Day 10 (Motivated)

MAY 11TH – 1,225 WORDS

Good ole Saturday. I love the weekends because it allows me to sleep in and it’s easier to catch up on responsibilities. I received the first set of chapters to beta-read. I love beta-reading (looking over a manuscript before the author submits to an editor, agent, or publisher). It’s pretty cool; it feels like I’m in on a secret. I love spoilers, so I enjoy knowing a story before the public gets to see it. And I like helping others out.

While looking over the author’s chapters, I was motivated to work on my own projects. I’m nervous, yet excited, to get my name out there. To find readers. To build relationships with other authors. It’s so close that I can taste it. Since I write in different genres, I need to consider that most readers won’t cross genres just to follow an author. That’s why I wanted to write suspense for NaNo. I’m going to publish One By One really soon; it’s a mystery thriller. I’m working on Something’s Amiss (women’s fiction). Next, I hope to release my NaNo story, then my other women’s fiction novel (from the 90 day challenge). If I keep rotating, then hopefully that’ll be okay.

I’m thinking like a businesswoman, and it feels good 🙂

I’m still on Chapter 4–Miki and Finia’s 1st therapy session. I have a feeling that this scene will be really long. It was fun to write all the tension and interactions with the therapist. She’s trying to calm Miki down because he keeps speaking out of turn, making Finia uncomfortable. It’s to the point he’s being so disrespectful that she’s heading out the front door. The therapist–don’t want to say the name in case I change it–rushes to bring her back.

I left off with an interesting section, so tomorrow I should stay motivated.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Day 9 (Multi-tasking)

MAY 10TH – 1,193 WORDS

Today I was a busy bee. If I keep up the momentum of only focusing on Trapped: A Novella, then it’ll start to feel like a chore. Then I’ll lose interest. So I decided to work on other projects to keep my motivation going:

  • posted book reviews
  • offered to be a beta-reader for another author (Young Adult Suspense)
  • formatted Something’s Amiss into a new document
  • received a rejection for my short story December 4th, so found another market, formatting it to their guidelines before sending it off
  • read another story for a book review

I managed to do all that once I got home. You would think that I would’ve been over trying to write for NaNo, but it was the total opposite. I got straight to work around 11. I wanted to add another task to my list. More than likely, if I didn’t stay busy when I first stepped into my room, then I would’ve stalled, watching TV instead.

The fun has begun for my NaNo novella. I fast forwarded to Miki and Finia’s first therapy session, skipping her giving birth. Now, Jahlin is 5 years old, a year away from starting kindergarten. With the short story, I enjoyed writing in both character’s perspectives. I started with Finia first, so readers could sympathize with Miki wanting his family back. I loved the twist at the end–he’s a narcissistic douche bag. So with the novella, I decided to keep both point-of-views, but instead of readers feeling sorry for Miki, I want them to have a strong reaction to him right away.

I already have the plot in my head, so it’s hard to keep motivated with typing everything. I wish someone was doing NaNo with me. But that’s how the cookie crumbles sometimes. I haven’t quit yet; that’s always a plus. Hopefully, I’ll catch up with word count soon because I want to go back to writing only 1,000 words a day.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Day 7 (Determined)

MAY 8TH – 688 WORDS

Besides my writer and publisher responsibilities, I’ve taken on the role of tutoring a college student. Am I crazy? Perhaps. Do I like punishing myself? Perhaps. My payment–free dinners. I have to eat, right? After work, I stayed in town for my second job. We didn’t get finished until around 8:30ish. By the time I ate, I was spent. Have you ever ate so much food that your stomach cramps and you just want to take a nap? Yeah, that’s how good I felt.

No sleeping though. I was determined to write something for NaNo. I didn’t care if it would only be 2 words, something was being typed on my computer. I focused on my story, reaching the end of Chapter 3. Once “Real World” came on, I was mesmerized by how Jordan and Nia are batshit crazy hee hee, so I had to pay attention. Sorry NaNo.

At 11, I took the opportunity to log into Absolute Write Forums to see if I got anymore suggestions and feedback. In the morning, I had posted my revised back cover blurb on there. These comments were more encouraging, letting me know I was on the right track. Editing my blurb took over my time until my head hit the pillow.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Day 6 (Other Priorities)

MAY 7TH – O WORDS

No excuses. Just my reasons why I couldn’t work on NaNo today:

  • I posted book reviews on my blog, amazon, and goodreads. If I’m logged in, then I take the time to read other blogs and make comments. It’s the only time I get to do it. So I guess you could say, I chose social media over NaNo.
  • If you’ve been following my blog, then you know I’m ready to publish One By One. Every time I think I have something figured out, another obstacle takes over. I’m completely finished with editing and formatting. I thought it wouldn’t be hard to write a back cover blurb. Boy was I wrong! I’m happy I posted it on the Absolute Write Forums under Query Hell in Share Your Work. I’ve got great advice for improvements. I need a massive rewrite, so I better get to work. So I guess you could say, I chose my publisher responsibilities over NaNo.

