Writing Experiment: Day 34

I did two writing sessions today, one before work (which resulted in 567 words) and one after work (422 words). It’s less than yesterday, but I reached 28k today, which is awesome. I haven’t been using write or die today, because I’ve been either finishing a scene or writing a transition, which are the only two things I don’t feel comfortable using write or die for. Tomorrow I’m hoping to finish the transition scene and maybe, hopefully, by the end of the week I’ll cross the magic 30k milestone. (/knock on wood/)

Novel 2 stats:

Day 0: 2169          total: 2169
Day 1: 5312          total: 7481
Day 2: 2547          total: 10028
Day 3: 438            total: 10466
Day 4: 654            total: 11120
Day 5: 111            total: 11231
Day 6: 319            total: 11550
Day 7: 273           total: 11823
Day 8: 1187         total: 13010
Day 9: 2019         total: 15029
Day 10: 243         total: 15272
Day 11: 469         total: 15741
Day 12: 143         total: 15884
Day 13: 0
Day 14: 280         total: 16164
Days 15-20: 0
Day 21: 1031        total: 17195
Day 22: 2814       total: 20009
Day 23: 2644       total: 22653
Day 24: 124          total: 22777
Day 25: 119          total: 22896
Days 26-29: 0
Day 30: 2163      total: 25059
Day 31: 257         total: 25316
Day 32: 209       total: 25525
Day 33: 1488     total: 27013
Day 34: 989      total: 28002

Writing Experiment: Day 33

Today was kind of crazy, but a good crazy. I have a certain routine in the morning as I wake up, boot up my laptop, eat breakfast and check my RSS feed. I also check my beeminder. Mostly, because it’s right there, on my bookmarks bar. It’s easy to click and I like to see where I am with my novel and how big of a buffer I have before beeminder gets angry with me.

Today, for the first time since I started using the service, my graph was orange, telling me I’m not going to have a buffer for much longer. I had too many 0 days and wasn’t writing enough to make up for the low days. And so, right there in the morning, I fired up write or die and wrote 484 words in the twenty minutes I had before work. This brought me into the blue, a much safer zone, but still not good enough to make me feel safe.

Which is why I did another writing session in the evening. I wrote 544 words, which brought me to a nice 1000 words written in a day. When I entered that data into beeminder, it told me I was only 300 words away from the perfect, safe, green zone (which would give me 3 days of buffer), so I decided “what the hell”.

I opened Scrivener again and decided to get those 300 words done. Once I did that, I noticed I was less than 200 words away from reaching 27k total, so I kept going until I crossed that milestone as well. I ended up with 1488 new words today, and it feels really awesome.

Novel 2 stats:

Day 0: 2169          total: 2169
Day 1: 5312          total: 7481
Day 2: 2547          total: 10028
Day 3: 438            total: 10466
Day 4: 654            total: 11120
Day 5: 111            total: 11231
Day 6: 319            total: 11550
Day 7: 273           total: 11823
Day 8: 1187         total: 13010
Day 9: 2019         total: 15029
Day 10: 243         total: 15272
Day 11: 469         total: 15741
Day 12: 143         total: 15884
Day 13: 0
Day 14: 280         total: 16164
Days 15-20: 0
Day 21: 1031        total: 17195
Day 22: 2814       total: 20009
Day 23: 2644       total: 22653
Day 24: 124          total: 22777
Day 25: 119          total: 22896
Days 26-29: 0
Day 30: 2163      total: 25059
Day 31: 257         total: 25316
Day 32: 209       total: 25525
Day 33: 1488     total: 27013

Today was full of small milestones, little bursts of writing. Hell, I realized as I was writing this post that 12 more words would bring me to 1500 words for the day. And I almost opened Scrivener again.

I might try these small steps and milestones tomorrow as well. We’ll see how it goes. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Writing Experiment: Day 32

I can’t exactly call what I did today a writing session. After I finished work for the day I opened Scrivener and wrote a short sentence. Then agonized over the next one and finally wrote it down.

Then I went on YouTube to watch videos for a second (or half an hour), then came back and wrote two more sentences. Queued up a Hallmark movie, paused it, wrote some more sentences, and came back to watching. I managed 209 words before I gave up.

The weather outside was terrible, there was little to no sunshine and my mood hit a new low. But I didn’t want to break my streak so early on after getting it under control again, so I figured, anything will be better than nothing. Moving forward… slooooowlyyyy. Still. Forward.

Novel 2 stats:

Day 0: 2169          total: 2169
Day 1: 5312          total: 7481
Day 2: 2547          total: 10028
Day 3: 438            total: 10466
Day 4: 654            total: 11120
Day 5: 111            total: 11231
Day 6: 319            total: 11550
Day 7: 273           total: 11823
Day 8: 1187         total: 13010
Day 9: 2019         total: 15029
Day 10: 243         total: 15272
Day 11: 469         total: 15741
Day 12: 143         total: 15884
Day 13: 0
Day 14: 280         total: 16164
Days 15-20: 0
Day 21: 1031        total: 17195
Day 22: 2814       total: 20009
Day 23: 2644       total: 22653
Day 24: 124          total: 22777
Day 25: 119          total: 22896
Days 26-29: 0
Day 30: 2163      total: 25059
Day 31: 257         total: 25316
Day 32: 209       total: 25525

Writing Experiment: Day 31

I managed one session in the morning and one session in the evening. Though it wasn’t much, it’s a step forward. Plus, I’m beginning a new streak, so I’m considering it a win. I’ve been working on Novel 2 for a month now and I’m 35% done with my first draft and if I keep this pace, I’ll be done with it in two months. I don’t know if I’m satisfy with this timeline, I might want to try and get it done with half that time… Which means I need to get more words in everyday. Keep your fingers crossed 🙂

