The benefits of writing 500 words a day

It’s been seven days since I started requiring myself to write 500 words of fiction every day. I call it my daily minimum word count. I’m deliberately choosing not to call this daily minimum a goal, because I am expecting more of myself long-term—I’m just not requiring it. 500 words is a number that seemsContinue reading “The benefits of writing 500 words a day”

A small win last night that bodes well

Yesterday I somehow made it until nearly 1:00 a.m. without writing. But I was determined not to break my 500 words a day streak so I finally overcame the resistance to getting started and sat down and wrote. Instead of 500 words, I ended up with 1,004. Considering I didn’t use a timer and honestlyContinue reading “A small win last night that bodes well”

Focus on action and small wins; a new daily minimum

Today I’m starting work on my book much later than I planned. Mostly because I’ve spent too much of the day thinking about a decision I made a couple days ago and trying to decide if it’s the right one. I’ve finally decided it is. Tuesday, I decided to lower my minimum word count forContinue reading “Focus on action and small wins; a new daily minimum”

Why can’t I break the Kboards habit?

I’ve gotten myself worked up into a state again, one that isn’t conducive to being creative, and I have no one to blame but myself. I know not to visit Kboards when I’m already having trouble writing—in fact, I know not to visit  at all—but I do it anyway because… because… I don’t even knowContinue reading “Why can’t I break the Kboards habit?”

What does it take to be a productive writer? A journal!

I read an article today that caused me to rethink the differences between my really productive Sunday and my less productive Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (and Thursday, so far). It was the title of the piece that drew me in—interstitial is just that kind of word. “Replace Your To-Do List With Interstitial Journaling To IncreaseContinue reading “What does it take to be a productive writer? A journal!”

That stopped working surprisingly fast

I tried to recreate Sunday’s success on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, but no such luck. It just didn’t work and I’m at a loss to explain why. Word counts: Sunday (of course) = 2,073 (5.017 hours) Monday = 670 (2.4 hours) Tuesday = 379 (3.533 hours) Wednesday = 103 (.467 hours) I’m really not doingContinue reading “That stopped working surprisingly fast”

Self-discipline is a skill: skills take practice and practice takes time

I did not reach any of my goals yesterday. (1557 words, 3 hours writing, finish editing chapters 15 and 16.) I wrote for 2.633 hours and added 122 words to chapter 15. I didn’t take drastic measures with those chapters as I said I would because things were actually going well with the story. IContinue reading “Self-discipline is a skill: skills take practice and practice takes time”

It’s time for a permanent reduction in distractive reading

I’ve started using the Mind the Time add-on for Firefox again, temporarily, to help me keep an eye on time I’m spending on things I need to cut out of my day so I have more time for reading fiction, watching TV, doing random stuff, all while still having plenty of time for writing. SeeContinue reading “It’s time for a permanent reduction in distractive reading”

Facing resistance and adjusting the plan

You know how you make a plan and then immediately feel resistant to actually following through? Yes, well, that’s been happening to me. So instead of letting myself get too far down that hole, I’ve decided to make a few adjustments to the plan. I wrote a long post about this and then decided toContinue reading “Facing resistance and adjusting the plan”

Practicing writing faster in 40 minute intervals

*And was derailed by a kid emergency. I’ll have to save this one for tomorrow. Ugh! Nothing serious though. Well, nothing serious for ME. Kiddo sure thinks differently. :)* Tonight I’m working in 40 minute sessions. I have quite a bit of writing I wanted to do today and somehow I put it off untilContinue reading “Practicing writing faster in 40 minute intervals”

You think you got this and then you don’t do the work

That title there? Basically the exact thing that’s happened today. I was sure I was on track after having two successful days of writing—successful in that I sat myself down and managed to write for four complete hours each day, even if it took me much longer than I’d have liked. But then today cameContinue reading “You think you got this and then you don’t do the work”

And that answers that question about my paperback covers at CreateSpace

Got this just a short while ago: Congratulations! Your interior and cover files for xxxxxxxxxxxxx, #xxxxxxxx meet our technical requirements for printing. The next step in the publishing process is to proof your book: FOLLOW THIS LINK TO GET STARTED: Which I assume means the embedded fonts in the paperback cover are A-okay.  There wasContinue reading “And that answers that question about my paperback covers at CreateSpace”

New text justification bug in GIMP is bugging me

I think I’ve found a bug in GIMP’s text justification feature. I thought about reporting the bug, but I do not have an account and don’t want an account and don’t have a spare email address where I’d enjoy getting spammed even if I did. The create a new account page warns of that possibilityContinue reading “New text justification bug in GIMP is bugging me”