Current word count: 28,690
I did it! I met my weekend challenge. I should be honest to about it. I did all of that yesterday, which tells me I should not have a problem getting back on track this week.
My goal for this week: be at 34,000 words by Thursday August 29th at midnight.
And considering that yesterday I found the time to write over 5,000 words, I don’t see this as a problem.
As I was writing yesterday, I just made myself sit there and it was surprising to me that the words seemed to come easily. I would be writing along and an idea would come to mind. As I was typing, I would think, “Okay. What is going to happen next?” And my mind came up with an answer every time.
It almost felt like the story was writing itself. I didn’t think too much about it; it just fit together nicely.
Not only did I manage to get the word count that I wanted, but as I was winding down for the night, I also wrote a mini-outline of the next couple of moments I want to happen in my story.
Mostly though, I’m trying not to think about it too much. I feel like by not overthinking it, the story is coming together much better. I plan on working on it a little every night this week so I won’t be behind for my next week’s goal.
My story is making slow progress lately, mostly because I’m guilty. So guilty! I keep telling myself that I will sit down and write when I feel like it or when the mood strikes me. Well, guess what!? There is no waiting muse and no mood that miraculously leads to being more creative, productive, or a better writer.
I want to finish this novel by December 31, 2013, and it is going to take making myself work on it when I don’t really feel like it and when I don’t feel particularly inspired.
I keep talking about setting myself a weekly goal of some sort and I have yet to do so, so I think my goal needs to start small and then I can change it every week as needed.
Today being Thursday, my goal for this week, to be accomplished no later than midnight on Wednesday, is to add 3000 words to my novel. (Like I said, I am starting small.)
My current word count is 16,978
All right, that being said, I have made some progress this last week.
I even changed another name. I seem to be doing that a lot for this story. I love a couple of the names I’ve chosen but don’t feel that way about all of them. I am not letting it distract me though, and when I come across a name I like better, I change it to see if it sticks. My main characters have been the same for a while now, so I feel pretty solid about those, but we’ll see…
I’ve been on vacation for a month. I just arrived home a few days ago, and the jet lag is finally wearing off.
I realized when I’d been home for only a few moments, that I missed my own bed, my mugs that I make Earl Grey in every morning, my office (where I feel the most relaxed and creative), and of course, my husband. (His being mentioned last does not indicate his rank in the list of things I missed. In fact, I missed him the most! No one tolerates me as well as he does).
So, I am glad to be home with all my comfort, and I don’t plan on going adventuring anytime soon.
And now that my vacation is over, I need to get back to writing on a regular basis. I took my draft and notes with me, but I confess, I made ZERO progress while I was away. I was visiting some of my favorite people in the whole world, so I don’t feel bad for not finding time to novel. However, this means that I have even more work to do because it is July now and the goal is still to finish by the end of the year.
All the time away from home made me realize I really, really like having my own space to be creative in. I like to sit at MY desk and use MY computer. I realize this may seem selfish or greedy, or both, but I like my office. It is my room. I can be messy, crazy, and odd in here and no one cares but me. It’s a space where there isn’t anyone to judge, and if someone comes in with that attitude, I can kick them out!
Plus, when I find myself staring at the computer screen wondering what to write next, there are loads of Legos around to entertain me.
This week I’ve made some progress on my novel, and as I’ve been working this week, the biggest obstacle I’ve encountered is another idea bouncing around in my head.
Ever since I picked up my old draft a little over a month ago, I’ve had several other ideas. Some of them are for short stories that I would like to write or changes to stories I’ve already written, but I am also having a hard time ignoring the idea for another novel length story.
I am very, very, very determined to finish my novel this time around though, so rather than let myself get too distracted, I have set aside a separate journal where I’ve been keeping notes, writing outlines, writing short scenes, or other ideas all related to the second story that my brain won’t seem to let go.
I know I shouldn’t see this as a problem because inevitably I will face writer’s block, so the overabundance of ideas is a wonderful feeling, but it would be nice if my brain would focus! Sometimes it would be nice if there were a switch, code, or something that would kill the A.D.D. for half a minute.