It’s time for another “Writer’s Break Friday” here on the blog 🙂 ! If you don’t know this is a new series on my blog where I just post weekly progress reports on my writing for the last week. (Disclaimer: I’m still working out how I want to format these updates so any feedback and/or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!)
Now, I’m gonna be honest, I didn’t do as well as I hoped for this first week of writing 😦 (If you would like to see some of my writing resolutions for 2018, click here )
Before I go into the daily breakdown, I thought I would give you some quick stats for the week:
Total Words Written: 1,513
Total Time Spent Writing: 3 Hours
Project (s) Worked on: “Dragons” Writing Prompt
Now, let’s jump into the daily breakdown of writing for the week:
Monday, January 8th 2018
Words Written: 412
Time Spent Writing: 1 Hour
So the first day started out really good. I wrote for a full hour and managed to get a decent amount of words down (I’m a bit of slow writer). I started attending a writing group at my local library a few months ago. We are given a prompt to work on over the course of the month in preparation for our next meeting. I usually save these until the last two days before the meetings. However, I recently decided to take my writing a lot more seriously than I have in the past and thought spending more time on these prompts would be a good way to start. (Though I do want to start working on the novel I’ve been planning by February as well!)
Tuesday, January 9th 2018
Words Written: 0
Time Spent Writing: 0
As you can see, I got absolutely no writing done. It’s not that I didn’t want to, I just ran out of time 😳 This week wasn’t just the start of my new writing schedule, I also started writing up daily to-do lists for myself every morning. I had a lot on that list for Tuesday, one of which was to create my own reading journal. I have been seeing them around a lot lately and decided to give it a try myself. But it took a lot longer than I had anticipated to set up. (I try to have everything on my list done before dinner every night as I take a few hours after that to watch some t.v. prior to reading in bed before going to sleep).
Wednesday, January 10th 2018
Words Written: 385
Time Spent Writing: 45 minutes
I had every intention of making up that lost day by setting my timer for 2 hours Wednesday. But as I got to the 45 minute mark, I was having a hard time concentrating and decided to end the session early. I realized trying to add extra time on to my daily goal stressed me out and didn’t help with my concentration. From now on if I miss a day, I don’t think I’m going to try and make it up that way, but instead try to write for a while on the weekend instead.
Thursday, January 11th 2018
Words Written: 329
Time Spent Writing: 30 minutes
I really wanted to make my goal of writing for 1 hour. I was completely into the story, which usually takes me a good 20 minutes of writing to get to the point. But I started typing too fast which made my hands hurt a lot sooner than usual. (My disability effects the range of motion in my right hand which makes typing fast for long amounts of time a little uncomfortable. And with it being so cold out recently my pain has been a little higher than normal). So I ended up calling off the session early.
Friday, January 12th 2018
Words Written: 378
Time Spent Writing: 45 minutes
I was so close to hitting 1 hour, but it wasn’t entirely my fault. About 15 minutes into the session I ended up losing power for a little bit. And with it the internet 😦 . I write my prompts in Google Docs (I don’t have Microsoft on this laptop as I have it on my desktop and just don’t feel like adding it right now) so when I lost power I had to take a break because I knew it wouldn’t save and I didn’t want to risk losing it once the internet did come back because it has a tendency to go to an error message for a minute while its trying to connect to wifi again. I tried to get back into the head-space I was in before but I just couldn’t.
So while I didn’t get 5 days/hours of writing for this week, I’m not too disappointed in myself because I did manage to write more than last week (which was nothing 😆 ). It’s also something new so I expected there to be a few bumps in the road at first. There’s always next week though! How was you’re writing week? Did you hit you’re goals for the week?