Words for June 20-26

More words were written and a story was finished. I believe June is a result of an absolute revolt of my morning schedule, and I’m finding it difficult to let go of what I developed and grew attached to in May. Well, words were still written. Let’s share this:

OtBP: 265

IVEYbooks: 401

Challenge Words: 527

Weekly Total Words: 1,193
Difference from Last Week: -57%

Week Rank: 24 of 26

Average Weekly Word Count: 6,090
Difference in the Average from Last Week: -3%

Days of Writing: 147 of 178

Grand Total: 158,351

I’m rather surprised in the difference from last week number. Even though I see that I’ve had two worse weeks in terms of number of words written, it just feels shocking.

On to another week, and hopefully another story before the end of June!

SFC: Right on track!

So in May I wrote seven short stories, and so far in June I’ve written one. That is an average of one per week, and I am learning a lot with my practice.

What I have learned

  1. I love routine. I love routine so much that when my routine changes, I am likely to get completely derailed. This should not be a surprise because I see it very clearly in family members around me, and since they’re family, we have some similarities. Natch.
  2. I can write a lot in a short amount of time! I can also find ways to procrastinate with enthusiasm. One of these is good, and one is not so much.
  3. I like having a system. No, wait: I need a system. I think I have a working one sorted out, so I’m going to implement it and see where it needs tweaks.
  4. I learned an awful lot of really good stuff from a selling course, like “Your nonconscious can’t take a joke”, and “What you focus on expands”. If I’m focused on how horrible I am for not writing, I don’t write. Duh. (Yes, I’m back to focusing on how awesome I am at writing, thanks for asking.)
  5. The more I have to do, the more I get done. This is so stupid, but it does mean I get to pad my list with silly things from time to time. (What actually ends up happening, in fact, is that there are productive things that sneak onto my list when I’m not looking. Pesky productive things.)
  6. I’m doing this for me, and my failures are not invalidating anything. It matters that I’m having fun, and it matters that I enjoy what I’m writing. The rest matters significantly less.

So I think I’m doing very well with my project. I think I’m going to charge forward into July feeling good about myself, and I think I’m very excited to see where I will be when it’s over in October.

Thanks for stopping by!

Words for June 13-19

I wrote words! They were good words, and I worked hard for them. I will write more words this week!

OtBP: 497

IVEYbooks: 329

Challenge Words: 1,935

Weekly Total Words: 2,761
Difference from Last Week: -16%

Week Rank: 21 of 25

Average Weekly Word Count: 6,286
Difference in the Average from Last Week: -2%

Days of Writing: 142 of 171

Grand Total: 157,158

I do this every week. Come back to see how many I get next week!

SFC: Jammed

Poor updates need to come along next to the excellent ones. It’s not been a great week for writing. Part of that was a scheduled road trip, but most of it is just having gotten stuck.

I’m not blocked, exactly. I’m not certain what my problem is. I mean, aside from not getting a story finished in the last week. Ten days, actually.

It’s disappointing and frustrating, and a bunch of other negative words.

Once again, I’m not giving up. But I’m also not sure how I’m going to make myself catch up. I’m juggling my morning schedule around to see whether eliminating certain things helps, or doing other things at different times, but so far I’ve yet to land on that lucky combination.

There are still other things to try. I’ll manage it. I have a bit of catching up to do, though.

Well, this happened.

So, C. Solet has been interviewed as a debut author over on Operation Awesome! This is exciting, especially because dedicated readers who consume the entire interview have the opportunity to retrieve a coupon to read Friends and Lovers for the delightful price of free.

It’s a nice interview. J. Lenni Dorner did a lovely job putting it together, and it’s a good way to learn a bit more about C. than her bio puts out there.

Take a gander, if you’re so inclined. You can also follow C. on Twitter and find all of her books on CSolet.com .

And that is all!

Words for June 6-12

I knew words would be tough this week, but it doesn’t make it any easier to handle to see low four digits instead of five. I’m going to use that as motivation for this upcoming week and was even able to use it a bit last night.

Just write the next sentence, don’t delete anything, and make it work. I know I can. There’s nothing wrong with my writing skills. Not sure if that sounds boastful or not, but I can afford to be confident. Seriously, nothing I write is Pulitzer-prize worthy, but I can string words together and make a fine story. I do better than some, and no worse than a lot. And I’m a hard worker.

