Kelly Maher


Summer plans

Now that I’m finally getting my thought processes back in order after BEA–recap coming Thursday!–I can focus on my summer plans: Project Ulna. You can see on the side I’ve already started working on it. My goal is to write 1000 words per day. Not one day off. We’ll see how well I succeed with *that* goal when I head home to visit my family in a few weeks. I have a feeling I may be pleased if I get any writing done then. Project Ulna is an urban fantasy tale with strong romantic elements. I’m still trying to decide if the fact that it’s also story #1 of a potential trilogy is a good thing or not. If PU gets published, I’ll likely do it under another pseudonym since it won’t be the steamy stuff you guys expect from me as Kelly.

First though, I have to focus on writing it 😀 I know I can easily write 1000 words in a day, but that’s primarily been for short periods of time, like for short stories. When I first wrote Novel A, I set a goal of 500 words/day. Very often I exceeded that goal. However, I rarely felt pressured to meet that goal. Though, there were some days where pulling teeth was easier than writing 100 words. Days like tomorrow, when I spend an evening out with friends, will also try my stamina. I’ve started using my time on public transit, when I’m not standing and hanging onto a hold bar for dear life, to write using Google Drive on my phone. This morning I got a little over 100 words written on the bus ride to work. Considering how much time I spend on public transportation in this city, this is going to be the best way for me to achieve my goals. The one thing I’m watching out for is burn out. Like the lifestyle changes I’ve made in the last year which resulted in a weight loss of over 30 pounds, I want the changes in my writing habit to also be sustainable over the long-term. Upping my daily word count goal in incremental chunks is the first step.

Do you have any big plans for the summer?

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