Act I: Completed

About three days ago I reached a milestone. I had written 20,000 words of my book. I was so excited and I still am when I look down at the word count box. I swear I never thought I would write that much on one thing. I was seriously doubtful that I would reach that length. I started this book way back in July of last year and there was only one page with about 300 words. I abandoned it a few times but I always came back to it. The latest time I came back to it I had about 15K. I’m not going to lie it felt like a chore to write it but then suddenly I started to get excited. I was getting to the parts I most wanted to write. One of my chapters reached 4K. I had set myself a goal of writing 2K but chapter 5 was probably my favorite to write. That chapter just flowed from my fingertips. Since then I’ve been writing steadily on it. I reached 21K today. I can reach my projected 65K in about sixty days if I write 800 a day and for the last three days I’ve done that.

 

I’m still making time for other things. I write on the manuscript while I wait for the Sims to load (They have bitten again. Alya just had a baby and Amina entered politics). I read about 40 minutes at night. On Tuesday I took the pretest for the HiSet (A equivalency test that replaced the GED here in Louisiana) and today I volunteered. I’m learning to schedule myself better. One of my nurses at the psych hospital told me that I need structure and she was right. When I got home without having to go to school any longer I craved the structure of the hospital. I’m extremely glad to have it back in some form. Generally I’m a mess without it. 

 

I also entered my short story, One Small Step, in the Critical Mass 2 contest presented by ArtSpace. I worked hard on it and it went through six drafts but I’m pretty happy with what I wrote. I don’t know if it’ll win but I’ll be extremely happy if it does. 2014 seems like it’ll be a good year for me. 2009-2013 were terrible years mostly in the summer when it seemed like bad things struck me and my family. But I think that ended around August after I got the news that my uterus was alright and the panic attack faded away. Hopefully these next few years will be good to me. I hope they’re good to you all as well.

Goodbye October, Hello November

So October was a rather sucky month for me writing wise. Not one in the month did I meet my daily word count (1K since sometime in May.) My monthly word count was lower than the previous months, but according to my spreadsheet I met the word count I was supposed to even if it was rather low.

 

I was rather spotty as well. I would write one day, skip the next and then write the next day and so on. Normally if I don’t meet my goals, I don’t throw a fit. But compared to my previous months, clearly I was out of whack.

 

I was talking to one of my writer friends about it and she asked me why I thought I had underperformed. It wasn’t because I wasn’t inspired rather I wasn’t really motivated.

 

 

Looking back at the month in review, I can confidently say that was the problem. I just kind of slacked off. My discipline, I need it back. I’ve written 894 words today. Closer to my goal. I’m going to still work towards writing the 1k.

 

 

Other than that, related to my writing, I ordered some books that will help aide my in research of my series. So I’ll probably be returning to the RL series instead of just focusing on the TMC verse. So exciting.

 

Until next time, guys. And good luck to those of you who are participating in NaNoWriMo.