October Wrap-Up

Hello everyone,

Gonna keep this post short hopefully and then get back to writing. Hope everyone had an amazing Halloween!

This month was a challenge for me. After having a really good stretch of productivity in September, I ran into some tough challenges in October that seriously threatened to derail the efforts that I had been making thus far. For a good amount of October, I was sidelined as I let bad habits creep back into my life. Basically, I stopped doing the things that I need to do every day in order to be happy. Despite the setback, I managed to regroup and close out the month on a positive note.

Lots of ups and downs this month, but here’s two things that happened with my writing:

1. I closed out a short story called The Double. I’m excited to release it. It’s been a while since I shared a short story with everyone and I’m hoping to put this out fairly soon.

2. Also, I continued Part 5 of my novel. I realized that a lot of my Part 5 outline needed to be reworked, so October was mainly spent fixing my outline, writing dialogue, etc. So not much writing words-on-the-page got done. But I’m happy to say that I did finish the outline.

Lessons learned:

Momentum is a powerful thing. Everything you do has a compounding effect; the choices you make now are having a big impact on your future. If momentum is not working for you, then it’s working against you. You’re either improving or deteriorating. Yes, plateaus are real, but plateaus can lead to frustration, which can lead to deteriorating. I can’t let the force of momentum carry me the wrong way.

Going into November, I got a pretty good outline for Part 5, so I’m hoping to have some fun in just focusing on the writing words-on-the-page element of it. As far as the short story is concerned, I think I’ll put it through the editing pipeline this month. I’m going to bring on some people to help me with it also.

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading everyone! If you ever want to leave a question or comment, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

-Peter

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