The Writer's Desk

Writing, publishing & marketing notes from Jamie DeBree & her alter egos

Weekly Writing: 7/28 – 8/3/2018

Weekly Word Counts
MMM: 482
TBS: 0
Unnamed Flash: 486
Total: 968

Editing hours: 1

Well, that’s progress, at least. One thousand words in a week is pathetic, given what I know I can do, but things happen. Life happens. And instead of putting the writing first and sacrificing what I can when what I can’t gets in the way, I sleep. I try to stay healthy. I prioritize other things over the writing. I need to be okay with that, because I already know I’m not willing to sacrifice what other writers do for the sake of this side business/hobby.

When I’m down on myself, I need to remember – the pace I work at is a choice. A daily choice. And I consciously choose to put my health first when it comes to the late night writing. However…

I also consciously choose to scroll through Facebook more often than I need to, and I want to work on not doing that so often. Especially not at times when I could be doing writing-related things (and of course, actually writing).

Until I can get my word count back up though, that flash that is just taking way too long is just going to have to sit. I have other things I need to work on, both editing and writing, and I need to stay focused. I am the epitome of fractured when it comes to writing focus, and as with anything mentally-based, I should be able to change that. So the unnamed flash is going into the drawer, and I’m going to focus on the three main drafts I want to finish writing, along with the two I want to finish editing. My focus is still split, but at least the split has boundaries.

I am going to replace KITD with DD for now, because DD is haunting me, and I really need to keep writing it. KITD is kind of a…guilty pleasure, I guess. And I’ll eventually finish and publish it, but for now, DD feels more “real” and important in my mind.

I’ve been pretty good lately about uploading my work and then typing the last sentence back into my Neo at the end of the week. Prepping my environment, so to speak. This week (tomorrow, in fact) I want to take that last sentence and write a very brief summary of what should happen next for each of my working drafts. That way, when I sit down to write, I know what needs to happen and I don’t have to think about it, I can just start writing. Sort of an as-I-go outline, so to speak.

So, that’s where we are this week. Next week, hopefully I’ll have figured out my time issues, and can get far closer to that 4-5k words-per-week pace that I really want to be writing at on a regular basis.

Here’s to more words and spending my time more wisely this next week!

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