Out of order

I like to write in a line. I start at the start, I go to the end, I get in my car, and I go home. I have never even had the tiniest interest in writing a fun scene in the middle because writing in order is what my brain (creative voice) wants to do. It’s never wanted to skip the line before!

Last night it wanted to. So, finishing up the conversation and scene/chapter I was working on, I did.

My brain was just like, “Hey! Skip over the next boring bit, and what happens if G says something to A, and F doesn’t know it? How does A cover the surprise?”

It was fun. Before I sat down to work I thought that I need to be sitting down to write and having fun, but I haven’t done so in a couple of days. I’m not sure if that means I’ve been writing bloat, or if my critical voice has just been too loud. Who knows, but he (because my CV is a boy) sure got the hell out of the way last night.

Yay!

I wrote 1,415 fiction words yesterday in two sessions (morning and evening), and 369 blog words in two posts. I’m determined to pass 10,000 fiction words today (currently I’m at 9,455), and I have a total of 12,936 total words for the year.

I still haven’t got a good title for my current story (at 13,690 words right now), but I’m leaning toward Space Kittens from Space Earth because I can picture the cover in my head, and I like the idea I have of how to explain the strikeout. But I’m not at that point in the story yet, so 001 it is.

In other news, my cats are in need of parental intervention. I’m going to go see what they’re destroying right now so I can put it out of their reach. If you will excuse me…

More things to track!

Math does not come naturally to me, but I do love me some spreadsheets and formulas to automatically calculate fabulousness.

For example. In my word tracking spreadsheet, I type in my words written for this blog in one cell and fiction in another. =SUM automatically calculates how many words I’ve written for the day. =SUBTOTAL calculates the cumulative words for the blog, fiction, and daily totals, as well as counts how many days I’ve written (I add comments about the day in a notes column).

=SUM gets me weekly totals as well. =ABS gets me the difference in words written from one week to the next. =AVERAGE is calculating the average total words I write per day, and also my average fiction words.

=RANK ranks my weekly totals, so at a glance, I can find my most productive week of the year.

I love my spreadsheets.

Yesterday I wrote 879 words of fiction. 242 words fell onto this blog. I’ve written 10 days in a row, and 11,152 words total. My average daily word count is 1,115, and my average fiction daily word count is 804.The week is ranked number two, so far, but really that’s not saying much as week one was one day (January 1st, because my weeks start on Mondays), and the number of words for week one were low (483), making it an easy target to beat.

The week is ranked number two, so far, but really that’s not saying much as week one was one day (January 1st, because my weeks start on Mondays), and the number of words for week one were low (483), making it an easy target to beat.

I’m going to continue working on today’s words. I managed to haul myself out of bed at my desired time of 5 a.m., and it has paid off. I look forward to making good progress today and bringing up my average daily count.

Pack animals!

So I’m trying to squeeze this post in quickly before I need to leave for the morning. The post title refers to my WIP (work in progress) – 001 (Space Cats from Space Earth). I think I’m getting close to sorting out what the real problem is, although I still don’t know what the problem is to the brothers in my story. (Four of them.) I’m sure it’ll come to me soon.

Yesterday I managed 394 blog words in two posts, and 369 fiction words. When I told my daughter I wish my story was going faster so I could get to the publishing point faster, she told me then I should write more.

That is, of course, exactly what I need to do.

So far this year I’ve written 7,161 fiction words and 2,870 blog words. That’s a bit over 10,000 words total, and I’m pretty proud of that. It’s 4,000 more words than I had last year at this time, and now looking at those numbers, I think I need to combine my tracking into one file so I can easily compare last year to this one.

Yay, numbers!

Hopefully everyone has a fabulous day, and they get lots of what they want to accomplished.

Ack ack thbpt (morning routine lovingly adjusted)

My usual morning routine goes something like:

  1. Get out of bed
  2. Bathroom
  3. Wake others
  4. Feed cats
  5. Make coffee
  6. Wake up

When my routine is interrupted, it’s difficult, and normally will throw my entire day into a tailspin. Not going to let that happen today, though.

A family member is sick, so one of their usual responsibilities falls to me. That’s going to have to be okay, even though I’m not feeling okay right now. It’s a thing. It’s not going to take over my day. (Yes, I’m operating under the “fake it ’til you become it” philosophy.)

Writing yesterday was not bountiful, but went well. Last year I started tracking my words, and I ended up with a lovely spreadsheet full of formulas to get me all kinds of interesting numbers. Here’s what I have to share this morning:

Nickified – 390
001 (Space Cats from Space) – 617
001 Total – 10,765
Daily Total – 1007
Weekly Word Total – 8,785

Monday is the start of my new week. And so today, I also have weekly totals from the week previous.

Difference from previous week’s totals – 1,719%
Week 2 rank – 1
Weekly average word count – 4,634

Clearly these numbers don’t mean as much in week two as they will in week three. Week one was one day – with 483 words. But it gives you an idea of what I’m tracking. If you have any ideas on anything else I could post about, helpful or otherwise, please let me know in the comments!

When the word counts are low

I have a writer friend who also blogs (and is much better about not killing old posts than I am), Erin.  She’s got me thinking about something completely not writing related, photography.

I’ve always thought the 365 day photo challenge would be amazingly fun to complete. I had a wonderful app for it at one point that would display all the photos in a lovely calendar grid, and so far I haven’t found a replacement that is nearly as visually appealing.

But I have a blog. So who knows, I may give that challenge a shot this year. It will probably help if I give a subject to the photos I take, like a year of cats, books, selfies (*shudder*), or the like. We’ll see how that goes. Writing, naturally, needs to be the priority.

Speaking of written words, yesterday I had 94 blog words and 533 fiction words. Today I have already surpassed yesterday’s word total, nearly all of it with my fiction. This is pleasing to me. It’s not where I want to be, but I currently have an eight-day streak of fiction writing, and I will not belittle that simply because I wish to be further ahead!

In other news, today I’ll be picking up a dresser where I can start storing craft things instead of in the tubs they currently reside in. I’m kind of excited to get things sorted and into place. We’ve lived in our current home for many years, but I haven’t ever taken the time to do decorating things because I always thought about the items I thought must be completed first. Well, the fact is, those things aren’t things I can do right now. But sorting, trashing, donating, and setting up art dressers are. So I’ll do what I can, and worry about the rest when the time comes. Whenever that will be.

Happy Sunday, everyone!