Weekend Report

Friday, I posted my goals for the weekend. Today I am posting a report on how well those goals were accomplished.

Unfortunately, it would be better to say this is a report on how well they were avoided.

It was a miserable failure and I have no choice but to own up to it, however much I would like to think up an excuse.

So what did I accomplish?

No writing for one. That’s right, not a single word. I feel the worst about that. I allowed other things to get in the way, but really I just didn’t feel like writing. That is a fatal error. I allowed that type of thinking  for far too long, to the point that it took me four years to write my first novel.

Tonight, I am going to write. I am looking for around a thousand words.

did do my plan. I have a publication date in mind, the date I want my first draft for the second novel, a date for the publication of that novel, a date to begin the third project, as well as allocating word goals and writing times for the rest of the year. Very preliminary stuff, the only thing I have set in stone is the publication date. I will make a post about that later today.

I also began editing the first novel. I’m trying to read it out loud to myself to get the language and dialogue right, as well as work on last minute details and continuity. It’s taking longer than I anticipated. Saturday I spent two and a half hours and only got to chapter 2 (about 12, 1.5 spaced pages). That was…unsettling.

The point of all this is, I got very little done. Most of what I listed was side stuff. It was beneficial, but did little in moving me forward. It served as a refresher in a lesson I should have learned long ago.

have to write everyday, if only a little bit. The moment I stop that, it becomes exponentially easier to let it slide.

Time to pick up the pen again, figuratively speaking.

Goals For The Weekend

My goals for the weekend are as follows:

  • Ten thousand words. A lot of writers would say this is a lofty goal. Others would say this is a low goal. Either way, I’m trying to push my boundaries.
  • A plan. I want goals set up for the summer. I know I want the following, but am unsure how each will fall.
    • First book published
    • Second book first draft completed
    • Third book started
    • Certain amount of short stories

I really want to rent The Last of Us as well but I’m going to resist that to make sure I get things done. I didn’t write much last weekend or this week at all. Sometimes you just need to buckle down.

Writing Progress 06/11

Didn’t write last night much, about a thousand words after getting home from an MBA class. I liked what I generated though.

I’m kind of in a weird spot right now and having a hard time pushing through this part of the story. It was a moment where things just kind of jumped off the rails (literally, actually) and now I was driving the story in a direction I hadn’t anticipated. With a character I hadn’t planned on.

But this is how it always is for me when I’m creating new content. Transitions are difficult for me and are usually doe on the second run through, like seams. Dialogue, much to my shame, is also a difficult part to handle in these moments, especially when they’re are more than two characters. That’s something I’m trying to work on as an author as a whole.

So now, I’m just writing the scenes. For my dialogue, I’ll start looking for holes where I failed to make someone comment on the Horrible Monstrosity or voice their Grave Concerns.

I’ve begun working on a schedule for things, but it’s not final yet. When it is, I’ll post it up and we’ll see how well I stick to it.