I did pretty well this past week. I decided not to turn on my computer in the morning until I have finished writing, so it won't be a big distraction. I bought a brand spanking new spiral, wide ruled notebook to use and set out to hand write the rest of my story, instead of typing it directly into word.
Discovery: It worked much better, because as I wrote and thought of something I needed to research, just jotted down a note to myself on the side and continued writing. If I had been typing in word, I would have minimized it and gone online to find out the information before continuing on. Which of course, takes away from my writing time and also turns into... wait for it... a big distraction. It is amazing what you can accomplish without distractions - especially self made ones.
My goals from last week were to write every day for a set period of time, finish two chapters and make writing a habit and part of the daily routine.
I managed to write 4 out of the 7 days. After breakfast I would sit down at the kitchen table before Father got up for the day and while James occupied himself playing his Wii game and write until I got tired. Which usually turned out to be after an hour or so. I found a really great Papermate pen, which I call my fat pen (this one) which keeps my hand from hurting and makes it easier to write for a longer period of time. I completed one unfinished scene and about two thirds of the 2nd scene. I still need to do some research on forensics information on stolen cars, fingerprint comparison software, etc. just so I have the terminology right.
I was slightly concerned about the number of chapters, but decided not to worry about that until the edit. I just finished reading Terri Blackstock's Line of Duty and it was 378 pages and 101 chapters and I have come across several other books that have chapters of varying lengths and number.
Statistics wise - I wrote 2188 words over the period of 4 days for a total word count of 74,980. I am averaging 547 words per day and hopefully as time goes by I will be able to write a bit more each day and increase those numbers. But at this point, I'm going to worry less about numbers and more about the story. My goal for the next week is to complete the 2nd scene and two other unfinished chapters.
Work in Progress Wednesday is brought to you today by the letter W and by Kate of The Lovers, The Dreamers, and Me.