I woke up in a bad mood today. I have no idea why. Well, actually I know exactly why but I covered that in yesterday’s post so we won’t dwell on it.
Like the good little author gal I am, I dutifully wrote my two chapters, once again bringing in a character I had no idea even existed until one of my other characters introduced me to him (thanks, Wraith) and sent them off to my critique partner.
Great. That was my work day over. Now what?
I do have a comedy erotica story to work on (yes, you did read that correctly; no, it will never be posted on this blog) but somehow the fact that my “official” writing commitments were done and dusted by 1.15pm, combined with the fact that I had nothing else to do at all, really got me down. So I decided to write a blog post about it.
Then I changed my mind. This is normal, don’t worry.
Instead, I decided to look at how much progress I have made over the last week, since my critique partner and I set up an official daily goal of how many chapters we were each going to write per day, etc, etc. So I did that. Here are the results of Operation Stop Feeling So Sorry For Yourself.
I have written eleven chapters in six days. That’s a total of 17,646 words in just under a week, an average of 2941 words a day. This is just on my novel, you understand. I’m not counting blog posts.
I even went and found one of those nifty online percentage calculators. It told me that I have written 29% of my novel (I’m aiming at a final word count of around 80000). It also told me that I wrote 22% of my novel over the last six days. That’s over a fifth of my novel in under a week.
Some of you may have noticed that my critique partner, Leona Bushman, and I set up our own writing challenge, the IdeM Writing Challenge. This challenge requires us to finish the first drafts of our respective novels by the Ides of March, that’s 15th March to those of us on a more modern calendar.
At my current rate of progress I will make the deadline with room to spare, finishing on 11th March. Which is great because the deadline for the comedy erotica story is also 15th March and that will give me some time to look it over and make sure it is completely polished and ready before sending it in.
In other good news, my mother and stepfather are picking up their new German Shepherd puppy on 15th March and 16th March is my birthday. 20th March is the birthday of one of my best friends, who lives quite near my mother and stepfather, so guess where I’ll be heading on the Ides of March. I’ll give you a clue – I won’t be mountain-climbing.
It is so easy, especially when life brings you down for whatever reason, to forget exactly what you have achieved. This isn’t limited to writing but to all things. This blog has received over 760 hits in thirteen days. That’s it’s first thirteen days. I don’t know why people are so interested in my ramblings – the evidence only tells me that they are. Which is awesome. Which means I have no reason to feel sorry for myself because I’m obviously doing a couple of things right.
So now I’m going to take a walk and buy myself some more biscuits and/or chocolate and/or anything else I fancy because you know what? I deserve it. So do you. Be kind to yourself. Like the lady said, you’re worth it.