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Hi everyone! This is WriterAlina’s 2nd quarter update. Let’s see how the last 3 months have gone shall we…

Part 1: 2nd Quarter Review

Here were my basic goals for the months of April, May, and June:

April 2015

May 2015

June 2015

Writing Goals

Write Every Day

Write Every Day

Write Every Day

Website Goals

Launch websitePublish 1 Blog Post per week (last week optional) Publish 1 Blog Post per week (last week optional) Publish 1 Blog Post per week (last week optional)

Story Goals

Participate in Camp NaNoWriMo Complete first draft of story Edit Act 1 (incorporate Xanthe and Chandra’s stories) Edit Act 2 (incorporate Xanthe and Chandra’s stories)

Critiquing Goals

Send out first 4 chapters to potencial critique partners Review Chapter 1-4 comments and develop an editing strategy Review Act 1 comments and develop an editing strategy
Send out remaining Act 1 chapters for critiquing Send out Act 2 chapters for critiquing

2nd Quarter Writing Goals

I was a rockstar in April! I wrote 5-6 days a week. It was awesome! May and June on the other hand were not so spectacular. I got at least a good 4 days a week of wring in, that’s not too bad. I’m working on how to squeeze in that 30 minutes minimum, my new strategy is to use the shorter writing times for working on blog posts. In April I got out of the habit of writing after waking up, I really need to start that up again.

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2nd Quarter Website Goals

My blog was successfully launched in April! Yay! I don’t have a tone of viewers yet, but I have some, which I’m stoked about. In the end this is all a growing platform for bigger and better things. Besides you never know where WriterAlina.com could end up in the future. 😉

I’ve changed my weekly blog posts from Mondays to Wednesdays. This has proven to be a much better day for me to post and it seems that people tend to be more likely to see my posts on Wednesday versus Monday. I’ve improved my posting from 3 posts a month to 4, which is awesome! Though in May I posted two in the same week instead of 1 post per week, so technically that doesn’t count, but I’m taking it anyway. I was out of town the last week of May and had a hard time posting from a mobile device. This is something I will have to work out over the summer since I’ll be doing quite a bit of travel. This will be my 3rd quarter challenge.

2nd Quarter Story Goals

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2015 was a total success! Ok. Not totally. I didn’t actually finish my novel in April, but I did write 32k words, which is awesome. Either way I made my word count goal and that’s a good thing. I finished Act 2 and started Act 3 of the story. I got half of Act 3 written before I went on vacation at the end of May.

Once June came around I rushed toward the end of my story. I have an old version of my ending and can technically claim that I “finished” the novel, but I’m not very happy with how it all turned out. *sigh* I know there are gaping holes in the story and need to rewrite a lot of stuff. I did come up with some great ideas this month that I need to figure out how to weave into the story. So I have something to be happy about.

In an attempt to rekindle my excitement about revising my story, I went through K.M Weiland’s novels Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success and Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story. Going through these books had the intended effect. The content motivated me to go through my outline again. This is something I’ve been seriously neglecting for a long while. It’s something I should have been updating as I was writing, but didn’t. *sigh* So I began to revamp my outline.

2nd Quarter Story Goals

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2015 was a total success! Ok. Not totally. I didn’t actually finish my novel in April, but I did write 27k words or was it 31k? I don’t remember now. LOL! Either way I made my word count goal. I finished Act 2 and started Act 3 of the story. I got half of Act 3 written before I went on vacation at the end of May. Once June came around I rushed toward the end of my story. I have an old version of my ending and can technically claim I “finished” the novel, but I’m not very happy with how it all turned out. I know there are gaping holes in the story and need to rewrite a lot of stuff. I did come up with some great ideas this month that I need to figure out how to weave into the story. So I have something to be happy about.

In an attempt to rekindle my excitement I went through K.M Weiland’s novels Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success and Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story. Going through these books did excite me and motivated me to go through my outline again (which I realized that it was something I should have been updating as I was writing, but didn’t *sigh*). So I began to revamp my outline.

2nd Quarter Critiquing Goals

So because I focused so much on finishing my novel I didn’t send out my story to be critiqued by anyone except my husband, who only got a portion of Act 1. He still hasn’t finished his reading, so I haven’t gotten the chance to read comments yet.

I did send my first 4 chapters or so to my April NaNoWriMo Camp mates and got positive feedback, nothing specific, just all around encouragement, which is always nice to receive. Though I have not been as diligent as I should be at reading all the work that they have. This is something that is going to change over the next 3 months.

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Part 2: 3rd Quarter Intentions

3rd Quarter Writing Goals

Write every day! Even if it’s only for 30 minutes, I need to get into the habit of writing every day again. As I said before I’ll use the shorter times for blog posts and maybe use it for additional world building and character development.

3rd Quarter Website Goals

Here are the types of posts to expect during the 3rd quarter of 2015. Each post will be published on Wednesdays.

  • July 1: WriterAlina post: You are reading my 3rd Quarter Review right now! 😀
  • July 8: Book Review: Whatever comes across my path
  • July 15: Movie Review: whatever I end up seeing that is worth your time reading about 😉
  • July 22: Writing Life post: Discussion of various ways to outline your novel
  • July 29: Current Story Content post: Character Sketch: Xanthe
  • August5: Book Review
  • August12: Movie Review
  • August19: Writing Life post: WriterAlina’s Outlining Process
  • August26: Current Story Content post: Kinarra World Building Part 2 (Colonization)
  • September 2: Book Review
  • September 9: Movie Review
  • September 16: Writing Life post: World Building Series Post #1
  • September 23: Current Story Content post: This will either be one of the short stories I write during NaNoWriMo July, another Character Sketch, or another Kinarra World Building post
  • September 30: WriterAlina post: 3rd Quarter Results

3rd Quarter Story & Critiquing Goals

July:

  • I’m going to join Camp NaNoWriMo July and write some Jention Chronicles short stories. Maybe I can use this time to streamline my outlining process with something shorter than a novel. We’ll see…
  • Revamp my detailed outline for my story
  • Identify what needs to be rewritten, chucked, and added to the story.
  • Review and incorporate comments I’ve gotten from critique partners of years past.

August:

  • Write all the scenes of the story that are missing from Jention Chronicles book 1
    Brainstorm the beginnings of the outline for Jention Chronicles book 2
    Make time to critique other’s work

September:

  • Edit Jention Chronicles book 1 as a whole
  • Work on outlining Jention Chronicles book 2
  • Make time to critique other’s work

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So, this is the new plan. If you review my aggressive plan from the beginning of the year, I’ve totally rocked certain tasks, I have to redouble my efforts for tasks I didn’t realize I had to do and had to push other tasks off to make room for the more important ones. This is a great example of being flexible with your plan. (This process can apply to outlining too.) Every now and then you must review your plan and adjust accordingly. Sometimes life gets in the way of your plan, sometimes you get in the way of your plan because there are some things you just don’t know to plan for until it comes up.

But this is all an interesting experiment in accountability. Thank you for being out there and supporting me through my learning process. I hope that I am able to return the favor in some small way.

Wish me luck. 😉

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