Writing Experiment: Day 14

Yes! We are back in business! I managed 280 words in the evening AND I crossed the 16k line. Slow progress is still progress. And I’m kinda allowing my gaming to distract me a little bit… I’ll try staying offline more on the weekend, to try and limit the distractions until I meet my goals.

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

For the weekend, I’m planning to reach 20k total. I’d like more, but I have plans for the entire weekend and I’d rather aim for something doable. I see at least two write or die sessions in my future.

Keep your fingers crossed!

Writing Experiment: Day 13

What I feared the most happened. My streak is broken. 😦

I didn’t write a word yesterday. Work was coming slowly and like a nose bleed, it was painful and I didn’t do half of what I intended. After that I told myself I need to relax so I played The Longest Journey. I wanted to play it for an hour or so before I would start writing, but before I knew it, it was 11pm and I needed to go to bed.

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

This sucks, because I didn’t want this to happen, but at the same time I know that I need to move on and not feel guilty. If I concentrate too much on the failure it might influence my future writing. So, moving on. Friday will be more productive!

Keep your fingers crossed!

Writing Experiment: Day 12

Wednesday was terrible. I wasn’t feeling well and things weren’t gettng better even when I was on painkillers. So I spent the majority of the day on painkillers, then, at the last possible moment, I opened Scrivener (Beeminder, sent me a reminder I need to log the day’s progress, and I didn’t want to enter 0) and added a paragraph. Only 143 words, but as my friend pointed out, it’s progress, so I shouldn’t feel bad.

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

I realize this post is pathetic and short, but when there’s nothing to report but bad news, I don’t want to share the wealth 😛 Hopefully Thursday will be better.

Writing Experiment: Day 11

Today I managed two short sessions. One in the morning before work and the other one after. It resulted in 166 and 303 words respectively. It’s not much, but I’m right before the next big plot point, so tomorrow I should get much more words, since I’m excited to get to that confrontation.

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

Not gonna lie, I could’ve write some more today, but I took an evening off and just relaxed and played games. That was my decision, but I needed some time off. I probably won’t touch steam until well after I reach 16k. Hopefully that’s going to be tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed!

Writing Experiment: Day 10

Almost two weeks into writing Novel2, and I’m having another crisis. Well, okay, you can’t really call this a crisis, when I still managed to get words in, but I’m less than satisfied with the outcome.

My brain just gave up on me today and I only managed one writing session in the evening. And only because I didn’t want to log onto WordPress and report a big zero. I guess that means, this blog is doing what it’s supposed to do: motivate me to keep writing every day. Even if it’s only 243 words, like today.

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

Tomorrow, I have a lot of copywriting to do for work, so I don’t even want to make concrete plans for what my fiction wordcount might be, but I’ll be opening Scrivener and getting those words in. Keep your fingers crossed!

Writing Experiment: Day 9

Yes! Another milestone reached! I met my goal for the weekend and got to 15,000 words total on my draft. I am so thrilled. It’s a small victory, but it feels amazing.

I woke up late and with a headache, so I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to get enough words in. Plus I had to do some stuff for the non-profit I volunteer for, and that took priority in the morning. But, thanks to Write Or Die, I managed a quick writing session before lunch. 619 words in less than 20 minutes is nothing scoff at, right?

After that, my time got away from me a little when I decided to take a long relaxing bath to recharge my batteries. It made me feel really good so I couldn’t find it in me to feel guilty about wasting time. Plus the evening writing session ended up getting me 1400 words, and I reached that magical milestone. Yay!

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

Next week, I’m aiming for at least 20K and hoping to reach 23K. I’m still so excited about this novel and about my career in general… Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Writing Experiment: Day 8

I already mentioned using RescueTime to keep track of my productivity, but yesterday I also signed up for Beeminder, to actually have some accountability and not just me and my writing friend exchanging supportive text messages. I set up a goal of finihsing my novel by the end of July (with the wordcount goal of 70K) and the software’s caculator told me I need to write over 12k a week to reach that goal. That’s more than the NaNo goal, I think, so I pushed the deadline till the end of August.

Though, between you and me, I’ll still try to get it done in July. I just needed a little less stressful goal.

I had an incredbly busy day today, and only managed one writing session before dinner. BUT, it was a good one as I managed to get over 1000 words in. Things are moving along nicely! 🙂

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