Day 41 – Everything has a process but it’s not always easy for me to find.

Goal 1 – Sell 20,000 Novels

Project – Planet Killer

Today’s Progress

  • 4 Writing sessions
  • 10 Chapters of 80 Rewritten

Lessons Learned

I like structure and routine. These are things that make sure I always know what I’m doing the next day, and that helps me show up with the right mindset. I know what I’m doing, and I work through getting it done. Easy.

Well, easy when you know what you’re doing. Not so much when you don’t. That is a massive sticking point for me because writing novels is still new. New as in I haven’t written and published one yet.

Getting caught up in details and the mechanics of writing hasn’t helped me either. I’ve spent as much time worrying if I’m doing it wrong as I have written.

I was listening to The Alter Ego Effect today and there was a reminder of the importance of a plan. I work well with plans; they are divine shorthand for routine. Even when I’m forced off plan I have a foundation to reference, adapt for progress and update for when I work on a similar project next time.

I have never rewritten a novel before. I know the manuscript has issues and I have a fair idea of the tools I can use to fix those issues (The Story Grid for scene structure and Motivation-Reaction Units for paragraph structure) but I didn’t have an order, process or plan on how to use them. So I fixed that today.

  1. 1st Edit – Story Grid
  • Print off the manuscript read through it and check each chapter to ensure it has the following
    • Does it have an inciting incident
    • Does that inciting incident match the story grid?
    • Does it have a progressive complication?
    • Does that PC match the story grid?
    • Does it have a crisis?
    • Does that Crisis match the story grid?
    • Does it have a Climax?
    • Does that Climax match the story grid?
    • Does it have a resolution?
    • Does that resolution match the story grid?
  • Make a note of any scene structure issues, differences to the story grid or any other issues to the manuscript. When you’re done, add all the issues to a fix list on a spreadsheet.
  • DO NOT FIX ANYTHING. THIS IS EDITING NOT WRITING
  1. 1st Re-Write – Story Grid
  • Go through the fix list and update the foolscap
  • Go through the fix list and update the story grid
  • Work through the fix list and rewrite the manuscript
  1. 2nd Edit – MRU
  • In Scrivener break down the scenes into motivation-reaction paragraphs.
    • External motivation
    • Main Character (MC) Reaction
      • Feeling
      • Action
      • Speech
  • Does the paragraph begin with External motivation?
  • Does the paragraph HAVE the MC’s reaction FEELINGS to external motivation?
  • Does the paragraph NEED the MC’s reaction FEELINGS to external motivation?
  • Does the paragraph HAVE the MC’s reaction ACTIONS to external motivation?
  • Does the paragraph NEED the MC’s reaction ACTIONS to external motivation?
  • Does the paragraph HAVE the MC’s reaction SPEECH to external motivation?
  • Does the paragraph NEED the MC’s reaction SPEECH to external motivation?
  • Make a note of any MRU issues in the comments linked to the paragraph. What do you think is missing and why do you think it needs to be fixed?
  • BE SPECIFIC – Why does the MC need to FEEL, TAKE ACTION, OR SPEAK IN REACTION TO THE EXTERNAL MOTIVATION.
  • DO NOT FIX ANYTHING
    THIS IS EDITING NOT WRITING
  1. 2nd Re-Write – MRU
  • Work through the fix list comments and rewrite the manuscript

Repeat at least once more before moving to the next stage EDITING.

Plan for tomorrow

Up at 5 am and start the 2nd Edit – MRU. I’ve already split down the MRU’s and started the rewrites of the first ten chapters, but I committed the cardinal sin. I tried rewriting while I was editing. My feeling is that’s why I’ve struggled so hard with this phase.

Tomorrow I’ll start with Chapter 11 and edit the MRU’s. I’ll capture what’s missing and why it matters. I’ll leave practical notes for when I have to rewrite.

Goal 2 – Make a £30,000 Profit from Marketing Business

Project – Ultimate Salon Marketing Course

Progress made today

Invites have been sent to the Beta Students.

Lessons Learned

This is a slower way to build the course, but it is a way to involve the target audience, discover their main issues and create the course that solves those issues.

Tomorrow’s Plan

Outline the first lesson and share with the group for feedback.

Fixed Fee Lead Clients

Progress made today

Nothing today. It’s Sunday.

Tomorrow’s Plan

  • Add a project task to configure Sales Funnel tracking on GA for a client
  • Add a sub-task to integrate Google Ads conversions into that tracking
  • Add a project task to build a report on the 100 most expensive keywords for a client and if they need to be paused, added to a negative keyword list or left alone
  • Follow up with a client about a landing page
  • Add a project task to update the landing pages for the same client for a new campaign that also needs
    • Google Ads – review and confirm the budget
    • Facebook Ads – review and confirm the budget
    • Retargeting – review and confirm the budget

Pay Per Lead Clients

Progress made today

Product list has been sent. Open up a new project for this.

Goal 3 – Weekends off and 6 Weeks Holiday

Today is the last Sunday I am ever working. Unless it’s something to do with superpowers, then I’m all in baby!

Goal 4 – Finish Dec 19 Portsmouth Marathon

Cranked out 8,541 steps today.

Goal 5 – Read 24 Books

Reading

  • Promised Land by Robert B. Parker
  • The Alter Ego Effect by Todd Herman
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
    Keys to Great Writing by Stephen Wilbers

Finished Books

  • The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
  • A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov
  • Post Office by Charles Bukowski
  • Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun
  • Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky
  • The One Thing by Gary Keller
  • Ask the Dust by John Fante

Goal 6 – Complete 12 Marketing Courses

Nothing here today.

In Progress

  • No Fear Funnels by Dave Foy
  • * Landing Page Design & Conversion Rate Optimization* by Issac Rudansky

Completed

  • Ultimate Google Ads 2018 by Issac Rudansky