My newest project!

 

OK…here we go.

We (and when I say “we”- I mean mom) have decided that I need to take my writing to the “next level”. Since we are currently in limbo regarding the status of my Novel – “A Mother for Leah” – we have decided to do something a bit different.

While we wait, and I write more on book 2 of the original series, I am also writing a novella from the companion series – Hearts of Hope Springs – which we will be self-publishing.

Won’t you come along on the journey…

 

Tonight, I have added a grand total of 2,040 words to “A Choice For Karen”.

YAY!

 

Pop back over Monday for an update and a look at what “A Choice For Karen” is all about.

Then stop in on Friday for more updates and a special character interview with Karen herself.

 

My current plan is to work on both novels at the same time, and I plan to have “A Choice For Karen” ready for release by July!

Happy Birthday to me!

I may even offer the eBook free at some point as a special birthday gift FROM me!

Good evening and God Bless!

 

P.S. Pray for me please… I’m just the tiniest bit trepidatious about this step but I’m determined to put my work out there so it seems the logical conclusion!

 

© Rachel L. Miller 2015

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Writing on a deadline…

 

I am officially writing on a deadline. It doesn’t matter that it is a self-imposed deadline. I am taking it as seriously as if it were headed to the publisher.

There are a couple of reasons for this.

~ I have yet to get into a schedule of writing. I had begun before the ACFW conference but that was just getting things ready for that specific conference. This is much more than that.

~ I figure it is smart to have the practice. In the past, I have had the bad habit of rewriting and rewriting and rewriting again. I am determined to break that habit. I will edit, have my editor look over it, fix what she tells me to and then put it aside.

It works out well that I am committed to participate in NaNoWriMo. Starting on November 1st, I won’t have time to argue with this WIP because I’ll be starting a whole new one.

And I intend to be done with it before then.

 

Thus far, I am not on schedule but I am getting caught up. I’m more than half done and gaining ground as I go so I should still finish on time.

The only problem I am running in to is that I took several chapters out – which shortened the book considerably but… the more I edit, the longer the book gets again.

So… I gain ground, but I’m adding more ground as I go too so it’s almost counter-intuitive.

Oh well. I’m getting there.

And speaking of getting there – I better get back to it!

Night!

 

© Rachel L Miller 2014

Word Counts, Coffee and Counting down to Conference

Good Morning. 

As you know, I am currently prepping for the 2014 ACFW Conference and let me tell you, it is a mad dash of insanity.

Not only do I have to edit my first novel, I am working hard to get as much of my second novel done at the same time.

Coffee consumption is a large part of how I am accomplishing all of this. I am extremely grateful that Pumpkin Spice creamer has made it’s debut for the season and that Sam’s Club has such a wonderful deal on it because I have already begun to dwindle the supply I stocked the fridge with last week.

Time for another trip to Sam’s I guess…

The most difficult thing for me is that I tend to be easily distracted by details when preparing for an important event.

I have been bogged down by the Business of preparing – ordering business cards, designing one-sheets, accumulating author photos and acquiring social media interest.

All of these things have distracted me for long periods of time from my writing. We all know how that goes. Writers can constantly be found lamenting the fact that they are easily distracted by social media and other small things that can take up a great deal of your day if you let it.

It is extremely easy to get caught up in the plethora of available designs on Vistaprint’s website and spend hours perusing the BONUS items that can be personalized to your original design.

It is exceedingly easy to get caught up in the many stock photo websites where you can find images to manipulate for your book cover image.

It is nearly impossible to walk away from your one-sheet design because every time you look over it again, you will find one more thing to edit.

And do I really need to go into all of the ways in which you can get lost in social media? No, I don’t because you know exactly what I’m talking about – you know how ridiculously easy it is to get lost in Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest. Even WordPress can take up a tremendous amount of time.

All of these things work together to distract from what really needs to be done to prepare for a Writer’s Conference.

…Writing.

So, with that in mind, I’m going to get back to it. I have at least 2,000 words to write today!

 

Have a GREAT weekend!

God Bless!

