Deliberate Persistence – My ROW80 Goals

I am entering my third year of Round of Words in 80 Days Challenge. It is hard to believe that I’ve been blogging for this long, when it seems as though I started keeping a blog only yesterday. This challenge has helped me write Witch Book, Road Salt, and Along Came Neil. That is a total of three novels.

Kait announced that this round we should use Deliberate Writing as our topic of discussion. That is such a terrific idea.

I’m an indie author. The writing life for an indie author is not easy, nor is all the hard work that goes into being this type of writer. Someday, I am sure it will all pay off.

How does deliberate writing fit into the indie world?

It is the biggest part of an Indies world. We have to write with Deliberate Persistence or we will never get anywhere with all the self-promoting and self-publishing we need to do.

Deliberate Persistence is the power of inertia that keeps the stories coming. If we didn’t practice deliberate writing, many of us would have given up long ago. We just can’t give up.

It is practice, practice, practice… That is how our stories come about.

This past year has brought me a lot of growth with my joining RWA – Romance Writers of America. I took part in month after month of online workshops given by several of the Chapters of RWA. One in particular was YARWA – Young Adults Romance Writers of America. I think I got a lot out of them too. It sure made the steep cost of their membership well worth paying.

This year I will be focusing on writing fantasy and honing those skills.

Over the past year, I gave a lot of thought to when I was young I used to play a game of make believe with a good friend. We used to say to each other before we came up with our daily skit – let’s make believe that this happened, or that happened, and we are so and so. I remember those days well. It was when I was five and six years old. I don’t know if she remembers them at all. I apply what I learned from playing these games to my writing. Now instead of having the make believe being about me, it is about my characters. So I came to know, after all those years gone by, I had been practicing fiction long before I knew what I was doing. It was just some childish game. The game became a writing tool in the end.

Enough of my ongoing Deliberate practice…

I am to state what my Deliberate practice will be for this round.

  1. Orgarlan Saga needs a new plot outline for the next book in the series. I’m subconsciously cooking it at this time. I did finish up the time line for the first two books. Now I just need to decide who wants what and why, then the plot will come together like a puzzle.
  2. Blog more deliberately. I have been lax in this area in the past. I must make every check-in, even if I have nothing new to report.
  3. Maybe take a look at one of my slush pile unfinished works to see if anything can be done to resurrect the story line.
  4. Continue to take part in more of the online workshops offered by the RWA Chapters.
  5. Learn to put together a Self-Publishing workshop to be given locally in my area. ß—– Just thinking about this gives me the jitters. A good friend of mine keeps telling me I need to do this.

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Turtling the Story for #ROW80

Labor Day is almost here and Road Salt is nowhere near being done. It seems like this story has been a little bit harder for me to write than Witch Book or Aaron and Keja had ever been. I have been writing at a turtle’s pace even though I need to get this story done.

Tonight I did add another 1k words to the story, making the story’s word count 15k. I guess a turtle’s pace is better than no pace at all.

At least the plot outline is done. Now it all comes down to fleshing out the characters and getting gritty with the story. Also, I am trying not to censure my writing, or at least not as much as my previous works.

It just all comes down to making myself write.

The hard part that is keeping me from writing:

World of Warcraft…

They are coming out with the next expansion. It is due to be released on September 25th and I can’t wait. I am looking forward to creating a Panda monk and learning how to do a little bit of Kung-Fu in my gaming world.

So when I’m not gaming, I am writing and vice versa.

I started playing WOW back in 2008. That was when I had decided to write Aaron & Keja. In fact that is where I came up with the idea of civilizing the Orcs and Goblins and making the Elves something other than the good guys.

I liked writing the story with this fresh approach. Now when the next book comes out I will seek to steer away from Good vs. Evil. Instead I will use influences and choices along with temptation.

I think a strong plot for any story is better than a story about a character who goes through their entire life without any direction or meaning, good or bad.

Maybe the next Orgarlan Book will be infused with some good old fashion Karma as the events begin to take place.

Have a Great Holiday Weekend –