Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Word Count Wednesday!


(It's still Wednesday, so this still counts.)

Last week I decided not to use the word count as my primary measuring stick for progress, noting however the desire to see that number inch higher and higher.

But I did set a goal of getting my MC back home for the incident which leads into the story’s main conflict.

So how’d I do?

That depends on how you look at it.

See, I haven’t written a single word in the manuscript or other related documents since last week.

Not a jot or a tittle.

Or for the visual learners...

Image Courtesy of seaskylab / FreeDigitalPhotos.Net

I could blame my inactivity on jury duty, heading into Day Four of a three-day trial.

(No, that’s not a typo.)

I could cite the fun family events which absorbed most of my writing time last week.

I could also mention I have reached the end of my firstFanfiction and want to put it to bed properly.

But the simple, larger truth is I decided to take a break from writing the book.

Not from thinking about the book, talking to the characters, planning the story, or analyzing what I’ve written. In truth, during a siesta, I can better hear my MC’s voice, better tell where the story drags or needs embellishment. And armed with this intel, I’m better suited to improve the novel when I go back into it.

Sometime this weekend.

So…

Wednesday, May 29: 16,280 words

Wednesday, June 05: 16,280 words

Goal for next week: Fix the first five chapters according to my original plan.

How about you? What induces you to step away from your creative projects? How do you determine when you’re ready to go back?

Civic duty permitting, I'll see you Friday for my Reflections!

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