Writing Update/ Confession

Current Writing Project

Dragon Story (Working title). See Current Writing Project: Dragon Story to see the premise.

How much have I written?

Don’t hate me, but I haven’t written very much. I have written some scenes for chapter one. I’ve been having trouble keeping my focus on writing the story. It’s hard for me to go from writing and planning blog posts to outlining and writing my story. I’m still learning and figuring things out. I just have to keep at it, which I will.

How many Chapters have I outlined so far?

I’ve out lined seven chapters not including the prologue. I’m not too sure that I’m going to keep it or just cut it out entirely. To keep the prologue or to cut the prologue? That is the question.

My Goals

Initially, I wanted to pull a NANOWRIMO and finish the first draft by the end of this month, but I’m pretty sure that’s not going to happen at this point. My goal now is to finish it before the end of the year. This is the first story of mine that I’m planning on publishing, so I’m trying to cut myself some slack and pace myself.

I’m going indie and self-publishing which gives me more creative control, but it can also be expensive. So, while I’m working on draft one, I’m also saving money for an editor, cover artist and anything else that I may need to help me publish my book.

What may help me get into the writing flow

  • I’ve found that writing in sprints makes it seem less daunting. Typically, I’ve done thirty to forty-minute sprints with some success.
  • When I put on music, I toggle between my writing playlist on spotify or calming ambient music on youtube. Spotify is for specific scenes, youtube is for when I’m having a hard time focusing.
  • Planning out my day helps me keep track of the things that I need to get done. It also gives me incentives to finish tasks, since I list everything that I’ve accomplished at the end of the day before I go to sleep.

Things I’ve learned

  • I need to pace myself and cut myself some slack. This is my first time writing a novel, it’s going to take some time to get into the groove and find things that work for me.
  • Music helps me focus or picture scenes. I need to utilize music more.
  • Writing sprints are a Godsend.

Meet Claus Brannock

  • trickster, mischievous, fun loving, acts like a kid, youngest of the Brannock clan. Lyla’s younger brother.
  • Physical

•     14 years old

•     Lean, still building muscle

•     5’10

•     Medium brown skin, hazel eyes

•     Long, dark brown curly hair

Published by Meagan Rose Cortez

Caring preschool teacher by day, crazy writer at night. I'm an aspiring author with ambitions wilder than my characters. I like to read, write and watch movies. I particularly like Shephan King and J.R.R. Tolkien. I'm also very fascinated by Psychology and Forensics. If you're into fun, creepy, crime puzzle fantasies, then I'm your girl!

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