Weekly Novel Progress: Week of Aug 14, 2017

Writing Stats for Aug 14-20, 2017

  • Starting word count: 135,830
  • End word count: 137,103
  • New words written: 1,973
  • Scrivener hours (per Rescue Time): 4 hours 45 minutes
  • Editing hours (estimate): 1 hour 15 minutes

status updates for the week

  • Edited / rewrote second scene in Chapter 11
  • Finished writing scene in Chapter 15
  • Outlined half of scene in Chapter 15
  • Edited half of Chapter 16
  • Edited / rewrote Chapter 17

Writing Practice

My editing setup: markup in hardcopy, then clip and make revisions on desktop

Did a smidge of work at home – I find it easiest to transpose my paper edits into the computer on my desktop, not my surface – especially with my nifty document holder ;)

Tried out another downtown coffee shop for my afternoon writing session. It’s too busy to get a spot in the mornings, so I had written it off, but the afternoon appears to be mellow enough to get a table. Better snacks but worse tea. Decisions, decisions!

Tested out the coffee shop I’m on the fence about for a weekend morning writing sesh. Managed to snag a nice table though the place was pretty busy. I find it challenging to get work done at home on the weekends (OK, all the time), so adding a Sunday morning writing session could let me have a guilt-free afternoon off (y’know, except for producing this report).

It can be hard to give myself a day off of writing. Yesterday I fought with myself all day but wound up not writing a word, continually distracted. I went part-time at work to allow myself more writing time, which lines up pretty well for what I actually write – I usually write about 10 hours a week, bringing me to 40 hours a week of “working”. It’s challenging to accept that and not try to bully myself into writing more. Am I being lazy? Or am I writing the amount that is reasonable for me in a week, and giving myself the leisure time I need?

work Plan for Next week

  • Outline remainder of scene in Chapter 15
  • Write scene in Chapter 15
  • Finish editing and revise Chapter 16
  • Edit and revise Chapter 18
  • Edit and revise Chapter 6
  • Outline Chapter 19

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About Tracy Durnell

Seattle-area graphic designer and SFF writer inspired by the Pacific Northwest, crafting a sustainable and intentional life.

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