Dawn Montgomery

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National Novel Writing Month 2015 1st Week Update

In #amwriting, Challenges, Publishing News on November 8, 2015 at 1:42 am

crest-05e1a637392425b4d5225780797e5a76National Novel Writing Month is upon us! The first week is over (it’s now thirty minutes into the 8th of November as I write this). How have you done so far?

 I’ve missed you guys so much! How has writing been going for you? I know it’s been a while, but I have reasons:

  1. Repetitive Motion Injury – I needed to save my hands and wrists for writing.
  2. I started college. At 36. I’m not the oldest person in my classes…most of the time. LOL! It’s an adventure that both thrills me and overwhelms me at times.

Did you notice that first bullet? “For writing.” Yes, I’m writing again! The truth is I got in a rut due to some seriously bad and stressful stuff going on in my home life. I got a handle on it around May, but it still took four or five months to settle into a solid routine. Until I did that, I had no intention of jumping back into blogging. I needed the word count first.

So here I am, a week into #NaNoWriMo 2015 and what does my word count look like? Abysmal. 5.033 words when I should be at 13,333. I’m averaging 720 words or so a day. I don’t write every day of the week, though. I tend to write, on average, 1-3k per day Sunday through Thursday. Fridays are too difficult for me to get any work done (I have a five hour class that day that is stressful on both my back and my mind). Saturdays are the general day off for me and the kiddo so I can’t guarantee any writing will get done. I have no plans to change my writing stance, so starting this week, I need to push out 3k per writing day to make my goal.

 I’ve moved from an electronic productivity tracker to a DIY paper planner that fits my needs. The electronic ones just don’t do it for me. I look at my tablet, phone, and PC for so many work-related things that planning my day was being put off for “one more sentence” in this story or “let me reply to this email really quick” when I was in google calendar and got an email update.

My posts won’t be as organized as normal because I just don’t have the time to format as beautifully as before. Please forgive me. I hope to be back on track as I get used to blogging regularly again.

I’ve got a new book coming out December 1st! It’s a really awesome Holiday boxed set full of Paranormal Hotties! ALPHAS UNWRAPPED has 21 fresh new stories from some totally kick-ass authors (Renee George, Stephanie Rowe, Dakota Cassidy, Melanie James, Michele Bardsley, and so many more!). It’s available now for preorder at 99 Cents!

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So, Monday through Thursday has solid scheduled writing. I do at least four pomodoros during the day (between class and the time I need to leave to pick up my son from school).

Pomodoro=1, 5 minute planning stage prior to writing, 25 minutes of focused writing, 5 minutes after to see how I did and get focused on the next round.

Sunday is an all-day writing fest.

How is your NaNoWriMo going? Are you on top of your word count? Did you face your writing demons and conquer the beasts?


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