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Time to start reading more

As I designed this writing regiment my intentions were to allow myself the ability to slowly work myself back into my writing. When I showed my wife the plan she made me realize that this program could be used by more than just writers. She has a lot of different art projects that she wants to tackle and like me she was finding it difficult to find the time to work on them. She started using this program herself.

Over the weekend I finished out the first full week, with today starting out the second week.

Week 1 Day 6

The sixth day and subsequently every sixth of the week is the day the most writing is completed in any given week. Since this was the first week it wasn’t too difficult. The day consisted of two writing sessions each for 30 minutes. So, one hour of writing for the day.

This is why I chose to begin the program on Monday. Saturdays are the best day for me to get a lot more done, so it’s the day that I want to write the most.

Week 1 Day 7

Rest day. Similar to the sixth day, every seventh day is a rest day. The seventh day is always a rest day due to the sixth always being a more heavy writing day. As weeks progress this rest day will become a much needed day.

Week 2 Day 8

Like the first day of last week there is no writing. However, there’s a new addition to the program, reading. As a writer you have to read. It’s a must. Personally I think everyone could benefit from reading more. For today, read for 30 minutes.

I personally like to alternate reading between three books, a fiction book, a non fiction book, and big book (1000 pages or more). Currently I’m reading Michael Stackpole’s Tricknomancy, John Acuff’s Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work That Matters and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Complete Sherlock Homes.

It’s important to expand your knowledge and understanding of your craft. Use this day to read something fun, or use it to research information for the project you are working on.



Alpha Readers

The Book is done, well sort of. The second draft is done. It’s currently in the hands a select few to find everything wrong with it. So why only a select few, why not give a copy to everyone I know?

Since your book is written in stages it should also be read in stages. For example, my first draft was only read by my wife. After she gave me her input I did some major editing. Things drastically changed from the first to the second draft. Currently the second draft is being reviewed by my Alpha Readers which consist of my wife and five more people. After receiving their feedback I will write draft three and then give it to any adult in my family that wish to read it. The fourth draft will be given to the adults and the kids.

I personally found it difficult picking my Alpha Readers. I have plenty of family members who want to read the book unfortunately I had to narrow it down to only a small handful. Don’t choose your readers in fear of who will be offended if they are not chosen. I spent months determining who was going to be my readers. It was not an easy task.

When choosing your Alpha Readers you need to make sure that they are aware that they aren’t reading the book just to read it. Their job is to go line by line seeing what works and what doesn’t work in the story. In some cases they will be as familiar with the story as you are.

As the author it is your job to decide what your Alpha Readers are looking for. Since this is the largest writing project I have ever worked on I asked them to look for several things pertaining to the story. How does it flow, does anything not make sense, things like that.

My plan was to give my readers a hard copy of the manuscript. I received some pushback with them asking for it electronically. At first I thought, no I want them to have it in hand and write their notes on the page. Soon after I took a step back and thought about it. They are doing me a favor by reading the book. They are taking time out of their lives to read and take notes about my book. I needed to be courteous of their needs.

Now I wait to see what they have to say. I asked them to give their feedback at the end of the month. This gives them plenty of time to read and take detailed notes.

NaNoWriMo Progress
Book 2 First Draft
227 Words

How’s NaNoWriMo going for everyone? Even with this being Book 2 it’s still a new story. Since I have been spending so much time on the first book I forgot how much fun it is to begin a new project. I can’t wait to see where this story goes. Unfortunately I’m a bit under the weather so I wasn’t able to get much writing done today.

Preparing for Book 2

The first thing I need to say is that I am very sorry for not getting an article out last week. While I love the rain, the power apparently does not.

The time has finally come. It’s time to start writing my second book. The second book will be a continuation of this first book. “But Michael, you don’t even have the first book published yet. Why are you starting your next project?” The answer is simple; I’m a writer, that’s what I do. This time next week my 2nd draft will be in the hands of my Alpha Readers. I won’t have anything to write until I get their feedback. So, while I wait I might as well start the second book.

These last few weeks I have been throwing ideas around of where I want the story to go. I know how it is going to start and how it is going to end. In between I have a few ideas that I know will make it into the story, but for the most part it’s all up in the air.

When I started Dust (it’s what I’m currently calling my first book) I knew that it was going to be a trilogy. Knowing that places and people would be appearing in all three books I took notes while I wrote. Whether you are writing a stand alone novel or a multi book series I recommend taking notes. It helps keep track of character names, descriptions, places, rules that you put in your world. What you don’t want is have issues with continuity.

Next week, November 1st, is the start of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Every year I say I am going to participate but I never do. Last year I even started, but quickly stopped when I realized it was taking away from the novel I had already begun. This year is different. My second draft will be done. I figured this was the best time for me to start Book 2.

NaNoWriMo is a writing event that takes place during the month of November. The goal is to write 50,000 words by the 30th. To put that into perspective The Hobbitis 95,022 words. To “win” NaNoWriMo authors need to write 1,667 words a day. I’m personally going to try and write 2,000 words a day. If I do the second book will be finished on the 24th.

More information can be found on their website http://nanowrimo.org/. I encourage all of you to participate. NaNoWriMo is a great time to write that novel you have always wanted to.

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Novel Progress
Draft: Second
83.97% Complete