Writing Journal 4.7.2019: I’m officially in a writing drought/blockage/stall/whatever

Well, it’s official. I’m currently stalled on my writing. And I don’t even have to look at the numbers for last week to sense it. For the sake of keeping track and fidelity to the process and so forth, here they are.

+711 words written.

Days writing: 1 of 7.

Days revising: 3 of 7 for 75 total minutes.

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

As I suggested last week, this stall is absolutely related to factors with the projects themselves rather than external issues. Things have been hectic at work – longer days to get school wrapped up, paperwork for students to try to get wrapped up, testing probably for the next four weeks or so at least to get the last round of assessment testing done before the end of the year. I love my job, but I am looking forward to summer break when it starts in eight weeks.

Here’s the project updates:

  • Project A: Haven’t yet gotten the Writer’s Market subscription, but that might come later this month.
    I was thinking about a comprehensive proofreading edit/follow up revision before I start marketing. If I had started that last week, I might have gotten more done, to be honest.
  • Project B: Ugh. (My wife’s favorite expression of disgust.)
    Remember when I thought this was going to be easy…? Yeah, it’s not.
    I’m just looking at the first rough draft (this will be a first revision/second rough draft, as I mentioned before). I have to reassure myself that this will not be anywhere near perfect when it comes out. I have to get over myself and finish work on scenes that don’t feel the best reading through them but I think can get turned into a coherent story. I have to remind myself why I choose to try the story in the first place. I need to build a bridge and get over it.
  • Project C: No progress on this whatsoever. It’s such a pain to transcribe poetry I’ve written in notebooks. I’m thinking that voice to text for Google Docs might make this a lot less painful process.

The projected deadlines for those projects (an attempt by me to keep myself accountable for all of this).

  • Project A, begin querying agents and publishers: Sometime in early-mid summer 2019.
  • Project B, finish major redrafting of the rough draft (more of a second rough draft rather than a more focused revision): End of summer 2019.
  • Project C, finishing creating rough draft poems: End of 2019.


To be honest, that’s all I’ve got for now. I’ve got to get some stuff for work done tonight and get set for tomorrow. I am planning on doing a 200th post celebration post, likely for either Friday or Saturday coming up, before the regular Sunday writing journal post.

That’s about it for now.

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