Four days!

So far, so good on my goal of writing every day this week.  Granted it’s only Wednesday, so it’s only been 4 days, but that’s better than I did last week!

Started a re-write of a scene today that I’ve been putting off for a while.  So far it’s going quite well.  Now that I’ve been through the whole beginning of the book and gotten things pretty squared away there, the rest of it might fall into place easier.  Wouldn’t that be great?

I have to confess, though, that I’ve been tempting the Universe.  I have been writing AND exercising this week.

Don’t worry.  The house is a mess.

Math

I did some math today.  There are 39 more days until 12/31/14 (counting today), and I want to reach 80000 words in the WIP, so I need to add about 230 words each day.  Assuming I work every day.

Which I probably won’t.  So if I give myself 9 days off (more than reasonable with Thanksgiving and Christmas happening in the next 39 days), I have to add 300 words/day I work.

Doable?  Yes.

However, tonight I only did about 68.

But at least I did something!  I got through several more scenes and cleaned them up.  I need to get back to the new scenes in order to really up the word count, but I need to lay the foundation for them in these edits.

For now I’m off to bed so I can get up early tomorrow and work.

Celebrate with me

Whew!  Had a fantastic day today!

I met a friend for writing time and set a goal to get at least a net change of 800 new words and I did it!

I know you’re probably thinking 800 words?  That’s all?  But that’s an overall increase of 800 words to the ms during revision.  It includes all the words I took out.  Which I didn’t count, because that would probably depress me.

Instead I’m thrilled that I set a goal and reached it!

Learning my schedule

Evidently I can’t write on Fridays.  And for the past two weeks, not on Saturdays, either.  This week, I also skipped Sunday.  Ugh.

I should be spending as much time as I can on the weekends writing – those are my only large blocks of time, but they are also the days that so many other activities are scheduled.  The past two Saturdays have been leave the house at 8 (or earlier!) and don’t get home (or done) until at least 9 or later.  Which means that after a full work week, a Friday night football game (because I DO live in Texas!), and a jam-packed Saturday, by the time Sunday rolls around, I’m mentally and physically exhausted.  Last week I was able to get a couple of hours in.  This week I read.  And napped.  Then read some more.  I needed it.

But I also need to finish this book.  So, I slept in this morning (getting up at 6 instead of 5), went to work, got a haircut, then went to my local chapter RWA meeting, and just now got my work in for today.  I worked from about 10:30 to 11:00 and had a net change of about 175 words as I edited a scene.  Not bad.  Not great, but at least I got it done.

Getting up early tomorrow.  I am re-stating my goal of finishing revisions by 12/31 and querying in January.  I set a goal the meeting tonight to have the ms done and at least one query out the door by our January meeting (1/20/15).

OMG.  2015.

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.  🙂

 

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.

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.