©Rachel L Miller 2014

Shouldn’t weekends be more productive?

You would think that having all day to write and edit and work and play and have fun – we would get more done than we do in a typical weekday… right?

Wrong.

Monday I wrote roughly 3,100 words.

Tuesday I wrote roughly 1,300 words.

Wednesday I wrote roughly 5,000 words – in two different stories.

Thursday I wrote roughly 4,000 words – again, in two different stories.

Friday I wrote 1,800 words in one story and 300 in the other.

Saturday I wrote about 300 words in each story.

Today I wrote roughly 4,400 words in one story and about 10 in the other.

 

Monday was the first day of my new writing schedule and I was absolutely thrilled with my progress!

Tuesday was actually a bit low but still more than I had been getting in an average day of writing.

Wednesday and Thursday blew me away. I could not believe I got that much writing done.

And then Friday. The total would have been great, except for the fact that it pretty much took me ALL day to get that much.

 

And then yesterday…

 

Now, before I decide to be too hard on myself, I do have to mention that we spent a great deal of the morning and part of the afternoon – not at home. And once we got home, there were other things to do and procrastination often takes charge when you’re up against a deadline – self imposed or not.

 

But I’m wondering why it is that, yet again, it has taken me ALL day to get the word count I achieved.

Now granted, I had to hope up and down about a thousand times to fetch things, fix food, refill drinks, mediate squabbles, clean messes and go for a walk outside while my dare-devil son roller-bladed but still – ALL DAY.

And here it is 10:00 at night and I am just now getting to my self-imposed goal. I reached 10,000 words on story 1 Thursday and I wanted to have 10,000 words in the other today. And I do… just a bit over to tell the truth.

But isn’t it interesting how our word counts go up and down. I used to wonder why writers would complain about struggling to get their daily word counts… until I  joined their ranks!

 

So it’s time to stop complaining and time to get down to business.

 

Let’s just see how many words I can get written next week.

 

God Bless and Good Night!

©Rachel L Miller

Once Upon a Time…

Recently I was chatting with a friend who told me she is on a vacation from writing and… before I go on I want to say something else here

(YUP! Writing ADD strikes again)

Isn’t it funny how often we writers leave it at “a friend”?

I have discovered that “a friend” is usually code for someone who has some pretty incredible news they aren’t ready to share with the rest of the world yet. Every so often it is really code for – they are telling us something deep & dark about themself and it’s not something they may ever be comfortable sharing with the world.

And I say writers but I’m certain we’re not the only ones who do that.

Anyway, so I was chatting with my friend and it struck me as so odd when she mentioned she was on a vacation from writing. Which made me think – how does a writer take a vacation from who they are?

However, like everything else in life, it makes perfect sense really. Like snowflakes, no two people are exactly alike. That means in everything, including why they do something and how they do that something.

Years ago I made some decisions about my life and how I was living it.

In my bio, I mention that I’ve been writing since I was very young. Well that is true.

But…for a very long time, after high school and divorce and doctors telling me I couldn’t have children… the voices went away. For a long time, I couldn’t write anything.

In the years since my AMAZING son was born (clearly God had other plans!), I have finally come back to the place where those stories showed themselves to me again.

So I wrote a book and then I wrote another book and then I queried agents. And then I cried because every single one said “No Thank You” or just “No” and even in some cases just ”      ”

But I kept writing and I finally realized that God had a plan for my writing. I just wasn’t listening. HE has a plan and it is going to be so much better than absolutely anything I can think of so I am now editing my third book (1st in a new series) and waiting for God to show me His plan!

And who knows… maybe some day I will get to the point when I relish a vacation from writing. But I doubt it. Because now that I finally have that part of me back, I feel whole again. I feel real again. I feel sane again (that probably sounds odd since I’ve already admitted that I hear voices).

And I hope that I never lose that part of me again.

And whether I ever get published, self-publish or just write for me and my family and friends – I am beyond overjoyed to have what I like to think of as my connection with Heaven working again!

GOD BLESS and Good Day!

©Rachel L. Miller 2014