Weekly Progress Report #42

Sometimes you have to take a step back in order to go forward. This past month I’ve been focused on editing and revising. It’s become a chore. Yes, it advances me to my goal of being published, but detracts from the main reason I’m writing. Mainly, the joy of writing a story. Sometimes they are received well, other times they fall flat. Regardless, I enjoy writing each and every one of the stories. The more I write, the better the stories and more importantly the better the writing.

I looked back at some of my early writings and I cringe. What was I thinking? Some of them look like a total hack job. This shows me how far I’ve progressed. I’ve still got a ways to go. It is said that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert at anything. I’m not anywhere close to that number yet. I’ve yet to complete a novel. I’ll work on it in spurts, then something will come up to distract me from it. It takes a bit to get back into writing the novel.

I don’t expect my first novel to do well. Maybe my fourth or fifth. Just like writing short stories, it takes practice to write a novel that I will be proud of. Writing the novel is a major project. Editing my memoir is a major project. I’m not at the level of writing to be able to do both at the same time. I could edit and revise on certain days of the week and write the novel on other days, but it doesn’t quite work that way with me. I need to write on the novel for several days in order to get back up to speed. Once I stop writing, then I have to start the process over again.

I hope to do the final revising of the memoir this week. Maybe I will and maybe I won’t. I’m not going to pressure myself. It will come when it needs to come. Meanwhile, I will post my weekly writing challenge tonight. It’s a hard one in that it could go several ways. I always have a problem with these type of prompts. So many ideas, but only one story. I could write multiple stories on the prompt, but I feel that would get repetitive and negate the purpose of the challenges.

Till next week, time and tide wait for no man.

Beta Readers Needed.

By a landslide, this cover is the one everyone likes. So I am officially designating it as my book cover.

I’m finally at the point where I need to find a few beta readers for my memoir “My Cancer Journey” (Stage 4 to cured) It’s a story of courage, raw emotions, and an alternative cure to cancer. It details my encounters with the cancer industry.

I’m looking for feedback on readability, interest, and pacing.

It’s a novella length, so it shouldn’t take too long to read.

Who wants to help an aspiring author realize his dream of being published?

Cancer Story

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After getting my blood draw results Saturday, I am finally able to complete the first draft of my memoir “My Cancer Journey – Stage 4 to cured in 10 months” I did the first round of editing and then sent it to Mrs. D to look over. She pointed out some things that I didn’t remember correctly and has been reviewing all my medical records to ensure that my story is accurate.

In addition to that, we have been talking about the whole journey. Mrs. D liked that I shared how I was feeling even the bad times. Over the next week or so, I’ll also be interviewing Mrs. D on what she was feeling so I can add it to the memoir.

The reason for that is no Cancer journey is a solo effort. I felt like the burden was all on me most of the time, but in reality loved ones are just as involved. So it is important to get her true feelings written into the story also. Even the times she was scared I was going to die.

I believe by writing this memoir with my thoughts and feelings and Mrs. D’s thoughts and feelings is important. Almost everything I read about people going through cancer treatments is that you have to have hope. Hope is hard to come by when you are going through treatment. I also want to show that it is natural to feel depressed and hopeless at times. So many stories either ignore that or gloss over it..

I also want to share what cured me. It’s unconventional to say the least, but it did work. My primary physician said he was okay with me doing the unconventional treatment as it wouldn’t harm me.

Meanwhile, my sci-fi book is on hold as I’m concentrating my time on this memoir.

New Routine and It’s Working!

After being inconsistent in my writing, I have in consultation with Mrs. D to set aside a definite writing time each evening. From 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm it will be my writing time.

I sat down tonight and it was slow for about the first 10 minutes. Then all of a sudden I shifted from first gear to fourth gear and took off with my writing. Next thing I knew, I had written about 750 words.

For all intents and purposes, my memoir “My Cancer Journey” first draft is done. I still have to wait on results of my next blood draw next month. I’m going to let it sit for a few weeks and then start the dreaded editing process.

I have two different stories that need editing right now, so I’ll work on them each night unless I’m going to be doing a Brandon Sanderson lecture. Hopefully, I’ll get more comfortable editing by the time I finish the stories. Then it won’t be such a chore to edit my memoir.

For the last six months or so, I’ve been pretty consistent about posting every day about 6 pm Eastern Standard Time. With my new routine, I’ll be posting between 9:30 pm and 10 pm EST instead.

As always whenever I have a plan, it is subject to change and probably will, but for now, this is the new schedule.

Deliveries, Deliveries

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Got up an hour early this morning. Damn hot flashes still won’t quit some days. Had deliveries all day. Delivered a total of 12,000 feet of 4 inch sewer pipe. Had a lot of time to think about a story, but kept returning to the memoir. Must be a sign.

After I eat dinner, I’m going to attempt to write some more on the memoir if I don’t immediately pass out.

My Cancer Journey – Now Live

At long last, I’m finally ready to publish my memoir. I’ve divided it up into two parts. Part three is yet to come as my journey is ongoing. I hope and pray that Part three will show how I beat cancer.

You can read it by clicking on the home page and then clicking on My Cancer Journey or you can just click here.

I’m really hoping this will be soon as the medical bills are starting to pile up. I have pretty good insurance, but the co-pays are starting to wear on our budget. We are now in the red each month and our credit card usage is rising toward the limit.

Feel free to comment or ask questions here or on the page itself.

Many thanks go out to John at Wilder, Wealthy, and Wise for editing and proofreading the memoir. Any errors or typos are strictly mine.

A New Story

Decided to forgo writing on my NaNo book tonight. Instead I started a new story called, “My Cancer Journey”. It is a memoir of sorts. Tonight, I wrote an astounding 2,600 words. I’m maybe a third of the way through the story. I plan on editing and revising and polishing it up after I finish the first draft. Then I’ll post it on here in a new page as it is rather lengthy for a normal post.

I decided to write this because of two things. One, I want to keep the posts on the blog more focused on writing. I’ll still do health updates when warranted on the blog. Secondly, I felt that I needed to chronicle my Cancer Journey.

I do not want it to be a bullet point of things that have happened. That is not only boring to me, but most likely boring to anyone who would dare attempt to read it. Instead, I’m going for the story telling aspect. I’m also adding in how I felt at the time as best that I remember it. Throwing in a few anecdotes to keep things interesting and to advance the story. Right now, I’m projecting the story to be about 8,000 words. It could grow to much more to keep it not only interesting but informative.

Of course, my journey is not complete, so the story will grow as time goes on. Between you and me, I’m hoping on a happy ending. Otherwise, the story will end abruptly and be most unsatisfying to the reader, but especially for me as I’ll probably be taking a very long dirt nap.

The NaNo book? Oh yeah, with me switching to Cancer Journey story, I believe I’ll clear my head and find a way to advance the NaNo book story at a later date. The pressure of writing every day and making a set amount of words is stifling to my creativity.

Writing to me is a joy and a deep pleasure. When I craft a perfect sentence, a perfect paragraph, it’s sublime. Then I go back and edit it again and again and like magic, it’s even better. NaNo took the joy and pleasure out of writing for me. It became a chore, a drudgery and killed my wonder of creating a story.

I’ll not begrudge nor regret attempting NaNo, as I felt I’ve learnt quite a bit about my writing process. It has helped me to see where I need to focus and most of all, to appreciate my writing.