Echo and Kor’Thank: The Weekly Update

Kor’Thank word count:  15,925 (a computer crash ate one of my chapters but that’s okay; I’m confident enough in my writerly abilities to rebuild that scene)  Echo Vol.4:  Currently on my third draft, chapter 89 out of 95

Thanks to All Who Bought Echo!  And BIG THANKS to those who posted positive reviews on Amazon or Goodreads!!!

News:  Adulting has come to roost at my doorstep!  (no worries—all first world problems).  This is my most work-intensive semester at school (purposefully so, so again no worries), and I’ve gotta knuckle down and study for some tests.  At the same time, I’ve gotta continue editing Echo 4, continue with the paperback stuff (finally got the formatting down, I think; section breaks are key for customizing how you want your page count to go), and keep at it with Kor’Thank.

As the great Jocko Wilink likes to say, prioritize and execute.  Now writing throws in an added complication, because if I step away from it, I start to rust.  It’s like fitness; you don’t want to lose your momentum, even if it means just doing a quick fifteen minutes of whatever.

So:  nebulous goals (finish books, study for tests) plus limited time.  And I want to do a little something for each project every day.  What’s my approach?  Well, now that time is limited, I can’t just say I’m gonna edit x thousand words or study x chapters every day.  Because sometimes, I can spend an hour editing 300 words, and sometimes it takes five minutes.  The solution is pretty simple, and some of you are already probably rolling your eyes as you read this:  I have to use time limits for each activity.  30 minutes editing, 30 minutes studying, 30 minutes paperback stuff, etc. etc.

Now, stopping one activity and switching to the next activity can be annoying; sometimes you’re on a roll and you wanna stick with something.  But in the end, that’s why—like with everything—I have to discipline myself to be strategic.  Being strategic in this case means making sure I engage all projects on a regular basis.  Being disciplined means being able to cut myself off from a given activity—no matter how awesome it feels to be in the zone or on a roll—and moving on to the next.

Another glimpse into how Kent Wayne attacks adulting!  If you’re a writer, then I wish you inspired drafting and insightful editing!!!  🙂 🙂 😀

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