Writing Progress: Week Ending May 19, 2012

It’s been a slow climb back to normalcy – or at least back to a good writing productivity level – and there’s still a long way to go:

Book of M:

  • Background Notes Wordcount: 0 words
  • First Draft Wordcount: 470 words

Grand Total: 470 words

While I had certainly expected the past two weeks to be at-or-near-zero in terms of my wordcount productivity, I had honestly hoped this week would look a little better. In reality-land, though, I only had an opportunity to sit down and write once this past week.  While Home Project Phase II is mostly behind us now, there were still a few minor after-shocks.  And there were other things going on.  And, bigger than that, there was some serious timeline and project planning for Home Project Phase III.

Yes, there is a Phase III coming, which I’ve known for a while.  But I finally have a sense of the timing of Phase III, and it’s coming up pretty soon.  There will likely be some preliminary work here and there in the next several weeks.  But the real work, during which I expect another cessation of writing activity for a period of some several weeks, should get underway in the latter half of July, with some tremors likely lasting into early August.  Of course, things will come up, as they do.

On the balance, I think my initial expectation, at the start of the year, of losing only 7 weeks of regular writing productivity due to Home Projects, Holidays, etc. was probably a bit optimistic.  So far this year I’ve had 5 weeks in which my productivity for the week was 0 words.  That leaves 2 weeks left on my original goal/plan.  Frankly… between Home Project Phase III and the holidays later in the year… I can kiss as many as 4 or 5 more weeks good-bye, writing-wise.

But that’s not all!  Of the remaining 14 weeks so far this year in which I did write anything, I met my minimum weekly goal of 2,000 words on only 6 of them: i.e. less than half the time.  If I don’t count the five non-productive weeks, I should have written at least 28,000 words worth of fiction material so far this year (including background notes).  But I have written only 25,532 words so far: I’m off my target by about 9%, and the year is quickly approaching the halfway-point.

Basically, I’ve written an average of 1,300 words per week so far this year, or 1,800 words per week on weeks I actually spent time writing.  It’ll take quite a few 2,000+ weeks to bring that average back up to my goal for the year.  And, hey, I knew that 2,000 words a week was a stretch goal.  It wouldn’t have been a really useful goal if it wasn’t a bit of a stretch.  But it’s still disappointing.  And it’s disappointing to know that with the other non-writing projects still on the horizon for the year that it’s unlikely I’ll get back on track for the year.

Anyway.  I’m just grateful for the time I did have writing this past week, and hope for more in the next few weeks before things get really busy again.

The writing I did do was split roughly evenly between some new material on the next scene in the story and some revisions and additions to an earlier-written scene.  I have some more revisions and additions to earlier-written scenes sitting on the back of my mind – mainly to the purpose of ironing out the protagonist’s motivations for certain actions early in the story.  When we first encounter her, we find her embarked upon a certain undertaking.  But she hesitates and turns back – and I realized that the reasons for her turning back aren’t particularly clear.  Nor for her later turning forward once again.  She’s seemed kind of erratic – which, yes, people can be erratic sometimes.  But I do want her character to be clear from the reader’s perspective, and I think that means clearing up her motives so that her course reversals make sense.  So that’s what’s up for next week, plus hopefully more on the recently started 4th scene of the book – after the first true mid-chapter scene break of the book.

So, then, how was your week?