Move the Needle

Hello and welcome back!

In this week’s round of¬†Ego’s Blog Challenge, we’ve been asked to plan a schedule. We need to plot out a week with as much or as little detail as we’d like, selecting a specific time to write with the number of words we want to reach.

Technically, I was supposed to schedule the challenge for this week, but life got in the way and said, “Just kidding, you won’t be writing.”

Time for Plan B.
I’ll be making this schedule starting with Saturday {instead of Monday} and going until next Friday. (:

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*G = Goal,
*R= Reward,
*A = Additional Notes/Project Goal,
*T= Time {Start/End Time May Vary Within Time Slot}

 

~ Saturday

I am attending a write-in. I’d like to aim higher than I usually would.

G: Write a minimum of 3,000 words.

R: See a movie at the theater on Sunday.

A: Write 1,000 words for Teddy.

T: 2:00-11:00 PM

~ Sunday:

My schedule is already fairly busy. I’ll air on the side of caution with a lower minimum.

G: Write a minimum of 300 words.

R: Play zombies on Call of Duty and eat pizza.

A: Write 100 words for Teddy.

T: 8:00-10:00 AM

~ Monday:

I host prompt nights on Mondays, so I’d like to aim higher.

G: Write a minimum of 3,000 words.

R: Watch Supernatural.

A: Write 1,000 words for Teddy.

T: 12:00-10:00 PM

~ Tuesday:

It’s “Monday” for me. I tend to run on less sleep, so I’ll aim lower here as well.

G: Write a minimum of 300 words.

R: Buy a new Panda T-Shirt.

A: Write 100 words for Teddy.

T: 3:00-7:00 PM

~ Wednesday:

Ah, Wednesdays. They’re such a toss up for me. I’m going to set a medium-ish goal.

G: Write a minimum of 1,500 words.

R: Play pool on my break.

A: Write 500 words for Teddy.

T: 8:00-11:00 AM

~ Thursday:

Thursdays are the middle of my week and generally require me to head into work an hour earlier. I’ll set a lower goal here since my sleep schedule is typically a little strange.

G: Write a minimum of 300 words.

R: Buy a new movie on Vudu.

A: Write 100 words for Teddy.

T: 8:00-11:00 AM

~ Friday:

By Friday, I’m usually thinking about my weekend plans, but I’ll try to stay focused with a medium-ish goal.

G: Write a minimum of 1,500 words.

R: Get a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with Extra Caramel. (:

A: Write 500 words for Teddy.

T: 7:00-11:00 AM

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There you have it!
My schedule for the next week.

I’m excited to see how this all turns out. Who knows! I might even dedicate a bullet journal to this sort of thing. (:

Make sure to check out the other participants and their schedules here.

Until Next Time,
Shay

 

My Goals, Writing, and A Commitment.

Hey there!

In this next blog challenge, we were asked to consider our goals for writing. You would think this would be easy, but it wasn’t. I had a hard time putting into words what it is I want. I had to set aside any notions within myself that I assumed were cliche and be honest. Isn’t that the point? If not, then why do it at all? So let’s get real, my darlings.

Here we go!

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My Writing Goals:

~ Write something that creates an emotion within a reader. {Preferably positive.}
~ Have an avid fan of one {or more} of my works.
~ Maintain a consistent blog.
~ Get paid for writing something.
~ Publish a novel.
~ Finish: An October Midnight, Email Your Dreams and my {Untitled} Zombie Novel.
~ Edit Devastate and start on the sequel.
~ Write {possibly collab on} a horror anthology {or any genre, honestly}.

Why do you have a blog?

I have a blog because I have a vision.

It’s not grandiose.
Or unique from someone else’s.
It won’t change the world.
And yes, it’s probably been done before.

But it’s my vision.

I see images, scenes, and stories in my head that revolve around a character, or group of characters, that want their story told. Maybe somewhere out there in the world, someone else has an idea that’s similar to my characters and their stories.

But they’re not my characters.

I think about Iris and her commitment to her daughter even though her job is demanding and her city is under attack. Or Jade and her band of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world. Edgar’s¬†soft heart and weakness to top off his addiction. Then there’s Sasha who wants to know the meaning of her dreams and Blair with her complicated relationship online. I think about Harper and her journey to college, Thea’s new adventure in space or even¬†Sammi and Breah who are lost in a world of death.

Sure, you don’t know them.
But you should.

They have great tales to tell, and I feel it is my sole responsibility to share it for them. I have an enormous task ahead, but I know I can do it.

I have to.

What do you want to accomplish with it {your blog}?

My goal with my blog is simple.

– I want to share my characters and stories.
– I want to encourage other writers.
– I want to express myself one post at a time. (;

How exactly will that pan out?
I couldn’t tell you.

All I can do is try my hardest to put my characters on screen and hope that someone out there might want to read it. As for encouraging, I may never know that I did it,¬†but maybe I’ve helped someone else in their writing endeavors too.

Why do you write?

I write because I want to explore my character’s journey. I hope that someone else will enjoy the adventure too, but ultimately, I write for me and my characters.

Where would you like to see yourself as a writer five years from now?

Five years from now, I am successfully writing every day.

I’ve been consistently blogging and have impacted someone with what content I have available. More than likely, I’ve edited Devastate and am working to finish my final edits with An October Midnight or Email Your Dreams. I know I won’t be finished with my¬†{Untitled} Zombie Novel, but I’m close. (: I have also successfully written and published in a horror anthology.

Ten years from now?

Ten years from now, I have published a novel. Not quite sure which one it is yet, but one of them is out there for all the world to see.

I have continued my blogging, have a steady following, and impacted two people with something I’ve written.¬†Devastate has been edited and its sequel is almost complete.¬†An October Midnight and¬†Email Your Dreams are hits that have been available for some time now.¬†My¬†{Untitled} Zombie Novel¬†now has a name! Yay! And I’m rounding the corner of completion. Which, of course, means that I’ll be editing soon and it will be excellent! Oh, and I wrote another story for a collaboration concerning another anthology. Woohoo! I’m on fire.

Plus!
I’ve started something else. More details to come in the future.

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Well, now that this is out there for the world to see, I have some real steps that need to be taken to get here. {Was this the point all along? Haha.} I can’t wait until I can repost this as my status for a blog because all of the things are true. Here’s to a future of ten years that include writing, me succeeding in my goals, and you all still enjoying my content. Who knows, we may even have a name like Galacta-Pandas or something by then. (;

Head over here, here, and here to see everyone else’s goals before you go.

Until Next Time,
-Shay