T’was the Night Before the Impossible August Challenge….

Yeah, I think I’m really going to go for it, writing every day, shooting for no less than 8k a day, and upward to 16k a day on the good days.

This Wednesday through Saturday I’m working for the Post Office, so each of these are 8k days. Unfortunately, a day job means I can’t start quite as strong as I’d like. But then again, it also allows me to determine my level of grit.

So speaking of Grit – have you checked out Angela Duckworth’s Grit Sale? This is something that definitely applies to us writers – whether or not you can finish projects, how distracted you get, etc.

How did you score? I think it provides some valuable insight where you might find you’re hindering yourself.

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August 2018 Impossible Writing Challenge

I’ve been thinking about what I want to accomplish in August, and I decided upon attempting to put in a solid 40 hour work week for every full week of August.

Why is this impossible? I’m so glad you asked. Mainly, because I’m still almost full-time at the Post Office. So that makes it the equivalent of working two full-time jobs. In fact, looking at available time to write, I might only have 36 hours to start with for week one.

For comparison’s sake, in the past, I’ve maybe devoted up to 30 hours tops, for writing, in any given week, with part-time hours, around 20, far more common. Some weeks? Much less.

So! August’s breakdown –

G.S. Wright – 8 books, ranging between no less than 10k up through potentially 50k.

Pen Name 1 – 8 short stories, around 5k each, plus two bundles.

Pen Name 2 – 3 Mid-length (25k) stories and a bundle.

Pen Name 3 –ย 3 Mid-length (25k) stories and a bundle.

And yes, this comes out to about 400k words. That’s 4x my best month of writing. So yeah, lots of fun. ๐Ÿ˜€

I’ll share daily updates, as long as I don’t burn out.

Upcoming Projects

I’ve been working on a new writing schedule, one where I pick away at multiple projects and genres at once of various lengths. This means all sorts of fun stuff coming up.

What exactly are we looking at? Well! Five genres to start with right now. Steampunk, horror, litrpg, urban fantasy, and paranormal. The urban fantasy and paranormal might overlap.

The five genres will rotate, and I’m also going to try to work in some pen name books too. As always, I’m probably biting off more than I can chew, but that tends to be how I roll.

In the scheme of things, I’m looking to roll out releases no later than the first week of August, some of these projects are at least half written already.

More to come.

By the way, this post was written on my phone. Autocorrect is not your friend. ๐Ÿ˜

Blogging Life

You’d think being a writer I’d be better at blogging. Writing can be about collecting one’s experiences and documenting them – thus the blog. Yet so often maintaining a blog takes away from other writing – in my case, fiction.

On a day to day basis, we are collecting experiences, namely through social media. Maybe the two should go hand in hand.

I’ve been giving this some thought. I go through phases with social media. Lately I’ve been using it less, and have only been making a half-hearted effort to get going again. I’ve been thinking about making this blog reflect more of capturing thoughts and experiences.

Many writer’s blogs focus on writing advice or the current market. I rarely care to share my thoughts on such. Another pitfall is only focusing on sharing information about personal projects, which is usually only of interest to a loyal fanbase. When you blog rarely, you don’t get either a lot of readers or writers stopping by.

So anyway, I’m thinking about trying to chronicle life, whether interesting or boring. The challenge, then, is to be interesting – I suppose. Maybe, for this month, I’ll see about blogging day to day, whether it’s about writing or whether it’s about family, or random musings. I’ll make an effort to use pictures and social media along the way to bring the blog to life.

And honestly, you probably don’t really know me well enough to know if you care enough to stop by every day or not to check in. I’ll plan on blogging in the evenings, keeping the rest of my writing to daytime. So whether this is of interest or not, consider this my statement of purpose for a new challenge. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Changes Other Than Writing

I’ve been making some other changes in my life other than writing, and not on the artsy side, either. I changed my diet, going vegan, I track what I eat for nutrients, and to make sure that I can actively gain weight, and have started bodybuilding again. I average 10,000 steps a day. Diet-wise, I have to consume over 3000 calories a day to gain weight. Any weight. Anything less and I lose it.

Unlike a lot of people, I didn’t start this because I needed to. Technically it is something that we all should do to some extent. For me, however, it’s something I enjoy. Except for maybe the diet change. That wasn’t an easy decision, but more and more I came to realize that it was the right one.

Obviously goingย vegan is a huuuuuge choice. It is also one of the biggest for reducing your carbon footprint on this planet. While I initially did it for my health, I find it easier to stick to, knowing the difference being vegan makes upon the world, whether the environment or animal cruelty. And over time, meat and dairy becomes less appealing.

What made the transition the easiest was Dr. Greger’s book How Not to Die, and his companion app, Daily Dozen. To track what I eat, I like Lifesum the best, so far. Honestly, I would not have been able to go vegan at all without these tools.

It might seem that I’m making eating complicated, but it’s probably because I’m nerdy and like to track things.

Anyway, I’ll probably go back to writing-related posts tomorrow. Probably. ๐Ÿ˜›