So glad I had this update this week to kick my butt into getting something done. Never underestimate the necessity and power of pure force. ^_^
Things I’m Glad I Did in 2013:
Hmm…I forgot about this part. I talked about my year over here, but as far things I’m glad I did…I’m glad I entered the two contests I entered. Nothing too exciting happened, but I did them, and I know how to find out about them now. I’m also glad I started hanging out with a friend at a coffee shop. I didn’t want to, but it’s been a lot of fun, and it is nice to leave the house on occasion. 🙂
In 2014, I’d Love To Be/Do:
I need to strike better writing/life balance. I spend entirely too much of my free time either doing nothing but writing or avoiding writing because I’m burned out. I would like to write about 5 days a week, maybe more when it’s crunch time, for about 2 hours, and then spend the rest of my free time on my often neglected hobbies. I would also really like to find a job that’s more up my alley than retail clerk at a health food store. I’ve been here for 7 years. It’s past due, and every single member of my family (it’s a family business) is tired of me being miserable.
Last Word Count + Chapter Count:
Brainstorming new idea
Current WC + CC:
Bios done. Preliminary outline DONE! However, character interviews still NOT done. I still hope to get them done by the end of the day, but I will be starting the story this weekend, with or without them. I left a space for them in my notebook in case I end up doing it later.
WIP Issues this week:
I spent a lot of time trying to figure out a way to get my MC into the modern school system with no birth certificate of any kind. I don’t need her enrolled in school, I just need her to be able to use the school’s resources, namely the library and music room, because the closest library to the town I picked is 16 miles away! WTH! Seriously, my parents live in a much smaller town, and they have a freaking library. I should have set the story there, but I really fell in love with the tiny town I picked. The area is exactly what I was looking for, and it will pain me greatly to change my mind now. I don’t know why I didn’t think about this school mess when I was brainstorming. I’m hoping there’s some way I can realistically swing my MC as some kind of volunteer by passing her off as some kind of relative to another character who works at the school. Or I guess I should say, who I’m making work at the school because it’s become a necessity. Luckily, she is more than okay with it. She’ll do anything to help my girl out. ^_^ I’m hoping that will suffice, because right now I’m really feeling like I’ve hit a wall. My biggest fear is starting another story and realizing a few chapters in that it’s just not going to work. :(But before I freak out, I’m going to try it and see what happens.
What I learned this week in writing:
You really have to make time for things if you want to get anything done. It’s not like I didn’t know this, but I really, really needed to remind myself of this. I’ve worked 6 days the last two weeks because of the Holidays, so there is really no excuse for how little I got done, especially since my only writing goal was to finish bios & interviews and get my preliminary outlining done. (Seriously, folks, I feel like I’ve been on vacation! It’s been soo nice.) Usually this stuff only takes a couple of hours. I’ve been so lazy. I think I earned some of it though. Lol!
What distracted me this week while writing:
The Office on DVD. I got 6 seasons for Christmas, and I have just gone to town on it so…yep, so bad. I am slowly getting a grip on myself and have started to limit myself to 3 episodes a day. ^_^
Last 200 words:
I just have the outline and a bunch of notes.
I can not wait to get started on this!! I’m dying to get my hands into something awesome. I think I’ve loafed quite long enough.