I wasn't happy with the productivity behind my last project, so I'm amping it up on my next and future projects.
Training Grounds was started around the first of the year, and completed only last month. And it's a novella, to boot. I've written other novellas in a matter of weeks. Not months.
I apologize right now for my secretiveness, but I'm experimenting with a few new things. If they work, from a productivity standpoint, I'll share my findings and what they are. It could be something you can try too. Keep in mind, everyone's working style is different. For the past few years, I logged all of my writing days on a spreadsheet, and almost obsessed with having as few non-writing days as possible. But around November 2017, due to health and other personal issues, I had more non-writing days than I liked and it stressed me out. So I quit the spreadsheet. Oddly enough, my productivity increased and I finished the novel.
But something happened after the first of the year. One thing I discovered is that I need a publishing goal. A date. Something to shoot for. If I have to change it, I will. But with no deadline to shoot for, I find myself lingering on and on . . .
Okay, now for the new stuff. I am currently writing . . . drum roll please . . . a romance novel. I'm roughly 2,500 words into it, and it's going well. I have another one I'll write right afterwards. But I will not share the title here. Why? I'm experimenting with a pseudonym. I know, pen names can have its pros and cons. I'll need a separate website and such. But I have my reasons, after juggling the pros and cons.
Why a pseudonym? Because in the romance world, men don't sell as well as women. It sounds sexist, I know, but that's the reality. So, my pen name will be initials. It won't resemble my name at all.
It should be fun. I'm looking forward to the results. I've never written romance before, but I have added romance elements into my stories before.