Weeky Writing Check-in: May 11 to 17

Weekly Writing Check-in: May 11 to 17There is one constant in my writerly life – as much as I try, wish for, and convince myself that THIS weekend is THE weekend I will get some writing done (with THIS meaning every and any weekend in question) – inevitably, life does seem to get in the way.

I try not to beat myself up for that. Because we all need a break every once in a while, and as long as I get a respectable amount of work done during the week, I allow myself the weekends to watch crappy TV, go for ice cream, talk naps and generally reboot.

That being said – it was Victoria Day this past weekend, so I indulged in all of the above, including a drive to Niagara-on-the-Lake for a little picnic and a stroll along the Niagara River.

Like any good writer, I do carry a notebook with me in case the Muse makes an appearance. But it was nice to get away for a few days and miss writing enough that I am ready to tackle the week again.

So, here's how I did last week:

–    Moral Hygiene: still reworking it. Currently see-sawing between which character should be the protagonist (as you can see from my previous post)
–    Castlehill Story: starting to think about this one again, as I hope to finish MH soon so I can work on something new

What I Did Well:
–    Drove some traffic to the ol' website with new blog posts
–    Started networking a bit more with new Twitter peeps
–    Working on a marketing strategy for my fiction writing, embracing the fact that it, too, is as much of a business as my freelancing and realizing that just by building a website doesn't necessarily mean the readers will come – gotta go out and find them!
–    Tweaked my Writer's Accountability Chart: changed the 250 task to 500 – because 250 words is simply not enough of a challenge to me, even on my busiest days
–    Continued adding to my Idea File

What I Can Improve On
–    Didn't get to my Friday 5 this week. Oops! I think I'm going to need to come up with an alternate "chore" for those times when I can't write that much no matter how much I want to (specifically when I am editing and there is no need to add 5000 words to a story)
–    As I said above, try to write on weekends (maybe every other one)

I know for sure that I've improved upon last week's productivity. I think I should give each sticker a point amount or something so I can be more accurate in grading myself. That might just take some of the fun out of it, though. I also feel that my productivity will go up now that the shows I watch have ended for the season.


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