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 that … Continue reading Revisiting a post: The “no timers” thing
I’ve written some fiction every day now for 20 days. Next up, get my daily average at or above 2,000 words by writing 2,400 words a day. Today I’m trying to get to that 2,400 words for the first time in a very, very long time. (I did not get there yesterday.) I’m going to … Continue reading Today is day 20 of writing every day
I don’t think I went into this in my last post, but I have recently made a small change to my 2,000 words a day plan. I’m aiming for 2,400 words a day instead. Not because I want to actually average 2,400 words a day, because that has not changed. A 2,000 words a day … Continue reading The new plan for 2,400 words a day
This post is the result of several drafts. I started it off intending to talk about my attempt to try scheduled writing again. That didn’t work out so the post fell by the wayside. Me and writing schedules do not fit together, and I can’t believe I’m having to say this again, because I know … Continue reading Timed sessions are back (because there’s no such thing as never again)
A few things have changed since my last writing post. I’ve decided: To ditch timers and timed writing for good. It feels weird to sit down and write without the timer. I still look for it in the corner of my screen as I type. I still look for the column on my spreadsheet and … Continue reading August changes
Writing today ~ I’m planning 2 x 53 minutes before noon. Wish me luck. I want to do more writing than editing but I do still need to get through a troublesome chapter 6 during this time block. I’ve decided 100% that I need to adhere to some kind of schedule even while trying to … Continue reading 08-07-2018 writing
Here’s another post about my writing day. On the one hand, I’m pleased that I started off my plan to write 2,000 words a day somewhat successfully. I ended up with 1,825 words. Not 2,000, but close enough that it won’t drag my average down in the long run (I hope). On the other hand, … Continue reading July 9, 2018 Monday writing
It’s 9:18 in the morning and I’m going to start today’s writing soon. I prefer to write every day, so Sunday is no day off for me. I’ve tried taking weekends off, but I just do not do well when I change up my routine. I’m much better at sticking to something if I don’t … Continue reading July 8, 2018 Sunday writing
Today’s writing plan was simple: time myself as I read through what I already had written (chapters one through four) and then use my timer for some 45 minute writing sessions. I use the timer when I’m doing my proofreading check at the end (for publishing).* I’m pretty sure I’ve talked about that here before. … Continue reading Timed reading while I’m working on my book
I started an experiment four days ago on Friday (see the post). Fri: 198 (deleted a chunk of words that knocked this down by about 300) Sat: 2,088 Sun: 1,185 Mon: 1,544 I’ve had a few times where I just forgot to journal at my break but overall, it is keeping me focused. On the … Continue reading Journaling my way to success?
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 doing … Continue reading That stopped working surprisingly fast
I realized yesterday that what I’ve been doing isn’t working. I haven’t been writing at the pace I want to write, and I got frustrated last night, set my timer for 30 minutes, and wrote 449 words. Which came to 898 words an hour, and if that isn’t some kind of sign, I don’t know … Continue reading I have five minutes to write this post
I made my goal yesterday, but fast it wasn’t. :) First goal today: 1,557 words as fast as I can. I don’t write ugly drafts so if you’re thinking I’m going to run off and start sprinting out thousands of words in short order, this is probably your first visit here. :D Anyway, will update … Continue reading Let’s try that again
My first goal for today is 1,557 words (which is my normal daily goal). Let’s see how fast I can reach it. Fast? Maybe not. But… Progress— 10:51 am: 13 minutes, 87 words. 11:35 am: 30 minutes, 214 words. 12:25 pm: 29 minutes, 175 words. 2:34 pm: 7 minutes, 78 words. 3:28 pm: 11 minutes, … Continue reading How fast can I reach 1,557 words today?
Since I didn’t succeed yesterday in catching up, I’ve decided to give it one more go. Today I will try to accumulate 6.7 hours of writing. That’ll give me today’s three hours, plus catch me up with Saturday’s and Sunday’s three hours each. Whew. I’m only doing this because I need some way to decide … Continue reading It’s catch-up day redux! Goal: 6.7 hours of writing
As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m trying to write for three hours today, catch up yesterday’s three hours, and finish Saturday’s three hours. That means I’m trying to accumulate 7.484 hours of timed writing today. Progress— 1:18 pm: finished a session of 61 minutes, wrote 135 words. 3:13 pm: ended a short session … Continue reading It’s catch-up day! Goal: 7.484 hours of writing
Saturday, I didn’t expect to get much writing done at all, because I had blocked off noon until 7 pm for a family event. Somehow I managed to get up Saturday morning and get started quickly, and I did two sessions for a total of 1.516 hours of timed writing making it to 814 words. … Continue reading Why am I even writing these posts?
“Stop thinking so hard and just let the words come.” That’s the note I’ve written to myself in my notebook and those are the first words I saw when I looked at it beside me in hopes of coming up with a title for this post. :) I’ve spent some time writing today, although only … Continue reading Stop thinking so hard and just let the words come
Everything takes longer than I think it will. On the other hand, at least things are getting done. This morning, I had a somewhat harrowing interruption when I had to knock a spider out of the doorway to my deck. I couldn’t check on the kittens while it hung there. It was huge. I hate … Continue reading Everything takes longer than I think it will
Getting lazy on titles today. :) The plan is 3 hours and 1,557 words. I’m going to read for a few minutes and then get started. Somehow it’s already 12:58 pm and I have no idea how that happened. Okay, I’ve procrastinated like nobody’s business today, so I’m going to have to nail this word … Continue reading 8-10-17 Thursday