I’m doing my second monthly review a week early because I’m headed on vacation and won’t have wifi access. So this is for August 1 through August 26. Here’s July’s review, and my thinking behind trying a monthly review.
Proof of writing, aka coffee shops I have known
what did I make last month?
- Total New Novel Words Written: 4,105 (39% fewer than last month)
- Total Hours Novel Writing (Scrivener): 16 hours 45 minutes (22% less than last month)
- Total Hours Novel Editing (estimate): 4 hours 45 minutes (same as last month)
- Wrote a blog post about how much it cost to replace my lawn with a garden
- Sketched front and profile character designs for the main character in my Little Mermaid comic retelling (last year’s NaNoWriMo project)
- Sketched a rough mockup for a T-shirt design
I completed novel progress reports for Weeks 1 & 2 and Week 3.
creative work to make in September
I’ll be on vacation for a good portion of September so I’ll get a nice break from writing. I might bring along printed chapters to mark up, but there’s a good chance that I won’t do anything related to my book while I’m away, and that’s fine. It would also be a good opportunity for me to do some outlining for upcoming chapters. Earlier in the year, I was using a chapter worksheet to drill down on each chapter, so I might dig that back out too.
I need to start putting a little more thought into my NaNoWriMo project for this fall. I’m continuing the fairy tale trend and plan to do a retelling of Beauty and the Beast in space.
The next issue of Liminal Stories comes out in October, so I’ll need to illustrate my assigned short story in September.
Writing Stats for July 31-Aug 13, 2017
- Starting word count: 137,882
- End word count: 135,830
- New words written: 2,132
- Scrivener hours (per Rescue Time): 10 hours
- Editing + outlining hours (estimate): 2 hours 30 minutes
status updates for the last two weeks
- Outlined first scene in Chapter 15 (previously 16)
- Wrote two scenes in Chapter 15 (previously 16)
- Revised and edited Chapter 8 (removed 164 words / 11% and 69 words / 12%)
- Revised Chapter 11 and edited first scene (removed 302 words / 17%)
- Reorganized upcoming chapters and removed plotlines that would add too many words
Gave both the meh coffee shop and nice tea shop another try. I wish they were open a little later, both close at 6pm. I’ve actually wound up at the meh coffee shop three times just due to convenience. Also scoped out a new local tasting room as a potential writing spot for NaNoWriMo, but I’m not sold.
work Plan for Next week
- Write remaining scene in Chapter 15 (previously 16)
- Finish ending of Chapter 15 scene (previously 16)
- Edit second scene in Chapter 11 and finish writing ending
- Outline / zero draft Chapter 18
- Edit Chapters 16 and 17
AFTER: Garden in summer 2017, the third year after removing the lawn
I recently read through Emily Henderson’s backyard makeover and was horrified at the cost ($19k for materials + $10k for design and labor). We were able to replace our lawn for much less – just over $4k for the first three years – because we did the design and labor ourselves, and planted smaller plants that would take a while to grow in.
To be fair, my yard’s smaller and has no remaining lawn; additionally, we don’t have any boulders or hardscape (we plan to install a path) We did build an arbor ourselves, which was the most expensive single part of the initial installation!
BEFORE: My uninspiring “lawn” aka clover patch with two anchor shrubs in May 2013
I’m trying out a monthly review for the first time.
what did I make last month?
- Total Words Written: 6,676
- Total Hours Writing (Scrivener): 21 hours 30 minutes
- Total Hours Editing (estimate): 4 hours 40 minutes
I reached an exciting milestone in my novel revision, wrapping up the first part of the novel.
How I stayed productive on creative goals
I completed weekly novel progress reports for the first three weeks of July: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3
Gaps and Challenges in My Creative Practice
- The closing of my favorite coffee shop has put a little damper in my writing practice. I’m looking for a replacement that I like. My after-work replacement seems good, but I’m not sold on my new weekly meetup location.
- After reaching my milestone, my progress dried up, and I took a full week off from writing. I think I need a better system for setting milestones and creating a workplan with deadlines that I’m accountable to – right now I have the weekly workplan I put together each Sunday for what I hope to accomplish that week, but I don’t have mid-term deadlines for myself.
What to try to produce creative work in august
- Keep going to my regular writing sessions
- Try to make a timeline for the entire next part of the book, and a goal for the overall completion
- Reinstate my daily Pomodoro requirement (at least one 25-minute writing session) Continue reading