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Romancing the Ghostwriter

Getting paid to write is an amazing thing.

I’ve blogged a few times over the last few months about how I haven’t been writing much. I’ve been struggling, due mostly to a combination of life changes (leaving school, starting a new relationship) and work issues (being stuck in a crap job, working long hours, and being exhausted all of the time). It was hard to find the time to work, whether it be on one of my own novels, or on a blog post, or anything else.

To give you an idea how bad things got, here’s my Writer’s Calendar for January:

One lonely sticker
One lonely sticker

I give myself a sticker for every 1000 words I write, or for one blog post, or any equivalent amount of writing or revisions. It’s a great motivational tool to be able to look at a good week of writing progress and see a visual representation of all of the words I’ve written. But obviously, January sucked. I wrote one blog post, and that was it.

But once I started doing paid writing assignments (after leaving my crappy restaurant job once and for all), this is what February looks like:

I'm a superstar!
I’m a superstar!

All kinds of stickers! Every star is from paid writing gigs. The lone sticker on the 23rd is from revisions. And the penguin is for blog posts (I get a penguin today for writing this, too).

It feels pretty good. Not only am I paying the bills with writing, but I’m also doing something productive. It’s nice to be able to look back at the end of the month and see how far I’ve come.

Most of the ghostwriting I’ve been doing has been for romance novellas (I can’t divulge the details due to NDAs, as they’re being published on Amazon under the client’s pen name). It’s a different sort of writing than I’m used to, but it’s fun and productive. And I’m getting my creative juices flowing on a daily basis. I didn’t miss one single day since February 7th. Some of the earliest stuff I wrote was what I had to do in order to actually get the jobs, but by February 21st I was officially hired and bringing in the paychecks full time.

There’s no guarantees that I’ll get nonstop work, since freelancing is on a case-by-case basis. But I’ve got two steady clients so far who are very pleased with my work and are continuing to hire me for ongoing projects. So I’m going to be ghostwriting up a storm. And hopefully finding some time for my own projects as well. After all, I’ve got a sequel to finish revising.


mani_promoManifestation is available in paperback format through:

CreateSpace and Amazon

and in ebook format through:

Kindle and Nook

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Speedwriting

I have a deadline, a sore back, and a LOT of caffeine.

I’ve been doing a lot of speedwriting this week. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably noticed me tweeting word counts upwards of 5000 words per day. Why am I doing this? Well, I have a project (the details of which I can’t disclose) that’s due at the end of the week, and I’ve been falling behind. So I’m in crunch mode, churning out the words and sculpting the story in what amounts to a mini-NaNoWriMo style for one week (NaNoWriWeek?).

It’s actually very refreshing. As you can see by my writing calendar below, I didn’t make much progress on anything AT ALL during the month of September:

1 sticker = 1000 words OR 1 blog post.
1 sticker = 1000 words OR 1 blog post.

I went whole stretches of days without writing much of anything, aside from a blog post here and there. Then, right at the end, you can see a swarm of stickers representing about 6000 words per day PLUS a couple of blog posts. I even found time to revise a chapter of Contamination, the sequel to Manifestation.

Of course, I DO have a bit of an excuse for the lack of writing and revising this past month. After all, I was working on releasing my debut novel. So I’ve been doing a lot of work, just not a lot of “writing” work.

Hopefully, this surge throughout the week as I race to my deadline (only 25,000 words to go!) will get me prepped for NaNoWriMo. I’m planning to write the sixth book of the Arcana Revived series during November, and I’m projecting a first draft word count of 150,000 words. That’s more than I’ve ever done in a NaNo before, but it’ll get done. Because I’ll be speedwriting the whole time.

Hopefully you’ll join me when NaNoWriMo comes around. Let’s rock the writing world.


mani_promoManifestation is available on:

Createspace in paperback

and Amazon in ebook and paperback.

Juggling Projects

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m currently trying to write one novel and revise one both during the same two-month period between now and the end of July. Aside from the fact that I’ll be needing a straightjacket and some medication by the time I’m done, this is leading to an interesting juggling process in my thoughts, ideas, and writing processes.

My writing process over the last few days has gone something like this:

Freelance Assignment > 1st Draft Book Five > Blog Post > Revisions on Contamination > Freelance Assignment > 1st Draft Book Five > Freelance Assignment >Revisions on Contamination > Freelance Assignment > Rowan blog post > this blog post.

That’s a lot of switching gears back and forth. I haven’t really been approaching any of it with any sort of real plan. I try to put the freelance job I’m working on ahead of everything else because it has a deadline, but in between writing 13,500 words on that, I’ve also written over 5,000 words on Book Five, and spent a few hours on revisions, in addition to blog posts. It’s a pretty high volume of work; over 20,000 words in three days if you count all the different projects.

I’m feeling a bit scattered. A bit out of sorts. And stressed because, well, I don’t have a full time job anymore.

Part of me says I should pick one project and stick with it, but I also know that sometimes I need to take breaks. I simply can’t work steadily on 13,500 words of this freelance job without taking a break and doing something where I get to flex my creativity more. My brain gets fried, and then I need to switch to something else.

Though the good news is that the freelance job is almost done (and I have feelers out for some more), and I’m pretty happy with the setup I’m starting in Book Five. I can’t say much about what’s going on in it yet, but I’m very happy with it.

So hopefully I’ll get my brain sorted out again soon, and be able to settle into a more focused routine. Either way, expect to see those progress bars on the side continue to grow. I have every intention of finishing both this revision and this novel draft on time. I’m not going to let a little thing like my brain stop me.