June 2nd, 2018

Good Afternoon, World 🙂

I did something a little crazy.

I probably won’t get put away for it, but still. You know. I acted a little… Impulsively.

You see, I’m looking for a way to streamline my creative process. The novella I’m currently editing, “Warmth,” has taken a lot longer to create than I had planned. I had expected to write this puppy in a month, edit it, serialize it on wattpad.com (you can check out my rather empty, still-needs-a-cup-of-coffee page here: https://www.wattpad.com/user/LivMilesauthor) and be done with this. I figured, writing a quick, fun, paranormal romance novella would be a great way to broaden my audience, even if that means sacrificing my revenue on a book.

More than half a year later, “Warmth” is still not completed. I got sandblasted with freelance editing work, article writing, and of course, having a baby. To make matters worse, I’m new to the art of running a business. Writing may be an old hat, but keeping a schedule? Raising a child? Have a life, god forbid? This is not easy shit, folks. It’s not enough to just be a creative person; you have to be conscientious, managerial, and self-disciplined. I’m still learning the latter of those skills, but I’m pleased to say that I am making progress.

But yeah, the crazy thing I did. You ready?

I got on Fiverr, and I ordered a book cover for a novella that I have not written yet. I don’t have a title, I don’t have a plot. I have two main characters, a setting, and a general vibe.

I figured, let’s try writing a story from the other way around, first. We’ll start with the cover, then the blurb, then the outline. At long last, we will actually write the fucker.

So, here I am, waiting for my fiverr inbox to chime. I wonder how I will be spending the next three months of my creative life. Like I said, I need to streamline my process. A 20k novella can’t take almost a year to produce, especially not when I have several full-length novels kicking around in my head. I need my sense of dutifulness to catch up with my imagination. I have to focus, implement daily tasks, and another short novella would be a great way to refine my output strategy. Once I can successfully produce novellas in three months or less, I will go about scaling novel mountain.

Guys, let’s do this.

FOCUS.

And enjoy the rain, if that’s in the cards!

xoxo Liv

 

P.S. I need to fix my phone, so until I can do this, I’m going to be misappropriating public domain coffee cup images. Can’t stop, won’t stop.

 

6 thoughts on “June 2nd, 2018

  1. Hello, Liv!

    First of all, don’t be discouraged because it’s taking you so long to write your novella. A lot has happened with you since you started, like getting married, having a baby and probably so much more I don’t even know about. But those things had to take priority over your writing. There just wasn’t any other way. And having a baby isn’t about one day! She takes a lot of attention and care, which took a lot of time from your writing but that’s the way it had to be! It certainly doesn’t mean you’ve lost your focus. I think it does mean you have your priorities in order. Remember what I’ve said about goals. It doesn’t matter if they change every day, as long as you still have them. I’m going to use a word here that scares most people to death, but I’ve found it very helpful and in some situations it’s absolutely necessary. It’s multitasking! We all have too much to do in today’s world, so we have to do it! But that also has to do with having your priorities in order, which I think you do have. And I think maybe you’re more self-disciplined than you realize.

    I’m not sure it was so crazy to order a cover for your novella before it was finished, as long as you don’t change the title! In the back of your mind somewhere you probably thought this would be an incentive to finish it. And the cover won’t go to waste. It’ll still be there when you finish the novella. So don’t worry about that, and don’t think you’re losing it because you did such a crazy thing! 😉

    I’ve known for a long time that you have to be able to work for someone else before you’re able to work for yourself. And I know you’ve done that. I would guess in your case that time management would be most important. Just try this: Sit down sometime in the evening and physically write down a schedule for yourself for the next day. Consider what has to be done, and about how much time each task will take. Then actually write down when you’ll do each task. Start from when you get up in the morning, until you go to bed. Some things will be every day, some things maybe two or three days of the week, and some things maybe only one day a week. And if you can’t follow it exactly that’s OK, but after doing this for awhile you won’t have to write it down, and you’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish. At the end of the day, look back at your schedule to see what you’ve been able to accomplish, and what you haven’t. I realize how difficult it is with a family and with finding some time for a life, but I really think this would help. Give it a try and let me know!.

    Maybe that’s a little crazy to you, but consider where it came from!

    Have a good night, Liv.

    Bill

    1. Sound advice, Bill! I love my to-do list. I find it’s best when I have three lists: one for the morning, one for the afternoon, and one for the evening. I wish I could narrow down those times further, but the baby is a wildcard. She can cry at anytime, so I have to be flexible in my approach.

      You should see my lists, it’s ridiculous. I’ve kept daily to-do lists going back to July 2017, almost a year! lol. They’re saved in my One Note notebook, which is probably my favorite app for keeping things organized. I highly recommend it!

      Thanks for reading, Bill!

  2. My novel started because a mockingbird built a nest in my yard. I didn’t have any characters or story; I had no intention of even writing at the time. I just fantasized about an impish bird and a novel fell out.

    That said, starting with the cover sounds like a pretty damn good idea for a fun writing challenge. I’m sure it will work out for you because you are a champion.

    B

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