The Gypsy Muse – Author Rachel Kenley

September 13, 2011

Tuesday Tell All – I’m a little behind

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It's a little behind... get it?

Yeah, after doing so well through the beginning of August, the last few weeks have been busy with things other than writing – which makes me feel very unbalanced.  I love writing, and I miss it when I don’t take the time to do it daily.

I need – and want – to get back to my 500+ words a day (closer to 1,000 words would be better) and get the edits and additions to PEAK EXPERIENCE done.  I have figured out how to get rid of the charcter/conflict that was weakening the book and upped the heroine’s conflict, both internal and external, which should help overall.  My goal is to have it complete by the end of the month.

But how did it get to be the 13th already??

How are you doing?  Are you where you want to be?  Need to catch up?

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June 21, 2011

Tuesday Tell All – Be Honest With Yourself

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I am working on one book I have under contract (yay!) and another that is part of a multi author series.  The one under contract has an August 1st delivery date and needs to be a minimum of 50,000 words.  The second, will be around 27,000 words and I had planned to turn it in by July 1st.  This was before the other book was contracted.

So there I was, trying to find a balance to get both books done. And driving myself crazy in the process.

Worse, when I was honest with myself, I knew that if I tried to keep both of these deadlines, I was not going to turn my best work for either project.  It’s been a challenge for me in the past for when Ihave a picture in my head of how things should go, and then it turns out to be improbable. It’s hard to let it go it, reorganize, and re-evaluate.  But that’s what I did.

Now, my writing time is focused on the contracted book which will get in by the deadline (which will make my publisher happy) and I’ve set a new goal of submitting the shorter work by September 1st.  Both books deserve my best efforts as do my editors and readers. 

Sometimes it’s best to be honest with yourself on what you can – or can’t – accomplish and then replan accordingly.

Ever ben in a similar situation?

June 7, 2011

Tuesday Tell All – 1K A Day

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Writing 500 words a day was great.  The progress was happening and GUARDED HEART was nearing the end of its first draft.  And then…

My editor at Ravenous said, “Who wrote the mermaid story in your anthology SPELLBOUND?  Do you think she’d be  interested in writing a novel for us?”  Well, it turns out I wrote that story (It’s called LEGS and it’s one of my favorite shorts).  She then asked if I’d consider doing a mermaid novel.  I thought about if for a while and said, “How about one where the mermaid comes on land on the Jersey Shore.” (I grew up there). She loved it… and on that sentence I’ve been contracted for a new book. 

Very thrilling.  And doable, right?  Except being a mermaid and beach story, it really should come out in the summer.  So before my brain could kick into gear, I said “Sure I can get it to you by August 1st.”

EEP!

I have never been so grateful for already having a discipline in place.  Instead of having to go from 0 to 60, I’ve gone from 60 to 75 and that feels much more doable.  I’m writing at least 1,000 words a day on the new book (tentatively titled WAVES OF PLEASURE) while GUARDED HEART sits for a week before I go back to edit and expand it.

Am I nervous?  Oh yeah.  But I’m more excited so that’s a good thing.

After years of fighting it I surrendered to putting discipline in my life and planning my days according to my priorities (another hooray for www.simpleology.com) and, oh, how happy I am that I did.

What disciplines make your life work better?

May 4, 2011

Tuesday Tell All – Just write

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Like many, I think, yesterday I couldn’t focus.  I would turn on the news, surf the internet, and stay close to my kids.  It was an odd day, and nothing got written.

Today, other commitments kept me from writing (including here) until the end of the day.  In fact, I was going to skip it all together, and then a good friend said – Just write something.  It doesnt have to be on the manuscript you are working on at the moment, just write and own that this is who you are and what you do.

And that’s the best advice of all.  Just write.

April 26, 2011

Tuesday Tell All – Fewer Excuses

Usually when I visit family or am on any sort of vacation, I let discipline slide.  This past week, however, I embraced the fact that I didn’t need to prepare daily lessons for my sons’ homeschooling and focused on my own to-do list.

And what do you know – I got 500 words every day, blogged most every day of the week, and moved forward in some online classes I’m taking.

So much for thinking I can’t work when I’m at my parent’s house. 

It’s a little like what happens during NANOWRIMO.  I discover I can write at night, write every day, hit a high word count, plow through a first draft without self editing and criticism… It’s amazing what I learn and remember that month.

In looking at when I want to have this manuscript done (by or before the end of May), I need to jump my daily word count from 500 to at least 750, but thanks to the discipline of the last few weeks, I am feeling good about my ability to do that.

Nothing like discipline combined with success to keep you motivated.

What’s working for you?  Could you use help?

February 15, 2011

Tuesday Tell All – Recommitment

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So on Tuesdays I own up to where I am, where I am not yet and where I am aiming to be by next week.

And, honestly, since Nanowrimo in November, I have not been as consistent in writing as I want (and hoped) to be.  It’s scary/sad/eye opening to realize that if I wrote 1,000 words a day Monday – Friday in the 10 weeks since Nanowrimo ended… I’d have 50,ooo words done.  Now, of course, they would still need lots of editing, but at least they would be commited to the paper.  PROVE IT ALL NIGHT would be a complete draft.

Yup – eye opening.

So as I recommit to myself, I put it out there to all of you as well that Monday through Friday – or more – I will write a minumum of 1,000 new words on a current project.  Of which I have three.

1) PROVE IT ALL NIGHT – paranormal romance

2) GUARDED HEART – erotic contemporary romance

3) WIZARD OF OZ – non fiction essay book

I realized several years ago that focusing on only one project at a time isn’t necessarily effective for me.  Yes, there comes a point where the manuscript develops a life of it’s own and like a powerful whirlpool sucks me in deeper and deeper, but until that point, I’m better if I’m working on more than one manuscript.  And it’s even better if they are in somewhat different genres.

Next week’s tell all should mention the 5,000 new words I’ve done as well as any other progress I’ve made.  If there is one thing successful published authors agree on it’s the importance of writing every day.  It’s a habit I’ve had and let go of at different times in my life.  I want to move my writing and publishing career to the next level.  It needs to be a habit now and forever.

Any habits that are working for you?  How about ones you want to change?

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