Michelle Carey

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JINXED - First Draft - DONE!!!!

 

Feeling pretty accomplished right now.

I have finally completed the first draft to the Jinxed manuscript. This has been a long time in the making because I wrote the screenplay in 2006. So much has changed since that time in regards to technology. I had a lot to update. But I made it through.

I wanted to get to at least 50k words. I only clocked in at 47,151. I hoping through the rewrite and revision process I will make up for the shortfall. But the main thing is that the first draft is done, done, done!

Imma say it again friends, IT’S DONE!!!!!

Be Free….

~MC

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WIPs

Thinking about making some changes to my WIPs.

I just can’t seem to get it together for one of my stories. It has some structural issues. I added a character and now I have to figure out how this character fits into the second act. Once I figure that out, it will be smooth sailing.

Then my other project that I planned to release next year, I could probably get it out by the end of this year if went in on it like zero to 100 for 30 days.

I’m seriously considering rearranging my WIPs. Whatever I do, I have to KEEP WRITING. I’ve been known to take breaks…usually long breaks. LOL

I have to go where the writing takes me. And right now, it’s telling me finish Jinxed and fix The Crofton Triangle. Make it right.

A plan…

Be Free….

~MC

Thanks Kate Cavanaugh @CavanaughWrites

I found this writer on YouTube by the name of Kate Cavanaugh. She’s a young writer who wants to be an author. A writer who makes a living. A paid writer. I’m a paid writer, but I don’t make a living off it yet. YET!

I like her videos because she’s genuine. I discovered her during April’s NaNoWriMo Camp. I think I would like being in her cabin for July’s camp.

It was because of watching her videos, I decided to be more purposeful with my writing. At the time, I came across her videos I was working on The Crofton Triangle. But it was her that made me see I could work on multiple projects at the same time. Not that I didn’t know I couldn’t do this, I just chose not to. I felt like I should dedicate my time to getting one thing done at a time. No wonder it takes me such a long time to get a WIP out that status and into completed.

Now that I’m working on multiple writing projects at a time, I feel a sense of accomplishment. I’ve set daily word goals for each project and now I don’t feel overwhelmed about getting it all done. If I write more than the daily, then I feel like I’m a step closer. If I only write the daily goal, I feel I’ve still worked on my project instead of thinking about working on my project, than feeling guilty that I thought about working on my project, but didn’t. LOL

I started writing short stories as a kid, but my interest became greater when I learned screenwriting. I love writing screenplays, but I didn’t think I would get anywhere with it, so I switched to writing books/novels. Of which I’ve been successful as a small independent writer. But it was Kate C, who made me want to write screenplays again. I saw her video on attempting to write a screenplay based on one of her book writing projects. And I was like HEY, I CAN DO THAT! Two of my books are base off their screenplay counterparts! I’ve had this idea swirling in my head for years, but it being a book just didn’t seem to fit it. I’m going to write it as a screenplay. Back to my old stomping grounds, one could say.

So THANKS Kate C! I appreciate you and your videos!

Here’s her website: https://katecavanaugh.co/ & Twitter: https://twitter.com/CavanaughWrites

Be Free….

~MC

Having Growth Mindset

Are you in a FIXED mindset? Sometimes I am. Sometimes, I think I’m not good enough or that I don’t have the skills. That others may do better than myself. I don’t know why I think like that sometimes when I know I’m capable.

It’s better to have a GROWTH mindset. Where I’m always improving and developing my skills. Allowing myself to perform better than I did before. Giving myself a chance to learn and growth. I can get better. I can do better. I am continually developing my skills.

I read this IDEA report by the NeuroLeadership Institute. It was about the Growth Mindset Culture in businesses. We are on the edge, the beginning of new age in the workforce. Like a new industrial age, but in a technological sense. Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Artificial Intelligence are going to take over so many jobs. What will people do. We won’t need as many jobs if robots and AI can do the job. What will any of us to do? What will be the need for me to continue to write books, if AI can be programmed to write stories? But we can’t be in a fixed mindset knowing these changes are happening around us.

I think it is all interesting because in these changing times, we can’t be down on ourselves about what can and cannot do. We have to have a growth mindset. We can’t be stuck. We can’t remain fixed. Old habits are hard to break. Learn to be patient with yourself.

I say all this because this is how I feel about my writing. I know with each book I’m getting better and better at my craft. I’m branching out into different genres of writing. It’s scary because on some days I think to myself, can I really write this? But I keep forging ahead, despite the fact what I think others might think. I’m moving from a constant fixed mindset to a growth mindset and I’m loving the journey.

Be Free….

~MC

What's the point?

DAMN.  lol What's the point of having a podcast, a blog, or anything I've set up if I'm not going to keep at it? 

I need to do better.  Sometimes our lives get overcome by events and that's where I am.  I have so many things in the works, I feel like I don't have time to get to the things I have in the works! hahahaha.....

Going to look at my time management and do better.  Because I am better. 

Be Free...

~MC