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Switch Up!

I just want to say a BIG thank you to all the lovely encouraging and supportive comments on my last post (I may not have replied to all, but I read them all and was so touched!). It was so nice to hear from other writers who feel the same. This community really is so incredibly supportive! 🙂

Today is the first day of just giving myself over to writing, I am doing this blog post on my lunch break! 😀 It has been nice though, it was lovely to start writing this morning and have no pressure to finish at a certain time so as I could begin social media, I actually think the quality of my writing improved for it!

Anyway, I had a nice plan of action in place for the book I’m working on at the moment.

It was my usual plan- Write the first draft, edit the next month, and then release. So release day would have been the end of November.

But, this book is different then normal as it’s the first book in a series; a series I have been thinking about writing for a good 2 years now.

As I began writing my first draft I knew I was going to need more time with it. More time with these characters I’ve been cultivating for years and more time to delve into the start of this series I’ve loved planning for so long!

So, I’ve had a change of plan. My plan now is to work on the first draft (still finish by the end of this month!) and then give myself two months for editing.

In November I am going to work on a short Christmas novella to release in December, then January and February I am giving over completely to re-writing and doing drafts of the current first book in my series.

I hope that makes sense 😀

I do have to say, this is part of the reason I love self-publishing. I have no set time or specific book I need to work on. If I want or need to change up the order I release books or write books, I can! That is really a huge plus for writing and publishing books on my own!

Have you guys ever changed your writing plans? Have you started one book and then begun another at the same time?

Progress Report:

Status of first manuscript: Writing first draft.
Word count: 2232 (Total word count: 28,368).

Books read: 2/4.

End of October Indie Review: Reading.

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19 thoughts on “Switch Up!

  1. That’s great news Mishka! A series, wow! Go for it! After weeks of procrastination, I actually sat down and wrote the prologue for my Book 3 this morning, too, and now I’m raring to go on Chapter One! So it seems a good morning for both of us, yippeeee!

  2. I must admit, I read your last blog post, had every intention of commenting, and then never did. 😛 I think it’s great that you’re letting off the social media to make more time for writing. Will it suck? Sometimes, yes, but if you don’t feel you’re making any more progress WITH the social media that you’d been making WITHOUT, then something’s gotta give.

    I’m a firm believer that your best marketing strategy will always be your next release. I think this is especially true in the self-publishing world. I have a friend who wrote the first drafts of seven books over thirteen years ago, and just started editing and releasing her books late last year (self-publishing). Without much marketing, she’s been selling and getting reviews, but I think it’s more because she’s releasing so much so quickly. Her writing is good. Her stories are good. Her marketing? Not so much. Still, she sees sales, and I’m pretty certain that’s why. Because she’s got something new out every couple of months.

    I love the new schedule you have set for yourself. I think it will work well for you when writing your series. I know that I have a couple different series planned aside from Shifters & Mages, and I plan to write all the books in the series before I publish any. My reasons are a little different than yours though. Mine involves a fantasy world that I’ve been designing as I write books, but lately, I’ve been having idea after idea that would work for that particular world, but not without changing some things that have already been set in the first book or two. I hope that makes sense… Maybe…

    Either way, I understand and can relate to your change of scheduling. Good luck! Can’t wait to find out more about the series and the Christmas novella! 😀

    • I think releases and reviews are some of the best forms of marketing, especially over just asking people to buy my book on all the social media sites 😀

      Writing a series can be interesting! Keeping it all together and consistent, I imagine a fantasy one would be pretty intensive!

      Thank you so much for the kind and encouraging comment 🙂

  3. I’m so glad you’re enjoying your new schedule, and I can’t wait to hear about the novella and the book you’re working on! xx

  4. It’s exciting to hear what is coming up in the future for you–I can’t wait to hear more about the Christmas novella. I too, have started writing one book while working on another–it just happens when I’m most inspired 🙂

  5. A series AND a Christmas novella both sound intriguing! 🙂 I’m glad you aren’t so rigid in your schedule that you’re not flexible. It really makes it more liberating when you can deviate without guilt. (And I say that from years of experience of trying to stick to the plan! LOL!) Congratulations! 😀

    • Being flexible and being to change things up is a really important thing of being a self published author, I think. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow!

      Thank you so much for commenting 🙂

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