immature behavior. :-) I tell myself to stop complaining, turn on the timer, and stick it out for two sessions.
Two sessions done, and I stick with it for another session — that’s almost two hours. Once I get started, it’s easy to keep going. I know this, but procrastinate anyway.
Time to return phone calls.
Then ten minutes of yoga.
Authentic writing — project revision
I spend two timer sessions on this. I’ve removed a couple of the exercises, and added another couple.
Late afternoon, and I have two phone coaching sessions for which to prepare. I need to study a student questionnaire from a new personal coaching student, and prepare my ideas for another student’s book marketing project.
The phone coaching sessions go well. The students are enthusiastic, and so am I.
It’s late, so I do a quick review of the day. It’s been a busy and productive day – I broke the back of the administrative chores. My word count totals aren’t as high as I’d hoped, but tomorrow is another day. :-)