Paving My Author's Road

IWSG Day and Happy New Year!


Happy first IWSG Day of 2018!

We’re starting the new year with old friends and some new to discuss our writing highs and lows. Offer support and encouragement. Thanks for bringing us all together for another year goes to ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh.

And thanks also goes to the awesome co-hosts posting today: Tyrean Martinson, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Megan Morgan, Jennifer Lane, and Rachna Chhabria!

Interested in joining us? Click on the badge above. Our Twitter hashtag and handle are #IWSG and @TheIWSG.

So what’s going on with me this month?

Well, I’ve figured out my 2018 writing plan, yet left it flexible in case you know…life happens. Plus I can pick and choose which writing project I’d want to tackle. So if I don’t like one or need a break, there’s another two or three I can choose to pick up. And whatever I haven’t been able to stay on plan with, I can rollover to next year.

I’m doing another writing challenge, the 85K90, writing my new Foreseen series WIP. This time, three months long and at only 944 daily word count. Like NaNoWriMo I’ll be posting updates but on a monthly basis, on the last Monday of the month. So far, I’ve written:

1,021 words on January 1st

948 words on January 2nd

Guess the writing was on the wall when I started making temporary Wattpad covers for my new series on Here are the temporary covers I created:


Anyways, guess there might be another writing on the wall for November 2018. Been thinking a lot lately about a desert fantasy series I’ve filed away. It might be my next NaNoWriMo project. But as November is 11 months away, guess I’ll wait and see if that’ll remain true. Here’s some inspirational images behind the fantasy:

And the song, Sand by Nathan Lanier, that inspired a fight to the death scene in the desert:


January 3 question – What steps have you taken or plan to take to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

Right now I’m just going to take it a day at a time, a project at a time. Write everyday and try to meet my word count for the day. Spend a little less time thinking how the next scene will be written and actually write it. Start making mental preparations so that I won’t drag my heels when it comes time to finding beta readers. And an editor to edit my work. So hopefully, 2018 might be the year I have a completed and polished manuscript to pitch and query.

How was your New Year’s? What’s going on with you this month? What are your plans and goals for 2018? Taking part in the #IWSGPit on January 18th?