The Paranormalist’s WriMoProg Page
This is where you can check up on my writerly progress.
Feel free to offer praise, encouragement or a good scolding – as appropriate.
WriMoProg Challenge Goals:
THIS MONTH’S GOAL: 108 (novels) + 100 (blog and other social media) = 208 (hours)
Where I’m at right now:
wrimoprog 07/01/2014: 4 + 10 = 14/208
SETTING THE GOAL FOR JULY:
I admit this is ambitious. To be fair, though, it’s only about eight hours a day, six days a week. (Divided almost evenly between fiction and networking stuff.)
I’ve been off lately, and I feel like my attention has been very divided. I’ve been worrying too much about: the young men that I’m still half-raising, planning for and taking my first vacation in 20 years, working at the hotel, fretting about money and other practical matters, and so on. I have to be diligent in the first part of the month, because I know I have to go full time at the paranormal hotel, for about 10 days, at the end of this month. (And I have to hold the line about not picking up extra shifts between now and then. I’ve already had to turn down two. Give my resolve!)
I am participating in the July Camp NaNoWriMo, but I’m not going to join a cabin this time around. (It’s just distracting, and Lord knows I have enough distractions in my life. Squirrel.) The plan is to get through a decent draft of another third of the novel I’m working on, Bugaboo Road.
I also want to get caught up on all the posts I’ve promised, which will clear the decks for stuff that will happen yet this summer. ( Part of this dedicated time will be spent visiting graveyards and festivals and such, so it won’t ALL be sitting at a desk. Besides, I have a shiny, new, little, laptop that can go with me anywhere.) I need to update the ghost movies list and get started on another page that I’ve been contemplating. (An A-Z index of my favorite mysteries, hauntings and cryptids.)
My stats at the blog peaked in April, of all months, and they are sliding a bit since then. (They remain pretty good though, and I’m grateful.) Still, I need to buckle down if I want to grow my readership.
In short, it’s just time for me to focus. It’s summer, I am in control of my schedule, I feel more energetic and there’s no reason I can’t get a lot done.
MAY & JUNE RESULTS:
Yeah, I didn’t really track. I did ok on the blogging front I think, though it could have been better, and certainly more evenly distributed. Fiction has been a bust. Time to change that. (She says, on July 1st.)
I tracked on the Camp NaNoWriMo site, so I don’t have details for here. In summary, I managed approximately:
- wrimoprog 04/30/2014: 104 (novels) + 78 (blog and other social media) = 182 (hours)
- wrimoprog 03/08/2014: 2 + 12 = 14/80
- wrimoprog 03/10/2014: 5 + 18 = 23/80
- wrimoprog 03/16/2014: 15 + 20 = 35/80
- wrimoprog 03/16/2014: 15 + 20 = 35/80
- wrimoprog 03/19/2014: 32 + 22 = 54/80
- wrimoprog 03/27/2014: 41 + 30 = 71/80
- wrimoprog 03/31/2014: 43 (novels) + 47 (blog and other social media) = 90/80
The rest of the information on the page is mostly for my own use, but have a look if you like.
2014 General, Ongoing Goals:
The formula: X + Y = Z / total-hours goal
when X = writing/editing time, Y = other writerly tasks.
Write & edit novels:
- write last 28 sections (quick, intense, culminating sections) THEN, between editing steps, revise and refine ending
- editing #1 – the close-in writing (edit yesterday’s work, lightly, before moving on to today’s work)
- editing #2 – the close-in edit (PC edit from start to finish, thinking of flow, pace, plot holes, etc. – emphasis on cutting & tightening)
- editing #3 – the distance or hand edit (by me AND by volunteer readers – scribble all over printed manuscripts)
- editing #4 – the consolidation edit (take into account all useful hand edits and type up a single clean copy)
- editing #5 – the oral edit (read the damn thing aloud and catch typos, awkward phrasing, etc.)
The Hypnotist Clown
Bugaboo Road (inspired by my dad)
Maintain my social media sites:
Blog: (2-3 weekly ORIGINAL CONTENT posts) (Posts of 300 – 1000 words on the topics of being bipolar, writing horror and studying the paranormal.) Post regular features most weeks. (#NetNet, Body Preservation, FNPS, M&M Media.) Also maintain Writer’s Monthly Progress Challenge linky page. Cultivate influencers. Find potential readers who are interested in horror, dark pleasures and the paranormal.
- The Paranormalist Portal (mirror)
Short-form blogs: (1-2 daily posts) Quick snippets about paranormal / creepy events, short reviews, brief referrals and connections, evocative images, and links to blog posts.
- Facebook – The Paranormalist
- Facebook – The Renae Rude (mirror)
- Tumblr – The Paranormalist (mirror)
Micro-blog: (1 – 10 daily updates, mostly via twitter and google+ AND / OR photos and links to pinterest, instagram, cheezburger, etc.)
- Google+ (mirror)
- Pinterest – Renae Rude (develop into a significant platform plank)
- Paranormal LOLs