Last week, I was dealing with a shift in my idea which after speaking with Dr. Zamora, I realized was more a shift based on semantics rather than on my actual project. That being said, this shift has really helped me in better understanding the plot and how to connect my scenes which is huge for a non-linear writer like myself.
I have definitely achieved a lot this week in terms of better outfitting my story and in writing. I was able to build more of the story out which has helped me to better plot the scenes I will be tackling and has actually assisted me in writing linearly. I wrote Chapter 1 this week and went straight into Chapter 2 and didn’t stop to write an unrelated scene (that’s progress, baby!).
I will say I didn’t hit my goal of words with writing scenes, but did when adding what I was plotting. With all the progress I did make I did more than walk or stroll with my work, but wouldn’t say I ran so I guess I skipped? I do feel a lot lighter and excited and have been happy with sitting down and working. So maybe frolicking might be a better metaphor?
I have realized I enjoy writing by word count rather than time, but recognize that is not something I am able to do as often since I have more time constraints. I know how much I can achieve in a 30 min period (which is what I have been doing mostly), but do find it more helpful to sit down and crank out a word count rather than a time goal and have been using that on the weekends and the couple of days throughout the week I can do that.
My goal over the next two weeks is to crank out at least 20,000 words. After my presentation this week on Wednesday, my schedule will be a lot more free than it has been since this past Friday, and I look forward to spending more writing sessions where I can sit with a word count goal rather than two 15 minute sessions or one 30-min session.