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.


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