Harry Potter / The Dark Tower

So, I’m reading the Harry Potter series at age 23. Well, sort of. I’ve finished the first two books, completing Chamber of Secrets just minutes ago, and I am planning to eventually finish the next ones. I’ve enjoyed them so far. I’m typically not a big fantasy, magical story type of guy, but the way they are written and the stories took me back to high school since my high school looked like Hogwarts, it’s almost nostalgic.

I’ve seen the first four Harry Potter movies, reading the first two books afterward. But, I’m thinking about just skipping to the fifth book and picking up from there. I’d just want to read something that is new, that I haven’t seen before or know about in the series. I’m also thinking about reading a few other books that have been on my list before I continue with the Harry Potter series, one being Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: Gunslinger because I saw the commercial for the movie that’s coming out and it looks pretty sick. So I might be reading that next.

What are you reading? I’m not sure what I really want to read next so I’m looking for suggestions as well.

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Writing Routines

All writers have a routine they use to boost their creativity, get the juices flowing, or to simply keep them writing consistently. Stephen King writes ten pages per day. James Joyce would write until he had the proper words, even if after a full day he only wrote one sentence. Ernest Hemingway would write 500 words per day, no matter how long it took him. Known to enjoy his drink, Hemingway had said that he never wrote drunk.

I loved Hemingway's routine: wake up, have coffee, and write 500 words. It's what I used to write my first novel. I would sit down in the morning with coffee and write until I hit 500 words. It was difficult some days and easier on others. Nowadays, I find myself writing whatever I can whenever I can. It's been tough, between work and home, it's hard to find a little time to myself where I'm not trying to destress. Writing, unfortunately, can cause a bit of stress when you're working on a project but it's good stress.

Do you have a writing routine that you use to keep yourself on track? What is it? How long have you been doing it and how did you develop it? If you have no writing routine, which one out of the many that other authors have used appeal to you?

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.

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Novel Titles and Harry Potter

I’m close to finally being finished with my first novel, Taking Chances. I’ve printed it out and am doing my last run through for any mistakes and edits that need to be made. I’ve also been sending out query letters to various agents and publishers, but that endeavor has proven fruitless. I’m looking at self-publishing through Amazon again. It’s an easier route to go in terms of publishing, just harder on the marketing end because I essentially have to do it all myself.

I’m also considering other titles for the novel. I’m not 100% sure if Taking Chances is the right one to go with, so I’m open to suggestions. I’ve been playing around with a few but nothing is sticking. I can’t find another that suits it better, so far.

On another note, I just started the Harry Potter series. Yes, I know, I’m a bit late. I saw the first two movies but I never read any of the books and I’ve been told that I have to at some point. I just finished another book by Stephen King and couldn’t decide what to read next so I went with HP. Stephen King to Harry Potter, what a likely jump in genres. Who saw that one coming?

Between my two jobs, editing the novel, and training it’s been tough to write anything so I’m going to write blogs on any day that I cannot work on a story or an article. Like most English degree holders, I currently work a minimum wage job post-grad. However, I’ve just gotten hired elsewhere and will be making more there, thank God. I’m continuing to look around but this will work for the time being. It will give me more time to write while still making money.

I’m looking forward to getting the novel finalized so I will be hopefully publishing it in the next two months, so be on the lookout! Also, please check out my profile on Wattpad. It’s a terrific site that allows writers to post their work and get feedback from readers, all while allowing you to also read thousands of stories on there for FREE! My entire novel is currently posted there. Check it out and feel free to leave me some feedback and share with your friends!

-Drew