October was certainly an interesting month. I spent most of it trying to figure out my new schedule of less social media and more writing.
I did OK to start with, but then I found my hours creeping up again on social media. I am certainly going to have to be stricter with myself.
– Didn’t exactly keep to schedule. Got most things done on time, but not others.
– Started my new Books on my Bookshelf series.
– Got my first reviews for The Magic Spark.
– Didn’t meet my reading target. Though I was only off by about half a book 😀 Forbidden Quest by Alaina Stanford, Reunion of the Heart by Elaine Jeremiah, and Hands of Evil by Melissa Barker-Simpson.
– Attempted to cut my social media right down and concentrate on the writing. Started well, but hasn’t been so successful towards the end of the month.
– I did some marketing using photosets, but still not enough.
– Managed to connect with bloggers regularly, and share their posts and news on Twitter and FB more consistently.
– I didn’t manage to sort out my Pinterest boards.
It’s all change for November yet again to what I intended last time.
Unfortunately, there will be no Christmas novella. As much as I want to write it, I am just not in a place to do so at the moment. There is a lot of upheaval at home and things moving around, which will eventually result in a writing space of my own. But until then, I don’t really have anywhere that I can go to focus on writing.
I am one of those writers who needs quiet and peace to write 😀 And I just can’t get that at the moment, and my writing is suffering for it. I don’t want to put out a book that is less than my best, so I’ve decided to wait (though I will probably do the Christmas novella for next year because the characters and plots are just too awesome to forget!).
Instead this months goal is: To write 500 words a day.
Doesn’t matter what it is- short fiction, long fiction, fanfiction, poetry, as long as it’s something. I may not have the space to concentrate on a full book, but that doesn’t mean I have to stop writing altogether, I love it too much to do that 😀
November will be about writing practice, which is just as important as anything else! But it will also give me more time to help at home and eventually get this writing space up together, which I am VERY excited about 🙂
As for reading this month, I plan to read three books: The Masked Empire by Patrick Weekes, Asunder by David Gaider (re-read that one, as I’ve read it before!), and Not Wonder More – Mad Maggie and the Mystery of the Ancients by Rod Raglin (for review group). Those are the only ones that I will definitely be reading, and any extra will be a bonus 😀
That means no reviews except my review group one this month, and none in December either. My normal reading and reviews will resume in January 2015 (a scary thought to think that’s not so far away!).
So, there you have it. This post was a lot longer than intended, sorry!
**TL;DR – No Christmas novella due to a lot of stuff going on. Tons of writing practice instead this month! Back to book writing in the New Year.**
Other things that happened around the writing/blogging community this month:
Callum McLaughlin released his new book, False Awakening!
Topaz Winters has a beautiful new look to her site.
EclecticAlli has been hosting a brilliant set of posts for her Masquerade Ball Blog Party.
Natacha Guyot announced an exciting new project she’s working on!
Island of Glass by Ruth Nestvold is at a lowered price until Mid-November!
My Creative Flows blog had a great post on tips for those participating in NaNo and how to get through it! 😀
Oh, also, to all those actually participating in NaNoWriMo this month- Good Luck! 😀
How did your October go? Do you have many plans for November?