Last report wordcount + chapter count/scene count: 3287 words and 1 1/2 chapters (New WIP)
Current report WC + CC/ SC: 3287 words and 1 1/2 chapters (New WIP)–no progress (I wrote like two paragraphs in the outline if that counts for something; ha, it was on the last marathon update day, too)
WIP Issues This Month: This is the second month in a row I haven’t worked on fiction writing seriously. So I really have no business making this update! I’ve been busy, but I’ve also been down in the dumps about writing due to some things going on behind the scenes. I can’t find the motivation to dive back in. I WILL by November, though, for NaNoWriMo. I hope earlier. I want to start NEVER VEIL 3 by then. (Putting the above new WIP on hold–although I did want to finish the outline for that at least. But the motivation isn’t there.)
Four things I learned this month in writing: 1. Other authors struggle, too. (It was nice hearing from those who’ve “made it” at Fierce Reads, and how they still have doubts.)
2. Going too long without fiction writing is a bad idea.
3. Editing other people’s writing at least gives me a kind of satisfaction and helps motivate me a little.
4. There’s only so much that’s under my control as a writer, and that’s the writing, so I need to get back to that.
What distracted me this month while writing: I’ve been busy with work, but I also visited NYC for my 7th time with my boyfriend to visit his family! (And Melissa Giorgio, who coincidentally lives near them!) I did a writeup of the Fierce Reads event we attended here, and posted photos here. We did a lot of bookish and Japanese culture things because my favorite hobbies are anime, reading and comics. It was our first time visiting Strand Bookstore as well!
Goal for next month: Maybe finish the outline for the new WIP, although it’s not very important. (At this stage, I’ve given up having anything to show a potential agent for a year or more!) Possibly start NEVER VEIL 3. The outline is done. I should just dive in, a little bit at a time. Maybe it’ll help me work up to the insanity that is 50,000 words in November.
8 thoughts on “WIPMarathon #8”
One of my biggest struggles this year has been accepting that the only thing I can control is the words on the page! I hope you get your motivation back soon! NaNo can be great for that – as can talking to other writers! 🙂
Thank you! 🙂 I need to keep reminding myself of that. Hopefully I’ll get back into the mood this month to prepare for NaNo!
Working on the outline always counts!
Omg, I can totally relate to not having motivation. There are some things that are just SUCH a mood killer when it comes to writing, but it’s so true that it is the one thing we CAN control: the quality of it and whether we do it or not. I also know it helps tremendously if we can give ourselves a pass for getting a little down in the dumps sometimes. >’.'<HUGS
Looks like you had a FUN month though!! And that always helps us write, getting out and having fun. 🙂
Don't fret if October brings little. There will be MANY folks around to push you into something come November. ^_^
Aw, thanks! *hugs back* It’s way too easy to feel like a failure as a writer. I’ve had a number of successes, but even they’re not everything I hoped they would be, and it makes me feel like I have no business writing. But like you said, all I can do is try and stop thinking about the bigger picture. I won’t get anywhere by not even producing manuscripts!
It was fun, thanks. 🙂 I think it’ll help if I don’t set an exact word goal for October. i was thinking 25,000 (half the 50k to “warm up” for November), but oh my goodness, that’s asking a lot of me right now! XD
I know what you mean about things behind the scenes affecting your writing progress! I hope everything sorts itself out and you get back on the writing wheel. ❤
Sending all the muses your way for October!
Thank you! 🙂 I hope so too. I think things are on the right track in some cases… Thanks, you too!
#1 and #4 – totally! I think we all struggle with self-doubt and lack of motivation at times. You are definitely not alone. *hugs*
Glad to hear you’re getting back to writing in October – I’m sure it’ll go better than expected once you dive back in 🙂
Thank you! I’m so grateful to hear from you other Marathoners and know I’m not alone! ;-; Thanks–I hope so too!