I’ve been gearing up for (another) move with lots of cleaning, reorganizing and cramming stuff into boxes. I assumed that I wouldn’t make the goal this week because of that. But hey, look!
Last Week’s Word Goal: 3,000
Actual Words Written: 3,180 (new word count: 5426)
What Went Wrong?: I get distracted way too easily. I also get discouraged even more easily.
What Went Right?: Remembering to write is a huge thing. Also, brainstorming went much better/easier this week. I can’t really say why. Maybe the three-chapter request put some pep in my step.
This Week’s Goal: I’m going to stick with 3,000 a bit longer until I’m reaching that more easily.
Is that…is that success? I think it is! Whoooooo!
As I let Britney dance it out for me, I’ll continue to ramble about this. I know that it’s easy to get to this much in just a day, and I’m usually someone that can do that. But lately, I’ve just been so blah about life, the universe and everything that writing regularly has been a chore. I enjoy writing when I do it, but get so distracted by everything else that I don’t enjoy that writing gets pushed to the wayside. I need to not do that anymore.
No word from the agent that requested my chapters, though it’s still really early for that. I’m just hoping my email wasn’t deleted. If I don’t hear back by this time next month, maybe I’ll poke her on twitter sheepishly and then go cry in a closet.
Well this has been a week! Nothing of interest really happened, but it still felt like it. I went on a few outings this weekend, which were quite fun and one of which I’ll write about later. But aside from that, I’ve mostly been working and starting to pack–and WRITING!
Alright, so it’s not nearly as much writing as young me could manage in a week, or as much as I did last week, or even NaNoWriMo-winning me, but it’s still more than I’ve done since finishing reset. (Speaking of–exciting news later!) I’m working my way up to my 3,000 goal but still haven’t managed to hit it.
Last Week’s Word Goal: 3,000
Actual Words Written: 936
What Went Wrong?: There were video games and I think I forgot where I was going.
What Went Right?: Opening Scrivener daily helped, I think.
This Week’s Goal: Still 3,000!
Speaking of reset, I was looking through my bookmarks for a link (PS, I really need to organize my bookmarks again) and saw my Pitch Wars alternate showcase page. On a whim, I decided to check it. No one could’ve put in a request though, right? Wrong! An agent requested the first three chapters!
It might not seem like much to people who are used to getting full requests all the time, but this is exciting for me. I’m not going to get too excited because I don’t want my hopes to be dashed to bits, but I do want to be optimistic about it. Hooray!
Last Week’s Word Goal: 3,000
Actual Words Written: 1,310, plus a bit more handwritten
What Went Wrong?: Not much, honestly. I was too busy plotting and taking notes to do any actual writing.
What Went Right?: I actually wrote! I have a plot outlined (mostly) and I know what it is that I’m doing with this story. Plus, it helps that I’m working with characters that I already know fairly intimately. Though, that makes me nervous because maybe I don’t want to share my baby with everyone.
This Week’s Goal: I’m going to go with 3,000 again. And will continue to do so until I actually make it there.
Pitch Wars’ agent round is over, and while I didn’t hear anything about my pitch, I suppose I’m glad that I just put myself out there and won a slot in the contest. That’s something, right? I think I’m going to shelve reset for now and focus on New Thing. I don’t want to exert all my energy on the one project; I’d like to have several offerings I can push. And so, Shaina finally gets her time in the sun.
Also there are demons. Yeeeep. The picture at the top is a tiny clue!
I meant to post this yesterday, but, well. Anywho! Pitch Wars is upon us! I think I mentioned entering and winning a spot as an alternate on the lovely Heather Marie’s team. If I didn’t–well, I just mentioned it, so there. As an alternate, I thought my job was to sit around and wait for the first pick to, I dunno, come down with food poisoning so I could slide on in. But alas, not so! Instead of having the alternates do a fat lot of nothing, we were invited to prepare a pitch and send in our first 250 words.
Everyone’s pitches went live yesterday, and holy COW, there’s some talent out there. The other alternate on Heather’s team, Ryan Hill, has an opening that is probably one of the best I read within the competition. But please, do check out everyone’s contributions! Especially mine. Ahem.
I’m lazy. I think that’s been discussed several times already here. And it’s not that I don’t want to do things…
Okay, it’s totally that I don’t want to do things.
But that’s going to change! I want to get back to a place where I’m writing everyday. I think I got discouraged a lot more than I realized by getting so many rejections my first try with querying. This is totally normal, and I accept that it’s normal (I didn’t even cry!), but subconsciously, it pretty much crippled my writing productivity. Again. So now, I’m going to make myself get back into the swing of things, starting now.
A discussion with the fabulous Britney led to her suggesting we do something weekly to hold ourselves–and each other–accountable for actually putting in some writing effort every week. And ta da! That’s exactly what’s going to happen. We’re going to do this, dammit. Starting this week.
So every Sunday, I’m going to check in here and post how the week went, writing-wise. Kind of a snooze for y’all, I’m sure, but just humor me, ‘kay?
Last Week’s Word Goal: Didn’t have one. Hooray for starting new things!
Actual Words Written: Haaaaaaahahahahahahaha! None.
What Went Wrong?: Life. Life went wrong.
What Went Right?: Basically, nothing.
This Week’s Goal: 3,000 words. I CAN DO IT!
And so, that’s my first update. This week, I must get to 3k words. That seems so simple, as I can turn that out in like 40 minutes if uninterrupted. But I’m not in that groove anymore, and so who knows how this will go.
In other news, I’ve submitted my alternates pitch for Pitch Wars and I’m kind of excited about this whole venture. It’s very cool to be chosen as an alternate, especially given how blah I’ve been about my work. And Heather Marie is a nice lady who enjoys The Vampire Diaries, so this cannot possibly go wrong.
So, if you’re feeling less than productive, feel free to join in on our accountability updates. Solidarity, and whatnot.
For no real reason–maybe to make up for lack of posts/reviews?–here’s Jesse Williams smiling. You’re welcome.