Writing Progress: Week Ending November 26, 2011
Like I said last week… I’ve struggled to get over 2,000 words per week, which used to be about my average. I’m guessing the average has gone down by now. Still… I came so close.
Book of M:
- Background Notes Wordcount: 1,871 words
Grand Total: 1,871 words
Funny enough, I probably could have done a good amount more writing if not for the holiday weekend, maybe an extra 400 to 600 words this week. I’ve said this before about holidays, but it bears repeating: you’d think holidays would be good for my writing productivity, but in fact almost all of the “free time” opened by holidays is usually taken up by other, holiday-related activities. Time with family appreciating and enjoying the holiday is not time spent writing. Sometimes holidays entail travel, too. Travel time is not writing time. And my laptop is so large, it usually doesn’t accompany us when we travel – it’s portable only in the loosest sense of the word, but that’s because when I got it I needed a desktop replacement more than I needed portability. When we don’t travel (which is rare on the holidays right now), there’s usually so much to do around the house that the available time vacuum is filled quickly and without remorse.
And so it was that when I was thinking, earlier in the week, “Surely I can find time over the weekend to write another 400 or so words and break my sub-2,000 drought” that, in fact, I was not able to. Other things took precedence.
Still, I’ve come a good distance. I said last week than in the next week or two I’d finally be done with the history. I didn’t finish it this week, but I judge that I’m within 3,000 words of completing the history document. I’m at the point in the history where I’m recounting the events that transpired in the village of Isa, the protagonist, immediately following the cataclysmic events that ended the war I talked about in my last update. That’s still just under 300 years of history to cover in the interim, leading up to Isa’s modern-day – so considering that I’ve covered approximately 1,500 years in about 35,000 words worth of background history notes, maybe my 3,00o-word target is a bit optimistic. But I think it’s not too much more than that, at worst. The whole idea is “the world is post-apocyalyptic”. So there’s my apocalypse. It was 300 years ago, yes… but we’re still dealing with the aftermath, because apocalypses have big aftermaths. That’s why we call it an “apocalypse”. (Note: the previous sentence is snarky. That’s not why we call it an apocalypse at all – that’s a more complicated etymology thing – but it does sound very apocalyptic, doesn’t it?)
That was my writing week – looking forward to wrapping up this history document very soon – how was yours?