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:
- 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! 🙂
- 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.
- This article on rejection — so encouraging! http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-8400/if-youve-been-rejected-read-this.html
- 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! 🙂