Monday, June 3, 2013

Make it Happen Monday!

Jane Auten orders Mommy to give her the
 Life she wants to become accustomed to.
Okay. Trying something new this week. To focus more on writing-centric blog posts, today I will be taking a cue from the Closed Facebook Group, Chick Lit Goddesses, some of the most talented and informative ladies I've had the pleasure to befriend, and using their daily prompts as blog posts. As follows

  • Make It Happen Monday, where I will hopefully share how I will attempt to make my writing dreams come true.
  • Share Tuesday, where I just might share what I'm working on, either snippets or just basic story outlines. Or, maybe I'll share what I'm reading, and what inspires me.
  • Work In Progress (WIP) Wednesday is where I've decided I'll share how the current WIP is going. I've got a doozy for this one, so I'm looking forward to this Wednesday.
  • Thursday Tips is going to be a bit harder, because I'm still learning a lot about marketing, eBook formatting, and writing, in general, but we'll see where we go from there.
  • Fun Facts Friday isn't from the Goddesses, but something I started last week that I want to keep doing. It won't necessarily be about writing, but it'll hopefully be something fun about me. If I'm even that interesting. We shall see, I supposed.

Since it's Make it Happen Monday, today, I'm going to talk about outlining, and how it's helped me with my current WIP. 

I'm working on this novel that takes place here in my hometown (Write where you know, right?), and it's one of three outlines I've written. For the first two Spy Sisters books, I didn't write outlines, and they each took me about a year to finish. This is aggravating to me as a writer, especially as an Indie Published writer because I know that I could and should write faster than that. My pastor said something very intriguing today at church. Ministers write the equivalent of 7 novels in the course of the year with all of their sermons put together, word-wise. That nearly dropped me on my butt, because I'm a professional writer, albeit, not a full-time writer, but professional nonetheless. 

That being said, I started outlining the third Spy Sisters book back when I finished the rough draft for book two, in hopes that it would come together faster for me. I also wrote outlines for two other stand-alone novels that aren't associated with the Spy Sisters in any way. Last night, I started writing the actual book for one of them, which is probably the more difficult to write because It's written in the present with flashbacks to see why the characters are the way they are. I started writing it last night, and I've already written 2,737 words in 24 hours. I think the outline works for me. It's still the first chapter, but I think it's going to work well for me, having a map of where I'm going. 
I'm making my career happen by having this map. It's amazing how much further you can go when you have a plan and a direction. Since I wanted to be a full-time writer by the time the year is out, there's a good chance that I could make it happen with the outlines. The sooner I get my work out, the more people will be able to and (hopefully) want to read, right? I really hope so. I hope to learn from everything, and use my new education to become a better writer, and to write what my audience wants to read. 

There you have it. The first Make It Happen Monday. Let me know what you think of the new features. I just hope I can keep up with this and be consistent with blogging. 

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