Hi everyone,

Quick novel update. I just finished a good month of working on the novel. Some good news is that I’m basically done my outline and now going forward I’m just going to be mainly focused on the writing itself.

I’m happy with my progress so far. The words on the page are really the most “me” I’ve ever been in my writing. So I can’t wait to share this with everyone.

As for my plans for May, I’m going to take some time off to relax and chill with friends. Just be a normal person for a little while without all those story details bouncing around my head. But then it’s right back to work.

If you’re reading this, thanks for stopping by 🙂 I appreciate the support!

-Peter

Hello everyone,

Just wanted to say hello and post something for my monthly wrap-up. I try to do a montly post where I summarize what’s been going on because it helps me keep track of things. This month, the post is going to be light.

This month, I just want to update everyone on how I’m doing, not really writing related stuff. South Korea hit its peak in cases some time ago and it looks like it’s heading toward its down swing. It’s a little less tense, but schools are still out until the end of April until further notice. I’m teaching my classes online, staying inside as much as I can, and trying to stay active during this time.

Anyway, that’s all for now. I’m hoping everyone is staying safe where you’re at!

-Peter

Hi Everyone,

Haven’t been updating as much. Thanks so much if you’re still checking in on my progress.

Writing wasn’t great in January or most of February. Mostly due to burnout from work. This time of year is always busy, and I was doing way more hours than I like to do. I love teaching, but I realize that if I don’t get to be creative then it really starts to bum me out.

And just as I was complaining about work, everything with the coronavirus hit. I think it’s a good reminder to not take things for granted, especially things like health and career. On that note, I hope everyone is healthy and in good spirits.

On a positive note, with the extra down time, I’ve been getting back into working on my novel. I recently made some good strides in a section that was giving me some challenges before. Right now, I’m revisiting some areas in the outline. From the late second-act onward, the story wasn’t super developed. Now I’m taking the time to make it stronger before I get back into writing the words on the pages. The important thing is switching from writing mode to outline mode, which can be a little different in terms of what you focus on. In an outline, it’s more broad strokes.

That’s all for now. The post seems thrown together, a bit like patchwork, but I will try to keep everyone updated as much as I can. Maybe I could put out some videos or find other ways to keep everyone in the loop. Until then, thanks for reading!

-Peter

Better late than never!

Super late post y’all but I’ve been really busy the start of the year. Trying to manage the added work and demands on my schedule.

Quick recap: January was pretty challenging. Lots of things popped up that challenged my focus, but I’m satisfied about the way I handled things. 

One of the things I’ve realized is that there’s always going to be some kind of adversity in your life. Conditions are never going to be perfect. You’ve gotta learn to play through the struggle, under any circumstances.

Going into February, I’m focused on managing my energy levels and adjusting my expectations.

Short post this month everyone,

I had a really productive month in December and I’m really happy with the results. Not so much writing was done this month, but it was more about shoring up everything in my life outside of writing, and in that regard, I feel like I’ve done some really good work in that area. So, even though it wasn’t the most productive month in terms of my writing output, I’m still super happy about what I’ve managed to accomplish.

The short story is in the final stages before release. Still aiming for a January release. Sorry for the wait!

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