It’s been 19 days since I posted about my preparations. Turns out I don’t follow instructions (even my own) too well. I’ve been all over the place mentally, emotionally and physically. Thinking, taking notes and not really getting much done. I had (still do) high hopes this November would kickstart my writing, but I wasn’t feeling it.
As always, a conversation with my SO pointed out what I wasn’t seeing.
My consecutive days of writing streak stands at 81. I’m at 32K in my current WIP.
I’m closing in on 100.
I’ve been working on a lot of things lately. I’ve been re-evaluating a whole lot of stuff in my life. There’s been some trouble, some drama with some good stuff thrown into the mix.
Writing, of course, is always at the forefront of these things. It ranks right under family and work under priorities.
I don’t want to talk about the drama and such. That’s not what this blog’s about. Safe to say, it’s done, dealt with and things are improving.
What I want to talk is about writing. Specifically my writing routine.
I’m very proud to announce that I’ve written every single day for 40 consecutive days.
It’s showing no signs of stopping either.
I’ve done a slight disservice to a few people this month on the subject of NaNoWriMo in regards to the target of 50 000 words. I’m not alone in having done so, and it’s not particularly egregious or anything but it bothers me enough that I wanted to set the record straight for me.
I’ve been a little too blasé about reaching 50K
Word count so far: 29103 (haven’t posted today’s yet)
Days I missed quota: 0 (yay!)
Fun had: A metric fuckton (That’s an industry term).
Body count: 1 (a redshirt, but it’s early)
Actual space pirating: Surprisingly little but again, it’s early
How am I doing?
I reached thirty thousand words last night on my novel’s rewrite. The laptop is working out swimmingly and the routine is ideal so far.
It’s interesting that 15K of those words were written since I’ve received the new tool.
The laptop can’t take all the credit. Sticking to my routine and word goals are a big part of the equation. Every night, once the munchkin goes to bed, I promise myself that I can do whatever I want AFTER I reach goal. It’s been two weeks and getting my butt in the chair and my fingers on the keyboard is getting easier and easier. A routine really does make a difference.
I’ve gone from having to talk myself into doing to looking forward to doing it.
Between all that and the incredible support that I’m lucky to have, there’s no way I’m not finishing this book. By summer’s end I’ll be deep into editing and I plan to start submitting by the fall!
Right on track.
Repeat after me: There is no such thing as writer’s block.
You with me there? Good.
Now, let’s talk about that (translation: I will now write about that, feel free to comment below)
It was a good weekend. Spent time with the family. The weather was beautiful.
And I got some writing done.
The outline is done. After sending it out, I saw some problems which I’ve fixed (we’ll see what the feedback/suggestions will be). I’ve added a few scenes. All the scenes are entered in yWriter. All the characters, notes and scribbles and notions are entered. I’ve even gotten a new idea that just twists everything around in a really good way. It’s as good and as detailed as it’s going to get without getting into the really fiddly bits.
I could spend more and more time with less and less returns.
I’ve laid in a serious stock of Diet Mountain Dew (writer’s fuel for me).
It’s time to write.
Tonight, after the baby goes down, there’s gonna be writing.
The Bell is ringing. This time, I’m not stopping til Revenant is done and sent.