No apologies. I have to get this stuff done. And, it doesn’t help that I’m losing motivation. Once I get home from work, I’m pretty tired. It’s a long day getting up at 5 AM and not reaching home until around 6:20 PM. I have to figure out a better system or something regarding writing time for Trapped: A Novella.

Good thing I decided to make this a novella at around 30,000 words. If I would have to write 1,666 words a day in order to reach 60,000 by the end of 30 days, then I would be bald-headed. The stress would’ve made my hair fall out. I wish my writing buddies were doing NaNo with me, but it wasn’t meant to be. Maybe that’s why I’ve lost motivation. There’s no one to really talk to. I mean sure they’d listen to me vent, but it’s not the same thing. After awhile, I’m sure they’d cut me off–I love to complain 🙂

Wish me luck. I have a feeling that I’ll need it.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Day 5 (Optimistic)

MAY 6TH – 1,856 WORDS

I thought I knew how I wanted this story to go, but after watching “Straw Dogs,” I believe that I can make Miki darker and creepier. I’m very optimistic about the changes I’ll make. It’s pretty cool writing the villains–probably will be a running theme you guys will always see regarding posts on my writing. I can’t help it. I think it’s fun to get into Finia and Miki’s perspective on the situation they’re in. She’s lost and just wants to be left alone. He’s “in love,” a.k.a. obsessed, and doesn’t care how he gets her as long as he does.

So far, Jahlin hasn’t been born yet. I finished the scene where Finia and Miki are in the doctor’s office and find out she’s pregnant. I reached Chapter 3, which focuses on the aftermath of that visit. Miki learns that Finia won’t roll over and play nice like he had assumed. He’s dreading the challenge.

Since I actually accomplished writing today, I’m proud of myself. If I can keep this pace of writing more than a 1,000 words if I get behind, then I should stay on track. Keeping my fingers crossed as I daydream about my New York City trip coming up June 1st 🙂

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Day 1 (Cool As A Cucumber)

MAY 2ND — 828 WORDS

For May, I’m participating in NaNo. Instead of a 60,000 word novel, I’m writing a 30,000 novella in 30 days. That means only 1,000 words a day. I may be facing this challenge alone, so I hope I’m motivated to get past the 2nd week blues. We’ll see.

I’ve received a lot of feedback about how I should expand on my short story Trapped. Finia and Miki’s past will be explored as well as the aftermath of their therapy sessions. Since I had so much fun writing a thriller, I’m making this story a thriller or suspense. It’ll depend on how dark and twisted I want to make it. Right now, I can see Miki doing despicable acts if he doesn’t get his way. Poor Finia. Poor Jahlin.

I participated in NaNo last year (in April), so I know what to expect. That’s why I was cool as a cucumber today. Zero word counts will be okay. Lower word counts will be okay. So no rush. That’s why I enjoyed my zumba class at Gold’s Gym and watched TV before starting. Oh my goodness, I was worn-out. My eyes kept drifting close and I had a headache. I was tempted to just have my 1st day be a zero word count, but my motivation caused me to turn on my computer.

  • I’m trying something different. Instead of writing in a notebook first, I’ll be typing on the computer once I get home from work. And I won’t print off the pages as I go; I’ll just wait until the end. I’m a busy bee–probably stupid of me to begin a stressful, but fun, challenge at this time–so I better do my other obligations in the mornings.
  • Book reviews, critiquing other writers’ work, blogging, social media, editing my other stories, formatting my debut book, beta-reading for other writers, etc. etc. etc. etc. take up the majority of my time. Which I’m not complaining. The day in the life of a writer 🙂 On Tuesday, I successfully formatted One By One into a PDF file and emailed it to my kindle. It took me all night to read it over. I was excited to see it as a real ebook! To see it with pages instead of as a continuous screen on a computer! Formatting was perfect–my author photo even transferred to my kindle. Yea!!! Hopefully, it’ll be easy to download to Createspace and Amazon. Keeping my fingers crossed. Anyway, I noticed only a few typos that I need to fix in my Word document, then I can upload.

I started my NaNo story at 9 PM; I reached Chapter 2. Finia just found out that she may be pregnant. She’s flabbergasted. If only she knew what else is in store for her…I focused a lot on her surroundings, practicing to be better with describing setting elements. I have a bad habit of waiting until the last minute to describe characters’ physical details. I enjoyed what I wrote, not even taking any breaks. I reached Chapter 2 where Finia and Miki are waiting at the doctor’s office. Miki, that manipulative bastard. He’ll be fun to write for. No comment of if he’s based off a guy I used to know. I don’t want to get sued 🙂

Since I was really tired, I ended up stopping early to go to bed. Once my head hit the pillow, I was knocked out. I couldn’t even finish watching the end of Braxton Family Values. Oh well, good thing reruns are always on.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby