Weekly Novel Progress: Week of July 10, 2017

Writing Stats for July 10-16, 2017

  • Starting word count: 144,583
  • End word count: 141,703 (removed outline docs, existing chapter 13 and prologue)
  • New words written: 2,048
  • Scrivener hours (per Rescue Time): 6 hours 45 minutes
  • Editing hours (estimate): 2 hours 50 minutes

status updates for the week

So close, but still not done with part one!

  • Revised Chapter 15
  • Wrote new scene for Chapter 13
  • Edited most of Chapter 5 (on paper)
  • Rewrote Chapter 9

Writing Practice

Gave the new coffee shop another shot, with the addition of biking there :) Also went to another writing meetup that I hit a few times a year.

Still need to figure out where to write on Thursday afternoons. Attempted to do a smidge of work at the local library but it’s not a comfortable workspace and I wound up writing emails instead.

work Plan for Next week

  • Outline and write remaining scene for Chapter 6
  • Fill in small gap in Chapter 15
  • Revise Chapter 10
  • Write remaining scene in Chapter 13
  • Review outline of Part Two

It Doesn’t Have to Be Like This: Becoming My Own Advocate

I have a tendency to accept annoyances — in my health, out in the world, and in relationships — as just the way things are. Many of us, I think, grow complacent about trivial irritations, from allergies that get a little bit worse every year to potholes in our neighborhood. I’ve been learning that I can’t expect anyone to advocate for me — but I can, and should, advocate for myself.

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Weekly Novel Progress: Weeks of June 26 and July 3, 2017

I’m combining two weeks of writing updates since I was on vacation over the Fourth of July weekend :)

Writing Stats for June 26-July 9, 2017

  • Starting word count: 148,210
  • End word count: 144,583 (cleared out some outline docs and unused scene)
  • New words written: 3,509
  • Scrivener hours (per Rescue Time): 6 hours 30 minutes (RescueTime was apparently not connected for five days, so this is an underestimate)
  • Editing hours (estimate): 1 hour

status updates for the week

  • Wrote last scene in Chapter 8
  • Wrote last scene in Chapter 11
  • Wrote Chapter 14
  • Revised Chapter 2

I’m very close to finishing part one!
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Weekly Novel Progress: Week of June 19, 2017

Writing Stats for June 19-25, 2017

  • Starting word count: 148,059
  • End word count: 148,210
  • New words written: 1,433
  • Scrivener hours (per Rescue Time): 3 hours 49 minutes

status updates for the week

  • Wrote scene in Chapter 8

Writing Practice

I found out this week that my favorite coffee shop, where I go to write at least one and sometimes two times a week, is closing. Tragedy! And also, catastrophe for my productivity! I get the most writing done away from home, and the coffee shop was my most productive location :( For my group writing day, we’ve picked another coffee shop in the next town over to try out, but that’s definitely not convenient for my weekly afternoon writing session.

I get very little writing done in my home office, and I’m not sure whether that’s due to being at home or disliking the space. (Usually as soon as I hop on my desktop computer, I find myself paying bills or catching up on my feed reader.) I’m considering how I can change my space to make it somewhere that feels more conducive to working. I’ve got the wall taped off for a fun new paint color, but I might also move the desk location.

Trying to get back into the habit of doing Pomodoro’s… I mean Cuckoos…

I’ve joined on with another group writing spreadsheet with some others with 500 words/day goals. I don’t necessarily feel the need to write every day, but an average of 500 words/day would be nice. Generally I’m focused more on the amount of time I spend writing, shooting for 10 hours a week of writing or editing. It’s been relatively motivating to participate in, although I have it pop up (via RescueTime) after I’ve been working for half an hour, so if I don’t do any writing I don’t get that negative feedback ;)

work Plan for Next week

Carrying over the work plan from last week… Next weekend is a long holiday weekend, and I’m planning to go camping, so I may be able to get some more revision done (and less writing).

  • Write last scene in Chapter 8
  • Outline and write remaining scene for Chapter 6
  • Write Chapter 12
  • Revise Chapter 2
  • Revise remaining two scenes in Chapter 10

Weekly Novel Progress: Week of June 12, 2017

Writing Stats for June 12-18, 2017

  • Starting word count: 136,618
  • End word count: 148,059 (uh oh)
  • New words written (including outlining): 4,947
  • Scrivener hours (per Rescue Time): 15 hours 47 minutes
  • Editing (estimate): 2 hours

status updates for the week

  • Wrote remaining new scenes for Chapter 10 and Chapter 14
  • Outlined two scenes in chapter 8
  • Outlined chapter 12
  • Revised scene from Chapter 10
  • Revised Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 (extensively)
  • Added back in Chapter 9
  • Reorganized part one (again)

work Plan for Next week

  • Write remainder of Chapter 8
  • Outline and write remaining scene for Chapter 6
  • Write Chapter 12
  • Revise Chapter 2
  • Revise remaining two scenes in Chapter 10