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.
Like 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 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.