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ROW80 check in (2/29)

Just a quick post here, as I have already spent way too much time today NOT meeting my ROW80 objectives. 29 days in February means another day to procrastinate this month. What I DID do was:

  • spent some time researching how to use my D90 camera and SB800 flash for interior work. I knew this a while ago, just needed to refresh as may have to apply the knowledge soon.
  • phone calls to family and friends
  • Facebook and Twitter distractions
  • made some delicious Leek and Potato soup, with heavy cream added of course
  • did a blog post on some Self-Publishing thoughts

Still hoping to do some editing today - it's not midnight yet!

Good enough for self-publishing

I've been thinking about self-publishing today - instead of editing my WIP or doing last year's taxes.

I've only recently decided I was a writer. Before I entered NaNoWriMo in November of 2010 I had written only occasionally - maybe an article in a local newsletter, or letter to the editor. I enjoyed writing in high school, and also used to read a lot in my younger days - mostly sci-fi and fantasy, with a few classics. Just hadn't been able to find the time lately for writing or reading. However, for some reason I decided in October to enter NaNoWriMo. I had barely enough time for some quick research on outlining and structure, then essentially leapt right in. Thirty days later I had my 50,000 plus words, as a very rough draft.

My point is that in my relative ignorance I could have then have self-published right away, maybe with a bit of spell checking and filling in some of the details, but I could have fired it off to say Amazon and published there as an e-book. It would have joined the other thousands (tens of thousands?) of e-books in there, and likely been only downloaded by friends and family. After I promised to reimburse them of course. I likely would have blamed the lack of susccess on the sheer numbers of e-books out there, or on my failure to market it properly. Not on the fact that it was a pretty shitty novel.

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ROW80 check in (2/26) - on time

This is an unusual Sunday check in for me - in that it's happening on a Sunday. Surprise!

My goal of one hour for editing a day seems to be working better, and I am slowly filling in the gaps in my first novel. When I rearranged some of the scenes I ended up with some sequencing problems, some gaps and errors in continuity. Also, as I've been reading about writing and found some things especially relevant to my current novel(s). All to say that there is a scattering of notes throughout both books now, prompting me for changes and additions, all flagged with "??" so that I can find them. 

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