This post is a few days old, but there’s value here I think so I’ve decided to post it even though I wasn’t going to originally. First thing I did after I woke up this morning was open OneNote and type a note to myself (this was after recognizing that I just didn’t have whatContinue reading “Fear and growth and perfection”
And here I am doing a morning post. :) Let’s see, yesterday’s word count was 190 words, just enough to keep my streak alive (I needed 163 per the new rules). Today I’m trying something a little different. Yesterday was a disaster and I think it’s because I let the numbers get in my head.Continue reading “Daily post – Jan. 16, 2020”
Ah, yesterday. It was a day. I wrote 121 words at about midnight. If I didn’t have that 100 word minimum that I require for a day to count in my daily fiction writing streak (159 days), I wouldn’t have bothered with more than 2 words, guaranteed. :D I just had either a great ideaContinue reading “Daily post – Jan. 11, 2020”
So, two things. I didn’t stop at 9 p.m. last night. The writing was going well and I didn’t want to stop. I also waited to post this until today, which is the next day. I did warn that I wouldn’t always be posting the day of, but I had hoped to last a littleContinue reading “Daily post – Jan. 4, 2020”
I haven’t had the most promising start to December. Where I am: 1,334 words Where I’m supposed to be: 4,000 words. I don’t want to say I’m going to try to catch up today and even get ahead, because I’m not that good at meeting goals like this, but that’s what I’m going to do.Continue reading “December off to a slow start but today is an opportunity”
There was a time when I thought Pocket was the second best option for all the articles I was used to clipping into Evernote to read later. I do not think that anymore.
I am finally settling into a nice work flow that does not rely on timers to keep me writing. I’m occasionally dipping into more than one story at a time, but I’m surprised at how often I’m staying focused on one book. It’s obvious to me now that something was wrong then, but isn’t thatContinue reading “Revisiting a post: The “no timers” thing”
I fail a lot. I think the overwhelming number of posts I’ve put on this site where I candidly admit that I haven’t reached some goal I’ve set for the day tells that story well. Night before last, I failed again. I didn’t write 500 words or 2,000 words, and I didn’t end up stayingContinue reading “I fail a lot”
When I revisited getting rid of my timers, I thought the beginning of 2017 and the middle of 2017 was the last time I’d addressed the issue. But I was wrong. As I published my last post and checked through it as I usually do, I clicked the “corrective action“ tag. It showed me aContinue reading “The “no timers” thing”
August word count to date = 7,258* That’s a far cry from where I wanted to be by now when I started August. I’ve had a few good days, though. Specifically, the 16th and the 20th. 8/16 – 1,685 8/20 – 2,198 The rest of the days of this month have been mediocre at best.Continue reading “August word count update”
About ditching my timers, hidden story versus backstory, progress!, and goals.
The end of the year is approaching and I’ve decided to pursue a goal. My goal is to make this year—on track to be my worst year of production since I began tracking—into my best year, by 10,000 words. The math. Best year 268,191 This year 104,676 Difference + 10,000 words 173,515 Words to writeContinue reading “A new goal for 2017: turn my worst year into my best year”
I’m trying to come up with my goal for today. I think I’m done with the catch-up attempt for hours because I’m further behind now than I was when I started yesterday. On the other hand, this morning, I’ve already written for 13 minutes and put down 87 words of stuff. It’s a start. I’mContinue reading “Not going to give up without a fight”
I’ve had a couple of bad weeks of writing and I’m anxious to stop the downward slide. It’s 1:34 in the morning and I’ve spent another evening doing everything I can to avoid getting started with writing. It’ll continue until I decide to put a stop to it. So that’s what I’m doing. Tomorrow, I’llContinue reading “Disappointed with my progress this last two weeks”
Discussing the failure of one experiment and the success of another.
I finished up the last of my sessions. I had hoped to reached 3,000 words but I didn’t quite make it. I’m at 2,332 for the day. I might come back later and do some more writing, because I really want to end the day at 3,000 words! But for now, I need a break.Continue reading “Final sessions for the day”
Eight sessions instead of twelve seems to be the way to go! Of course, I made up the total time difference by making the eight sessions thirty minutes long instead of twenty. But it has left me fewer opportunities for distraction and here it is 11:56 a.m. and I have only three sessions to go.Continue reading “Eight sessions instead of twelve seems to be the way to go”
I’ve completed eight sessions now and although I’m pretty happy with the fact that I’m writing, I’m disappointed that my morning pace didn’t hold out when it came up against my story line uncertainty. I think that’s been a big deal on this particular story. I’m still very much not sure where it’s headed. SessionContinue reading “3,000 – 1,355 = 1,645 words to go”
I’m tired of lowercase titles. And yet, I continue to use them. :) Today I have a plan. 20 minute blocks x 12 of them @ ~750 words an hour = 3,000 words Yep. That’s my plan. In fact, it’s my plan for every day for the indefinite future. I’ve been giving some thought toContinue reading “A plan for the future”
Today begins the new year. On the other hand, my plan hasn’t changed. In case I haven’t done a good enough job of laying out that plan, here it is again. There is no plan. Here’s what I wrote in one of the Google+ communities I’m in. 2016 words written: 220,071 Definitely want to seeContinue reading “New year, no plan”