People Series: Non-supporters: Questioners

2. Questioners.

They are people who keeping asking questions about your work and when you plan to get publish that they start to make you doubt yourself. Then you start to question yourself.

  • Is it really stable to make money writing a book?
  • How long do you think it will take?
  • Did your editor get all of your mistakes?
  • Are you sure you going to finish this?
  • How many publishers have you talked to?
  • Are you sure you want to do this with your time?
  • Are you sure you enjoy this?
  • What is is about?
  • Haven’t vampire, werewolves, ghosts, sex etc been done to death?
  • Are you sure it’s good?

The questions that really get to you start with “Are you sure” those are the questions that plant doubt within you. . . make you question yourself.

  • Am I good enough?
  • Will I get get published?
  • Will people actually read and like my work?
  • Should I really be writing?

Doubt goes into guilt and then guilt goes into fear. . . and next thing you know you are in therapy with writer’s block.

You need to let yourself know that there will be these people in your life. Use them to keep things in check instead of letting it get to you.

Instead of doubting yourself try to use the questions and making then into goals.

Is it really stable to make money writing a book? It can be, but you can do side jobs or part time work to have some money so you can write as well. You also make money writing. . . there are online contest for short stories or some magazines that take articles.

How long do you think it will take? It depends on how inspired you are and how determined you. Make mini goals. . . like within the first two weeks to have up to chapter 4 completed or a certain word count.

  • Did your editor get all of your mistakes?
  • Are you sure you going to finish this?
  • How many publishers have you talked to?

Just deal it when it happens. I do recheck my and other work, because I am that much of a control freak.

  • Are you sure you want to do this with your time?
  • Are you sure you enjoy this?

You would NOT be doing this, if there was not some kind of enjoyment in it. If you enjoy something, then it is NOT a waste of time.

What is is about? If you have to explain your story; they are not listening or they are confused.

Haven’t vampire, werewolves, ghosts, sex etc been done to death? Write what you like or know, others will enjoy it too. They are cycles in their fads. . .

Are you sure it’s good?

This question is worst question out of all them. . . this is the one that causes the most doubt. You need to break yourself from the haunting voice that echoes this question in your head like a very bad ghost. When you are writing do NOT think about how good or bad it is.

When writing draft one ultimate goal is to finish the work/novel/story etc.

Focus making things better to understand and to read when you edit your work a million times over.

Again do not people like this get in your head, just use them to help your goals and focus.

Writing Goals for 2017

Writing Goals for 2017

  1. I want to write 1 to 4 hour (averaging at 2.5).
  2. I want to give myself 3 to 10 (20 minutes) word sprints daily (averaging 5)
  3. I want to finish old projects.
  4. I want to work on some new project ideas.
  5. I want to explore new genres.
  6. I want to get some short stories published.
  7. I want to write 200 blogs (over all of my blogs)
  8. I want to write about my depression and anxiety.
  9. I want to enter some contests. (Including Camp NaNoWriMo and NaNoWriMo)
  10. I know I NEED to edit several projects.
  11. I just want to write something everyday.
  12. I want to write more books reviews.
  13. I want to read more. (2 books a month.)

New Project Ideas

  1. Adult works
  2. Blog Prompts
  3. Story Prompts
  4. Writing Tips
  5. Romance
  6. Spirituality
  7. Anxiety and depression ideas
  8. Diabetes project
  9. Character video project

Projects that I need to Finish

  1. Love Need Time (rewrite novel idea)
  2. Hero project (comic idea)
  3. DWAG (online soap opera)
  4. College story
  5. Driving Lies part 3

Projects I need to edit

  1. The Whisper Path
  2. Melzela
  3. Darken Cake
  4. Many short stories
  5. Driving Lies Parts 1 & 2

Writing Goals Vs Reality

My Writing Goals Vs Reality

I just posted that I want 60,000 to 70,000 words by November 30th.
When in reality, I am barely averaging 500 words per day.

500 times 30 equals 15,000 words (only about 30%)

My problems is I have many more challenges this year. . .

  1. My daily to-do list (Cleaning, and dealing with the cats, but it takes a good portion of the day)*
  2. Errands: Pay bills, shopping, getting things together etc
  3. Getting Interrupted “Becky, do this. . .” “Becky did you do that?” “Becky stand on your head.”etc
  4. Birthdays
  5. Time with my boyfriend
  6. Time with my friends
  7. And a new family member.


*Average to-do list. . .

