Are We There Yet?

For the past few weeks I’ve posted about how little actual writing I’ve done even though I’ve been busy with editing, promo, and other writing-related stuff. Last week I swore I’d get back into the actual-writing goal, and I did. Today. A few hundred words. That’s it.

Grands Faceplanting LorindaLike the previous weeks, I’ve been knee-deep in promo and editing. Grands came out August 29, Faceplanting is Always an Option is up for preorder, and I do regular blog posts on The Cities of Luna to promote the series.

I got comments back from a beta reader on an Urban Fantasy novella, so I did revisions on that and sent it to the proofreader.

This weekend I did an author reading from Victoria Pontifex at the Springfield Steampunk festival. It was SO much fun! I wrote up a blog post about it, including lots of pictures.

This round is almost over. My usual goals of 1k being an OK day, 2k being a good day, and more than 2k being a great day still apply. Worked into those goals are the more-difficult-to-measure writing-related activities such as editing and promo. What I need to think about for the next round is balancing the actual-writing with the writing-related. Some promo is a PITA. Some promo is tons of fun. I actually like revising, especially when it’s in response to an editor or beta-reader I work well with. I also know that my actual writing is much more productive if I can do it in large chunks. I absolutely love NaNoWriMo; the format of cranking out a large number of words in a short time works well for me. If several days go by with no writing, the day I re-start I find I’m slow and clunky. If I write regularly for several days, I find myself back in the groove and my productivity soars.

But the balance…do I need to accept writing just a couple hundred words some days? Or is it better if I specify certain stretches as writing-time while allowing myself to do other stretches of writing-related stuff with no actual-writing? Add non-writing commitments like Mommydom to the mix and it can get really complicated. Some days it’s easier to do the writing-related stuff. Scratch that… it is almost always easier to do writing-related stuff as opposed to actual-writing. So, yes, I must find and guard the time I need for writing. The main decision now is whether I try to make that a little-bit-every-day, or large-chunks-with-time-off-in-between.Steampunk trio

About AmyBeth Inverness

A writer by birth, a redhead by choice.
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9 Responses to Are We There Yet?

  1. nagrij says:

    I’m the opposite. Write all the time, yet it took me months to edit a book. So, no, we aren’t there yet!

  2. carenksr says:

    I’m in the midst of marketing as well, sinking fast I fear. My fingers are itching to get back to writing, but I must get the “other” stuff done first. Good luck with finishing the round.

  3. As long as it’s my own work, I consider editing to be part of the writing process. So I count editing/revising days as writing days. To me it’s the same thing. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having days where you only write a few hundred words. Every word counts, I believe.

    The steampunk festival sounds like so much fun! Hope you enjoyed it. 🙂

    • The festival was a blast!
      I’ve edited for friends in the past, but I’ve started turning people away (there aren’t that many who ask) because I need to move forward in my career. Having a short story out here and there is nice, but I want to have longer works out in the world too.

  4. It sounds like you’re doing a lot of great writing-related work, even though your word count isn’t as high as you’d wish. I can really empathize with your dilemma, though, as it’s one I go through as well. I’ve decided that even when I only write a couple-few hundred words, it still counts. After all, I’m working on the WIP in some way, and thinking about it. Good luck with the rest of the week!

  5. Ah, yes, the eternal writing problem of trying to figure out when to do what where, why and how! 🙂

    Let us know when you’ve found an answer, okay? And good luck!

  6. Cindy says:

    I find that I do my best when I have a set writing time, but in the last couple of weeks I have had to squeeze in writing when I can. So, thus, I am at the mercy of my life, yet I am slowly returning to something like my summer routines at least a few days a week. I would say, sit down and write. I think you know what you need to do.

    Congrats on Grands, BTW!! 🙂

    Have a great weekend, AmyBeth.

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