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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Breaking the Author – Week Seven

It’s Sunday, February 21st, 2016, and it’s time for another update!

The past week of my writerly productivity has been mildly depressing. I had a list of things to achieve, as per usual, and I did almost none of them.

  • Maintain the blog with a weekly update, an editorial, and a story post.
  • Complete Shapes 1 Line Edits
  • Write Shapes 2 Part 3
  • Write the opening part to a collaborative story game that begins in March.
  • Find cover art for Shapes 1
  • Begin Gridfall read and broad fixes before deep editing phases.
  • Get my writer resumé in a little bit more order and submit applications to a couple of places that I know are looking for writers.

So I managed to do the resumé bit, the blog, and writing Shapes 2 Part 3 for this coming Tuesday’s story post. The rest I have let languish and I’m trying not to take it too hard because I need the break.

Part of my writer life suffering is because I was recently rededicated to my management position at work, that I have been trying to get out of for the past seven months. I made the decision to step down from management, we were taking steps toward it at work, and then everything changed and now they need me to stay on as a project manager for the foreseeable future.

I’m disappointed that I have to continue doing it, but I’m also going to, in the short to mid term, do it to the best of my ability. And part of that is dedicating all my mental energy to that first, and writing gets whatever’s left. So I come home from work and I’m mentally exhausted and I just can’t make myself do the writer work to any significant degree.

I will get back to it, but in the meantime my writerly goals are going to be smaller.

For the coming week I will be attempting to do the following:

  • 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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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 Six

It’s Sunday, February 14th, 2016, Valentine’s Day though that doesn’t really matter. It’s time to update you on my pretty horrendous week!

If you saw my Thursday post about the slump I’m in, I haven’t gotten much writing or editing work done this week.

  • I managed to keep the blog updated.
  • I started posting the serial novella The Wings Take Shape
  • I wrote the next part of The Wings Take Shape for next Tuesday
  • I submitted Damp Summer Nights

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Breaking the Author – Week Five

It’s February 7th, 2016. Five weeks of editing madness.

Goals achieved:

  1. Maintain blog. – Completed.
  2. Complete Line Edits on Shapes 1 – 50% complete.
  3. Edit and submit Magic Carnival and Shibboleth short stories.
  4. Write Shapes 2 Part 1

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Breaking the Author – Week Four

It’s January 31st, 2016. This post is coming to you via scheduler, as I will be attending PAX South this weekend and having no cares in the world for the craft of writing! Time to get my game on.

*Ahem* A month gone and what do I have to show for it? Let’s find out!

The goals I hoped to achieve this week are as follows:

  1. Maintain blog. – Completed.
  2. Complete Line Edits on Shapes 1 – 25% complete.
  3. Another round of edits on Shibboleth and Damp Summer Nights, the short stories I’ve been tinkering with – Completed.
  4. Begin looking at cover artists for Shapes 1 – Not started.

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Breaking the Author – Week Three

Third week tucked into my belt for this year’s authorial challenge, Breaking the Author!

I was sick for most of this week, and unlike last year when I was sick, I didn’t force myself to complete daily goals to the detriment of my health. So while I had a couple extra things early in the week I was hoping to get around to, I just didn’t have the health for it this week.

The goals I wanted to achieve were thus:

  1. Finish first-pass edits on Shapes 1. – Completed this Tuesday night.
  2. Plot out Shapes 2 with a rough outline. – Completed this Friday night.
  3. Start line edits on Shapes 1. – Did not even begin this.
  4. Edit “Shibboleth” and “Damp Summer Nights” short stories. Did not even attempt.
  5. Maintain blog. – Completed.

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Seeing the Forest for the Trees

It’s Thursday and I want to talk about a particular experience I had over the last month or so that is relevant to my current editing goals.

In December of last year I was doing my best to hit my daily goal of words written, because I had a novel I wanted to finish and a year of writing to smash to pieces. I was successful at both of those, but right there in the middle of it all I had some random inspiration and wrote a short story.

I haven’t posted the short story on the blog, nor have I submitted it anywhere for publication consideration yet. Part of that is that the story isn’t ready yet. Continue reading