Novel 2 stats:

Day 0: 2169          total: 2169
Day 1: 5312          total: 7481
Day 2: 2547          total: 10028
Day 3: 438            total: 10466
Day 4: 654            total: 11120
Day 5: 111            total: 11231
Day 6: 319            total: 11550
Day 7: 273           total: 11823
Day 8: 1187         total: 13010
Day 9: 2019         total: 15029
Day 10: 243         total: 15272
Day 11: 469         total: 15741
Day 12: 143         total: 15884
Day 13: 0              total: 15884
Day 14: 280         total: 16164
Day 15: 0              total: 16164
Day 16: 0              total: 16164
Day 17: 0              total: 16164
Day 18: 0              total: 16164
Day 19: 0              total: 16164
Day 20: 0             total: 16164
Day 21: 1031        total: 17195
Day 22: 2814       total: 20009
Day 23: 2644       total: 22653
Day 24: 124          total: 22777
Day 25: 119          total: 22896
Day 26: 0
Day 27: 0
Day 28: 0
Day 29: 0
Day 30: 2163      total: 25059
Day 31: 257         total: 25316

Writing Experiment: Day 26 – 30

We will ignore the four days when I wrote nothing, since on Sunday I managed over 2k. And that’s only because my writing buddy came over. It was almost painful, but I reached my 25k milestone, so that’s exciting 🙂

Novel 2 stats:

Day 0: 2169          total: 2169
Day 1: 5312          total: 7481
Day 2: 2547          total: 10028
Day 3: 438            total: 10466
Day 4: 654            total: 11120
Day 5: 111            total: 11231
Day 6: 319            total: 11550
Day 7: 273           total: 11823
Day 8: 1187         total: 13010
Day 9: 2019         total: 15029
Day 10: 243         total: 15272
Day 11: 469         total: 15741
Day 12: 143         total: 15884
Day 13: 0              total: 15884
Day 14: 280         total: 16164
Day 15: 0              total: 16164
Day 16: 0              total: 16164
Day 17: 0              total: 16164
Day 18: 0              total: 16164
Day 19: 0              total: 16164
Day 20: 0             total: 16164
Day 21: 1031        total: 17195
Day 22: 2814       total: 20009
Day 23: 2644       total: 22653
Day 24: 124          total: 22777
Day 25: 119          total: 22896
Day 26: 0
Day 27: 0
Day 28: 0
Day 29: 0
Day 30: 2163      total: 25059

I kinda need to get back into writing every day, hopefully, it’ll work.

Writing Experiment: Day 25

I’m working hard to keep my writing streak going, even when I’m not feeling it. I keep allowing myself to be distracted, which I now isn’t good, but I can’t help it.

On the plus side, I looked at Novel 1 beta and it doesn’t seem as bad as I initially feared. Still, it’ll be a lot of work, so I have to stop playing around and actually get things done. Maybe Wednesday will be the day when I get my sh*t back together. Keep your fingers crossed!

Novel 2 stats:

Day 0: 2169          total: 2169
Day 1: 5312          total: 7481
Day 2: 2547          total: 10028
Day 3: 438            total: 10466
Day 4: 654            total: 11120
Day 5: 111            total: 11231
Day 6: 319            total: 11550
Day 7: 273           total: 11823
Day 8: 1187         total: 13010
Day 9: 2019         total: 15029
Day 10: 243         total: 15272
Day 11: 469         total: 15741
Day 12: 143         total: 15884
Day 13: 0              total: 15884
Day 14: 280         total: 16164
Day 15: 0              total: 16164
Day 16: 0              total: 16164
Day 17: 0              total: 16164
Day 18: 0              total: 16164
Day 19: 0              total: 16164
Day 20: 0             total: 16164
Day 21: 1031        total: 17195
Day 22: 2814       total: 20009
Day 23: 2644       total: 22653
Day 24: 124          total: 22777
Day 25: 119          total: 22896

Writing Experiment: Day 24

I really didn’t feel like writing, but I didn’t want to give up on my streak either. I got Novel 1 from beta and the majority of the day was spent pointedly not reading the comments and corrections. But just knowing that all that criticism is a click away affected my approach towards my writing.

This doubt in my writing abilities is nothing new, plus intelectually, I know it’s good for me and my craft. But, oh boy, I’m pretty okay with hiding under a rock and avoiding getting into details for as long as possible. I’ll get to it. Just… Not this week.

Novel 2 stats:

Day 0: 2169          total: 2169
Day 1: 5312          total: 7481
Day 2: 2547          total: 10028
Day 3: 438            total: 10466
Day 4: 654            total: 11120
Day 5: 111            total: 11231
Day 6: 319            total: 11550
Day 7: 273           total: 11823
Day 8: 1187         total: 13010
Day 9: 2019         total: 15029
Day 10: 243         total: 15272
Day 11: 469         total: 15741
Day 12: 143         total: 15884
Day 13: 0              total: 15884
Day 14: 280         total: 16164
Day 15: 0              total: 16164
Day 16: 0              total: 16164
Day 17: 0              total: 16164
Day 18: 0              total: 16164
Day 19: 0              total: 16164
Day 20: 0             total: 16164
Day 21: 1031        total: 17195
Day 22: 2814       total: 20009
Day 23: 2644       total: 22653
Day 24: 124          total: 22777