Ugh. This week’s report comes with a hefty lesson in momentum, one that I learned a long time ago, but relearned in a painful way. But numbers first, and then excuses.
This week was not good. I was only able to add another 4,098 words to my current work-in-progress, bringing my total up to 41,664 words. I’m kind of upset with myself. No, wait. No weasel words. Strike the “kind of.” I am upset, even though I had a good reason: I got sick this past weekend. Nothing too major or life-threatening, but enough to make me sleep for long stretches and otherwise lie on a couch and read. That’s about all the mental activity I could handle.
While I needed to recuperate, it absolutely killed my forward momentum. I’ve been much better the past three days, but since I haven’t been racking up the words, it’s hard to get back into that zone and habit. It’s sort of an author’s version of Newton’s First Law. An author in motion tends to keep writing. An author at rest doesn’t.
Now in some ways, I did need to slow down a bit. I’ve hit a point in my story where things are really starting to happen, and I didn’t have a definite plan in place for what was going to happen. I know what the end result of the next few scenes need to be (shifting allegiances, promises to help, that sort of thing), but I wasn’t sure how I was going to get to those particular finish lines. Now I’ve got a better idea.
But hey, I don’t want to leave you empty-handed. Here are the tweets from this week’s #WIPJoy questions:
#WIPJoy | Day 8 – Again I have to wuss out. I’m not good on engaging all five senses in a first draft. Whole “character in a void” thing.
— John Otte (@JohnWOtte) September 8, 2016
— John Otte (@JohnWOtte) September 9, 2016
— John Otte (@JohnWOtte) September 10, 2016
— John Otte (@JohnWOtte) September 11, 2016
— John Otte (@JohnWOtte) September 12, 2016
— John Otte (@JohnWOtte) September 13, 2016
— John Otte (@JohnWOtte) September 14, 2016
See you next week (with hopefully better numbers!).