Here’s my writing journal entry for the day. You can find all the entries here.
Writing journal entries…
Woke early, fiction and nonfiction again.
1,400 hundred words of my historical romance novella this morning, in just three timer sessions — AND got the next three scenes planned. The end is in sight. The story’s running longer than I wanted, and I need to investigate the main character’s arc (I think it’s OK, but it needs tuning). Very pleased with how it’s going, but it’s running long, so I’ll need to trim some early scenes.
I’ve had lots of email queries about 5AM starts. You get used to them. I woke at 4.30 this morning, and tried to convince myself to get up, but I waited until 5. Here’s something that helps too. I’ve found that if I have more physical exercise during the day before, getting up early is easier. Which reminds me that I haven’t done any yoga in weeks. My back needs it.
On to the nonfiction book for the client. Two timed sessions, for 900 words. The end is in sight. I’ll try to do a little more on it later.
Email, and posts to Google+.
A quick run through email, with lots of messages from students, and messages about the size of video files, and questions about the closing of the programs which will be withdrawn on August 16.
To save time with emails, I wrote about the questions on Google+. Then spent 40 minutes responding to clients; rearranged some deadlines to meet client deadlines.
Honey and I have breakfast; then off for a quick walk.
A chat with Julia about some projects, and clients’ deadlines, and it’s time to complete a few draft blog posts I created in the library earlier this week.
Writing up draft blog posts, from notes in Evernote.
I complete the three blog posts for clients quickly, and then an article on the clustering pre-writing process for the freelance writing blog. I also published a post on my Just Write a Book Blog about common challenges with writing short stories.
Everything takes longer than you expect. I wanted to work on the Leap into Copywriting project, but I need to make some calls, and return some calls and texts.
I’ve got a meeting this afternoon, so I need to run through the presentation quickly. It’s my standard presentation, but a little rehearsal never hurts.
Lunch, and the presentation.
A quick lunch with a friend, to discuss the client’s nonfiction book I’ve almost completed. She’s handling the editing for me, and wants to discuss book marketing. She’s discovered self publishing, and is both thrilled and terrified. Her longterm goal is to start her own business.
Off to do the presentation. I enjoy driving, because I always seem to come up with ideas. I pull over to make some audio notes in Evernote.
We have a deal… :-)
Back in the office. The presentation went well, and we have a deal. I ask Julia to create the quote, and send them an invoice, an agreement, and the terms of service document. The project is for January, so I enter the dates into my calendar, and make some notes on the meeting.
I should work on the client’s nonfiction book, but I’m tired and need to refuel with coffee and a few minutes of relaxation. I’ve earned a little reading time too, so I open ReadKit to scan some blogs for half an hour.
Then I watch the Adobe Audition CC video overview. I’m using Audition to tidy up audio files, but I have no real idea what I’m doing. It may be time to reactive my lynda.com subscription.
More work on the video script, and nonfiction book.
Just one timer session on the video script. Can’t get into it today. I did a cluster diagram; need to let it gestate. Needs sparkle, and more emotion. I’m just not feeling it.
Worked on the client’s nonfiction book; another 600 words. The client sent a couple of messages; they’re happy with the chapters, so onward. :-)
5PM — enough for the day. Daily review done; word counts respectable. It’s time to close the office, and get ready for dinner with friends. :-)