For years I’ve avoided thinking of writing as work. I’ve even written a blog post about how writing is not a job, and after re-reading that, I stand behind what I said about it not being a job. However, I’ve also started to have a realization that for me, maybe doing everything I can to … Continue reading Writing as work
Here’s a thing I’m becoming convinced is real: I can’t write faster when I’m thinking about writing faster. I think for some people, it definitely works. I think for me, it definitely doesn’t. On that note, today I’ll be focusing on writing and getting my sessions and leave the worry about speed in the dust. … Continue reading Forget speed
I’ve taken a lot of time off writing lately. I don’t know what’s to blame, but I’m going to take a stab in the dark and say I might have set myself up for this. So how is 2017’s “no goals, no timers, no schedules” plan going? Let’s keep this simple: Not well. At all. … Continue reading So how is 2017’s “no goals, no timers, no schedules” plan going?
I’m making progress on this book, still, but it’s still too slow. I mean, really, way too slow. Yesterday, I ended with a net gain of 274 words. Today I’ll spend as much time on the book as possible, so we’ll see where I end up. As of this moment, I’m on chapter 9 and … Continue reading Still making progress, but still much too slow
I figure about 40 hours per book for publishing tasks. I can double that to 80 if I want to include every last thing I do like studying book cover design and process tweaks like creating new Word style sheets and so on. I wrote 220,071 words. My speed range is 250–1200 words per hour, … Continue reading How many hours did I work last year on writing?
I’ve made a rash decision I’ll probably hate tomorrow, but I’ve decided to give up infotainment for a while—indefinitely would be better. I’ll accept the rest of this month and February as a compromise. To say I spend too much time clicking and refreshing is minimizing the amount of clicking and refreshing of web pages … Continue reading A challenge to end the endless clicking and refreshing
I have to stop reevaluating my daily word count goal. It’s kind of stupid really, all this number crunching I do. I’ve approached it in so many different ways that it doesn’t even make sense to keep redoing the calculations. I already know about where the numbers are going to end up. I guess I … Continue reading New goal: more average and moderate word count days, fewer low word count days
I’m still struggling to get moving on this book I need to finish, so I’ve decided to put writing new material on the back burner until I’ve read the entire series from the beginning. I’m going to let myself count the reading toward my 15 minutes of writing today, simply because I think reading the … Continue reading Current goal: plan to read entire series from beginning
I had a lot of success producing more words when I let myself work on whatever I wanted. That doesn’t really work with the new plan. Theoretically, if I’m having a bad day I can still move on to another story within the group of series stories that I’m working on, but one thing I … Continue reading Why the new plan does not include writing on multiple stories
I’m going to log my writing today. I finally got a really good night of sleep, but that means I’m starting one hour and a half later than I’d planned. Here’s the revised plan. 8:30–10:30 Write 11:30–1:30 Write 2:30–4:30 1:30–3:30 Write 4:30–6:30 Work on paperbacks Write 7:30–9:30 8:30–9:30 Work on paperbacks Write (Edited as changes … Continue reading June 28 writing
As you’ve probably already guessed, the schedule hasn’t helped in any way to get me started writing again. I haven’t even come close to getting started on time a single time since I came up with it, because for some reason beyond me, I’ve gone from going to bed at a reasonable hour to staying … Continue reading June 27 writing schedule update