Writing Challenge Day 16

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As I’m sitting to write this, I realized that I didn’t do a post yesterday.  Ah, well, the challenge is about writing 12 titles, not blog posts <grin>.

Part of the fun I’ve been having this week, is that I’ve been doing an RWA course online.  It’s been informative, but I’ve been getting everything (until today) via email, and was spending close to 2 hours going through the 200 posts each day.  Normally, I wouldn’t condone doing that, but since I learned a few new things from the program that I think will make my writing stronger in the long run, I’m willing to accept it.  But, that 2 hours had to come from somewhere, and alas, the blog posts and even some of the challenge time took the brunt of the hit.

Yesterday, I spent the morning running errands so I ended up getting a late start.  But, I was able to carve out the equivalent of a few hours to write.  Managed just over 3000 words.

Today was spent running to doctors (fun?  Not!) so again a late start.  I ended up breaking this into five short sessions, but again managed over 3000 words, so the overall production is still moving forward.

This is something that I know Dean Wesley Smith has mentioned on his blog.  Its something that seems to separate the writers from the want-to-bes.  How do you react to things that pressure your writing time?  Do you give up on the writing all together?  Do you take the time off that you need and then get back to it?  Or, do you ignore it and just keep on writing?

For myself, I’d have to put me somewhere between the last two.  There are days when I don’t write.  I don’t like those days, but sometimes things happen and I just can’t manage to get words on a page.  But I seldom do it more than one day in a row.  Looking at the totals for the challenge so far, I did take last weekend off completely.  I had family obligations both days, and by the time those were done, I was over peopled.  As an introvert, I need that alone time.  When I get too over peopled, I go to sleep.  It’s a defense that I’ve always had.

So, I guess the best advice I can share now (not sure I should GIVE advice) is that you make your writing a priority each day.  And everyday, put some words on the page.  You don’t have to worry about word count unless you want to.  But if everyday you write, then eventually you’ll get to the end of that story.  And that’s called an accomplishment.

When you’ve done that, revel in it for a few moments.  Look at what you’ve created.  Then start writing the next one.

 

Keep Writing,

~Christine

 

Totals so far:

Date……………………New words
1/2/15 …………………3163
1/3/15………………….2872
1/4/15 …………………3161
1/5/15 …………………1107
1/6/15 …………………2819
1/7/15 …………………0
1/8/15………………….5624
1/9/15 …………………1266
1/10/15………………..0
1/11/15…………………0
1/12/15………………..2951
1/13/15………………..0
1/14/15…………………1339
1/15/15…………………3069
1/16/15………………..3045
Monthly total……….30,429
Yearly total ………….30,429
Completed Novels:     0
Completed Novellas:  0

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