Writing Journal 3.10.2019: Dry patch to start March

[AUTHOR’S NOTE: I did an image search for “dry patch” and this photo was the first thing that popped up.]

Took a big dive in productivity this week. The numbers:

+960 words written.

Days writing: 2 of 7.

Days revising: 2 of 7 for 60 total minutes.

Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of revisions): 3 of 7 days.

Yup. Basically, garbage numbers. I hit a three-day dead spot for the first time in a long time. No real excuse – I think I got sort of distracted by real-life stuff during the week. There were two days last week that my wife convinced me to play chess with her during the evening, and that actually was a good break for me.

I suppose that I just get paranoid about any drops in productivity and dry spells. I used to go months and years without writing or revising a single thing, and I never want to get back to that. So far, I’ve managed to avoid that level of procrastination and inactivity, but I never want to go back or give myself any possible excuses for it. Because, there really aren’t any for me. This whole idea of writing has gone way beyond any ideas of fame and/or fortune. It’s now so much a part of my identity that I would want to keep writing even if no one was reading it. (Why not; for many years nobody read what I wrote.)

OK, then – quick project update.

  • Project A: Still pretty much where I was last week. I need to sit down some night and figure out whether it makes sense to get into Writer’s Market or other sites. I think I got a lead on another site at an event the other week at the Midwest Writing Center, so I might check that out too. What I find out might be worth its own post.
  • Project B: Not too much more progress there. Got some additional revisions done, now I’m trying to trim out all of the useless stuff and get into a more cohesive and fast-paced read.
  • Project C: I have a couple of new poems done, but I think I’ll probably need at least a half dozen more before I have anything approaching a rough draft anthology.

No changes on projected completion dates.

That’s about it for now. If you can make it to any of those events I posted about last week, I’d love to see you there. I also have events posted on my Facebook and Amazon pages. If you’re curious, here’s a link to all of my other writing links. Sorry I was a little late tonight.

P.S. – just checked and I’m coming up on the 200th post for this blog. I’ll probably have to make a commemorative post when that happens, probably not until the end of this month at the very earliest.

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