Writers live on word counts. Ok, I do. The first draft I wrote for Broken Crown was right around 30,000 words. I knew that wasn’t good enough for a book. It had to be longer. Meatier. It needed more. A lot more.
It took a lot of time to write that book, and I was constantly worried about my word count. So now, I’ve decided to have a word goal everyday. I strive to write 1000 words everyday. On one of my two stories. Some days, I don’t make it. Life gets in the way. Like dinner. And laundry. Apparently my husband wants to eat food and thinks I should have clean socks. (To be fair, my husband works a 40 hour job and runs his own business as well. And still helps around the house. He isn’t a slacker, so don’t get your pitchforks!)
But, everyday I try. I figure if I can stick to my 1,000 word goal everyday, I’ll be done with a first draft after 2 months. 2 months! That seems totally doable. And way less time than my first one. That one took 18 months. Mainly because I kept stopping and thinking I was crazy for thinking I could be a writer.
So, if you get overwhelmed about the thought of having to write an entire book, or rewrite an entire book, break it down. 1,000 words. Or 500 words. Take it a day at a time. Take a deep breath. And remember, you and your family still need to eat. And have clean socks. The world won’t end because you didn’t get to your laptop. Until next time!
So, I did it. I published Broken Crown on Amazon.
It was the scariest moment. I waited. I worried about it. I didn’t know if the story was actually ready, even though I had been back over it what felt like a billion times just to make sure. And then I did it. I pushed publish. And waited.
I gave it away for the first five days. And I feel like the copies I gave away were worth it. I know I’m not going to be able to quit my job next month and live off the one book. The point is to get my name out there. To see if the rest of the world likes the little world I created.
I’ve sold copies. Not a ton, but enough that I feel like I’ve made the right choice. I’m still scared. Still cautious. But I’m also optimistic. I’m still writing. I have the sequel that I’m plugging away at and a new story that I’m super excited about. Mainly because I’ve decided to give her a slight foul mouth and I love that.
All right, I’m off to go write a new chapter. Have a great day!!
I told you last week that I was back, and I really meant it. I had posts lined up, exciting things to tell you, and it was going to be awesome.
And then my dog died.
I cried for three days. We had her for nine years and she was sweet, and loving, and our girl. But, she was sick. Very sick. She wasn’t going to get better and she was in pain. I couldn’t do it anymore. So, we went to the same vet she’s always gone to and they helped us. She’s buried in the backyard, under a tree. I still think I have to let her out, give her a treat, and all the other things we’ve done the last nine years.
The silver lining in the whole thing was a few days later when I checked the mail. The vet sent us a condolence card telling us that she was sorry.
That’s why we go to them. Not just because they are the best, but because they actually care, about our pets and us.
Tomorrow I will go back to regular posting, telling you about self publishing, wattpad, and the crazy songs I’m listening to right now as I write. Until then,
So, I disappeared for a little while. But I promise you I was actually busy! So let me catch you up on what’s been going on in my little world.
First, BROKEN CROWN REACHED #1!!!! Yes, you read that right. For one entire day, Broken Crown was #1 in Fantasy. I’ll take it! With that came reads, which was awesome, and some new followers, who are also awesome!
Second, I’ve been working on the sequel to Broken Crown. It’s proven to be a bit more difficult than I imagined. I figured since I already had a cast of characters and a plotline drawn out, pulling it all together would be easy. I was wrong. It’s harder this time because I’m introducing new characters, have new drama with in all of them, and I’m still trying to reach that end goal. It’s going, but some days are painful!!
Third, I’ve been working on some new stories. I don’t know if I will put them on Wattpad, or if I will try and do something else with them. We shall see.
And lastly, I’ve got something up my sleeve as far as Broken Crown and Levens saga goes, so stay tuned for some exciting news!!
Ok folks. That’s all from me today! I will be back with some new posts in the next few days. Hopefully, you’re still interested!!
So, in the clubs over at Wattpad, I’ve seen plenty of topics asking how to get featured, but none about what might happen after you get featured. So I’m gonna tell you!
First off, this is only my experience. Yours may be different. But I feel like being told what I experienced will help you understand why being featured is such a huge deal
I was featured on February 4th, which was a Thursday. It looks like for every genre they select two stories to be featured together. You’re in the mix with 7 other stories at the top for the month you’re featured.
I have tried to keep track of my stats so I can see how I’m doing on a day to day basis. So, the night before my feature, I had around 2800 reads, which is pretty good. At least I think anyway. On Friday when I checked, I had 5200 reads! Yup, I had over 2000 reads in 24 hours!!!
I’ll be back tomorrow to tell you how the rest of the weekend went!
I’ve been gone for awhile, but for good reason. My story, Broken Crown, is going to be featured on Wattpad!
Please excuse me while I scream over here in the corner!!!!
I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am, how scared I am, how speechless I am.
It’s all going down Thursday, February 4th and I will definitely be back to let you know how everything goes once it’s up there.
I’m currently editing Broken Crown. Again. Yeah me (that was completely sarcastic by the way). So why am I editing? Because when I go back and read it, I find things that I could have made better. Things I needed to word differently.
Why am I telling you this? Because I feel like a lot of the time, new writers get frustrated because they think some authors just write and it looks great the first go round. That’s not what happens. There’s multiple drafts, multiple head aches, multiple characters and scenes that are deleted.
So don’t give up. Keep writing. And know that I’m at home, doing the same thing!