This one is a tough one to write.
It’s been a rough few days as far as my ROW80 goals go; my motivation was de-railed since the last check-in and I haven’t managed to bring it back on track.
This past week I went back to work after an extended holiday/layoff period. It’s always a tough adjustment going from living like a normal person back to living like a vampire again (I work 3rd shift), and the older I get, the harder it gets.
I was doing well with keeping up with my goals up until Thursday.
This past Thursday, we had an event to attend, which was also an anniversary party of sorts. I had a great time… (too great), and so Friday was a bit of a wash as far as being productive.
I don’t know whether it’s this time of year or my upcoming birthday, but January always seems to be a bit of a downer for me, so between fighting the blues, acclimating to my work schedule, and maybe some post-holiday blahs, it wasn’t a very good week for me overall.
I hit my writing goals more days than not earlier in the week, though just barely, so my word count isn’t as high as it should be for the end of this week, and word count is something that’s been weighing on my mind lately.
The manuscript is now above 115,000 words, and there’s still a lot of story to tell.
That fact had me down a bit, I’ll admit. My desire to start editing now has been hard to overcome, and often, while I’m trying to write, I get distracted by thoughts of what parts that I’ve already written that should be cut out. It really is affecting my writing, and dredging up the old voices telling me that I should probably just give this whole silly idea up.
That’s thrown me off quite a bit, and while I have managed to sit down and do some writing over the past couple of days, I’ve been nowhere near hitting my word goals.
Here’s the breakdown…
Goal #1 – Finish my First Draft
I’ve only managed to write another 1500 words since the last check-in, for reasons listed above.
I’m really going to try and get back on track, though, and get back to my daily output of 1000 words per day. I’m hoping starting a new week will act like a good slate cleaning.
So, since this Round began, I’ve written about 23,800 words.
Goal #2 – Write At Least Three Articles/Essays
Again, I haven’t started on this one yet, because, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m saving this one for when I’m done the first draft and want to take a break from it.
Goal #3 – Start Editing
I still haven’t started on this one, either. Can’t edit until the draft is done. I’m a horrible self-editor, so I’m really trying to not go back and edit while I write. I’m saving all of the editing for when the draft is done.
Goal #4 – Read at least Two Books
I did make a bit more progress with this one. I’m still reading Forever And A Day, by Anthony Horowitz, and am on page 139 of 245. I’m still really enjoying it, and can’t wait to see how the story plays out.
Well, that’s it. Hope you’re all doing better than I have this weekend.