Gentle suspense. Tortured heroes. Mischievous heroines.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

I'm Going For It! (First update)

Hate to admit it, but the tears showed up early, lol. It had nothing to do with the characters and everything with me losing touch with time. I didn't finish Sunday's writing block until Monday, 3am. That is NOT my favorite time to be creative after writing all day.

Motivation evaded me Monday, so this morning I woke bright and early and started to write almost immediately (took care of the cats first). 

Had to say goodbye to a character and it was heartbreaking. SORRY, NO SPOILERS!
And just when I thought the suspense couldn't ramp up more than it has, it did! 
I'm sitting on the edge of my seat as I prepare to write the next episode in my series.

Total words for Sunday: 11,667
Total words for Tuesday: 12,114
Total words to go: 26,219

If you ask me how I'm doing with my writing, I'll tell you GREAT! I just finished writing six books in a series--took me from March to June, 2018. They'll be released later this year.
However, that wasn't always the case.

I used to lounge in my chair and think about writing, but never consistently getting up and writing, at least not with drive until NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month) came around or, better yet, Camp NaNo (April and July).

I thought if I wrote a book or two (short stories at that) a year, I was doing good. Be aware I had to factor in my perfectionism. I couldn't possibly release anything into the "wild" (publishing world) because I had to edit the life out of it first. 

That wasn't good!

It wasn't until I realized that my inner critic was holding me back, then I had to break the emotional soul ties that were suffocating my creativity. 

I broke those ties May 2018!

I started writing A LOT! 3,000 words a day. Then 4,000. I was really pleased when I reached 5,000. But I wanted 10,000!

Ten thousand words!

For two weeks, I wrote ten thousand words a day for three days in a row and then took a break for the rest of the week. Last week I pushed for four consecutive days of writing and I succeeded! I wrote over 40,000 words.  In one month, I clocked in nearly 100,000.

That was marathon training! 

My goal this week: 50,000.

I'm not fooling myself. It's not going to be a picnic. 
It's going to be lonely and challenging. 
I'm going to fall down and scrape my tender knees.
I'll roll in the dirt and announce I'm giving up. 

I'll want to cry and scream when the characters refuse to play along. 
There will be moments of creative stuttering. 

But I'm determined!

I'll get up, dust off my seat, and continue because writing is a huge part of who I am.
What I'm looking forward to most with this challenge is the scenic route. 

I'll be posting my progress this week, plus any lessons I've learned. 
Tune in to see how I fare.

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