Author Journal 20th – 26th January 2022

Happy Wednesday! I hope this weeks journal entry finds you well.

I was struggling to come up with this intro paragraph. You know it’s supposed to give an idea of the overall tone of the post, with a wee hint at how things went. And it’s the how things went part that got me. I’ve been so focused on the job that I couldn’t even tell you off the top of my head what I got done.

Luckily, I’ve got my journals and planner to give me a bit of a clue…

Review 13th to 19th January 2022

Okay, last week’s goals were:

  1. Revise the scene list for the whole story
  2. Assign scenes/sequences to chapters–yip, I haven’t done this yet 😬
  3. Apply lessons on Universal Fantasies from 7 Figure Fiction to the scene level 

How Did It Go?

Right, after consulting my notes… I successfully completed items one and two on the list. As for number three? I started applying the lessons to the scene level yesterday–my day off–but didn’t get too far.

The lack of progress was that I did some of the homework from that book for my characters. (And, wow, am I glad I took the detour.) Doing so has helped me see where I need to highlight some character stuff so that readers can connect with Elle and Adam on a deeper emotional level.

Overall, I’m really pleased with what I accomplished this past week. So happy that I don’t begrudge the lack of a day off…but I think I deserve an extra chapter of Anne Stuart tonight!

This Week’s Writing Goals

  • Re-block Acts I and II (a) for future editing/rewrites
  • Apply lessons on Universal Fantasies from 7 Figure Fiction to the scene level for Acts I and II (a) as I re-block.

That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by, and take care.


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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.​

9 thoughts on “Author Journal 20th – 26th January 2022

  1. That’s amazing Susan! You are making good progress!

    1. Thank you! And, thanks for your support, it means a lot!

      1. You are welcome!

  2. You are so productive, Susan!

    I’m glad that you stumbled upon that homework on the characters. How else would you have noticed?
    And yes, you deserve a big reward for all the great work you’ve done! Go for it!

    1. Thanks, Stefanie! The productivity has taken *years* of figuring out how to motivate myself. Every so often I slip back into the “I don’t want to and you can’t make me” mentality. Hence the bribery and treats 🤣

      1. I hear you!
        ☕☕☕🍫? 😁

  3. Chris Hall says:

    Busy, busy, busy! Don’t forget to look after yourself, Susan. 🙂

    1. Will do. Thanks, Chris. 😊

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