Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Word Count Wednesday - 21 June 2017

Things I worked on last week:
  • Chapter 11: 1675words
  • A short little scene thing to help me out of writer's block: 1006 words
  • An experimental exercise to see how I wanted a future project to be written: 274 words
Word count for the week: 2955 words


What am I working on?

Since last week, I'm trying to focus on only one project since I got pretty overwhelmed with trying to plan out and write things while also attending a conference of sorts, so I'm going slower than normal. This week, I'm likely going to continue the pattern and try to get at least 3k more words into chapter 11 by either tonight or tomorrow night so I can relax for a few days. I'll likely have more of those few-hundred word scene things, but we'll see. It feels weird sharing my progress on these projects since they're anonymous creations and I get the feeling that some people might be thinking I'm pulling these numbers out of my butt.


How do I feel about the process?

It was a bit touch and go there last week since on top of trying to write I was also attenting a church conference/meeting thing over in Costa Mesa. Needless to say, the event took a lot out of me and I found myself with no energy to write when I finally was able to rest in my hotel room. I was out like a light by 10pm every night, which is absolutely uncharacteristic of me. (I tend to sleep at 3-5am most nights.)

As for the content of my writing, however, I've been feeling a bit self-conscious and doubting a lot of my capabilities with a lot of the scenes of my main project. Could I really write that kind of atmosphere? Am I allowed to write something like that in a PG-13 rated plot? If I don't write this right, and considering the events surrounding world news and everything, I could seriously trample a lot of toes if the wrong eyes see my writing. Should I just nix the whole chapter and redirect the rest of the plot?

Anyway, I've decided to just tell myself, "Screw that! Just write!"

So I've got decent headway into chapter 11. Only my own eyes have seen what's been written so far, and the readers are really upset that I've surpassed my deadline for when it will be published. Which is why I'm putting the pedal to the metal right now. I hate making people unhappy with me.


What am I reading?

Because of the church conference/meeting in Costa Mesa, I've now have a long list of books that I've been assigned to read. Oh gosh, so many, where should I start?

  • The Power of a Praying Woman by Stormie Omartian
  • Smart Love by Dr. David Stoop and Dr. Jan Stoop
  • Primal Leadership by Goleman, Boyatzis, and McKee

I'm also reading bits and pieces of Sarah Covault's novel narrative from the Sprince 2017 semester and Les Mis on my own time. I'm also still reading along in The Magician's Nephew with my online group.


What else am I doing?

Meeting with friends that I graduated high school with that graduated from universities this year (What am I doing with my life? Why am I still in college?). I'm going to be teaching one of my friends how to crochet.

I'm also going to meet up with Shaundee and Sarah later on in the week, just 'cause.

I've faltered in practicing my piano, but in a really recent sit at the piano, I don't seem to have lost my progress in learning Fantasie Impromptu.

As for how the conference/meeting went last week, it went well. I surprised myself in how I was able to get up at 8am each day. I also loved that the hotel served complementary breakfast. It wasn't five-star dining at all, but man, those make-your-own waffles started each day off great.

I think I was the only weirdo out of all the hotel guests that ate her waffles without any utensils and without any syrup or toppings while wearing a business skirt and matching blazer. I'm really not ready for the adult life, hahaha.

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