Wednesday, July 11, 2012

#ROW80 - Words A'flowin'

This check-in really represents about two weeks of work. We started two days prior to the first Wednesday check-in, and before that had a week or so off. Thus, my totals may be a bit out of whack. The days tend to run together and without a regular check-in, I find myself a bit fuzzy on some of the details. Couple that with the fact that my schedule has been all over the place, and I've squeezed in some really productive writing sessions... and we have a very atypical post from me.

Usually, I write like clockwork. I log my hour or so each day, polish off a page of new fiction, and keep on keepin' on. Lately, though, my nights are either completely book, or wide open. It seems to be one or the other, nothing in between. Thus, I've striven to capitalize on the off nights, writing beyond my one page goal (sometimes well beyond). I'm taking the good with the bad, and hopefully coming out even. It's very interesting how my process has sort of naturally adapted, but more on that in another post. You're here for the goals:

  • Lesson Learned - I wrote about jealousy on Monday. A bit of a soul searching post. It's easy to get disheartened when chasing a dream. I wanted to remind myself that negative feelings are natural, and it's possible to find the silver lining in there.
  • WIP Progress - The last round ended with me finishing chapter one in The Binder's Husband. Three weeks later, I'm nearly done with chapter two. I've hammered out 17 pages. My goal is 5 pages each week, so 17 beats that. Considering one week was an "official" off week, and there was a lot of holiday stuff in there... I would say I destroyed this goal.
  • Blogging - This is my stretch goal. I told myself I'll be happy with 2 posts, but I'm still shooting for 3. This will make 2/3 here, and I was 3/3 on the gaming blog. I have a personal post to make in July still. So, I'm perhaps a bit short, but I'm happy. Especially since I knocked the other goal out of the park.
  • Reading Goal - Right now I'm listening to The Name of the Wind. I just finished Brandon Sanderson's annotations on Warbreaker. When I finish the audiobook, I'll pick up a new book for this round. When I'm writing, I don't want too many stories going through my head.
All in all, off to a good start. I've been pleasantly surprised with my production, as it's really been in unplanned fits and starts. Despite how hectic this summer has been, I'm trying hard to keep a positive outlook on things. It's good to know that I can knock out the words even amid a tricky schedule. I like to think that, with the help of this challenge, writing has simple become habitual for me. Like showering or brushing my teeth. When I don't do it, I just feel wrong.

Anyway, here's my word count:
  • Since last round: 6,386
  • New Fiction: 6,014
  • Round 3 Total: 12,400


Anonymous said...

Sounds like you are doing very well. I hope this trend continues for you. :)

Matt said...

Me too.

That, or that my schedule calms down so I don't have to feel so "on" and "off."

Julie Glover said...

Looks like great progress. Summer is also sporadic for me; it's harder to have consistent progress. Congrats on Chapter 2 and "destroying" the page goal. Have a wonderful week!

Matt said...

Thanks! Hopefully the spores will burst in your favor this week, too.

(Because, you know, sporadic has to be related to spores somehow. Or something.)

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