It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. Honestly, my life is pretty boring (and I usually like it that way!), so I would just write the same thing week after week. I spend my time doing one of a few things: reading, at work, attempting to write, or trying to avoid cleaning. The last one’s for my mum — Hi mom!
I said in my March summary that while I had learned about the April session of Camp NaNoWriMo, I wasn’t going to participate. That resolution lasted all of half a day. I set a goal of 35,000 words, which I thought was reasonable considering I didn’t really start until April 10 or so.
Because I have a spreadsheet fetish (I do!), I made one to keep track of my daily word counts. But I didn’t restrict it to just book writing. I included a column for reviews, because I spend a lot of time writing reviews. So far in April I’ve written (or have started) 13 reviews. I actually should have written a few more, but I’m trying to keep from burnout and not making myself review every book I read, although I’d like to. And I’ve read 16.5 books, plus some fanfic.
The number for “Fun” is an estimate. As much as I’d like to have the exact numbers for that category, it’s easier and faster to guestimate. “Fun” is a category for all my fun writing, like fandom and fanfic. As you can see, that’s my biggest percentage, and always is whenever I keep track of my words per month. Seeing that number usually makes me wish I could just turn my fanfic into fic. That would be nice.
So, I doubt I’m going to meet my goal of 35,000 words for my WIPs. I’m not too upset about that, because I think I’m finally learning how to write crap. Yup, write crap. I self-edit when I write, which is okay for short pieces. Stuff under 2,000 words. I hit a block on WIP 2 last week, and I was despairing, thinking, I’m never going to write anything over 1,000 words! But then, I started typing junk … and I hit almost 2,000 words. And I do mean junk — I’ve got multiple tenses in one sentence, different characters talking in the same paragraph, misspellings, and horrid grammar. But I am okay with that, because when I edit, I can clean it up. But I can’t edit and clean it up if I don’t have anything to work with!
That’s something I’ve been trying to do for a very long time. I tend to rewrite the same sentence or paragraph over and over until it’s just the way I want before moving on. It’s like I have a mental block. Honestly, it drives me nuts. But then a lot of things in my head do. LOL.
If you’ve made it to the end of this post (and I don’t blame you if you haven’t), I have a question for you. If you do something else that takes up a huge chunk of time, such as writing, how do you balance that with blogging? My site visits are down 50% this month, and I have a feeling that’s because I haven’t been posting as much and have been trying to write more. I could sleep less, I guess, but I really like my sleep.