Ok, so I’ve started, stopped and started my writing ‘career’ so many times I’ve lost count.
I have a day job and a life and sometimes finding the time to write has eluded me, or I was in a different place and couldn’t get the creative ideas to keep going.
Turning 50 this year has brought on a lot of reflections and a big one is I don’t want to regret not finishing my book. So, I am MAKING time and following through. I’m not just blocking out time in my diary and then ignoring it. I’m writing, and writing, and writing.
Step 1: How much of my 30,000 words in book 1 useable?
I know! 30,000 Words! That’s huge right?
I’m half way through and I abandoned it. There are many reasons for this and I’m not going into the details, but it was necessary at the time to focus myself on other activities. Now I’m able to focus on writing again.
I’m also giving myself some accountability by posting here and tackling NaNoWriMo 2019. Something about being involved in the community and knowing so many others are also writing every spare minute is helping me to keep focussed on my book.
Step 2: Outline with Aeon Timeline
This week I’m reviewing my plot within Aeon Timeline and properly taking the time to flesh out my Characters and Locations.
I use to be a pantzer and just write whichever scene took my fancy and I ended up in such a mess I wasn’t sure what direction to take. Which contributed to putting it all to one side for far too long.
This time, I’ll focus more on the Outline, Characters and Locations and create a plan for my writing sessions. This will hopefully get me to the finish line.
Step 3: Write with Scrivener
Scrivener has been my writing app of choice for many years and I think I’m finally getting a handle on it. I’ll learn what I need at the time and I need it and not allow myself to get overwhelmed with all the complex bells and whistles.
If you’d like to follow along I’ll give you snippets of my progress with how I’m actually doing each step. I’ve been learning a few productivity hacks over the years and it’s time to put them to good use.