Writing Experiment: Days 15 – 23

I haven’t been updating my Writing Experiment and if you look at the daily wordcount below, you will know why. I haven’t been writing for six days, but then I went to spend the weekend at my friend’s house. She is a writer as well and my sleepovers with her are always super productive.

I arrived on Friday evening, after work, and we had one writing session, that ended up with me adding over 1000 new words. On Saturday, we started with a writing session (1002 words), then I spent the remained of the day beta reading and editing my friend’s latest novel (50k). I didn’t want to end with just a 1000 words, so I did another writing session in the evening, with the help of write or die. As always, it worked perfectly as I ended up with 1812 words and reached another milestone. 20k! On Sunday, I started well enough, with the morning writing session resulting in 1001 words. The next one wasn’t as nice, I reached only 530 words. In the late afternoon, before I had to go home, I fired up write or die again and got additional 1113 words.

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

In the end, my weekend writing retreat resulted in 6489 new words and one fully beta’d novel. As always, it was incredible and I had a lot of fun along the way (between moments of “OMG I don’t want to, what was I thinkin? I hate this, I don’t know how to write.” – but those are usual moments of doubt, they happen to anyone).

Hopefully, I’m back on the roll. Keep your fingers crossed!

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!