Climbing back into the saddle

I missed two days of writing, but I’ m back in the saddle today.  Granted, it hasn’t been super-productive , but at least I’m working.

Finished revising two scenes and read through several more that have already been edited to check flow.

I’m getting up early tomorrow and not checking social media until AFTER the writing is done for the day.

I’ll check in tomorrow and let you know how it went.  🙂

 

Ack!

I didn’t post last night, but I did write yesterday morning. I am posting tonight but I haven’t written today. 🙁

So, it evens out, right?

Wrong.

Although technically I still have time tonight, anything I write would be crap and I’d rather spend the time with my college kid who is home for one night. I will have to make up this time Sunday since I know finding/making writing time tomorrow is going to be hard.

The problem this morning was that instead of jumping right into writing, I checked Twitter on my phone.

Bad idea.

Later in the day I found a good post about building morning habits.  Follow me @GaleM_writes and check it out.  Good article, good tips, good idea.  You won’t catch me checking my phone first thing in the morning anymore!

I wrote

You thought that last post was a check-in, didn’t you?  It wasn’t.

But now I can say I wrote.  I have written.  Writing was done by me.

Maybe not well, but it is done.

I think I mentioned before:  I do much better if I write in the morning.  Heading to bed now so I can do that tomorrow.

And my point is….

The reason I started this blog was to hold myself accountable – to have you, my non-existent readers, hold me accountable to daily writing.  I modeled the idea after Nony on A Slob Comes Clean who figured out that talking about, planning, and making schedules for cleaning her house didn’t get her house clean.  She actually had (has) to do it.

Same with writing.  I actually have to do it.  I think about my story all the time.  I write notes to myself, talk to myself in the car, the shower.  But that’s not writing.  Heck, I’ve been thinking about this story for years.  Seven to be exact.  Well, it will be seven in December.  SEVEN YEARS!!!!

That is ridiculous.  I “wrote” two books books before this one and I’ve started another one since I’ve been working on this one, but none of those are actually finished.  They are third or fourth or tenth drafts that still lack elements of a story.  They were learning books.

I want to finish a book.  Get it so that it’s ready to send to an editor, an agent.  It doesn’t have to be perfect.  I know that.  But it has to be a complete story.  I’m close on this one.  I have been learning craft and structure and I’m close.  I just have to get to the end.  The real end.

And so for over a week I’ve been writing/working  for at least 30 minutes every day.  Sometimes more, but so far, never less.  I will continue this until this book is finished.  Keeping in mind the goal I set earlier this week that I will be done by the end of 2014 and will query in January 2015.

Thanks for your assistance in helping me meet this goal.  Just being accountable is making me work.  Weird, but I’ll take it.

Taco Tuesday

We had Taco Tuesday tonight and the world didn’t end!  If you have not seen The Lego Movie, go watch it.  It’s quite entertaining, even if the song makes you want to tear out your hair and scream.

Worked for about 30 minutes this morning reading through some scenes.  I started to revise one and will continue on that tomorrow.  Net change in the wip from this morning is +34 words.  Again, I’m happy with this because I’m cleaning up my over-wordiness and making the ms tighter and better.

I hope.

Don’t forget to vote Tuesday!

Checking in tonight with a reminder to go vote tomorrow if you haven’t done it already.

I worked for about 45 minutes this morning and made more good progress.  I’m going to have to start spending more time, though, and making some tough revision decisions.  Ugh.

I set a goal tonight to finish this WIP by 12/31/14 – if not before.  I will start querying in January 2015.

There.  I said it.

Out of routine

This was my first weekend since I started writing every day.

Weekends are hard because they are out of the normal routine.  Sometimes I can spend the morning or the afternoon or a good chunk of the day writing.

Unfortunately this was not one of those weekends.  I did write both days, but only the minimum 30 minutes and not the hours I wanted to, and probably needed to.

Next weekend I hope to be able to devote more time to writing.   My check-in for today is that I plugged the revised scene into the wip, replacing the original, did another pass through and started revising the next scene.  Ended up with about 150 more words and I’m quite happy with the revision.

Tomorrow I get back to the normal routine.  This means I’m actually looking forward to Monday morning.  Wow.

Every little bit

Busy family day today but I got about 35 minutes  of work in and about 315 words written. I think the re-write scene is done, but I’ll look it over again tomorrow with fresh eyes.

I write better in the morning, I’ve decided, but I’ll take every little bit of time I can.

Hope you all had a nice Saturday and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Effort counts

Once again I almost didn’t post, but because I worked, I made an extra effort to let you know.  I wrote another 588 words on the revised scene this morning.  Granted, some of those words were from the original, but it’s still progress and I’m counting it.

I”m not sure how much time I will get tomorrow, but I’ve worked every day for six days, so you can bet I’ll get at least 30 minutes in.  Thanks mostly to you.  It may sound weird, but writing these posts really does help me feel like someone’s checking up on me.

Hope everyone had a safe Halloween, and that you have a great weekend!