Hi everyone,

I figured it would be helpful to give account of my business plan progress for 2015. Maybe this could help you to understand my writing process, but mostly this will help keep me accountable for what I say I’ going to do. So this is an update of my successes and failures during the first three months of the year and how I’ve changed my plan for the next three months.

Here were my basic goals for the months of January, February, and March (as explained in my business plan):

Jan 2015

Feb 2015

March 2015

Write Every Day Write Every Day Write Every Day
Brainstorming Yuma’s story and incorporate ideas into Xanthe’s story Complete 1st Draft of Chandra’s Chapters for Acts 1&2 of Identity Complete 1st Draft of Xanthe’s  Chapters for Acts 1&2 of Identity
Spend time designing my website again Spend time designing my website again Spend 1 day a week designing my website
Write needed blog posts/website content Write needed blog posts/website content Write needed blog posts/website content

Writing Every Day
MCj03825740000[1]In the month of January I wrote 6 days a week, though most of what I wrote was journaling and not story related. It got me in the habit of writing again after not writing for over a year. I wrote my “morning pages” (something I learned from The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron), in my modified version I would hand write continuously for 30 minutes after waking in the morning, no matter how many pages that ended up being. The morning pages saved me in the month of January and into February.

In the month of February I also wrote 6 days a week, but that month I wrote a lot more story content when I did write. My writing was 50/50 story and journaling. I did complete Act 1 of Chandra’s story in February, but not Act 2, so that bled into March.

March was a completely different beast, I’m not journalling as I was in January and February, but I wrote 5 days a week and created either story content or blog content. Yay!

Story Goals
My January project of brainstorming for the book that is after the book I’m writing now was extremely helpful because it allowed me to fix some plot issues I had with the current book. It totally kickstarted my imagination into Chandra’s (my antagonist’s) part of the story. I ended up pitching much of the content I had already written over a year ago and drove me through Chandra’s Act 1 and 2, which took a lot longer than I expected. I spent both February, March and into April creating her story. Most of Xanthe’s (my protagonist’s) story was overlooked for editing. But I believe that I will finish Act 3 for both characters by the end of April or the first week of May, at which point I’ll finish my very first novel length story. 😀 I’m totally looking forward to how that’s going to feel.

WA_logo_Full_118x450_1Website Goals
Although no one was aware of the fact that I’ve been updating my blog 3x a month (the first, second, and third Mondays of the month) the practice of actually getting that done has created a habit to get it done.
– First week: Book Review
– Second week: Movie Review
– Third week: Writing Life post
– Fourth week: Current Story Content post (optional)
– Fifth week: Science & Technology post (optional)

My intention was to launch my blog in April, which I did last week with my Cinderella blog post. 🙂 I finally attached my website to my Facebook page, my Twitter, and my Google+ in the hope of increasing traffic to my website through my friends at first. Unfortunately, I also need to increase my activity on my various social networking accounts in order to do that. Everything takes time, and even though people say it only takes 5 minutes, but that’s really not true. Yes, it only takes a few seconds to post something on your Facebook or tweet something on Twitter, but it takes much longer than that to think up, find, or create that content. Even if I repost other people’s stuff that’s still time taken out of writing, and I’m not spending as much time procrastinating on social media as I did before a year ago.

WriterAlina Writing Plan 2015 2ndt Quarter Intentions & Beyond
April is already half way through, and I’m participating in Camp NaNoWriMo April 2015, which has really been extremely motivating, encouraging, and fun. I find this so much better than the regular NaNoWriMo because of the group atmosphere. I get a lot of encouragement and I’ve changed some of my writing habits as a result of chatting with my cabin mates. 🙂 I am confident that I will actually finish my story, if not at the end of the moth, by the end of the first week of May, at which point I’ll be able to start weaving the two stories I’m writing together and edit the content I’ve already gotten comments from various critique sources over the years. In May, I’m hoping to have Act 1 edited so I can send it out for critique and in June I hope to have Act 2 completed and sent out for critique.

footer-camp-NaNoWriMoThen hopefully I’ll be able to join at least some of my current Camp NaNoWriMo April 2015 cabin mates in July for Camp NaNoWriMo July, where I can complete the Act 3 edits and potentially the final review of “draft 2”. If all goes according to plan, I can send out my “completed” story to a couple friends for review in August and review comments for that in September.

That’s the ideal time frame, we’ll see how life plays itself out. Wish me luck. 😉

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