The past week involved a 24-hour day (har-har, they’re all 24 hours) that I was awake for at least 23 of (so sorry to the driver I conked out on). I made it home just exactly at the time I usually wake at. So the weekend was off-schedule for me, which only makes things more difficult.

I do like my schedule.

But I’ll hop back on the horse today. Wake at 5 a.m., sleep at 10:30 or 11 p.m. Day job involves doing one task the best I can, then moving straight on to the next task. (Tasks are easier when you look at one at a time instead of all of them at once, I find.)

Enough dilly-dallying. Here are this week’s results:

OtBP: 758

IVEYbooks: 220

Challenge Words: 2,086

Weekly Total Words: 3,302
Difference from Last Week: -70%

Week Rank: 17 of 24

Average Weekly Word Count: 6,433
Difference in the Average from Last Week: +2%

Days of Writing: 137 of 164

Grand Total: 154,966

And for what it’s worth, already today I’ve managed another 569 words toward the completion of the story I’m working on. The story I really, really need to finish today for my personal sanity. And another would be lovely if I could manage it, before the end of the week.

Wish me luck!

SFC: Dismal

Well, if you count managing to accomplish a story a week dismal. That’s the challenge! I’m succeeding at the challenge!

But my word count this week is disappointing. I haven’t given up, though, and I’m sure that’s the important part, right?

This is kind of a lame update. I don’t even mind. There’s so much going on, I made the update, and we’re moving along.

Moving along…

Words for May 30-June 5

Oh, what a day this Monday is! Words from last week are as follows, and I apologize for not having more things to say. Let’s just say today’s goal is not to ragequit anything.

Including my day job.

OtBP: 887

IVEYbooks: 419

Challenge Words: 9,700

Weekly Total Words: 11,006
Difference from Last Week: -17%

Week Rank: 6 of 23

Average Weekly Word Count: 6,569
Difference in the Average from Last Week: +3%

Days of Writing: 131 of 157

Grand Total: 151,142

I absolutely refuse to let myself apologize for not hitting 14,000 words this week. 11,000 is a lot. A whole heck of a lot. Anyone should be proud of that. Can I write more? Sure! Did I have the ideas or time for more this week? Not really. I didn’t spend a lot of time goofing off (although yes, some goofing off did happen – I need to keep my sanity somehow), and it was simply a busy week.

And here we start another! I’ll be back!

SFC: May recap, June goals

Thursday means I get to talk about my short fiction challenge! I must say, it’s the best idea I’ve had in some time. In May, six stories were finished and published, with a goal of four. I call that a success!

54,000+ challenge words were written in May. Had I A) kept them all, and B) been writing a novel, I would have a nice book for publication right now. I won’t rule that out later this year. Currently, though, there’s a lot more to learn.

Two days into June, I’m slogging away at a new story (really slogging – it feels like tar) and hoping things pick up as I really get into the swing again. Not that I took any time off, but it feels like the first of June was a giant, happy wall that stripped my momentum down to a crawl. Determination? Drive? Still there. Just the words aren’t coming as quickly.

Ah, well. I can’t do anything but keep writing the next word, and so I shall. Plug, plug, plugging along.

I would rather like (I almost forgot to say) to increase my June writing to eight stories written and published. It’s feasable. I think I could do it, and maybe if that’s where I set my head, the words stuck in my brain right now will start to flow a little better. So hopefully by next week, I’ll have several new updates to offer.

Words for May 23-29

It’s been a productive week at IVEYbooks. I’ve done some publishing, I’ve done some writing, but what I haven’t done is blogging. I think that’s a marginally acceptable item to get missed, but I’d really like to have a regular schedule both here and on my personal blog. So I’ll be working on that this next week.

Onto the words!

OtBP: 799

IVEYbooks: 540

Challenge Words: 11,940

Weekly Total Words: 13,279
Difference from Last Week: -11%

Week Rank: 4 of 22

Average Weekly Word Count: 6,368
Difference in the Average from Last Week: +5%

Days of Writing: 124 of 150

Grand Total: 140,089

I love seeing the Grand Total bolt upwards as it’s been doing. My weekly numbers may have been stronger if I’d managed to blog more. I’m happy with the number of challenge words logged because it translates into three completed stories and three published stories (not the same ones).

All in all, I wouldn’t mind more weeks like this one. If I could nail 14,000 next week, that would be great. I have an extra day off of work today to take advantage of, and I plan on doing exactly that.