Writing Progress February 20 – 26, 2017

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February 20

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 36,166
  • Today’s word count: 723
  • Thoughts: Well, I’m getting back on track! I’m pretty thrilled with how today went. The only setback I had was struggling to get back into writing after I took a walk. The walk itself was successful, though! Now that the weather is slightly less bitterly cold, I’m going to try walking around my area to see if I can capture in photographs the mix of old and new and superstition that I’m trying to incorporate into my fictional version of Pennsylvania.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Possibly another walk if the weather holds.

February 21

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 37,236
  • Today’s word count: 1,070
  • Thoughts: Today was great! I wrote. I liked what I wrote and I finally got the characters to cooperate with me in a situation where they had no other real options.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m feeling really motivated. Let’s see if I can keep this up.

February 22

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 38,222
  • Today’s word count: 986
  • Thoughts: Today was pretty productive. I finally finished up writing a conversation that had been percolating in my brain for more than a week. It’s a relief to put that behind me. There’s more stuff that’s been waiting to escape my mind. I need to write faster to keep it from building up and blocking me.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I need to revise, but I really want to write more than anything! It’s going to be a rough day.

February 23

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 38,221
  • Today’s word count: -1
  • Thoughts: Sometimes I hate revising. It makes my usual progress metric look terrible. That said, I’m more than halfway through revising this week’s chapter!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Wrap up revisions. Get back to writing awesome stuff.

February 24

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 38,228
  • Today’s word count: 7
  • Thoughts: Today was such a bizarre day! I just barely managed to finish up revisions on this week’s chapter and I didn’t manage a word more. Don’t let your sleep schedule get derailed, guys. It’s hard to have a routine when you’re either exhausted or napping.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Post this week’s chapter and get back to writing! I know I can do it!

February 25

No writing progress made. I posted this week’s chapter and then gave myself permission to take the day off. Giving myself permission not to write helped me combat the guilt I usually feel for not writing. I might have to make a point of giving myself permission more often on days that seem like they’re not going to be productive days.

February 26

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 38,266
  • Today’s word count: 38
  • Thoughts: Not a spectacular writing day, but I did manage to write. Days like this are why I convinced myself not to take breaks. It’s always so much harder to get back to work when it’s been more than a day since you last touched my writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Get my writing groove back!
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Preparing for April CampNaNoWriMo

campnano2017CampNaNoWriMo is just around the corner! In just a few weeks I’ll be entering another writing frenzy alongside many other writers.

Right now I’m not quite settled on what I want to do for Camp. Being able to set a word count goal above or below 50,000 words opens up a lot of possibilities. In November I just need to pick a project. For Camp, I can strategize a bit by setting a different word count goal.

I know I’ll be continuing to work on Inbetween rather than starting another writing project. Earlier this year I joked about having the first draft of Inbetween completed before April. As with everything I write, this story is getting bigger and bigger. Now I’m confident that I will still have plenty to write in April.

I’m not sure what I want my word count goal to be. The obvious solution would be to set my goal to the usual 50k. I know I can write that many words in a month. I also know I’ve never once won CampNaNoWriMo no matter what goal I pick, but I’m always hopeful this time will be different.

Back in January, I set a long-term writing goal on the Writeometer app to have 120k written for Inbetween by April 30. The obvious option would be to set my April goal to whatever would get me to 120k by the end of the month, but it might be fun to push myself to exceed that goal too. Fortunately, I have a whole month to mull over this!

Are you planning to do CampNaNoWriMo in April? Have you picked your project yet and set a goal? Let me know about your plans in the comments!

Inbetween: Chapter Eleven

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I love this chapter. That means I struggle to write it and enjoyed every minute of it. I hope the end result is enjoyable for you to read.

I owe a huge thank you to my fantastic supporters for being here with me every step of the way. I wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for you and it is thanks to you that I can keep moving forward. Check out my Patreon if you want to join the ranks of these extra awesome people. We’re $1 away from my first goal. If we reach that goal and stay there into the next month I’ll open up a Q&A post where anyone can ask whatever they want about me and my writing. Thank you so much for being here. Your support helps pay the bills and keep the lights on here!

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Description—Writer Crack & Finding the Write Balance

Want to get better at writing description? I know I do!

This blog post provides some great examples of description done right.

