Sometimes ya just need boredom

I managed to knock out 2000 words of a story in one sitting after having not worked on that story in over two months. I’m pretty proud of myself for that. Not for the two months thing, but for sitting down and actually writing for that long and developing my story much more than I expected to after taking a leave of absence from writing (not purposefully). 

2000 words really isn’t all that much for parts of a story, but it can be a lot to put down at one time. Kind of like when I was writing my first novel, just having nothing to do but be stuck staring at a computer screen with not much else to do can help you get, at the very least, started on your story. When I pulled up the story on my computer, I anticipated writing maybe 400 words simply because I hadn’t touched the story in a long time and I didn’t intend to write a whole lot, but I got on a roll and kept with it and now I’ve gotten my story to a place where it doesn’t feel daunting or overwhelming to work on. 

I’m going to hit it a bit more today and I know I’ve said this before, but I want to post more often so I actually set a reminder to write each morning whether it be a story or blogging so be on the lookout! If you have any tips for me on how to stay consistent or want to share how you keep a writing routine, feel free to comment here and let me know!

05-15-2017

So, when I don’t know what to title something, I’m just going to title it with the date so it’s like a journal entry. Okay? Got it? Good.

I’ve been slowly working my way through L.A. Confidential. I’ve wanted to read it for a long time and it’s a good book, but with my hectic schedule and the place I’m at in the book, I feel like both are at a lull and it’s making it harder to read. I’ve been pushing to read a couple pages here and there when I have time, but my interest is waning. I think almost all books have a spot like that, right smack in the middle where if you didn’t read through it to begin with, you find yourself reading small chunks to slowly trudge out of the sticky muck that is that section in order to get back to the exciting parts and finish the book. Many people would just stop reading the book entirely because they lost interest, but we’re readers. We’re fucking stubborn. I started that book and by God, I’m going to finish it.

I’ve been wanting to just even write something for the story I’ve been working on but I feel overwhelmed by what I want it to look like and how I want it to turn out but I’m not sure if I can write to match all those things. I’ve been looking at it here and there, playing around with some ideas, and then not writing anything because it seems like such a daunting task. I need a full day to break through the mental barrier that has prevented me from finishing that story. It’s pissing me off that I haven’t added much to it since I started it over a month ago and currently have about 500 words to it. I’m going to finish it. You mark my words. I’ll have it up on here the moment I do, too.

 

Finding Time to Write Is a Pain

My new career has me pulling long days with short nights followed by even longer days. I have little time to write and when I find it, it’s not the number one thing on my list to do. A lot of writers will tell you that being a writer is more about sitting there thinking about writing than actually doing it. We are procrastinators by definition. With things the way they are now, I have a set schedule, but I don’t at the same time. Once I have everything set, it’ll be much easier to find time to write.

I like having a routine. Unfortunately, the routine I have right now doesn’t allow for any deviation that doesn’t take away the small amount of sleep I get. I’m sleeping about five hours per night and working 12 hours per day. It’s not bad, really, but I can’t afford to do much once I get home because I have just enough time to prepare for the next day and once that’s done, it’s time for bed. I’ve been attempting to find time to write at work but that’s proven to be rather difficult. Once I establish a routine, which will happen immediately after my initial training, then I’ll have more time to write and finish a story that doesn’t sound like total and complete shit.

I’ve been thinking over and over about the story I’m currently working on (or occasionally come back to when I’m not working and it doesn’t seem so daunting), but the project, even though it’s a short story, seems daunting. I’m looking at the project as a whole, so it seems overwhelming and I know that. I’m trying to break it down into little chunks, but even that seems to add weight to my shoulders, like the monkey on my back keeps picking up stones each time I go to take another step. It’ll come along, I know it will. I like where the story is headed, I just have to find the time and motivation to sit down and write it.

I know that I only have a few followers and probably only a handful of people, if that, read these posts, but if you do I want to say thank you and if you have any questions about writing, my books, or really about anything, feel free to comment or send me an email!

Taking Chances FREE on KINDLE!

My novel , Taking Chances, is free on Amazon Kindle starting today 4/29 and will continue to be free through Tuesday. Be sure to grab a copy and tell your friends to pick on up as well. It is 100% free for Kindle users during that time frame! I hope you enjoy and be sure to review it on Amazon!

First Book Review

Taking Chances has been out on Amazon for just about two months and it got its first review! The review gave the book 5 stars and said that they looked forward to more work from the author (me). I can’t tell you how excited I was to know that someone had reviewed it, let alone gave it 5 stars. I’m incredibly grateful for all those who have purchased my book and I’d love to hear what more people think of it.

Taking Chances will be FREE on Amazon Kindle starting tomorrow 4/29 and will be free until Tuesday! Grab yourself a copy! https://www.amazon.com/Taking-Chances-Drew-Schroeder-ebook/dp/B06XC8QP26/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Unfortunately, I haven’t had much time to write in the past month. My new job requires a lot of training consisting of waking up at 3 AM each day and training for 12 hours and then coming home only to prepare for the following day so it’s been rather hectic. The story I’ve been working on has proven to be a little tougher than I thought it would be so I haven’t gotten much farther on that piece, but with little blogs and posts, I hope to catch up a bit and keep myself actively writing, even if it’s not necessarily on stories.

I also saw, while looking at the review of my book on Amazon that other booksellers have purchased my book and are reselling it on there for higher prices than I have it. What sense does that make? If they want to buy it only to resell it, go for it. But to make it more expensive than a brand new original? Doesn’t seem logical to me. But hey, whatever gets more people to read it is good by me.