Woah. This Month in Review is more than a little late.
I guess I just got caught up in all that fun editing I have (not) been doing.
Since posting about how much I hate editing, I briefly got on a roll with it then almost as suddenly stopped.
On days that I edit, I have allowed myself to only produce 300 words of writing. On days that I do not edit, I have forced myself to produce 500 words of writing.
The odd thing is how aimless my writing has felt of late.
I haven’t allowed myself to work on a major project, so I’ve been working on… well… whatever comes into my mind on a given day. Compared to the last year of writing, it feels weird.
I’ve engaged on a handful of things from scenes to potential short stories to flash fiction type pieces. A few were even character studies. I have yet to build much enthusiasm for any of these.
Unfortunately, my difficulties with editing seem to be carrying over to my difficulties with writing. About the only writing projects I have any enthusiasm for are my next novel idea and yet another novel idea I accidentally stumbled into.
Yeah. I know.
I should finish this damn novel before I start writing a gajillion more, but the creative part of my brain balks at this idea.
I didn’t keep track of my metrics this month. I’ve written so many short pieces in so many places, and I forgot to even keep track of what came before and after April 1st.
So this months metrics will be a little different and will be called a “Progress Report.” I might continue this into the future. I’m not sure that exact words counts are all that important or tell anyone anything essential.
Did I Write Every Day? PASS – estimated at ~500 words/day
Did I Edit Every Day? FAIL
Did I Produce Non-Fiction Every Day? PASS
Editing Progress? %10.5 First Pass Edited
The one metric I actually followed is the percentage of my NaNo that has seen a first pass of editing.
10% is not a bad number. You know, it “sounds” good. However, it’s made weaker by the fact that I’ve been at this for well over a month. At this rate it’s going to take over a year to get through the first pass, and I am already positive it’s going to need at least another pass… and beta readers… and probably another pass after that.
So, I have to pick up the pace.
March Goals in Review
1.) Start Editing NaNo! – Sure… I guess I get a pass on this. I started. This might be a case study for how to not set effective goals. They say an effective goal has a clear end date (mine did!) but also a clear objective measure of success. Mine did not. I probably should’ve set a goal of ~50k words or something. PASS
1.) Edit NaNo to 30,000 Words! Boom. A more effective goal. Note that since this post is going up in mid-April, I’ll have less time to meet that goal than for a normal month. Thus I have set myself with the less than ambitious target of 30k words.