Hmm. Although I wrote 1,103 words today, I’m noticing that I’m spending a lot of time in the afternoons and evenings watching television instead of doing something more important (like reading! writing! or publishing tasks!).
That said, I’ve made it to day 5 of this streak with an average of over 1,000 words a day. Now to convert that to 2,000 words a day without derailing my progress. I think I’ll let it ride just a little longer before I mess with the good thing I’ve got going here.
What is it I have going here? Well, I’m writing in the mornings and planning to write in the evenings. I say planning because I haven’t actually done any writing in the evenings yet. My routine is simple: I write for 2 hours 10 minutes in the morning first thing, and then write for 2 hours 10 minutes in the evening last thing (start around 7:30 am and 7:30 pm). This leaves the vast majority of my day completely free. :) I am loving it.
I have a reason for the 2 hours 10 minutes but I’m not going to bore you. Suffice to say, it’s on a spreadsheet and it’s a very dynamic number that I’ll revisit monthly, assuming I’m able to stick with this one for a while. :)
I wrote 1,345 words today. I’m really pleased with the plan I’m following. I might need to try a little harder with certain aspects of it if I want to reach 2,000 words a day regularly but I’m going to give it another few days before I force the issue. I might just be building up to it. Weather related school closings have continued and there are some administrative days coming, so I won’t actually be back into my normal routine until Wednesday. :o
Either way, there’s no doubt this is a streak now. :D I just finished day 4.
Well, I’m struggling with this decision. I have a change I’ve made to one of my cover images to make it look a bit more like the rest of the books in the series. It’s been in print longest of all my books. I have the option to produce a new paperback edition or just revise the edition already there.
I can get a bit more time in the new releases lists if I produce a new edition. However, the only changes to the book are going to be the cover and some of the front and back matter. I don’t think there are any edits, although I’ll probably give the paperback a quick read through just to be sure (since I’m already needing to reload the files for review at Createspace).
I don’t plan to change the length of the book even with the front and back matter changes because I don’t want to have to do any major revisions to the cover’s spine—it was a pain in the butt the first time I did it (this was my first paperback) and I imagine it’ll be just as big a pain this time (this book is narrow and the spine is just within the limits that Createspace will accept).
If you have advice, I sure wouldn’t fuss if you decided to give it. :D
I wrote 1,302 words today. I’ll have to correct this tomorrow if I’m remembering incorrectly. Too tired to fire up the computer tonight and double check. :)
(Yep. I got it right.)
I wrote 1,734 words today. Two days of writing in a row. It’s official. It’s a streak. ;)
I had hoped for more but I’m too tired! I keep yawning and I’m ready to crash. So, 1,114 words it is. But … yay! The zero word days streak has been broken. And even though 1,114 words isn’t the 2,000 I’d like, I’m not unhappy with what I have.
I’m optimistic about the chances of this new plan working out for at least a while—maybe even long-term, but it’s much too soon to start talking like that. ;) But! I feel like I might have hit on something with this one. :D
I’m not finished with the day’s writing, but I can say now that this isn’t going to be a 0 word day. I think I’m going to like this new plan. I’ll tell you about it later this week after I see if it has legs. ;)
So after having another 0 word day yesterday, I sat down and created a new plan. I’m optimistic. I’ll tell you later if it works.
Let’s see. I wrote a gigantic post detailing why I’m still not writing each day. Then it occurred to me: Don’t dwell on the past.
Some authors read reviews. Because—
- they want to hear their audience’s reaction
- they want to learn what they might need to do different to meet the expectations of their audience
- they feel obligated to read the reviews
- they want to put out the best product they can and they think reading the reviews will help
- some other reason I can’t fathom
Like most things in life, those reasons matter to those people, but they don’t matter to me. I’m sure someone, somewhere, thinks those reasons should matter to me, but … nope, I still don’t care. :D
I don’t read reviews (not on purpose anyway), because—
- they affect my writing
- they make me crazy
- my books are products to the people who buy them, but they’re not products to me; they’re my art
- they don’t help me learn how to write a better book because the only person I’m trying to satisfy with my books is me; no one else’s opinion on my books has any bearing on how I feel about those books
I’m happy to sell my art as a product, but like a used car it’s an “as is” purchase :D
Yes, I’m an artist. “Artist” isn’t a bad word. I’m also a business person who has looked at the business in question, decided on her priorities, and planned accordingly. :) I prioritize my own pleasure from my books higher than I prioritize money. That certainly doesn’t mean I don’t want any money for my work (quite the opposite), just that I know what I want more and that I’m willing to sacrifice some of the one to keep more of the other…
If you’re a business person, you need to decide on these things for yourself. It’ll keep you sane. ;)