September Wrap-Up

Alright everyone, I’m going to keep this post focused mainly on the writing, because for some reason, I’m not really feeling putting out a super personal post as I usually do.

This month of September was a vacation month for me, so I spent about two weeks with family. It was a great time and I got a lot of energy from it. It really left me in good spirits. I always get this sense of responsibility when I’m with family. It’s a good reminder of why I started writing in the first place. I didn’t grow up in a great area, and I always looked at writing as the lottery ticket that would get me out of the hood. I saw it as a way to help my family. That rags-to-riches story. Over the years, my motivations for writing have matured, but every once in a while, I’m reminded of that hunger that I felt when I was a poor kid in Philly.

I also spent some time introducing my family to some close friends. I can’t begin to say how lucky I am in regards to my friends. They really treated me and my family well. What can I say? It really makes me want to be a better person as well and invest more in my relationships. I haven’t been the best in this area, Lord knows, but I’m going to do better.

So, not too much happened in the writing department. I adjusted my expectations a bit due to the family vacation, so I knew that my output wouldn’t be as much. Still, I think there was about a stretch of a week during the visit where I didn’t write. Despite not much output happening, a lot of internal things happened to me as a writer. Mainly, I just feel much more composed as a writer than ever before. I looked back at some of my blog posts from previous years, and it’s very different than how I’m feeling now. I was much more insecure and unsure of myself. It took years of hard work, failure, and lessons learned in order to overcome those things, but I feel like I’m really getting into the zone with my craft. And I know there is still a lot more hard work, failure, and lessons learned ahead of me.

As you may know, I closed out Part 3 (technically, Part 3B) of my novel. I’ve been focusing more on quality so it’s fairly well-developed. But it got a little bit rough toward the end and I think I got a little impatient and lost focus.
The current status of the novel is that I’m now on Part 4 of 6. As a reminder, each part of the novel is about 10k words each, so when I finish the draft, I’m anticipating it to be around 60k words. My process has been much more focused on writing quality, so it’s been a slow and steady pace but I’m happy with the results. The previous segment that I finished was fairly well-developed, but I’m hoping to improve upon that as I go into Part 4.

Going forward, I’m just hoping to stay focused on and committed to the craft. I want to show up every day and put in the work needed to make this the best possible story it can be. There is a lot of blood, sweat, and tears that go into this writing thing. But I know that if I want future success, then this is where I earn it.

Anyway, that’s all for now. I haven’t been super detailed in my last few posts and I’m trying to figure out a way to address that issue. But just know that I’m in a good place now and I find myself starting to build some momentum in the right direction.

In October, I hope to update everyone and tell you that I’ve maintained a consistent quality throughout the writing.

-Peter

August Wrap-Up

Hello everyone,

It’s that time again for another recap of the month. I hope you’ve all had an awesome summer so far and stayed cool. It looks like the weather is changing so hopefully we get some relief from all the heat we’ve been having.

Here’s my breakdown of what happened for me this month in writing:

PROCESS:

June and July was mainly focused on recovery and getting back to some sort of equilibrium with my life. But this month of August for me was mostly getting back on the horse again and starting to build the daily habits that I need to do. I’ll be honest with you, it’s still a huge task just to summon the energy every day. A lot of the days in August were extremely hot, and I just did not feel like doing anything. Plus, the energy and motivation just wasn’t there. I attribute the low energy to a poor diet, lack of exercise, and mostly not totally being in the right mental and emotional state to really work at the high level needed to write a novel.

RESULTS:

I closed out a short story this month. An idea that I had that I really wanted to share with other people. Currently, it’s being reviewed by some trusted readers and soon I’ll start the revision process on it. Hoping to release it quite soon! The story is about a man who is unsatisfied with his life and his marriage. I’m still thinking of a title for it. Excited to put it out there!

In summary, I would say that the writing process was inconsistent but there were some good moments. This month wasn’t perfect, not by a long shot, but it was necessary. Definitely I’m getting back into my daily grind and I’m hoping to keep building momentum going into September. Next month, I’m going to be super focused on the novel.

Thanks,

Peter