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Description. Ah the crack for most writers. Many of us never met a modifier we did not love. Forget a BLUE sky. Why would you have a BLUE sky when you could have a cerulean sky?

*chops up line of metaphors with a razor and snorts*

Granted, there is also the other side of the writer coin; those who never use description or very sparse description.

Also known as…freaks.

I am KIDDING!

….kind of.

But even if you don’t use a lot of description, don’t fret. That’s just your voice. Readers like me who looooove description will probably gravitate to other books and that is OKAY. This doesn’t absolve y’all completely though. If you use very little description, then it is more important than EVER to use the right description.

Personally, I’m not a fan of austere modern houses with stainless steel everything and weird chairs no human could…

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Writing Progress February 13 -19, 2017

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February 13

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 31,945
  • Today’s word count: 150
  • Thoughts: I’m not at all happy with this word count or today’s progress, but I keep telling myself I’m still recovering. Making myself a miserable mess for the sake of a couple hundred sub-par words doesn’t seem worth it. I just want to have the inspiration and fortitude to write 1,000 words a day again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Feel better. Write more. Be happy.

February 14

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 33,099
  • Today’s word count: 1,154
  • Thoughts: Wow. I haven’t had a writing day like this in a while! It felt great. I finally felt well enough to get into the zone and I stayed there. I’m so happy!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write more! I need to keep this up. As long as I write like this, I’ll finish this novel in no time at all.

February 15

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 34,632
  • Today’s word count: 1,533
  • Thoughts: Do not ask me where all these words are coming from. I don’t know and I’m afraid to look because I might scare them away!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Revisions. Maybe more writing? I just want to keep being extra productive.

February 16

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 34,731
  • Today’s word count: 99
  • Thoughts: I spent the day revising and added words! I didn’t have a lot of cutting to do. Most of it was just rephrasing things so they worked better with the other words around them.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Finish revising this week’s chapter. Get back to writing!

February 17

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 35,129
  • Today’s word count: 398
  • Thoughts: I finished up revisions and managed to write! I did exactly what I said I wanted to do and I did it with only about four hours of sleep holding me up. I’m proud of that.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Post this week’s chapter and write more! I finally feel like I’m on track with my writing this year and I want to keep it up.

February 18

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 35,248
  • Today’s word count: 119
  • Thoughts: Well, I didn’t write much. I also wasn’t home much. I got the chapter posted, though! At this point that’s all I need to do to consider a Saturday a success.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I need to get back on track. Again.

February 19

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 35,443
  • Today’s word count: 195
  • Thoughts: I’m not thrilled, but after dealing with today I’m not surprised by my word count. I had plenty of time to write and the words just wouldn’t come. My mind wandered. I couldn’t reign it in.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Get back on track. I’m confident I can do it if I allow myself to take some time and find the root of the problem.

Inbetween: Chapter Ten

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We’re back on track this week! I had fun writing and revising this chapter. It’s a bit of a change of pace so, hopefully, that will be fun to read for everyone.

I owe a huge thank you to my fantastic supporters for being here with me every step of the way. I wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for you and it is thanks to you that I can keep moving forward. Check out my Patreon if you want to join the ranks of these extra awesome people. We’re $1 away from my first goal. If we reach that goal and stay there into the next month I’ll open up a Q&A post where you can ask whatever you want about me and my writing. Your support helps pay the bills and keep the lights on here!

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Failure, Betrayal & Setbacks—Sometimes the Only Way Out is THROUGH

This a good reminder not to give up just because growing as a writer is tough!

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Setbacks. We all have them and, strangely, they like to cluster together and dog pile us at once. The trick to setbacks is to adjust our perspective of what happened and use them to to make us stronger, wiser and grittier.

You might not believe me, but instant success is not always good for us. There is something about the process of learning and doing and failing and starting again and again even when we want to give up that is healthy. In fact it is vital for any kind of long-term achievement.

I know because I’ve encountered my share of people who were promoted too soon, beyond the scope of their abilities and far past the strength of their character. And it ended badly every…single…time.

Growth is a Process

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All human growth is a process. It has steps. We skip steps at our own peril. Everything we are doing…

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Writing Schedule: Winter 2017 Edition

Last year I wrote about my writing schedule. In the time since I made that post, my schedule has changed a bit.

