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Writing on Wednesday (July 15, 2015)

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Writing on Wednesday is a way to keep this particular writer on track (I hope!). These are weekly posts/updates where I will share something from the past week of writing with the readers of this blog. Sometimes it might be something I’ve learned, found useful, or a bit of my own writing and ideas. I hope this will be a time of sharing, encouragement, and accountability. Join me in setting some writing goals to finish that project and celebrate each success.

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This summer seems to be moving so quickly. I’ve made good progress on the beginning of stages on plotting this new novel, but perhaps I have not made progress as quickly as I like. Last week, I set out new goals since my original goal was met for the month. I’m keeping my new goals, but I’m changing the dates by a week.

It is taking me a bit longer to make the progress on this story that I had initially hoped for. I work best within an organized framework, and while I’m planning this novel, I’m also creating that same structure that I can use over and over again for future projects. I also want to be able to update this same framework in the future as I learn new thechniques or learn more about my own process. Unfortunately, this takes a lot of time away from when I could be actively working on this new story. But the good news is, I only need to do it once.

My Writing Goals for the Month of July:

By the end of the month, I would like to:

  • By July 12: Finish writing the final 12 scenes of my rough draft.
  • By July 15 July 22: Have my character sketches completed.
  • By July 22 July 29: Have an outline in place.

Writing Reflections:

There are so many benefits to writing and often, we don’t think of what they are unless we are, well, a writer. I’m horrible about getting into and sticking with habits, but someday, I hope to have and maintain a habit of journaling. That’s the type of writing this artcile focuses on, but I think it is still relevant.

3 Ways Writing Will Improve Your Life Even If You’re Not A Writer

 

What are your writing goals for the month?

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4 thoughts on “Writing on Wednesday (July 15, 2015)

  1. How do you manage to have the rough first draft finished without having an outline in place? I wouldn’t know where I’m going without a rough outline!
    It looks like you’re making good progress, so keep going! 🙂

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    1. Actually, I would have no clue either! 😉

      I just recently finished a rough draft this month. The outline and character sketches are for my next project. I tried to write without an outline (okay, I couldn’t do it, I had to at least know the next few scenes I had coming up) and I struggled. I tend to write with very detailed outlines. They take a lot of time to come up with, but I find they make the actual writing part so much smoother.

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      1. I agree, knowing what’s next, even if only roughly, helps a lot! When I wrote my first (terrible) book I had no idea where I was going and I was stuck a lot. This time I know what happens and when, so everything is running much more smoothly. I envy you for doing character sketches. I can’t draw at all but want to sketch them to show my readers, but I know they’d never do my characters justice (or look like people, for that matter).

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      2. I’ve thought about drawing my characters, but haven’t done that yet. By sketch, I’m referencing doing an in-depth study of who they are. I start with creating a personality profile for them and then move outwards to the way they act, talk, dress, etc. Within all of that, is also their backstory and their inner character journey.

        I find searching out images online is helpful to find a picture of someone who closely resembles one of the characters. Having that visual representation handy helps with keeping descriptions and such consistent in your writing.

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