Dawn Montgomery

Winning NaNoWriMo and Recovery

In #amwriting, Goals on December 8, 2013 at 12:02 am

It’s been a minute fellow writers. I had revisions dropped in my lap in the middle of NaNoWriMo. Plus some sharp curves on a story I had hoped was on track (but wasn’t). Here’s where I stood on my final for NaNoWriMo:

NaNoWriMo 2013

My two boys tried their best. The youngest won though his story isn’t *quite* finished. I had to derail the Familiar Kiss train (again) and get contract work done. Not a bad thing, but it’s frustrating. Am I ever going to get that novel done?

I’ve all but disappeared from the ‘net for about three weeks now. With 25 days left in the year, I’ve got a slammin’ list. Ready for it?

#ROW80 update


Goals for the rest of 2013: 

  • Angel’s Masquerade (working title) submission 30 December 2013 (25k minimum, shooting for an April release)
  • Holly Savage 1 Finished and off to edits (14k remaining, shooting for a January release)
  • Silver Tongued Devils (Tall, Dark and Alpha boxset, releases 8 March 2014) halfway done by the end of the year (15k by the end of the year)
  • Dragons Never Lie (WTF Dragon 3) a chapter per weekend (shooting for a February release)
  • *A Devil’s Bargain done and submitted by 30 December (15k remaining)
  • *A Pirate’s Bride done and submitted by 31 December (4k remaining)
  • Final edits for Thunder and Roses (releases 28 January 2014)

* represents any leftover time I might have. LOL! Like I’d really have any, but you never know.

Other things that may or may not have anything to do with extra writing this month: 

  • The last week of December Ditter Kellen and I will be having a meeting of the minds to go over plans for book 2 to the Thunder and Roses universe. The beginning of the year will be focused on finishing up Silver Tongued Devils and the cowriting projects I have going on (there are three, so far).
  • My editor has asked for a proposal to continue the Kitchen Witch Society series. She wants the first three chapters and synopsis of the first book, plus synopses of the next books. I have to get to work on that ASAP.
  • Another publisher wants FoxFire and the next two books so I have to get that finished and ready to submit (Ditter and I pulled FoxFire for the duration of the consideration).
  • Did I mention that I still have series that need to close out? (The Hunger universe and the WTF Dragon world).
  • Oh, and the free read that was supposed to be done forever ago? No such luck. Still have to work on it.

I’m wearing myself out, man.

Things of note for this month: 

So let’s break down my goals by this week, shall we? 

  • Angel’s Masquerade needs to be at 15k by the week’s end.
  • Holly Savage needs to be through the third murder by the week’s end (it’s easier to think of this book that way than by word count).
  • Silver Tongued Devils needs to be at 2.5k by the week’s end.
  • Dragons Never Lie through chapter three by next Sunday.

I’m going Cold Turkey a lot. A LOT, a lot! No internetz for me during the day as it is a huge distractor.

There were cover reveals and releases this week. 😀 Crazy, right?

I’m back with a bang, baby!

I’m part of a great motivational writing group known as A Round of Words in 80 Days. Click here to find out how other did this week and here if you want to become a part of it!

  1. WOW! I need to sit down and lie back with a face cloth over my forehead, just reading your to do lists. Back with a bang is right!! And all coming up to the Holiday Season, too.

    Congrats to your youngest on his NaNo win, and to you, too, on yours. 🙂

    And I’m wishing you all the best with your goals this week. (How do you find the time to work on several different projects at once? I’m seriously in awe!)

    Take care, see you at the check-in next week. 🙂

    • Almost two years ago I was forced to retire from the military due to medical reasons. It was devastating for me and I didn’t know what I was going to do with myself. My husband told me I’d finally be able to write full time. And writing full-time WAS my dream, but I always imagined I would be working a regular job and writing on the side for the rest of my life. Because of the same medical problems, I couldn’t just run out and get a new job. I needed recovery and physical therapy, etc.

      So I started writing full-time.

      It was tough, but I pushed myself harder and harder until I treated writing the same as I did my job in the military. At that time I was a brilliant multi-tasker (before my injuries punched me in the self-esteem solar plexus). It took two years of hard work, but I’m finally to a point where I can work on each story a little bit at a time until that goal for the day is done. I do note-cards the night before so I can write without wondering what’s supposed to happen next.

      I have to tell you, though, this month’s goal list is far larger than any I’ve tackled as a full-time writer. It will be a struggle, but if I can make it (and make it to the quality I push myself for), I’ll have a release schedule lined up for most of next year. Through July, actually. Starting off 2014 with that kind of list would fill me with so much relief. And that means I can write my cowritten works without panicking about no works releasing (like I did this year when I didn’t have a release until May for Haunting Melody.

      Whoa. Long reply! Sorry about that. 😀 See you next week!

  2. I think Bang is an understatement. Holy cow woman! I’m exhausted just reading that list. All the best at shutting down the internet and butt-in-chair this week! May the words flow 🙂

  3. Congrats on NaNo. Your list left my heart racing a bit. Oh my! I hope 2013 wraps up in a way that leaves you feeling motivated and looking forward to a knockout year in 2014. December is always a crazy month in my world–part pure adrenaline and part pure exhaustion. Hoping your adrenaline keeps you moving through the exhaustion. Hugs.

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