Writer’s Life Review September 2017
October means a lot of things to many people. For me, it means pumpkin, Halloween, the weather getting cozy. It’s a time of change. But to get to October, we must first get through September.
September was not my month. The theme of being boring and hectic continued, preventing me from reading as much as I would like. And making for a very annoying month. But it wasn’t all bad.
I think the theme for October is fairly obvious. Pumpkins. Halloween. Not to mention Horror movie marathons abound this month. This makes October the perfect if stereotypical, month to focus on one of my favorite genres of writing: Horror.
I’m also introducing something new this month. A venue review and several book reviews. In keeping with the theme, they will, of course, all be Horror related. And so will everything else. Writing-related posts, some bonus self-care posts, and my productivity tip included. And I personally cannot wait. This month is going to be fun!
I didn’t do as much writing as I wanted during September. Maybe one or two poems, neither of which were sent out. I even missed both bi-weekly meetups for my writing group for various reasons.
I’m not happy. But next month is NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. It’s something I’ve taken part in since 2014, and I plan to be taking part next month. Which has spurred me on in my quest to get back to a comfortable balance between writing and the rest of my life. Affecting every part of my planning process and how I plan to implement these chance.
Hopefully, the secret changes I’m testing out will streamline things and give me more time for writing.
What I read
Continuing from August, I didn’t read as much as I wanted in September. But, I did read. That’s a definite improvement. One that I’m hoping the secret changes from the previous section of this post will help with.
Despite the fact life got in the way of my goals during September, I still believe that setting monthly goals is a good thing. They allow us to break the goals down into smaller weekly and daily tasks. But sometimes we don’t make the goals big enough or we make them too big. Or we don’t diversify our goals enough.
My goals for the month of October are more in keeping with the theme of making them the right size, and diverse enough. To that effect, I’ve chosen to segment them into Blog & Biz, Writing, and Personal.
Blog & Biz
Every blogger should be treating their blog the same way entrepreneurs with physical businesses do. With the same passion, consideration, and care. My Blog and Biz goals for the month are:
Create “7 Steps To A Better Short Story” Teachable course.
I’m passionate about writing short stories. In fact, it wouldn’t be wrong to say I love writing short stories. They’re a great tool for exploring a world for novelists and they’re fun to write just for the sake of writing them. So it seemed fitting that my first e-course would focus on short fiction.
It’s a great way to use my own experiences and skills to help others and that is one of the reasons I started Eclectic Little Dork.
Prepare To Launch My Writing Coach Biz
Helping people is a passion of mine. Especially other writers. But sometimes people want or need more direct help with their writing than a teachable course can provide. So I’m excited to announce that I will be launching a writing coach business in November.
The focus will be on Speculative Fiction (Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction). I will, of course, be writing a post about the business when it launches!
Write Two Self-Care Posts
Self-care is one of those topics that I love reading about, talking about, and writing about. Not to mention implementing in my own life. I’ve built up quite a wealth of information on the subject over the years.
It seems selfish to keep it to myself and not share it, so I decided I will write two self-care posts this month. After all, a burnt-out writer ends up with writer’s block and that is something that self-care can help prevent. Something I think we all want to keep at bay for as long as possible.
My writing goals for the month are simple and need little explanation.
Write and submit a story for Fiyah Magazines Alternate History call.
Fiyah is a modern magazine focusing on Speculative Fiction that explores Blackness. Its creation was inspired by the Harlem Renaissance magazine, Fire!! The submission call is from October 1st-31st, and I’m hoping to write and submit a story to them. The fact the submission is Alternate History is a plus as well.
Prepare For NaNoWriMo
NaNoWriMo starts on November first. Since the goal of NaNo, as fans call it, is to write a 50,000-word short novel in a month. Well, that requires preparation. A lot of it.
It’s my hope to finish prepping by the end of the month. Playing catchup when it comes to prep during NaNo is something I’ve done in the past. And it is definitely not something I want to experience again. Too much hassle. Too much stress. 50,000 words in a month is stressful and rewarding enough on its own.
I have one personal goal for the month of October and it is pretty simple…read more! Reading is calming for me, a form of daily self-care when done enough.
Not enough makes me stressed. And if I go too long without reading, other methods of self-care stop working. I’m tired of being stressed.