WIP Marathon Report #3 – April

Last report wordcount + chapter count/scene count:

13,195 / 3 chapters / 6 scenes. 

Current report WC + CC/ SC:

18,160 / 5 chapters / 12 scenes. Some of these scenes are just ideas for later, set aside.

WIP Issues This Month:

As those numbers reveal, I didn’t spend NEARLY as much time and focus on the WIP as I planned this month. We still have a few days left in the month but I’m sitting here wondering where the majority of April went! We were gone for 5 days to Paris (see previous post) so that really gives me about 14 days of work in the time since our last check-in.

So what the hay else have I been doing? Working on another MS, and spending a lot of time reading. But I’ve also been experimenting with daily routines, trying to find one I can make a habit, or a combination of ones that might work best for me. I’ve come up with two daily (weekday) schedules, and while I know I won’t stick to them exclusively, I’ll spend next week trying them and seeing if it helps productivity.

I think the recent experimentation has shown that I am prone to switching between Chrome tabs and apps like mad… if I think of something I need to do later, I open my to do list. If I remember something I wanted to order from Amazon, I stop what I’m doing and do that. I don’t have ADHD (that I know of), but it’s more a fear of forgetting something and a panicky sense of IT MUST BE DONE NOW. So I’m trying to note on my daily planner anything that pops in my head while I’m working, and then forget it.

I did get a lot done when I look at my spreadsheet for the month, but it wasn’t mostly on this WIP!

Four things I learned this month while writing:

    1. Share things, even silly things you’re unsure of, with CPs. I shared something with my CP, Joy, last week that I thought was a throwaway, which I did just basically toss together. She really liked it. I did NOT expect that, and it turned out to be just what I needed. So never be afraid to run something by a CP or beta, because that’s what they’re there for! (so my CPs and betas, please use me! 🙂
    2. Even the work you do on the run (the train, the bus, waiting in a queue) is work. Write it down, don’t chuck it for not being “real” work since you’re not at a desk. Sometimes my best ideas come when I’ve just got a notebook or iPad sitting on a train.
    3. This article on rejection — so encouraging! http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-8400/if-youve-been-rejected-read-this.html

    4. Another article from author Jen Blood about writing suspense: http://blog.janicehardy.com/2012/05/guest-author-jen-blood-5-ways-to-build.html

What distracted me this month while writing:


Goal for next month:

My goal last month was a joke (finish this WIP’s 1st draft). But for reals, people. By the end of May, I propose to have this draft complete. COMPLETE, I SAY!! If at first you don’t succeed, right?

Last 200 words:

I plead the Fifth 😉

Good luck with May, fellow WIPMarathoners (and all writer friends! 🙂


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12 thoughts on “WIP Marathon Report #3 – April

  1. I think going to Paris is a reasonable distraction 😉

    Love what you said about those throwaway thoughts that can actually become keepers. I always jot down every idea because some of the craziest are the ones that end up sticking.

    Hope May brings you all the words!

  2. Paris sounds so much fun! I have a similar habit of getting distracted when I remember I have to do things and realise I’m going to forget if I don’t get them done immediately! I definitely need to make better use of lists. And timetables/routines! So easily distracted…

    Have a great month!

  3. Making a routine is so hard >.< I've been trying to do that since becoming unemployed but it never seems to work. You'll find something, I know you will! And keep working on this WIP. First draft, first draft!

    I LOVE all of these Paris photos!

    "Share things, even silly things you’re unsure of, with CPs."

    THIS. Looks like we both learned that. Thank you for helping me, and I'm glad your CPs helped you!

  4. I know what you mean about experimenting with different schedules that would work for you. I’ve spent the most part of this year trying and only discovered this month that setting aside a complete day or two helps me drastically with my writing. I’m always burnt out at the end of every normal day to have some mental energy left to write, so sacrificing a day or two every two-three weeks is better for me. I hope you find out what works for you eventually.

    Unpopular opinion but I think it’s okay to do the things you want at the time you want to. Don’t feel guilty about that. Maybe because it happens to me too, and the thing is I do end up forgetting. So it’s either I write it down (if it’s the kind that can leave me alone), or just do it when it comes to my mind.

    Happy writing next month! You can totally finish your WIP! 😀

    1. I’m glad I’m not alone in this venture — it does take awhile, doesn’t it?? And you do three times as much as most people I know, so I’m really happy you found what works for you!

      I think you may be on to something… if it’s something I really need to do right now, then I have to be okay with that and not beat myself up over it. The world won’t stop spinning. You’re right, as usual! 🙂

  5. I’m trying to come up with a routine for myself as well. So far it’s not going so well. Lol! Trying to find the right kind of planner, you know. I did learn that an hourly one isn’t going to work for me. Progress!

    All those Paris photos are gorgeous, by the way!
    Good luck finishing your WIP next month!

    1. Routines are a total combination lock. Once we get the pieces to all click at the same time, we’ll be golden. We’ll get there eventually! Thanks for stopping by 😀

  6. Your distraction kicks my distraction’s arse. Can we trade, pleeeaaaaassssse? 😉

    I like your advice regarding sharing even the silly things with our CPs. It’s hard to do–especially with stuff you’re feeling a little insecure about, but even small, silly ideas can lead to bigger, greater things.

    1. Hah… well, I’ve never been to Universal, despite having had a chance last summer! (Did you go to Harry Potter??) I definitely can’t complain about my distraction 🙂 Just about the week beforehand (which I spent making packing lists and dreaming of cafe au lait et pain au chocolat… beaucoup).

      1. Sadly Harry Potter doesn’t come out until 2016. 🙁

        My French is rusty (aka: non-existent), but since “cafe au lait et pain au chocolat” sounds like something involving coffee and chocolate, I’d’ve been daydreaming non-stop about it too.

        (P.S. I’m pretty sure I just invented the contraction “I’d’ve,” but I’m going to roll with it)

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