Two steps forward, one step back. If repeated enough times, I will still get to where I want to be.
Your inner critic will win every argument.
I am ever the optimist. Optimism is not enough to save a failed experiment from repeating itself.
Trying timed writing. Again.
Clearing my slate and thinking about the new year.
I’m writing and that’s good. I wish it were easier going but I’ll take what I can get.
A fun challenge. I want to write 1,200 an hour. Take 2.
A fun challenge. I want to write 1,200 words an hour.
The break is over. Time for a fresh start.
I forgot to post my November progress. I’ve almost decided to stop calling this thing “progress” and start calling it a report, because that’s what it feels like. After 7 years, progress that isn’t really progressing is getting me down. I’ve been chasing a 2,000 words a day plan, now 2,200 words a day, forContinue reading “November 2019 progress”
A couple of days ago I decided to try to figure out what was going on in my life at the time of some of my most productive writing streaks—what types of schedules or timed sessions or just overall attitude I had—so I can try a few things to help me make the rest ofContinue reading “Changing sleep habits—an experiment in productivity”
Today is day 50 of my challenge not to have any more zero word days. During that time I’ve written 41,200 words, and today isn’t over, so that number could get better, although admittedly not by huge amounts. It’s only one day after all. :) But I really don’t see this streak ending, as longContinue reading “Day 50 of no more zero word days”
Yesterday I didn’t write as much as I really thought I would. It was my first day with the kid back at school and the house was quiet and I have no one to blame but myself. The problem is that I’m really not sure how I managed not to write more. Still, dwelling onContinue reading “The difference between writing and rewriting”
I came across what looks like an interesting resource for newer writers, or anyone who wants a refresher in some basic craft lessons while I was searching for something else. I originally sent the link to my college student kid because college writing is always a chore and lessons to help with that seem likeContinue reading “A creative writing craft resource: Writing Commons”
I write a book. I start at the beginning. I write through to the end, taking a few detours along the way usually but always ending up at the end. (3) I read the book and mark errors and continuity issues to check or fix and make sure nothing sounds wrong (that’s a totally subjectiveContinue reading “My writing process in five sentences (and some words about those sentences)”
My most recent book was a lesson in trusting myself and letting go of notions of what I thought the book should be. The comments I’ve received on the book are better than usual, and that is gratifying. I don’t think I would regret anything even if they weren’t, because by the time I’d writtenContinue reading “About trusting yourself and letting go”
Basically, the only reason I don’t want to move from WordPress to static HTML (after years of thinking WordPress would make it easier to post and give me options away from my computer but in reality almost never finding that to be true for me) is that I like having comments enabled. The fact is,Continue reading “Looking for a comments alternative for WordPress”
Here’s the thing. When I set out to make writing my source of income, I knew what I was getting into. I’d been married to someone who did contract work for a while cutting lumber and I have a dad who did that for a while, too, and who worked as a mason for some-oddContinue reading “Look, unrealistic expectations will kill your dreams”
I was going to respond to a blog post I ran across today but found the commenting system was using Disqus which I don’t use and realized I had too much to say for a comment anyway. Here’s a link: Writing under the influence: productivity and motivation tips to help authors write faster. It’s anContinue reading “Feeling a little less alone today on this journey to improvement”
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 dayContinue reading “The new plan for 2,400 words a day”