Writing Journal 12.29.2019: Last journal of the year sees a slight holiday slump, but I realized what caused it

I’ll keep the update short tonight.


I had hoped that I would get a whole bunch of writing done this week when I was off, but I got bogged down during the Christmas week. However, I think I realized what threw me off.


Right now I’m writing a fan fiction on Archive Of Out Own, which allows you to post your fan fiction work. You do it on a chapter by chapter basis. You could post everything at once, but what it winds up being is usually a serialized story, like mine is. You can check out what I’m working on here.


Anyway, I wound up outlining what’s going on in each of the chapters and throughout the story to help me out with what I am going to write. One of the issues is, sometimes I get too rigid with my thinking when it comes to those outline issues. Sometimes I think it’s best to put out shorter chapters more frequently rather than long chapters over longer intervals. Basically, I think I was trying to shove two chapters worth of story into a single chapter. I have to remember that the outline, like the writing itself, is always subject to change.


To be honest, though, I’ve had a lot worse writing weeks, especially earlier in this year. I’ll post it below like I have been doing.


My plans are for not just this post but two more posts sometime this week. The first of them will be an update on the projects that I have in various stages and my plans for them. The second will be a recap of my writing stats for 2019 and how they compared to last year, for sure.


I also likely need to set up some upcoming posts for my Facebook and Twitter writing pages. I’ve gotten so lazy about posting new content on there, to be honest, even though these blog posts show up there too.


Anyway, hope the rest of 2019 goes fine. The stats are below. Have a good night.

+4,303 words written.

Days writing: 5 of 7.

Days revising/planning: 3 of 7 for 240 total minutes.

Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 5 of 7 days.

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