Well... mine do now :D lol
I re-read the scene I wrote earlier and am still really happy with it :D I have a bit more energy today too, so here's hoping for a better day.
Today is the 1st of June, which means we’re halfway through the year and I’m a month or so into my recovery. Do not fear dear friends, this is a rather positive post. :)
I’m completely wiped out today, but that’s fine and whatever, these things happen. I am recovering and I’m doing pretty damn well actually. This little breakdown had been brewing for a couple of years or more. The constant stress, the horrendous bad luck, I’m pretty impressed with myself that I lasted as long as I did! I’m still taking my time, and I feel better than I have done in a long time. I’m more relaxed, my eyes are brighter, my knees hurt like a sonofabitch and my shin splints are returning, but we’re ignoring that...
I've been recovering from what evolved into a minor breakdown for about a month now, and I'm pretty happy with my progress. I started using a wordcount calendar to track how many words of fiction were written each day (dark UF stuff only, the side-project stuff doesn't get recorded on this calendar). I should note I didn't start using the calendar until the 6th and didn't go back and fill in the previous days.
I avoided using a wordcount calendar for quite a long time because I thought it'd stress me out, seeing the sporadic nature of my fiction writing. I thought it'd be more pressure that I really didn't need. I've been reminding myself that I'm recovering and it's completely fine if I have a day without writing, or a low count day, there's no harm in it.
It's been working quite well. The calendar gives me a reward - the act of putting a digital sticker on the calendar, and shows me how much I've done. It also allows me to see patterns, do I tend to write more during the week? On sunny days? etc etc.
How I use it
It's pretty self-explanatory but at the end of each day I put on a 'sticker' for the words that I wrote that day. I round the number down to the closest 500. I also put on when I did editing (again, only on my UF stuff), when I've finished a 1st draft, a round of edits, and publish a book.
A lot of people use physical calendars and stickers, they put a nice smiley face or butterfly or whatever they use on each day that they hit their daily wordcount goal. As with most things in life, you need to do what works for you.
I definitely recommend this system for people who're looking for a nice way to encourage themselves to write a little more and to achieve wordcount goals. It might sound foolish but being able to put a sticker on is like filling a bar in a game. It works best if you give yourself extra rewards too, say a nice brownie if you go over target, or a treat from your favourite cafe if you hit your goal for a week, etc.
I'm still refusing to set myself daily goals, I write when I'm inspired and people who view that foolish or inferior can go elsewhere. As I said, it does still let me see patterns and feel kinda nice.
I'm hoping next month's calendar will be a little more cheerful than this one, I'm doing well and feeling more myself than I have done in quite a long time. I have to remind myself that I've written some 17k on Shadow Strings book 3 in my series, I also completed two rounds of development edits on Feathered Touch - my own, and then another from Michael's notes. That's not a bad month :)
How has your writing month gone? Do you use goals and rewards?
Squee I love this bit, the developmental edits are complete on Feathered Touch which means that there are only copy edits and proofreading left! I feel like a big weight has been lifted, I can start looking forward to the actual publishing bit now.…
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