Determined #Writing

inkwellOh HI! It’s March. Where did February go?

I don’t know about you but last week was an excellent writing week. *grin*

I’m determined to finish this book. Damned determined. So I’ve been writing like crazy. I’ve pretty much trained my creative brain to work between 12 and 1 on my lunch hour. Now I’m trying to train my creative brain to work in the evenings. Something I have NEVER been able to do.

But because I have a wonderfully supportive husband who gets it… I’ve been trying. I call my hour, plug in my iPod (I seriously just nearly typed eyepod; what is wrong with me?) and go to town. I don’t always write the full hour in the evening. I think because my brain is already tired from the day. But sometimes I can hit a stride and my fingers fly over the keyboard.

I also keep a tracker of my word count for the day. I find this helps me see progress and see how long it takes me to write a book. I can finish an 85,000 word novel in about 6 months but that’s not writing every single day either. The current project I’m working on now – dubbed the secret project – I started brainstorming back in the summer. Then somewhere along the way I started handwriting the story. I typed up my first draft on December 28. That was just over 35,000 words. I’ve been writing via Word since then. I’m now at just over 66,000 words and still going. I tallied up my words for the week. Since Monday I’ve written 10,597 words.

I’m excited about that. I’ve never done that much in one week before. It’s a great feeling! I love seeing the progress. I love knowing the story is moving along and I’m getting the words down. It’s exciting. I have a self-imposed deadline of March 29 but I’d like to have it finished a lot sooner. I may just reach that goal.

My next task is to train my brain to write on the weekend. That is going to be hard since the weekends are always jam-packed. I’m going to give it a shot this next weekend and see how it goes. Wish me luck.

By Michelle

I wish you all could be inside my head. The conversation is sparkling.