It’s July 5th, 2015. Week twenty six of writing 1,000 words per day of fiction. It’s time for another update!
Days 179 through 185 have been successes, with a minimum of 1,000 words per day written.
Stats for Days 179 to 185:
Day 179 – 1222 words
Day 180 – 1090 words
Day 181 – 1189 words
Day 182 – 1319 words
Day 183 – 1118 words
Day 184 – 1026 words
Day 185 – 1356 words
Total count for the year thus far is 240,043 words. Average daily word count is 1,297 words. WIP Avalon Circle is at 47,075 words. Based on current projections, Avalon Circle is 40% complete.
Few notes about this past week worth mentioning:
1. I pretty drastically changed up Avalon Circle’s throughline, which means a lot of what I wrote up to now will be rearranged or cut to accomodate this new version of the story, which has turned into a road trip I’m jokingly referring to as Q*bert’s a Jerk. It will continue to be called Avalon Circle as a WIP title until something better comes along and slaps me in the face with it.
2. I wrote a little story called “Little Sister” this past week, which got a lot of good attention on the blog, filled with them feels as it was.
3. I wrote a horror short which is called “Weeping Thief” that I’m still workshopping and editing, but I hope to put it out there for eyes by next week. Any of you familiar with Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will immediately recognize the story format.
4. This week marks the midpoint of the year, which is incredible because I still haven’t missed a day, though there have been many close calls. I’m “upping my game” as they say for the back half, in that I will be actively writing my 1K a Day, but I will also be going through and editing the writing I’ve been doing so far this year with intent to eventually submit for publication. If I can set aside an hour of editing every day, I believe I’ll have no real trouble keeping both tasks moving forward. Either way, finishing the first half of the year is a triumph, and instead of resting on my laurels I’m doubling down. Cause why wouldn’t I?
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And remember, writing is a skill. So write the hell on, writers.
Wow, I can’t believe how perseverant you are! Congrats on doing so well with this challenge! You really are killing it. Good luck with your project :)
Thanks for checking in again, Tori! I have to say congrats to you as well on the graphic novel. I’m not as good about responding to people as I should be, but I do keep an eye on your progress and I’m glad you’re also killing it. =)
The midpoint of the year seemed a good time to kind of assess where I am with regards to how much of a “challenge” it still is. The routine’s in place, I’m not worried about failing it on a day to day basis like I used to be. I’m not worried about writer’s block or anything like that.
But I also don’t want to just get complacent and stop striving for bigger and better things. Plateau’s just another name for stagnation and I hope to always be trying new things.
Thank you for the kind words! I’m also trying to check in with people more now that I have more time :D
Yes, I guess it’s not much of a challenge if it’s become so easy to hold up. You should definitely try new things if you feel yourself becoming bored or stagnant. I think your idea of editing a little every day is a great way to stretch how efficient and effective this method has become for you.
Just keep swimming!