October 2019 progress

I forgot to post my October progress post. :) That shouldn’t be a surprise. I also forgot I was going to post about NANO. That update is out of the way and now I’m going to do the October progress post. :D

October words: 19,168.

That’s far under where I wanted to be for the month, but it did continue a streak of months in the five digit word counts.

There’s not a lot else to say. I continued writing on whatever interested me, and that has been a nice change of pace. I also have stayed away from timers and schedules and I’m not feeling the pressure to go back to using them.

On the other hand, I’ve now finished two stories that I haven’t yet published and I don’t like that. I much prefer finishing one at a time, getting it published, and then getting back to writing. That’s been a side-effect of writing on more than one thing at a time. I now have a lot of stuff that if I continue with that, will end up finished in lumps. Not really a fan of that, now that it’s actually happened to me.

So that’s something I won’t be doing in the future. I’m about to drop the multiple stories thing again, but only sort of, and with a purpose.

Here’s what I mean by that. I like moving between stories, but I also need to maintain a high interest in each story and finish it as quickly as possible. So… on days when I just cannot seem to get moving, I plan to allow myself to change stories. But as a general rule, I think I’m going to have to try to keep myself working on one book, no matter what, and finish it as quickly as I can so that my interest doesn’t wane and I don’t lose a lot of time to trying to get back into the story after an extended break.

I really don’t think those extended breaks do anything good for me. I lose a lot of love for my stories when I take them, and getting restarted is a bear. Seriously, it’s the worst.

I’m now at day 99 of my writing every day streak. I can’t count today because I actually haven’t written anything yet. But as soon as I do, it’ll be 100 days long. The number to beat is 122 (in the sidebar over there somewhere if you want to see it).

The changes to my sleep habits have also been helpful, maybe. I actually can’t say. I do know I’m doing better than I did during my massive downturn, so there’s that. I don’t really know how I can quantify this in the long-term, except to continue to adhere to better sleep habits and see where things stand many months from now. If I can make it through the holidays writing, that’ll be a win. It’ll be a tough proposition once the school breaks start, so I’ll have to stay vigilant about the earlier bed times! :D

So that’s where things are.

November has been (so far) about trying to do what needs to be done to get those finished stories out, and move on. And pick my next focus and really hone in on it and plan to get it done ASAP. And stop all this dilly dallying around. It feels less like fun than you’d think. It feels more like puttering, and there’s no sense of accomplishment at all. My ability to self-motivate depends on how I feel about what I’ve done.

And finally, I’ve set a challenge for myself to make November my first 60,000 words month. I’m behind at the moment (of course), but I’m still hopeful that I’ll be able to do it.


2 thoughts on “October 2019 progress”

  1. Lynn, good, thought-provoking post.

    I too occasionally succumb to allowing a story (especially a novel) to ferment for awhile (vs. simply writing the next sentence and getting on with it).

    I used to fret over it. Now when that happens I’ve learned to accept the delay and move on to the next thing. If the first story is good (feels good to me, etc.) eventually I come back to it.

    I’ve learned there’s always a reason for the delay. For example, sometimes something that happens in a newer story will inform something that needs to happen in the one I let simmer. (grin)

    The key, I’ve learned, is to keep writing and bear in mind that no particular story is ‘important.’ What’s important is that I keep writing something.

    1. That’s a very good thing to have learned. I’m just now getting back to a story I stalled on in May, and after reading from the beginning, I’m very excited to note that whatever stalled me out is gone now. The story is fun and good and I hardly touched anything as I went back through, just adding a little touch here and a little touch there.

      One big thing I’ve learned is that sometimes the story could have been any number of things and still been a good story, but for whatever reason, what it was becoming just wasn’t something I could do right then.

      This one has humor and action, and I do think the humor kept tripping me up, because my brain was not in that place. I love writing humor. I just wasn’t there in my head. I was trying too hard because that series is supposed to be funny. But the funny is situational and character driven and cannot be ordered or planned. It has to flow. I know that. I’ve always known that. So that break was probably the best thing I could have done for that book. I’m excited to be working on it again, that’s for sure! I can’t wait to write the next scene. ;D

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