Didn’t really write too much this month since I was mainly focused on my personal life, but I still managed to get some good productive writing sessions in. I usually try to write every day, but this month, I tended to have longer writing sessions only about three times a week. Overall, I think things are heading in the right direction.

‘The Double’ is currently in the editing process. Took a little longer than expected because I got inspired on the rewrite session and wound up doing more work than I anticipated. For anyone interested, the editing process on my short stories usually lasts about three weeks to a month. I’ve got a good group of people who are helping me put this project together so I’m super excited to share it with everyone.

During this stage, there’s a lot of non-writing things that I need to do. I finished designing the cover and will soon need to start getting all the files ready for publishing. Some consider it a tedious process but it’s necessary in order to create a good reading experience for people.

Next month or January, I’m hoping to publish the short 🙂

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

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

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

Sorry for the wait. My mind has been everywhere these days and updating this blog has kind of fallen by the wayside. Apologizing for late posts seems like a common refrain these days. I’ll do better.

June was a rough month for me emotionally. Personally, I all but abandoned my daily routine — a routine that was getting fairly respectable. For my daily routine, I usually like to only a handful of things: read, write, workout, clean, eat healthily, learn something new, spend time with friends or family. I did none of those things. If I did them, I did them poorly. My apartment was a mess, my writing wasn’t consistent, and my diet consisted of a lot of delivery pizza. The only thing that I managed to hold onto was writing, and eventually, even that fell through. 

The reasons for this was that (1) I had a falling out with a friend. And (2) I sustained an injury. Both of these things combined definitely took a toll on me. Where the mind goes, the body follows.

July was more of the same. I wasn’t in a great space mentally and emotionally, so I was just kind of letting life go on as it may, but there was a turning point. I took a much-needed trip to Hong Kong for some personal healing. The time away was good, if just a distraction. I came back feeling better. 

It’s the end of July now. I’ve processed those negative emotions associated with my two setbacks. For starters, I know that sometimes it’s in our best interest to remove people from our lives. And despite some lingering feelings, I’ve made my peace with it. Secondly, I’ve essentially healed up my injury and made a recovery. I am grateful for every day spent with my health.

There are a few people who I would like to thank for their support during this time.

  • Jason – Thanks for being my good friend during this time. Thanks for sharing your own heartbreak with me. Thanks for an awesome time taking our mini traveling together. Let’s have more great times, bro.
  • Brian – Thank you for showing up at my apartment with fried chicken from gangneung. We didn’t do anything special but spend time together while I complained to you. And you were totally fine with that. Thanks for just being you. 
  • Paulo – Thanks for being there just to chat or have a meal together. Maybe it was just eating a cheeseburger near our apartment, but it was very meaningful to me. Thanks for sharing stories about your life and family, those lessons are now my lessons. Obrigado, my friend.

Going forward, I’m feeling much more optimistic about the future. Not only that, but I’m trying to be much more content in the present. There will certainly be challenges ahead, but I believe now more than ever that what I’m pursuing is a noble cause. For the month of August, I’m looking to get refocused and centered on the important things in my life. I’m hoping to update everyone one month from now with some good news.

Sorry for the wait!

Little late with these posts but my mind wasn’t really on writing this month. For the month of May, writing came to a screeching halt. Productivity on my writing slowed. My word count dropped. So did the quality. I even dropped my habit of daily writing. All in all, a really poor month for writing.

Even though this month wasn’t as productive, I’ve learned not to be too disappointed in myself. I’ve been doing this long enough to know that sometimes you have killer months and sometimes it just doesn’t flow like you want it to.

I attribute the lack of productivity mainly to life. You know, I always want to write but I don’t want my writing to stop me from living. I realize that what’s going on around me is quite important to deal with it, and you simply can’t ignore your feelings and mentality to just put your head down and write. There are some writers that can do that, put their head down and write while their house is on fire. But I like to keep a good balance. I know that when everything is balanced my writing is at its best.

So what’s been going on in my life that’s been preventing me from writing? Well frankly, I met someone who I thought was going to be a really good friend but that wasn’t the case. As a result, my emotions this month have been pretty wild. I’ve gone from being euphoric to being utterly disappointed. Sometimes you have high hopes for a person but that doesn’t always pan out how you hope. I usually take these kinds of setbacks rather hard. I’m emotional, after all. My friends are much more even-keeled than me. I always tell my friends that writing and work are stresses that people can handle. I know that if I put X amount of work into it, I can expect some kind of result. But people are unknown quantities. You don’t always get what you put into it. Sometimes, you invest a lot in someone, and you never get any results.

And that’s okay. It’s okay to take a loss. And it’s okay to be disappointed, even hurt. When you’re feeling down it’s really important to do the things that you do well. And to remember why you have value as a person. The main thing is to continue the things that give you deep satisfaction. I know when I accomplish certain things in a day, it really elevates my mood. For me, that’s working out and reading and studying. And writing. Especially writing. Writing really gives me a sense of accomplishment and is great whenever I need a boost for my self-esteem. I know I’m not the prettiest boy. I’m not the richest boy. But give me a pencil and paper and I know I can write fire. The joy I get from putting together sentences is something that I will always cherish.

Going into June, I changed my process to write slower. Instead of going for high word count 500+ words, I’m focusing more on writing quality. I’m down to about 250 words per day. I’m much happier now with my writing than before. I realize writing is a big part of my self-image. When I write trash, I feel like trash. When I write gold, I feel like a million bucks. Of course, this delays my completion date but I’m not worried about it anymore. I’m gonna focus on writing these little bits of writing and continue the daily battle. My new mantra is “write good today, feel good today.”

Sorry for the wait! I was really struggling this month with writing, so I couldn’t take any time off to write a blog post. As a recap, I’m working on my behemoth cyberpunk novel. Here’s what happened in April:

After a solid stretch of writing flow, my productivity has slowed down considerably. My daily output went down to a few hundred words per day, and the focus wasn’t really there as well. I attribute that to a few issues:

  1. Time Management. I like to take a short nap before I start writing, but this month I’ve been skipping the nap. As a result, I’ve been a little less refreshed going into each writing session. Need to work on managing my time a little better.
  2. Outline Issues. I got some things wrong with my outline, so a lot the stuff that was originally planned had to be scrapped. Starting from scratch is always tough, so there was no way I was going to be as productive as if I had a solid outline.
  3. “Life, man. Just life.” Writing isn’t my life. It’s just a part of my life. A very important one, but a part nonetheless. With that being said, my life outside of writing has taken a bit of a priority this month.

In Summary, I’m not even mad. I know them’s the breaks. I’ve been here before and I’m confident that I just need to ride out the lows. Sometimes the writing flows, and sometimes it trickles. I’m still maintaining an optimistic attitude about putting out this novel next year. I’m not thinking about the prize anymore. This is just what I do everyday and I know the results will come.

Next month I’m aiming to get back into a flowy state and finish out this segment of the novel.

One last thing. I really want to give something to anyone who reads this post, so I’ll leave with this little daily motivation, it’s a lesson that I’ve learned over the years.

Sometimes the desire just isn’t there. You know what you have to do, whatever it is you’re working on, or any goals that you have. Whether that’s completing school or starting a business. But there’s days when it’s just a grind. That’s okay. Keep going through the motions. Just do it. Because you will eventually come out of the slump, and when you do, it’s better to have a little something to show for it rather than nothing at all.