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Boy, I wish I could blame this on Daylight Savings Time.

I wish I could blame it on work.

I wish I could blame it on stress.

And, while all three of those things may have been contributing factors, I've been highly unproductive this past week. To wit, Monday through Saturday there were no words . . . period.

Unfortunately, taking a day off to de-stress makes it easy to take another evening off and then inertia starts to set in. It becomes too easy to say, "I'm tired, maybe I'll just watch a little TV and then call it a night," or "I'll just play this video game until I get to the next save point, then I'll go write," or even "Screw it, I don't feel like writing tonight."

Either way, the excuses are just that, excuses.

Time for me to get focused again and get back to work. I was so proud of myself having a 10,000 word cushion for my goal of writing 366,000 words this year (That's four 90,000 word novels and a couple of short stories, now that I look at that total. Not bad production for someone with a full time job.) Now, I look at my log sheet and see my cushion has been cut in half.

**growls angrily at self**

You've had your vacation for the year, White. Back to the keyboard with you.

(And yes, I am still keeping to the schedule, even with the break. Tonight I finished Chapter 18 and started Chapter 19 on the Chronicles of the Sea Dragon, adding 1436 words to my totals for the year. I think we're getting ready to make the turn toward the climax here. Everything from this point on should be building up to the big confrontation. I can't think of anything else I need to do to set the stage, (although I'm sure I will once I begin my edits).

Tomorrow night, back to Childhood's Tears, where we last saw our intrepid heroine . . .

Words for today

1436 / 1000 words. 144%

Progress on CSD: Dragon Couchant

79899 / 100000 words. 80%

Words for 2008

80964 / 366000 words. 22%


( 2 howls — Howl with the Pack )
Mar. 17th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)
I can sympathize. I had a really couple of rough days at work last week and ended up with few words on Thursday and then none on Friday and few yesterday.

I was very disappointed and am trying to hit the ground running tomorrow.

I hope this week is better for you. And more productive.

Those word counts are looking great, though. :)
Mar. 17th, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)

It's weird in some ways. I've desperately wanted to get back to being a technical writer at work for the past several years. . . (actually, come to think of it, I've only done technical writing/editing on one of my contracts in the nine years I've been a tech writer. Go figure.

But, after spending eight hours buried in editing, reformating, building line and block charts in Visio and web editing with an unfamiliar WYSIWY(A)G program (Dreamweaver MX), I'm having problems motivating myself to spend the couple hours a night needed to get my writing done.

I'm thinking it'll get better once I get back into the swing of things. Plus, there are a couple of writing assignments out there that I'm waiting on a response. I think if I "know" I have a deadline, it'll help motivate myself to put in the extra BIC I know I need.

Sometimes, doing stuff on spec means "I'll get to it when I get to it." *sigh*

Edited at 2008-03-17 05:01 am (UTC)
( 2 howls — Howl with the Pack )

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