Breaking the Author – Week Fourteen

It’s April 10th, 2016. It’s time to throw an update full of words at you!

My goals for Second Quarter of 2016 (April-June) are as follows:

  • Finish Shapes 1 Editing and Self-Publish It
  • Finish Writing Game Year 1 Editing and Release It For Free
  • Finish Writing Game Year 2
  • Finish Shapes 2 Writing
  • Plot Shapes 3 for Third Quarter Posting
  • Write Four Short Stories
  • Submit Three Short Stories
  • Finish Gridfall Editing and Begin Submitting to Agents
  • Maintain the blog

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Breaking the Author – Week Thirteen

It’s April 3rd, 2016. I said it last week and I’ll say it again, Let’s do that update thing I do!

My goals for the thirteenth week of the year were as follows:

  • Write Shapes 2 Part 9
  • Write Week 4 for Writing Game Year 2
  • Continue broad edits on Writing Game Year 1
  • Finish line edits on Shapes 1 *
  • Maintain the blog
  • Submit a short story
  • Write a short story

Didn’t manage to submit or write a short story this week. Too much going on and I’m trying to focus in on that editing thing a bit more. Continue reading

Breaking the Author – Week Twelve

It’s March 27th, 2016! Let’s do that update thing I do.

I had goals for Week Twelve, and this is what they were:

  • Write Shapes 2 Part 8
  • Write Week 3 for Writing Game Year 2
  • Continue broad edits on Writing Game Year 1
  • Finish line edits on Shapes 1
  • Maintain the blog
  • Submit a short story, not necessarily Shibboleth

I did pretty good this week, and I had family in town during the latter part of the week, so I’m calling that a pretty big win. Continue reading

Breaking the Author – Week Eleven

It’s March 20th, 2016, which means it’s time for the Week Eleven update!

My goals for Week Eleven were:

  • Write Shapes 2 Part 7
  • Write Week 2 for Writing Game Year 2
  • Continue broad edits on Writing Game Year 1
  • Finish line edits on Shapes 1
  • Maintain the blog
  • Submit a short story, not necessarily Shibboleth

I’m still having trouble completing all my goals for a week, as you can see, but I’m making progress on both writing and editing goals, and those are my most important goals, along with maintaining the blog, so I’m still pretty happy with progress so far.

I wrote for a D&D style romantic fantasy story in the writing game this week, and I had a lot of fun driving a wedge between the two main characters before adding in an overarching conflict for them to struggle against. The writing game, as I’ve mentioned, was one of my favorite things from my year of writing last year, so I’m still psyched to be doing it again.

Writing Game Year 1 will become available once I finish the broad edits and confer with the other writers about how the more particular editing will go. Since one-sixth of the stories are not my writing, it’s a different editing proposition. I will be seeking changes but not actually making the changes myself for the most part. Similar to Editors for short story magazines and anthologies, I will be recommending changes and we’ll settle on what works while keeping in line with the original author’s intent and wishes whenever possible.

I don’t know when it will be “done” but an announcement will be made when it is!

My goals for next week are thus:

  • Write Shapes 2 Part 8
  • Write Week 3 for Writing Game Year 2
  • Continue broad edits on Writing Game Year 1
  • Finish line edits on Shapes 1
  • Maintain the blog
  • Submit a short story, not necessarily Shibboleth

Until next week, go out and tell someone something that you’ve been putting off. Doesn’t matter what it is: something they’ve done to annoy you, an impassioned plea to change destructive behavior, a declaration of love, telling someone close to you a thing you’ve been holding in, quitting your job, whatever! Don’t let things go on unsaid, it’s unhealthy.

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As always, follow me on Facebook and Twitter with #breakingauthor. Keep on striving for those goals.

And always remember to write the hell on!

Breaking the Author – Week Ten

It’s March 13th, 2016, which means it’s time for the Week Ten update!

My goals for Week Nine were:

  • Write Shapes 2 Part 6
  • Write for the Writing Game Year 2
  • Continue broad edits on Writing Game Year One
  • Finish line edits on Shapes 1
  • Maintain the blog
  • Submit Shibboleth short story

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Breaking the Author – Week Nine

It’s March 6th, 2016 and I have been writing and editing this week! It’s time for the Week Nine update for 2016.

I managed to miss some of the goals this week, but I still accomplished several and feel pretty good despite the hectic days I’ve been having.
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Breaking the Author – Week Eight

It’s February 28th, 2016, and that means I have an update thing for you. You know, that thing I do. On a weekly basis. It’s cool. Trust me.

So it’s well known that I’ve been having a rough time of it for pretty much all of this month, but I managed to complete all my goals for the week this week, so that’s a step in the right direction!

  • Write Shapes 2 Part 4 for next week’s post.
  • Write the opening part to a collaborative story game beginning in March.
  • Continue plugging away at Shapes 1 line edits.
  • Maintain the blog.

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