Writing Journal 9.29.2021: Back where I was two weeks ago

I’ve found it being pretty useful being back in a writing group. At the moment, I’ve been meeting with the Iowa Writer’s Corner up in Des Moines. One of the more useful bits of advice came from a conversation I had with one of my members. She mentioned the fact that she doesn’t go overboard with plotting out or outlining her stories is that she doesn’t want to have the story written before she gets to writing, because there is the risk of getting bored with the story you are writing before you finish it.

While I’d add a couple of caveats to that statement, I have found that I do have the sense of a story spending too much time in my head before it comes out on the screen or the page. I think the project I have been working on at AO3 has gotten a little to that point. Usually, the best way to freshen up that story is to take a permanent break from it or a temporary one.

I might do that later on, but I do want to finish up the section of the story that I am on and complete the first part of the series. For one of the first times since I began writing, I have gotten a lot of positive feedback on my work. I remember how disappointed I have been for different projects that I have read on that site that have either taken a long hiatus, been abandoned, or even deleted all-together. I want to make sure that I eventually complete this project, even if it takes me longer to complete the latter portions of that project than what I anticipated.

Anyway, that’s my response to why my numbers have been garbage the past couple of weeks. Last week’s numbers, ironically, are almost identical to the numbers I had two weeks ago. And now, despite all that, I plan to power my way through it. Sometimes, that is the best option you have when there aren’t a lot of good options there.

Here’s the numbers, such as they are, for last week. I’m hoping we finally get some fall weather in Iowa that lasts for a bit. Sunny days in the 90’s aren’t cool anymore by late September/early October. Take care, everyone.

Writing Statistics for the week ending 9.25.2021:
+1,672 words written.
Days writing: 3 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 2 of 7 for  120 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 4 of 7 days.

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