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

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