It has been a productive week, despite the last three days kind of flailing about thanks to a cold. However, I’ve still managed to get quite a bit done and looking forward to next week. Not just because it’s Halloween, but because of the things I have planned.
Although I am relatively sure I’ll have to cut back on a few things in November, what I’m about to accomplish fills me with pride. And I still have a lot of work to do before the end of the year.
Breaking Word-Count Records!
As you might know, I’ve been working on breaking one of my word-count records. And although I’ve had a lot of issues throughout October, I’m still on track to surpass my 2019 record for the most words written in a month.
Of course, this doesn’t include my challenge in September of 2021 for writing 90 blog posts in 30 days. That was more of a special occasion that I’ll probably never duplicate again. I went through a great deal of stress that month, and not just from the blogs, either.
Anyway, I am literally just a few thousand words from breaking my record of 79,360 words back in April of 2019. I still think I’ll wind up writing more next month due to NaNoWriMo.
After all, I plan on rewriting and finishing a 50,000 to 60,000-word book on Wattpad. And that doesn’t include my client’s work or writing for the blogs and YouTube videos.
NaNoWriMo Starts Next Week!
Speaking of which, I am planning out my blocks of time next week for NaNoWriMo 2022. When you’re as busy as I am, it can be difficult to juggle everything throughout any given day.
Still, I am confident I’ll be able to “win” NaNoWriMo without losing too much in November. Sure, I’ll have to dedicate a 2.5-hour block of time every day as I am going to miss a week’s worth of writing. However, I think I can get a few things set up before NaNoWriMo starts.
For instance, perhaps I can write up a few blog posts this weekend to schedule them for next month. That way, I won’t have to worry about trying to fit blogging into my daily routine.
I should have been doing this throughout October, actually.
One of the reasons why this NaNoWriMo is so important to me is the fact that I’ll actually finish something I started back in 2016. It’s more about finishing something I started as opposed to just dusting my hands and walking off.
Ever since publishing A Freelancer’s Tale, I’ve had far more focus on finishing stories rather than tossing them in the trash. It’s been a powerful motivator.
Still Editing, But Need Cover Art
I’m still working on making edits for Kingmaker, but I am more concerned about the cover art. I haven’t decided how I’m going to get the graphic I am envisioning without hiring some outside help.
The problem is that I don’t have a lot of disposable income at the moment, and then the holidays are rapidly approaching. Yes, I’m the dad who goes out of his way to make sure the holidays are awesome for everyone in his life.
Anyway, I’m debating on seeing what I can do myself. But I’m running into a common problem – a lack of time. I’m sure I’ll figure something out long before I’m done editing and the book is ready to be published, though.
Figuring Out Something for YouTube Content
Another project I’ve been working on as of late is figuring out what I’m going to do for the YouTube channels. Luckily, Sam is helping with the Crossing Colorado videos…ish.
I’ve already decided that I’m simply going to focus on the few people who watch the videos. As YouTube no longer “suggests” my WriterSanctuary content, I don’t really gain new viewers. So, I’m just going to focus on those who are active.
The problem is that I’ve been so busy trying to handle everything else that I haven’t had time to put into new video content. And then dealing with this cold hasn’t made things any easier.
Still, I’m going to see what I can do to get some new videos up next week.
Getting Slowed Down By a Cold
Speaking of colds, it hasn’t been as bad as something like COVID, but it still put a hindrance on my week. Mostly, I’m just tired because I can’t breathe at night and haven’t been able to sleep.
Well, aside from last night when I took a couple of shots of NyQuil…one of my favorite beverages. Yes, I have a penchant for the green death flavor.
What I think is awesome is that even though I’ve had to face a lot of challenges this month, I’m still doing well. I can only imagine what I would have been able to accomplish if I didn’t have so many things happen in October.
The main point is that the cold only slowed me down and not to a complete stop.
It’s All About Time Management
You can get quite a bit done throughout the day with proper time management. Despite power issues, Internet connection problems, physical issues, natural disasters, and various other things, I’ve managed to keep the situations of the month from getting out of hand.
Good time management and perseverance can help you continue to achieve a lot of great things. This is what happens when you never surrender to the negative thoughts you might have that are brought on by such concerns.
Meet every problem with grace while keeping your wits about you. When you succumb to the chaos, things are simply much harder to achieve.