  1. (Get Up)
  2. Feed Dog
  3. Let Dog out
  4. Give Callie (Cat) her heart med
  5. Give Callie her ear med
  6. Give Callie her pain med
  7. Give Elmo (Cat) his special treat for upper respiratory issues.
  8. Feed Outdoor cats
  9. Sweep bathroom
  10. Cat Litter room 1
  11. Cat litter room 2
  12. Take blood sugar
  13. Let Dog out again
  14. Eat
  15. Errands: (can be up to 4 hours we’re gone)
  16. If home, do laundry or clean room or basement
  17. Help with dinner: cook
  18. Eat
  19. Clean kitchen
  20. Feed indoor cats
  21. (I also can add clean bathroom, pet water, food bowls, replace litter etc at least twice each week)

Then if I have everything thing done

  1. Write
  2. Internet
  3. Sleep


I just hope I get energy to get everything done.

Inner Writer Vs Inner Editor

Inner Writer vs Inner Editor.


Every creative person has an inner creator/writer and an inner editor. The challenge many writers have (especially around NaNoWriMo) is shhhing or calming your inner editor.


Someone once told me to write down who I was. . .

I’m a daughter, sister, cousin, niece, future aunt, loyal friend. . . etc (I just use positive aspects).
I’m a vivid storyteller, over-writer, abstract artist, bright painter, amateur drawer, creative nit, vampire lover, cat cuddler, caffeine killer, silly girl,  and the list goes on. . . However I don’t think procrastinating editor is until like number 842 down the list.

It just seems every NaNoWriMo have a problem keeping my inner editor quiet while I write. I have two ways that I work it with.

The first way I cope with inner editor are word sprints. . . I get a timer, and I write for 15 or 20 minutes at a time. I usually do it this was. :00 to :20 break :21 to :29 next sprint :30 to :50 and next break :51 to :59. . . I get two twenty minute sprints in each hour on a good day I can get an average 550 to 750 words per sprint.  At that write you only need to two to three hours a day to get to NaNoWriMo’s day word count of 1667.

NaNoWriMo is encouraging to get writing and get the words on the page/screen.
You can edit in a cold month like January or NaNoEdMo (in March) they have a website for that as well.
Many I know finish the novel in Dec/Jan and edit in March. Most novel are at least 80,000 or more words, so even if you got to 50,000 with NaNoWriMo you still have to add more if you want it to be considered a novel. Now 25,000 to 60,000 word considered a novella. (That is a whole other blog. . . short stories vs novellas, and novels.) My advice to walk away from a finished first draft for a while. It’s hard to find the errors when it’s too fresh.


The second thing I do to fight off my inner editor is that my inner editor and inner writers have schedules.
I noticed that my inner editor likes to work from 7 am to 1 pm right after a good strong cup of coffee and a decent meal.
My inner writer likes two different times at noon to 4/5 pm after lunch with a soda (good caffeine) or between the hours 7 pm and 3 am. I think it depends on what I am writing. I write drama better in the afternoon, but I write my horror and paranormal better at night.
So there are many times, minus minor corrections, my inner editor will leave my inner writer alone. If not then I push the sprints on myself.

There are sites and twitter that can help writing issues and sprints. . . if you stop writing, your word disappear. I don’t like this, because I get interrupted at times. I like this site and use it often. After every 100 words a new picture of a kitten pops up. I wish I could get a Supernatural version. I love the Winchester boys. Another article I found on writing motivation.

You also find a writing buddy on NaNoWriMo forum, to keep each other in check.



Confession #4

Confession: Your first draft is always crap. . . There are nuggets of gold/diamond in the pieces, but they really need to be cleaned, and re-polished. . .

My first of novel I wrote a paranormal-drama about a girl who could see and talked to ghosts. I wrote it for NaNoWriMo. . . it was simply to see if I could write 50,000 in one month. I think I ended with 52,000 or 53,000 words when I was done. However that was not the end of the book; I finished writing it the next NaNoWriMo. It ended with 160,000 words. . . I have still yet to completely edit it. I have learned I am an over-writer. My first draft will always have too much.

I look back now and go “D@mn what the *BEEP* did I write?” 

  1. I have noticed that parts of it are therapy, just venting against people I know.
  2. There are parts where it seem to go on and on and have nothing to do with the main story-line.
  3. I had a crushes on one of my side characters and put him in way more than he needed to be. Worst part is his is a frickle, artistic jerk, but I loved his look.
  4. I know I need to vent and wine less and show more suspense.
  5. When I rewrite and edit, I plan to cut a lot and focus more on the story of the ghost and less on a whiny girl.

It was my first draft and I finished NaNoWriMo two years in a row because of it so it is an accomplishment. It is just not finished yet.

My advice is focus on getting the words out. 

There are articles on surviving NaNoWriMo.


