Update | Time to Reassess?

 It’s harder to stay on top than it is to make the climb. Continue to seek new goals.

– Pat Summitt

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Update time!!! I’ve eh… lost myself in a bowl of colourful M&Ms, I’m afraid. I’m quite frantically working on Holly’s October story. It was supposed to be done already. I told my lovely publisher that I was writing a story for National M&M Day, and they wrote me into the release schedule. I said it would be quick and easy – colourful little chocolates should make for a quick and easy story, right?

Ah, this is life as a… discovery writer 😆 We’re now 51.637 words into a rather dark tale about a rescued blood slave and his vampire. Yup, exactly how I’d planned it 🙄 But there is chocolate.

Every single word of those 51.637 words I’ve written since the last update post. I’ve also added a little to my advent stories, not a lot, just a little fiddling. All in all, I’ve written 52.192 since last month.

That leaves me with a total of 242.308 words. Since I’ve told WordKeeperAlpha (where I keep my stats) that my goal is 250.000 words this year, it says I only have to write 7.692 more words. I can tell you that I will write more than that since I haven’t done Holly’s November story yet. I haven’t even decided which day to write about. I need to get out of my M&M addiction before I make a decision 😊

On average, I’ve written 1106 words per day, which is pretty good since there are days when I don’t write a single word. And I’m predicted to reach my goal of 250.000 words on August 18th. We’ll see about that. It all depends on how many more words I need to finish the M&M story. I don’t think I’ll need 7k, it’s almost wrapped up, and once I’ve reached the end, the revising starts and that normally doesn’t generate a lot of words. I add some words, but I also delete a lot of words. We’ll see next month if I’ve reached 250.000 words or not 😁 either way, I think I might need to reassess.

How are you doing with your goals? Is it time to reassess?

Update | We’ve Got This

“The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”

Benjamin E. Mays

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It’s update time!!! I’m feeling pretty good. For the last two months, I’ve felt like I’ve been rushing to get things in before the deadlines, but now I’m a bit more in control.

Holly’s advent story is with my beta readers, and I’ve just finished the first draft of mine, so yay! We’ve got this 😁 All stories for the third quarter have been submitted, and while it gets a bit weird now since I’m writing the December stories before I’ve written the October and November stories, I’m sure I’ll sort it.

Since the last update post, I’ve written 42.908 words which is pretty good. I believe I wrote some of them back in May, maybe. It says I created the Scrivener file for Dear Diary on May 26th, but according to my notes, I didn’t include the words in the June update post. I think I have the right numbers now.

It leaves me at 190.116 words so far this year, and only 59.884 words left to write to reach my goal of 250.000 words. I feel it’s more about the stories than the words, though. But, in case you didn’t know, I like stats and this is a way to keep track of things.

To reach my goal of writing 250.000 words in 2022, I only need to write 330 words per day for the rest of the year. Should be easy, right? If I keep the same tempo I have so far, I’ll have reached 250.000 words by the 28th of September. Cool, right?

If I keep it up this month, I might have time to go back to the story about the Halfhide pack I abandoned back in May. I want to write that, but I don’t want to feel I have to stress through it. We’ll see how everything plays out.

How are you doing with your goals??

Update | Running Out of Time

“One part at a time, one day at a time, we can accomplish any goal we set for ourselves.”

— Karen Casey

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Update time!!! I have no idea what I’m doing. I haven’t even drawn up June in my bullet journal yet, which means, in my mind, it hasn’t really started.

I’m still chasing deadlines. When I planned my year, I told my lovely writing buddies that I didn’t want to be sitting in June and July and panic over the three deadlines I have given myself in July. I would have to make sure to write at least one, hopefully, two, of those stories earlier on so there wouldn’t be any stress… Guess what! I haven’t written any of them. I’m starting now! But that means I’ll have to do a lot of words these next coming weeks if I’m gonna make it, and my head isn’t really with me. I’m sure it’ll be fine, but my attention span is flaky, and there is a lot of worry in my personal life. My mother in law isn’t doing well, and it’s hard. It is what it is, though, and we’ll just have to make the best of what we have.

Since the last update post, I’ve written 39.833 words. A pretty good month, if you ask me. It leaves me on a total of 147.208 words so far in 2022, which is 58.88% done of the 250.000 words I said I’d do.

If I keep the same pace as I have so far, I’ll be done with the 250.000 words on November 1st. My daily average is 943 words. I guess I could do better there, but a lot is going into this that doesn’t add any words.

So far so good. Now I just need to make the deadlines LOL