From the Desktop: Writing Update 4/10/2017

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Hello all! Hope you had a good week. Mine was…variable.

I haven’t mentioned it before now because I didn’t want to jinx it, but since 2/17 I have quietly been on a 46 day writing streak. Some days were as high as 2000 words while others were as low as 200. In the interest of complete transparency, I’m sad to report that the streak came to an end this week. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that I subsequently had my best writing day of the year (by 5 whole words) and ultimately managed 4866 words this week, which neatly reverses my recent downward trend. And the draft has now officially passed the 150,000 word mark!

This week I’m going to maintain my goal of 600 words a day/ 4200 total and see how that goes. If all goes well, I shall raise my goals again next week. We’re nearing the home stretch so we shall see.

As always, I hope you have a good week.

Happy reading and happy writing!

From the Desktop: Writing Update 4/3/2017

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It’s April already! How did that happen? When did that happen? Why?

Meanwhile, while the calendar was turning, I had another slightly less productive week for a number of reasons, none of which have to do with the writing itself. This time I manage 4009 words which is less than last week but also more than I expected. I am perennially incapable of estimating my word count as I write. For better and for worse.

So, in another first, I am going to revert back to my previous goal of 600 words a day/ 4200 total and see how that goes. The past two weeks have been less productive, but the ones before that were the best I’ve had in ages. We shall see.

As always, I hope you have a good week.

Happy reading and happy writing!

From the Desktop: Writing Update 3/27/2017

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Hello everyone! The last week of March! I hope you end the month on a high note this week.

In writing news it’s finally happened. Since I started logging and posting my weekly goals and totals I have squeaked in a under the wire a few times, but I have never actually failed before. Until now.

I raised my weekly goal this past week to 700 words a day/ 4900 total which was ambitious but doable given my recent burst of productivity. This week, however, I managed a respectable 4322 words which was closer than I expected but still a couple hundred words short.

I am going to tentatively keep my goal at 700 words a day/ 4900 total this week and see how it goes. I came a lot closer than I expected before I did the math so digits crossed.

As always, I hope you have a good week.

Happy reading and happy writing!

From the Desktop: Writing Update 3/20/2017

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Hello all! Another week done and we’re nearing the end of March. Time flies for better or for worse.

For a number of reasons, this week was not as productive as last. One scene in particular proved irritatingly stubborn, and another day was largely spent brainstorming and reorganizing. But I managed to finish the week strong with a grand total of 5619 words. Less than last week, but still respectable at my current level, and I came close to last week’s personal best which gives me hope that I can continue to increase my average.

So I’m going to tentatively raise my weekly goal to 700 words a day/ 4900 total (again largely because of the math. Sadly 7 doesn’t go into 5000 evenly.) We’ll see how that goes.

As always, I hope you have a good week.

Happy reading and happy writing!

From the Desktop: Writing Update 3/13/2017

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Hello everyone! Hope you had a good week!

I’ve begun to notice a pattern. It seems that at the beginning of every week my writing stalls a bit before picking up again somewhere around Wednesday. I started last week with a pair of dismal writing days for a variety of reasons, but Saturday was my best day of the year so far and as a result I wrote a grand total of 6646 words this week.

This experiment seems to be working. My writing totals have been trending upwards this year, and my daily average has been slowly building, which was the main goal of forcing myself to publicly keep track. Having said that, I don’t think I’m quite ready to up my weekly goals a second time just yet. So this week I’m going to once stick with my goal of 600 words a day/ 4200 total. If this is a good week I may revise upwards next time. Onwards!

Hope you have a good week.

Happy reading and happy writing!

From the Desktop: Writing Update 3/6/2017

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Hello everyone! Hope you had a good week! And I hope it was warmer than mine. Seasonably appropriate temperatures feel colder when the rest of the winter is unusually warm. Global warming!

This week, despite one day where I barely managed 100 words, I wrote a grand total of 5714 words. Which is the most I’ve managed in a single week for quite some time. At my absolute peek a few years ago I did have a brief spurt where I was averaging 2000-3000 words a day, but that was more of a sprint then a marathon.

 

As I get closer and closer to the end of the draft, I hope the light at the end of the long, long tunnel will motivate me to recapture my former word count glory. We shall see.

In any case, this week I’m going to stick with my goal of 600 words a day/ 4200 total. See if I can keep it up. Onwards!

Hope you have a good week.

Happy reading and happy writing!

 

 

From the Desktop: Writing Update 2/27/2017

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Goals and deadlines. The clock never stops ticking! Aaaaah!

Greetings! It is the penultimate day of February, the weather is unseasonably warm, and I have just returned from a fun-filled visit to the dentist. Have you ever tried brainstorming while someone has their hand in their mouth, fiddling with your teeth? It’s not as easy as it sounds.

In other non-tooth related news, I wrote 4653 words this week, exactly 14 words less than last week, but comfortably more than my new 4200 word goal.

I spent some time this week trying to figure out a hazily realized tangle of scenes. I knew the space they needed to fill and what needed to happen, but the particulars were not as clear in my head as I thought, and it wasn’t quite working right. I think I’ve figured out how to make it work but it would have required changing the setting. So instead I kept going, as if I’d already made the changes. More work for the 2nd draft!

In any case, this week I’m going to stick with my goal of 600 words a day/ 4200 total. See if I can keep it up. Digits still crossed.

Hope you have a good week.

Happy reading and happy writing!

From the Desktop: Writing Update 2/20/2017

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Happy President’s Day (Apparently)!

Clearly I have no sense of time, but I hope you’ve had a good week and that if you’re in the US I hope you enjoy the holiday and the…er…car sales.

This week I wrote 4667 words once again managing to do much better than I thought I had. It’s nice at the end of a week to find you’ve been more productive than you thought.

Events are reaching a fever pitch. Plans are colliding, violence is erupting, and I’m quickly approaching certain confrontations that I’ve been looking forward to writing for nearly a year now. So that’s exciting, and I’m tentative hoping to finally have the draft done within the next 2-3 weeks. Tentatively.

On that note, I’m going to change my writing goals for the first time. Since I’ve managed 4000 words or more the past two weeks I’m going to make that my goal going forward. 600 words a day/ 4200 total. (Because 4000 didn’t divide evenly into 7. It’s the little things.) So we’ll see how that goes. Fingers crossed.

In any case, I hope you have a good week.

Happy reading and happy writing!

From the Desktop: Writing Update 2/13/2017

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Hello everyone! I hope you’ve had a good week. Mine was…passable. Neither good nor bad, really, but when I went to tally my word count I found that I had done far better than I expected. I somehow managed 4116 words despite feeling like I was failing miserably. So appearances can be deceptive, apparently, and what I thought was a long, slog of a week was actually more than usually successful.

As always, my goal for the coming week will remain 500 words a day/ 3500 total. The next chapter feels a little hazier in my mind than the outline suggested, so I may have to spend a day or two fleshing that out. In any case, I hope you have a good week.

Happy reading and happy writing!

From the Desktop: Writing Update 1/30/2017

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Just a quick update today. Last week was not overwhelmingly productive for a number of reasons, but hopefully I can fix that this week.

Last week I managed 2847 words. And as always, my goal for the coming week will remain 500 words a day/ 3500 total. I’m finally hitting the climatic parts where everyone’s plans and machinations collide. Hopefully that will propel the writing.

Happy reading and happy writing!