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Accountability Post 2021 Week 04

Introduction to the Accountability Post 2021 Week 04

Is it true that some phenomena reacts to being observed? As in, an indeterminate quantum state only becomes “real” if it’s observed? Because I swear, the more closely I measure my time, the less of it I have! Between a full time job, my family commitments, trying to write a series of novels, and 8 seasonal anime reviews (3 of them collaborations), I don’t got a lot of slack in my schedule.

I feel like if I sneeze, I’ll be three days behind.

When I started writing the first paragraph, I felt like I was grousing. In retrospect, I’m lucky as hell, ain’t I? I get to spend my time on important things (my family and my career) while having time for the writing. So, as tough as it is to find time to write these novels, I need to be in the mindset that this is all good.

So, how’d I do this week? Well, have a look:

Two weeks straight where I wrote 3 days? Be still my heart…

In 2021 Week 3’s update, the word count stood at 19,831. That means this week, I wrote 7,433 words. Last week, I left off on chapter 18. On Sunday, I finished chapter 23.

Next Goals after This Accountability Post 2021 Week 04

This week, the character Jack Booth surprised me with how vivid he became in my mind. He’s having an absolute blast in his new assignment on the EU Parliament’s ECON committee.

And to think, six months ago, I didn’t even know what the ECON committee was, much less that it had a position called Rapporteur.

It feels like progress is glacial! Yet, a few months ago, I had zero words written in the rough draft. It’s amazing the says my mind tries to demotivate me!

I wonder how much of the draft I’m sort of showing in the screen cap above will make it to the final draft?

The goal for now is to keep on keeping on. I didn’t find any way to shoe-horn in more writing sessions into my week, but I’m going to keep my eyes open. And for the record? The new MacBook Pro with the M1 processor rocks.

I’ve started thinking about what I do once I finish the first draft. Do I hire a developmental editor? Buy more of Nick Stephenson’s courses? I went through one, and it was fantastic — but that was a year or more ago. Well, first things first. I need to focus on getting the first draft done.

Feedback Welcome!

Do you have any super secret techniques to squeeze more writing out of a given unit of time? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments!

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