June: classes and coaching
So this time, oddly enough, I can say that things are pretty much back to normal, by which I mean it was a little bit of a crazy month. I found out that my car, which I've had forever, was going to be totaled from an accident that I got in (I'm fine, but the car looks terrible now and the insurance won't fix it because it's too old) so I bought a new car!! It's a bright blue 2019 Subaru Impreza and I love it and I've already started shopping for fun bumper stickers for it. That took up a lot of time, but it was necessary and I'm actually really glad to have a new car. In my old car, I got passed by trucks on the highway. It was sad. I'm also back to work full time now, although with the number of cases rising I guess that could change again next month. We'll see. It's a new month, let's see what 2020 throws at us next lol.
This month I spent a lot of time on classes and prepping Runeless for Camp Nanowrimo (which has come again! July always catches me off guard) and editing. I'm working on a Hugo House class that focuses on scenes, which is actually really helpful so far, and I signed up for a brand new thing: business coaching! I figured since I want to make a living at writing, I should treat it like a business, so I joined a leadership group where people can encourage each other to meet their goals and learn how to grow a business. It just started, but I really like it so far. It's so motivating, and I love the energy of the group, and I'm hoping it will help me reach my goals next month to get where I want to go.
Words Written: 20,100
Days Worked: 22/30
The House on the Rocks- I took a break from The House on the Rocks this month, to see if I can find anything else that needs editing with fresh eyes, and because I'm waiting for the feedback on my query letter and first five pages. I am looking up agents to send it to, so when I get my query letter finished, I'm hoping to jump right into it.
Runeless- I wanted to write five chapters, which didn't quite happen, but I did get one more chapter done, and since they're so long I'm actually happy with that. I spent a lot of time figuring out my characters and my overall plot for the series- again, why did I choose to write a story around prophecy, for a former pantser it's basically torture- and I'm ready for at least another fifty thousand words, maybe more, during Camp Nanowrimo. I really want to finish it, I have so many ideas for the rewrite. I WILL GET THERE EVENTUALLY.
Recently I've been learning a lot of new things through Masterclass. The ads for it are everywhere and while I know some of it is probably hype, the person whose class I definitely recommend everyone check out is Shonda Rhimes. While I know a lot of people don't know who that is, you've probably watched something of hers: she's a TV writer and showrunner, who made Scandal and Grey's Anatomy among others. Her Masterclass is super immersive and she goes into a lot of detail on her thoughts about everything from pitching a script to creating characters. If you're interested in screenwriting, interested in writing other kinds of stories, or even just want to know the thoughts behind your favorite TV shows, you HAVE to check her out. It's one of the most detailed, helpful online classes I've found so far. I'm actually debating on taking it again, because in addition to pointing out a lot of thought-provoking things about stories, she's also a great motivational speaker in general. So if you're going check out one class on Masterclass, so far, I'd say it should be hers.
Stay safe, and happy Camp Nanowrimo! See you at the end of the month!! :)
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