Author Journal 1st – 7th July 2021

Yay! My journal posting schedule is back on track after last week’s WordPress editor issues. As you can probably guess, with the tech issues, things didn’t go quite as planned.

Review 24th – 30th June 2021

My Writing Goals for Last Week

*You may or may not have noticed that Working The Asset is now Running The Asset. The more I thought of the premise, a spy handling a civilian asset, the more I realised that “running” was a far better word. Also, I did a Google search on the original title and it spat out loads of accounting websites–so not the vibe I’m going for. 😁

Did I Achieve My Goal?


How Not?

Much of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday were lost to dealing with getting the backend of the site back to normal. For some reason, even though I tried to work on action step 41 B, the website seemed to be far more pressing.

By Friday, I had an inkling of why anything but the task at hand was more important. I couldn’t stomach sitting there redoing all of the cards non-storp for the final time. It wasn’t that the final version was lacklustre or the same old content; it wasn’t. It was that once I’d finished a scene card, I was desperate to write it — not go straight into the next card.

I argued with myself that following the action steps had gotten me this far and that it’d be insane to abandon the method for no good reason. But, I decided to persevere.

Halfway through Saturday, I finally understood the problem. I have a set way of writing scenes. It evolved over several months of doing Genre Scribes.

The way it works for me is to make a scene outline by hand. About an hour or so later I write the scene as fast as I can longhand and then transfer it into Scrivener in a more coherent form.

Working through Sparkling Story Drafts, my scene outline requirements have become more sophisticated, but the method/mechanics are exactly the same.

Knowing that the complete outline is sound, though each seen card is a bit messy and a tad jumbled, I decided to do the final action step as and when I get to the remaining scenes.

By the end of Sunday, I had the first 1221 words of Running the Asset in Scrivener. And on Monday — a very short fractured work morning — I added another 277 words. I now have 1498 words — the first scene is done, and the second is underway.

At the beginning of June, I shared my goals for the month. My over-the-top goal was to have all the editorial edits completed and the first 10K words done. In my head, if I’d accomplished half of that, I’d have been happy. So, having the first 1498 words down is a huge win!

For July, my goal is simple, add another 23K words to the manuscript.

This Week’s Goal

  • Write 5000 words for Running The Asset

This will be a day’s work to many writers, but I don’t want to pile too much on and have a CRPS flare up and fall way behind. If I find this to be a breeze, then I will re-evaluate.


ThursdayJuly goals, Kanban board, blog post
FridayWrite 1000 words
SaturdayWrite 1000 words
SundayWrite 1000 words
MondayWrite 1000 words
TuesdayWrite 1000 words
WednesdayDay off–bike ride

On each of my writing days, I’ll try to share wee word count status updates.

Until next time, thanks for stopping by, and take care.


Author: Susan T. Braithwaite

Royal Navy veteran from Scotland. My journey into writing started with a screenwriting certificate program at UCLA Ext. Since then, I've worked as a freelance content writer, erotica author, proofreader, professional beta reader, and content editor. I'm now working hard on my dream writing career: romantic suspense author. When I'm not writing, I can be found drinking too much coffee, obsessing over yarn, and planning world domination with my husband,, and our squirrel army.​

7 thoughts on “Author Journal 1st – 7th July 2021

  1. Chris Hall says:

    Defo like the new title, Susan. It immediately conjures up that ‘spy vibe’. I really get your way of scene writing with those example. It makes perfect sense. I ask those questions after I’ve done the first draft, but then I write like a Cape Buffalo (charge first, ask questions later). 1000 words a day is a good, steady pace and it seems a realistic goal. Go for it!!

    1. Thank you, Chris! It’s so good to hear how other writers go about scene planning.
      I love your analogy!
      Thanks for the vote of confidence and the encouragement. 🤩
      How’s your writing going?

      1. Chris Hall says:

        Only a pleasure re encouragement, Susan! I’m getting on pretty well, thanks. I’m on the home straight and should complete the first draft by mid-August. Then there comes the read through and rejig: completion date unknown.

      2. Well done, you! You’re really going great guns now. I’m so impressed with your ability to not only draft a novel but to continually post new fiction for your site. You’re an inspiration, Chris! 🤩

  2. Chris Hall says:

    That’s so nice of you to say, Susan. Thank you 🙂 Losing most of my clients last year and taking early retirement certainly has its perks time-wise.

    1. Sorry about losing your clients. I’ve heard of a lot people losing clients last year. You’re doing the right thing by putting your time into creating more books.

      1. Chris Hall says:

        Far more enjoyable!

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