Finding time Part II with author Lynn Cahoon

Thursdays Bite

Guest blogger extraordinaire!

Welcome back to author Lynn Cahoon. Lynn’s post on finding time was extrememely popular and I’m thrilled to have her back here with not only more on the same topic but a second fae paranormal book to  follow up her fantastic first paranormal, A Member of the Council. Lynn is one of the amazing members of my GaimX5 Goal setting group, and I’ve loved watching her this year as she comes out with book after book. Congrats Lynn on your huge success this year and on managing your time!

Last visit (https://jessicaaspen.com/2013/05/09/finding-time-with-author-lynn-cahoon/) I talked about cementing your dream – What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

This visit, I thought we’d get down to some detail work or how to plan what you’re going to do.

First, let’s set a goal – After signing my first two contracts last March, I knew I wanted to write the sequels to both series while the editors still knew my name.   Return of the Fae was my summer project. Although I wasn’t contracted for either of the two sequels, I set deadlines for myself.  And both books were completed and sold.

I want to write a book.

Good goal, but how will you know when you’re done?  And how are you going to start? Let’s try again.

I want to write a category length book by the end of the summer.

Okay, better but still that’s kind of vague, let’s tighten it up a tad.

I will have a completed first draft of a 55,000 word book by the end of September.

Much better.  This one is specific, measureable, achievable, realistic, and time-based – or SMART.

Now that we have our goal, we can look at our calendar and figure out how much time we have to write. Starting today there are 21 days left in July – 31 in August – 30 in September. (You can subtract days here if you’re going on vacation or can’t write on Sunday’s but for now, I’m leaving them all in.)  So 82 days until I am done.

55,000 words (the average size of a category romance) divided by 82 days equals 671 words a day. Or 4697 words a week.

Totally doable.  Or, if that’s not reachable for you, you’ll have to kick out that deadline.

I like planning by the week because if I know I won’t have time to write on a Monday (day job deadlines, soccer practice, guitar lessons) then I just have to double up my words on another day (usually Saturday) and I can still meet my goal.

I know what you’re thinking – Sounds good, but it will never work for me.  And if you are thinking that, you’re right, it won’t work.  Before I said the magic is in the work. And I believe that. You have to find your own rhythm and how the process works for you.

And if you’re not meeting your weekly word count because you’re too busy?  At least you have something to show for the summer.  Half a book is better than an idea floating around in your head.  If you don’t meet your goal, adjust it.

Final word on the subject?  Write. Write hard. Write often.

What’s your favorite goal achieving tip?

return of the fae by author lynn cahoonReturn of the Fae

A witch in training, a hunter on the prowl, and a world in jeopardy.

Learning the rules of being a witch takes years, but Parris McCall needs to master them in only weeks. Ty Wallace is going mad with his desire for Parris, but she’s a distraction in his quest to find Coven X before they take The Council and everyone he knows down.

The couple searches for Ty’s mentor, but he’s disappeared. Their only clue comes from a banished witch. When they return, not only are their own lives threatened, but a new life hangs in the balance.

Available at Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Return-of-the-Fae-ebook/dp/B00DJVH8V6

lynn cahoon authorBIO – Lynn Cahoon is a contemporary romance author with a love of hot, sexy men, real and imagined. Her alpha heroes range from rogue witch hunters, modern cowboys, or hot doctors, sexy in scrubs. And her heroines all have one thing in common, their strong need for independence. Or at least that’s what they think they want.

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10 responses to “Finding time Part II with author Lynn Cahoon

  1. You’re so right that half a book is better than no book. That’s a beautiful book cover and great blurb for Return of the Fae.

  2. Jessica,
    Thanks for having me back!

  3. You’re amazing, Lynn. I don’t know how you keep up with it all. Keep ’em coming!
    -R.T. Wolfe

  4. Just do the math, eh, Lynn? It sounds so simple. I have to get away from promotion and do my word count first thing in the morning before I get into the social media and writing guest blog posts. This is often impossible to do if I even look at my email. Having the drive to start writing first thing is something I’m working on. Your words have helped me focus on my plan once again. Thank you!

  5. So nice to see a fellow Crimson Romance author here! I love how we’re all connected.
    I also love the way you have set specific goals. I do the same thing, but I’m not writing as fast as I’d like. I intend to finish my novel by the end of August, but I’d also like to have finished editing as well. I need to redefine my goals.
    Love your write, edit or exercise sticky. I need one of those too!

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