NaNoWriMo Reward System

NaNoWriMo Reward System


Things I Like (Rewards)                                   Word Count                               

  • Candy                                                             100 per piece
  • Chocolate                                                       250 per piece
  • Soda                                                              1000 per cup/can
  • Hot Chocolate (Gourmet)                                 1000 per cup
  • Play Neopets                                                  1000 per 15 minutes
  • Sims 2                                                            4000 per hour
  • Xbox: Sims 3                                                  7500 per 2 hours
  • Pogo: Yahtzee                                                1200 per 3 games
  • Pogo: Poppit                                                   900 per 3 games
  • Pogo: Word Whomp                                        750 per 3 games
  • Bubble Blitz                                                     1500 per 5 games
  • Sims Social                                                     2000 per game
  • Movies                                                            20,000 per movie
  • Big Bang Theory                                             3000 per episode
  • Two and Half Men                                           3000 per episode
  • How I Met Your Mother                                   3000 per episode
  • Young Hercules                                               3000 per episode
  • Ninja Warrior                                                   3000 per episode
  • Supernatural                                                   5000 per episode
  • Top Chef                                                        5000 per episode
  • Iron Chef                                                        5000 per episode
  • Chopped                                                         5000 per episode
  • Shopping                                                        25,000 per $10 limit
  • Mug                                                                10,000
  • Blanket                                                           36,000
  • Hair clips                                                         10,000
  • Make new playlist                                            2,500
  • Waste time (20 minutes)                                  2,000
  • Facebook time (20 minutes)                             2,000
  • Video game Night                                            10,000
  • Veggie Break                                        1000
  • Blog Break                                                      2500
  • Painting Break                                                 20,000
  • Color Break                                                     2000
  • Forum Break                                                   1500
  • Ontray (Food)                                                 15,000
  • Favorite Dinner                                               25,000
  • Amazon ($25)                                                 50,000
  • Cheesecake                                                    10,000 (per quarter AKA two pieces)
  • Little Debbies (Snack cakes)                            500 per cake
  • Ice Cream                                                       10,000 (per bowl or small pint)
  • Pie                                                                 25,000 (making one)
  • Bubble bath                                                    2000
  • Baking (2 hours)                                              25,000
  • Free time (2 hours)                                         15,000
  • NaNoWriMo Forums                                        2000 per forum


That was my list from 2012. . .  This year I need to make a list where things are free.


2016 NaNOWriMo Reward list



Things I Like (Rewards)                                                 Word Count                                                    

  1. Candy                                                                                              100 per piece
  2. Chocolate                                                                                      250 per piece
  3. Snack cakes                                                                                   500 per cakes
  4. Encouraging pics                                                                          500 per pic
  5. Pics from Boyfriend                                                                     500 to 2500
  6. Pogo: Poppit                                                                                  300 per 1 game
  7. Yoville                                                                                             500 words (Per 10 minutes)
  8. Candy Crush                                                                                   1000 per 5 games
  9. Veggie Break (chill out- not think)                                            1000 (per ten minutes)
  10. Pogo: Yahtzee                                                                               1200 per 3 games
  11. Two and Half Men                                                                        1500 per episode
  12. How I Met Your Mother                                                              1500 per episode
  13. Dharma and Greg                                                                         1500 per episode
  14. Young Hercules                                                                             1500 per episode
  15. Hot Chocolate (Gourmet)                                                           2000 per cup
  16. Big Bang Theory                                                            2000 per episode
  17. 2 Broke Girls                                     `                                            2000 per episode
  18. Girl Meets World                                                                          2000 per episode
  19. Ninja Warrior                                                                                2000 per episode
  20. Chopped                                                                                         2500 per episode
  21. Top Chef                                                                                         2500 per episode
  22. Supernatural                                                                                  2500 per episode
  23. Iron Chef                                                                                        2500 per episode
  24. Waste time                                                                                    2,500 (per 20 minutes)
  25. Facebook time                                                                              2,500 (per 20 minutes)
  26. Blog Break                                                                                     2500 (per blog)
  27. Color Break                                                                                    5,000 (per 20 minutes)
  28. NaNoWriMo Forum Break                                                         5,000 (per 20 minutes)
  29. Pie                                                                                                    5,000 (per Piece)
  30. Paint nails                                                                                       5,000
  31. Make new playlist                                                                        10,000 per list
  32. Video game Night                                                                        10,000
  33. Ice Cream                                                                                       10,000 (per bowl)
  34. Free time (1 hour)                                                                         15,000
  35. Movie maker time                                                                        20,000 (per 20 minutes)
  36. Movies                                                                                            20,000 per movie
  37. Favorite Dinner                                                                             25,000
  38. Baking (2 hours cookies)                                                            25,000