Writing Progress February 20 – 26, 2017


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!

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


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.


….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


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


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


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

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