[2019 Novel] Musts Vs Lusts

After accidentally launching Steam, I found myself playing a limited-time demo of Portal Knights for over three hours. I wouldn’t have let myself lust after such alluring worlds while writing my first novel, “A Story About Self-Confidence: What’s In A Name?,” a month~long story at Eville Medical in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story,” but after completing all my musts for the day, and not feeling terrible, I figured, why not give into digital allure?

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[2019 Novel] I’m Not Sammohini

In the essay “What’s Your 24?,” I revealed the origins for Sammohini’s character, the main character of my debut novel, “A Story About Self-Confidence: What’s In A Name?,” a month~long story at Eville Medical in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story.” She was just one of many generic characters I’ve made over the years, but through narrative convenience or revelations through The Story’s Imaginarium, she became the stand-out character. There’s just one thing: I’m not Sammohini.

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[2019 Novel] What’s Your 24?

Let’s say you have a free weekend entirely to yourself. Let’s say that of a 48-hour weekend, you have 24 hours to do whatever you wanted, feeling healthy, ready, and well-rested. What would you do? For me, I would write and publish everything I could, and with my remaining time and energy, I’d turn off the writing devices, then get out there to explore the world to find new things to write about. How about you?

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[2019 Novel] Any Chronic Illnesses?

One passed another kidney stone, another had stomach issues, and I had a headache that felt like someone slapped me across the face to wake me up. Those aren’t scare tactics; if you’re willing to follow your dreams, like I did writing my first novel – “A Story About Self-Confidence: What’s In A Name?,” a month~long story at Eville Medical in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story” – then what’s a little short-term pain toward long-term gain?

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[2019 Novel] Work Night Shift

When I received my choices for potential shifts, I threw the gimme answer toward day shift, but really, I wanted to work nights for one main reason. I’ve had the experiences of fast-paced work for years, now. I picked an easy job so I could use their time to write. I cannot write working days. Too much work, too many people, too much visibility. Here, as long as I appear busy, I can reclaim time.

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[2019 Novel] Work After Work

If your vocational work isn’t all that you love it to be, and you want your avocational work to take its place, maybe because you have some romantic notion of its superiority or you just know that you love it more, chances are you’ll probably want to start your avocational work after your vocational work. As much as I’m an advocate for not being lazy, there is a certain risk of pushing it too far.

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[2019 Novel] Write While Driving

When I’m writing and encounter not a writer’s block, but a writer’s bump – where I’m not confident how to proceed or it doesn’t feel right – I’ll take a break. While writing “A Story About Self-Confidence: What’s In A Name?a month~long story at Eville Medical in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story, that meant either going to bed early or driving into work early. During those drives, I’d often figure out the next section’s solution.

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[2019 Novel] Schedule Your Rest

I worked night shift while writing A Story About Self-Confidence: What’s In A Name?, a month~long story at Eville Medical in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story.” It’s a difficult shift. Socializing requires careful calendar coordination. What was once a casual consideration over whether I felt like meeting up is now a careful balance of budgeted time. The shift is easy once you figure out when you must go to sleep by and follow that.

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[2019 Novel] Draw Your Brainstorms

Writing is usually easy for me. When it’s not, the writer’s block is either a physical impairment [illness or fatigue] or just being unable to imagine a scene. For the former, I go to sleep. For the latter, I might draw the scene, as I did in an orange notebook with my first novel, A Story About Self-Confidence: What’s In A Name?, a month~long story at Eville Medical in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story.”

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[2019 Novel] Words Per Day?

Done!
From November 1st to 27th, I wrote the first draft of my first novel, A Story About Self-Confidence: What’s In A Name? [a thirty-day period at Eville Medical in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story“] and throughout the next few weeks, I’ll write first about what I learned then what I’ll find out about marketing this novel to sell. Let’s address the most important factor first: how many words per day can you write?

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