One significant change I’ve made to my weekly schedule is my revision time. Last year I was dedicating Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday to revisions and edits. Having almost half a week to work on such things ended up making me procrastinate a lot. I ended up doing most of the work on Thursday.

Now I only plan to use Thursdays for revisions and editing. Often I end up using time on Friday for revision as well but telling myself that I need to complete it on Thursday is usually enough to push me to really focus on accomplishing my tasks. I’m learning how to trick my brain into being more productive. More time usually means more procrastination.

My goal is still to write or revise every day, but I’m noticing a pattern starting to emerge. I’m usually missing one day of writing a week. More often than not, the day I’m missing is Saturday.

Saturdays are usually my errand days. It’s also the day I post a new chapter. Putting my work out there for the world to see is always an emotionally draining experience. I’m getting better at not panicking over it, but I’m routinely surprised by how much it takes out of me.

Between being out of the house for part of the day and feeling nervous from posting a chapter, I usually end up writing very little on Saturdays. For more than a year I’ve made a point of not taking breaks from my writing. I usually have such a hard time getting back into my work after I allow myself to step away, but now it is happening unintentionally. It’s not a planned break so I feel guilty. Making it an intentional break might relieve some of my guilt.

Looking forward, I might decide to change my routine to allow for Saturdays off from writing every week. For now,  I’m going to continue trying to make writing every single day work. It worked for so long. I don’t want to give up on it just yet.

What does your writing routine look like these days? Are you considering making any changes to it in coming weeks?

Writing Progress February 6 – 12, 2017

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February 6

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 31,726
  • Today’s word count: 130
  • Thoughts: I have to admit, I’m disappointed in my tiny addition to the project today. I was convinced I would be up late and write a ton then. I ended up going to bed at my normal time and screwed up my own plans. Lesson of the day: write early because you never know when you’ll need to sleep.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write! I need to have a great writing day. I have a ton of ideas building up in my brain and I’m afraid I’ll burst!

February 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 32,520
  • Today’s word count: 794
  • Thoughts: This is progress! I’m pretty thrilled with my progress today. After writing all these words I feel motivated to do it again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to write like this every day. More words, please! The more words I write the more words I have to edit and revise later.

February 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 32,721
  • Today’s word count: 201
  • Thoughts: I wrote, but not at much as I would have liked. I’m starting to get sick. I can feel it behind my eyes and in my throat. Feeling like this makes me want to curl up and sleep instead of write.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Be less sick and revise this week’s chapter.

February 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  •  Total word count: 32,720
  • Today’s word count: -1
  • Thoughts: This cold knocked me out of the writing game. I tried to work on revisions but my mind and willpower are barely functioning.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I need to feel better and focus on revising this chapter and getting it out on time. At this point, I’m not counting on it happening. I don’t want to send out a subpar chapter to the world, but I also don’t want to keep people waiting.

February 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 32,652
  • Today’s word count: -68
  • Thoughts: I managed to make some progress on revisions today, but I’m still not done. I’m not sure the work I did is of good quality either. This cold is still kicking my butt and cold meds make me a little loopy.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully finish revisions and get the chapter posted. This might be wishful thinking, but if I’m feeling up to sitting at my desk, I’m going to try.

February 11

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 31,771
  • Today’s word count: -881
  • Thoughts: Revisions are still taking place. I’m still sick. I’m not sure when I’ll be done cleaning up this chapter.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Finish revisions. I want to get this chapter posted and get back to writing. Non-writing related goal: stop being sick so I can accomplish my other goals without feeling like I’m dying.

February 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 31,795
  • Today’s word count: 24
  • Thoughts: I managed to get the chapter finished and posted. I’m still pretty sick, but I had enough time feeling halfway to okay today to get some work done.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Continue recovering. Write lots and lots of words to make up for lost time with this cold.

Inbetween: Chapter Nine

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If you follow me on social media you know why this chapter is a day late. A cold knocked me off my feet this week. Everything’s been knocked off schedule. Now I’m in the process of recovering my strength and scrambling to get back on track. As long as my health hold up, we should be back on schedule for next weekend.

I owe a huge thank you to my fantastic supporters for being here with me every step of the way. I wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for you and it is thanks to you that I can keep moving forward. Check out my Patreon if you want to join the ranks of these extra awesome people. Your support helps pay the bills and keep the lights on here!

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