The Ride

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Monday, July 14, 2014 Under: Update

This is a bit of an update. I haven’t been posting a lot recently because I’ve been working my butt off getting words down. I’ve been putting in eighteen hour days for pretty much the last two months. Not all of that was writing, of course, I still have my day jobs, but every minute I wasn’t at those, my butt was in my chair and my fingers were dancing on the keyboard, or drumming beside it. [Grin] 

As long-time followers will know, I’ve been a part of the Magic Spreadsheet for about a year and a half now. I haven’t missed a day of writing in that time, nor missed my consistency minimum. [For those of you who want to know what that all means, check out this post.] Just by writing a little bit every day, I have written a million words in those eighteen months. I did over a hundred thousand of them last month alone, and look fair to hit that number again this month. 

This is a 200% rise in output from my earlier monthly average. 

The reason for this sudden rise is, I think, two fold. One, I finally got really excited about self-publishing when I realised that it was something I could do with some chance at success. And, two, I stopped making the daily numbers my goal and started focusing on the story. Focusing on the story meant that getting up at 5am to work on it, because I got more done and felt better doing them, made sense. Not watching TV, because it was taking time away from my writing, made sense. And, probably most importantly, finally figuring out a way to approach a balky story so it didn’t shy, meant that I could work on several projects at the same time – writing one, developing another, and editing a third. 

The reason for the excitement about self-publishing was my discovery of the Self-Publishing Podcast. Johnny, Sean, and Dave are so excited about their books, about discovering the best way to get books written and into the hands of their readers, that it’s like a zombie plague – you just can’t help but be infected. I listened to their podcast, then went and listened to the other podcasts they referenced, and the more I listened, the more excited I got. Finally, in May, something clicked. I decided I had to try that myself.

Leap forward to the middle of July and here I am, finally giving myself over to living my dream. Looking back on the weird gyrations this roller coaster of a life has taken, it has been one amazing ride so far, a lot of lows, a lot of slow climbs, and a lot of perilous drops. For the first time in a long time, though, I’m actually looking forward to what the coming months bring. Life is a ride, and rides are meant to be fun.

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Tags: writing productivity self-publishing 
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I'm a writer, editor, indie publisher, and dedicated Magic Spreadsheet user. Originally from Adelaide, Australia, I've been living in Japan since 1995. I've had a life-long interest in writing and in speculative fiction. My first book was published in mid-2014.
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