The M. Pax World:
Soft release date for FreeFall, Backworlds Book 7, May. Subject to change because life stuff is in flux. Progress is being made. The secrets of the planet Iax are revealed. Craze finds out whether he can ever go home again. War stuff is starting. Oh no! Lots of drama and opera in space.
Projected release date for Backworlds Collection, Volumes 1-3, end of February. Again depending on life stuff being in flux. Started reading through them and marking up any stray typos. Getting it ready for formatting.
Also in the mix: a Backworlds short story taking place between The Backworlds and Stopover at the Backworlds’ Edge for the next Untethered Realms anthology. And, there’s always a secondary project. Plus, The Backworlds will be part of a space opera boxed set with other sci-fi authors.
So that’s what’s going on in the M. Pax Dimension. Now onto writing when life is in your way…
How to Keep Writing When Life Gets in Your Way
There are many reasons your writing gets blocked: frustration, lack of confidence, lack of sales, financial woes, kids, spouses, lovers, illness (yourself or a loved one), big life changes, grief, etc… Yeah, a myriad reasons the words might not be flowing.
Recently, I purchased, 5,000 Words Per Hour by Chris Fox (Amazon), because I’d love to be able to write faster. I haven’t made it past the 5 minute writing sprints yet, but it has made a huge difference.
Can you spare 5 minutes? Then your writing can move forward.
5 minutes is an easy commitment. It’s not scary. You can find 5 minutes at various times of the day, but start with one chunk of five minutes.
Clear the decks–shut off the internet, get your beverage, use the restroom, get a timer. Set up your scene. What do you plan on writing? Here’s a snapshot of what I scribble down: scene objective, character goal, obstacle, outcome, cymbal crash.
Ready… set… write…
For five minutes, let the words pour out. Don’t stop to research. Don’t stop to look things up. Don’t stop for spelling, grammar, bad word usage, or anything else. Just write.
When the timer dings, stop. What’s your word count? Keep a record in a spreadsheet or notebook.
My first attempt was 60 words. Pathetic, right? Yeah, I couldn’t help but erase stuff and stop and think and that sort of thing. I’m getting over it, and let myself write very imperfectly. It’s still tough for me to do, but I’m now up to over 300 words in 5 minutes.
When the 5 minutes is up, I go back and research things, fill in information I need to look up (like, what is that dude’s name from book 3), reorganize, and make what I wrote better. Then I tend to be focused and continue writing. So it’s been a positive experience so far.
I’m going to continue with these 5 minute word sprints for the rest of the week. Then I’ll read the next chapter and do my best to reach 5000 words an hour . Or I’ll continue what I’m doing, because this 5 minute commitment thing gets me to open a document and start writing. Because 5 minutes is easy no matter what’s going on that day.
This book was worth the purchase price of $2.99 (Kindle format).
Are you trying anything new?
(This is my February 2016 post for IWSG, founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh)
PS, my theme now allows me to do a post layout that doesn’t affect the rest of my pages. Yay!
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