Prep-tober: Research Completed…sort of…(PR 10/12/18)

As always, I’d like to begin this week’s progress report by thanking all of you awesome people who’ve followed, liked and/or commented on my blog!

Here are this week’s stats:

Last NaNo Prep Task Completed: Research

Next Prep Task on the List: Character Studies & Setting

Days til NaNoWriMo: 20


First, it’s been a month since I submitted my first book for copyright. I would like to pat myself on the back for only checking the status on their site once a day and not losing my mind with the waiting game so far.

It’s been a long time since I’ve worked with this progress report set-up! As you can see, the research portion of my NaNo prep is completed. Don’t worry, I don’t actually believe I’ve done all of the research I’m going to do for this new book. I won’t know until I begin drafting and I’m 99.9% sure that I will have to google at least five things during the first draft. But the topics I brainstormed a couple of months ago are covers and the source links are saved.

I’ve also finished the pre-writing for my setting and story arcs and am currently working my way through character studies. There are 14 names characters in this book, with 5 major characters that I’m doing in-depth studies for and 9 secondary characters that I’m doing standard studies for.

It sounds like a lot of work, I know. Last time, I had an outline and a time frame for when I wanted to complete each step. Any other prep I did, I threw together as I went along. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still HIGHLY satisfied with my first book and I believe I did a great job. But I learned a lot along the way and, with the help of tons of books, podcasts, YouTube videos, and anything else I could get my hands on, I feel like I’ve honed my process somewhat. Is it a perfect process? Probably not. I’m still learning, still finding my weak spots. Is it better than my first go? Definitely. Even in just writing the character studies, I’m confident this second book will flow more freely and with more structure than my first did. There were things about the characters and even the story in my first book that I didn’t realize or make the connection until my second and third drafts. This time, I’d like to not have that.

Also, exciting news…I’ve reached out to an artist (the artist who created the premade cover for my second book) to commission a logo and some branding for my online presence. So stay tuned for that!

Goals for the Coming Week

I’d like to finish all 14 character studies by next Friday, October 19. If I finish early, I’d like to begin writing the basic outline for my second book, in the same style as my first. I have the story arcs figured out/written from the workbook prompts, but I’d also like the basic outline to use as a straightforward roadmap for when I’m writing the first draft. I’d also like to read a couple of short marketing books, Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book and Book Launch Blueprint: The Step-by-Step Guide to a Bestselling Launch by Tim Grahl by then. I really want to get as close to 45 books read by November 1st as possible so that when NaNo is over, I only have 5 books left to reach my goal for the year.

Note To Self

You’re doing it, girl. All the things you thought you were too dumb or too anxious or too WHATEVER to do. You’re doing them. Keep going!

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