The awesome co-hosts for the February 3 posting of the IWSG are Louise – Fundy Blue , Jennifer Lane, Mary Aalgaard, Patsy Collins at Womagwriter, and Nancy Gideon!
I’m squeezing in just at the last moment this month. Believe it or not, I’ve been happily focused on all the things that I am getting done this morning, and I completely forgot that it was the first weekend of the month.
In January, I started a bullet journal spread for the Five Daily Things I’m (supposed) to be doing for my writing career. It’s actually been working really well for me. Now that it’s February, I’m dedicating one of those “daily things” to revision. So, there are now three specific things to do daily for my writing career (read, write, revise) and two wildcards. (Things like submitting short stories to markets, or building my writing community.)
I fiddled around with adding a “something I’m looking forward to” element to my daily log, but for now, that seems like a little bit of a stretch. (It also turns out that I eat a lot of dehydrated fruit.)
I also joined up for a 52 Week, short story challenge on the Holly’s Writing Classes Forums. I’m doing better with writing short stories than I am with submitting them, but things are starting to look up. The novel-length experiment I’m working on is doing… interesting things. I have more subplots than plot, right now.
The people around me are going through a phase where they suddenly notice that I am writing a novel, and choose to comment on it. I think that has more than a little to do with the pandemic and not having anything else to watch. One of them–a gentleman I’ve known for years (and for novels, in writer speak)–suddenly looked at me about a week ago, and said… Are you… writing a novel?
I have also dragged a real-life writer friend out of her maybe someday haze and into actually revising the thing she’s working on. Oh, yes, I have. (I’m taking credit for it, anyway.)
So, now I’m off to add this blog post to my 5 things spread. If there’s anything you do in your bullet journal or organization that you’d like to
have stolen share, let me know in the comments.
Alex J. Cavanaugh (@AlexJCavanaugh)