First Comes Love, next comes…

This is the response to the first love writing prompt for the Write Block Wednesday! The theme for this month is love! It’s not too late for you to join in on the fun! I decided to give you all … Continue reading

Truth Be Told: I Didn’t Get It Done

There’s no better way to say it – I didn’t get it done! If you’ve been following Being Starkey, then you know that I set out a quest this past month to finish my first novel Daily Navigation during NaNoWriMo or NaBloPoMo.

Before I started the challenge, I shared a few ways to stick with a writing schedule. Here are the ways, and how I managed them:

  • Reduce the amount of time I spend on social media – I stayed consistent.
  • Utilize my weekend for writing – This is where it didn’t work! I should’ve balanced my schedule better because every weekend there was something going on from sorority events, homecoming, and traveling. My weekends were swamped! 
  • Spend less time flipping through the television channels – I scheduled my writing around my television shows, but it’s the holidays and Hallmark channel will distract me. 
  • Keep phone conversations to daily commute to and from work – This is a normal routine. 
  • Exercise regularly with writing prompts – I actually created writing prompts to help me move from each chapter. It really helped. 
  • Develop an accountability partner or group – I joined different writer groups, but I never ASKED for support to help me stay on track.
  • Don’t Quit! – I didn’t quit, but I didn’t get it done. I managed to wrap up Chapter 14 at least, and start Chapter 15.

What have I learned from this experience? Everything we does come with lessons. Unfortunately, at times, our lessons are harder than others.

  • NNNNOOOOO!!!!! One of my main lesson is to learn how to say NO! I’m still learning it, but I feel like I can be everything to everybody. It doesn’t work that way. I have to consider my needs and work on those for me. I over committed myself with most things that aren’t beneficial to me.
  • Be consistent! This is the number rule from most authors and bloggers. It helps you build momentum and good following if you remain consistent in everything that you do.
  • Stick to One! I tried to participate in #NaNoWriMo and #NaBloPoMo at the same time. I will not do that again. Granted, it helped me to exercise my writing when I wasn’t working on the book, but I was trying to challenge myself to accomplish too much in 30 days.
  • Never lose your stuff! When I first started working on my book, I developed an outline using notecards. Bad move. I lost it a few months ago. I knew my end result of my book, but I missed some vital details. It literally slowed me down. This month, I outline the remainder two chapters of my book, which helped me out a lot.
  • Get Creative! Instead of writing, I spent time visualizing what I wanted to accomplish with my book. When I wasn’t writing, I was looking and examining book covers to determine what I wanted for mine. I designed some book cover options for Daily Navigation. I’ll show you all soon. I secured an editor for my book. I managed and accomplished the small things.

So did I get it done – not at all, but I developed some new strategies and know now what to do in order to accomplish my goal. Truth be told, I’m ecstatic because I might not have finished writing the book, but I’ve accomplished so much more. For my friends and supporters, it’s coming very soon.

❤ Starkey

 

 

The Write Block Wednesday: I am thankful for…

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Happy Day Before Thanksgiving! As you all remember, I re-introduced The Write Block series at the beginning of this month for my faithful NaNoWriMo or NaBloPoMo friends. I commend those who have smashed the challenge this month. I often get frustrated when I’m forced to write something, and I easily become distracted with whatever else will stimulate my mind. That’s the main reason why I created The Write Block series in the first place to develop a space for me to write without limits and share my work with likeminded individuals.

Just in case you need the rules, here you go:

Set your ideal writing mood
Using the theme, write in your journal or digital document uninterrupted for 15 minutes (Make sure you time yourself)
At the end of the 15 minutes, stop typing or put your pencil down
Read and/or share what you wrote (Remember: Sharing is optional)
Ask yourself – can you use this for a future or current project?
If so, keep it. If not, still keep it. You never know what source of inspiration will come from it.

Here’s The Write Block: Writing Prompt for this week:

What are you thankful for?

If you are in the Charlotte area, and would like to attend the next The Write Block session in 2016. Please e-mail me at alwaysphrea@gmail.com.

Happy Thanksgiving!

❤ Starkey

Get It Done:: NaNoWriMo helps the procrastinating writer

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Welcome November! In writer’s world, welcome NaNoWriMo or NaBloPoMo (depending on which one will tickle your fancy)! If you remember, a few weeks ago, I wrote a post about my first introduction to #NaNoWriMo and my journey to becoming a self-published author. #NaNoWriMo is an opportunity for writers and those interested in becoming an author to write 50,000 words or more. #NaBloPoMo has a similar concept, but for bloggers. Bloggers are on a quest to blog daily for the entire month of November. I have signed up for the challenge, and I will be using Being Starkey as my platform to share my experience this time around.

How will this help me? I’m glad you asked. I’m an avid procrastinator. I seriously am. I realized that in order to truly accomplish this goal. I need to develop a schedule writing pattern to help me reach this goal. Last year, I tracked how many words I wrote each day, and it truly helped out. Daily Navigation moved from Chapter 5 to 10 in a matter of weeks. I’m currently on Chapter 14, and I have at least 6 more to go.

The best way to stick with the writing schedule is to:

  • Reduce the amount of time I spend on social media.
  • Utilize my weekend for writing.
  • Spend less time flipping through the television channels.
  • Keep phone conversations to daily commute from or going to work.
  • Exercise regularly with weekly writing prompts – The Write Block is back! Stay tuned this Wednesday for the first prompt in honor of #NaNoWriMo!
  • Develop an accountability partner or group to keep pushing you
  • And, most importantly, DON’T QUIT! #NaNoWriMo is only 30 DAYS! It can be done! I just have to GET IT DONE!

I believe #NaNoWriMo or #NaBloPoMo can help writers from procrastinating because you will develop a habit and gain so much support along the way! If you are like me and feel stuck with trying to finish your novel, join the #NaNoWriMo train and GET IT DONE! 

❤ Starkey