Writing Progress: Week Ending December 15, 2012

No defense is the best offense? Or other somesuch words of unwisdom:

Book of M:

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

Story of V:

  • Wordcount: 0 words

Grand Total: 0 words

As is also often the case, there’s not really a story or explanation for why I wasn’t able to write this week (or in other words… I have no defense; thus the lame joke with which the post began).

Lots of little things going on, none of which makes for much of a compelling story on its own but which, when taken in aggregate, meant that I had no real free time for writing last week.  The largest of the little things that added up was probably Holiday Preparations.

And I expect more such Holiday Preparations to consume the majority of my time this week as well, such that I won’t get much or any writing done before the actual Holidays themselves arrive.    But by then we’ll have out-of-town guests (thus the frantic nature of our preparations) so I don’t expect much writing time then, either.

Basically, I’m looking at the remainder of 2012 and I’m thinking that there won’t be much new wordcount coming out of me before the clock strikes Midnight and 2013 rises to begin its shift.

So, I’m getting close to the point where it’s time to post mortem 2012 and then to lay out goals for 2013.  Inasmuch as I am able to find blogging time in the next few weeks, you can expect both of those from me.

But enough about me.  Let’s talk about you.  How do you plan to spend what little remains of the year that was 2012?  Are there any Holiday festivities which you have already enjoyed or look forward to enjoying in the coming week?  Do you find the Holiday season impacts your writing productivity, and if so how?

Writing Progress: Week Ending December 8, 2012

I’ll save the pithy commentary for the body of this week’s update:

Book of M:

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

Story of V:

  • Wordcount: 0 words

Grand Total: 0 words

As is often the case, there’s a story behind my not having done any writing last week.

This time, it’s because I was playing at being a Single Parent.  Dear Wife had a work trip for which she was gone for a few days, during which time I was B.T.’s sole care-taker. 

You could say, then, that I have a newfound respect for the trials and travails of actual single parents, and my pre-existing respect for Dear Wife and all that she does in our home for our family has deepened. 

At the end of the first day as a Single Dad I was tired.  Too tired to write, but with just enough energy to find less mentally-taxing ways of entertaining myself.  So I played a little Zelda, which I haven’t done in quite some time.  By the end of the second day, I was exhausted.  After I finished all the regular chores that need to be done each evening – dishes, preparing lunches for the next day, and so on – I was too tired even to try my hand at a video game.  I retired to bed at my earliest opportunity.

I went through third day in full Night-of-the-Living-Dead mode: mostly a mindless, shambling zombie-like entity that survived mostly by acting out of rote memory.  By the afternoon of the third day I was so close to the cusp of shutting down completely that I actually resorted to “self-medicating” by going to the office vending-machine and purchasing a caffeine-laced soda.  (I don’t drink coffee, so an afternoon cup o’ joe was not a real option.)

Thankfully Dear Wife returned toward the end of the third day, so I was able to get to bed somewhat early-ish.  But it took several days for me to recouperate fully.

This week is looking likely to be busy in other ways.  At least Dear Wife doesn’t have any more work trips planned for the immediate future.  Hopefully I’ll be able to find time to wrap up “The Story of V” and get to “The End”.

How about you all?  How was your week?

Writing Progress: Week Ending December 1, 2012

It was actually a pretty good week for me, again (all things considered):

Book of M:

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

Story of V:

  • Wordcount: 1,437 words

Grand Total: 1,437 words

I’m pretty happy with that amount of progress.  At this point, with a total of about 3,900 words, the “Story of V” is pretty close to being finished.  I expect I’ll “The End” within another 500 – 1,250 words, give or take.  The end of this short story really is in sight.

What I think is particularly remarkable about the progress I made last week is that I was able to do that while also being pretty decently productive on the old Home Project front.  The last couple weeks have been some of the most productive Home Project weeks for Dear Wife and I that we’ve had in a while.  (Our list of things to do in the Home Project before we can call this done, for now, is still pretty long, but we’re making good progress on it.)   So I’m pretty proud of finding a good balance between writing and other stuff that needs to be done, even if just for a single week.  I don’t expect this next week to be similarly well-balanced.

Now, as you can see, my focus on the short story has come at the cost of forward momentum on “Book of M”.  That’s unfortunate, of course, but that’s how it goes.  In the meantime, I’ve felt really good about the progress I’ve made on “Story of V”.  And I think that bit of time away has reinvigorated my creative faculties, as I have a renewed interest and desire to push ahead with “Book of M”, as well as a new desire and new ideas to go back and fix the parts I’ve already written.

I’m weighing that right now: is it better to forge ahead knowing there are problems with what you’ve written, or update what you’ve written? What if the planned changes to what you’ve already written will alter the course, even if only modestly, in the direction the story will take?  I realize these are questions more relevant to “planners” and “architects” than to other kind of writers, but I’m curious how others of you handle this.

So, today, besides asking about your own projects and what’s up in your life right now, I thought I leave you with those questions.  Do you revise in mid-draft?  Do you hold off on making changes, but write going forward as if you had?  Or do you stick to your plan (if you have one) or stay on course with what you’ve already written, and pick up the pieces later?