Little Bits Add Up

This has felt like another busy week, even though I was home for most of it.

Monday was my daughter’s 19th birthday, so we took her out to dinner, and celebrated with presents (we’re having cake and family over today, and celebrating my brother’s birthday along with it). We got her a Nintendo Wii U, so of course spent time setting it up and playing.

That pushed paperwork, which is normally my Monday evening duty, off to Tuesday. Paperwork here is not trivial, as my husband and I own two small businesses in addition to my writing business. And the beginning of the month is always busiest for his businesses.

Wednesday, no one had gone to the grocery store, so we ended up going out to dinner–which I didn’t mind, except that it took a good bit of time, and once again, I didn’t get much writing done.

By Thursday, I was getting kind of twitchy. I wanted to write. I had that ending scene all blocked out, was excited about it, and wanted to just get it down, darn it, but I hadn’t had time, kept being pulled in different directions. That night, I retreated into my headphones while DH watched TV so I could make some progress. Yet I didn’t feel like I did, because there were still some lingering paperwork issues providing distraction. On Friday, DH was busy in the garage, but Isis was very insistent that I play tug-a-lamb with her, so not as much got done as I’d have liked. (That’s OK, a puppy’s worth it.)

It's hard to write when this is being shoved into your elbow...

It’s hard to write when this is being shoved into your elbow…

Saturday, having a whole day helped, but my adrenal fatigue was really kicking in and I didn’t feel like I did much, just a bit here, a bit there. I was also still not done with the ending scene, which had been my goal. Darn thing expanded into three scenes! (I consider it a separate scene when it’s a separate unit of conflict, or separated by time or place, which these all were).

Then I looked at my totals. I’d written over 3700 words this week!

A little bit here and a little bit there really does add up. Now if only I could do that with decluttering my house…

What I read this week: I finished Smith’s Monthly #5 (entertaining, as always!) and started a new book Friday night. I’ll have more to say about it when I’m further into it, so will discuss next week.

ROW80Logo175ROW80 Update: My goal for this week was to complete the ending scene, and while I didn’t accomplish that, I did get three other scenes written, so I consider this week a win. I’ve refined the plan for my ending scene, and now can see that it really is limited in time and place, so I think I’m finally there this time. So that’s once again my goal for the week: finish that ending scene. And again, as a bonus, list out what other scenes need to be inserted earlier in the ms.

What about you–ever had one of those weeks when it seemed like very little got done, but when you look back over it, a lot actually did? Can you believe Isis is 55 lbs (my husband got her weighed this week)? O.o  If you’re participating in ROW80, or even if you’re not, how are you doing on whatever goals you may have? Please share–I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, KoboiTunes, and more.

 

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  1. 3700 words is awesome! Way to go! But doesn’t it always seem like when you finally figure out how to fix a scene (or end a book), that you can’t seem to find the time to write? Annoying as heck, isn’t it?

  2. Isn’t it amazing how those little chunks of time, little bursts of writing here and there add up? I keep a yellow legal pad close by to jot down ideas–solutions to plot problems, ideas for upcoming scenes, lines of story that I want to capture before I forget–and I was amazed at how much I wrote in it this weekend. Jotting down a few words here, a paragraph there added up to a lot of brainstorming. Now I just need to put it all together.

    Good luck writing your ending scene. Have a great week!
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  3. Stacy, my whole last week seemed like that!

    Denise, I couldn’t believe how much it was when I added it up. Good luck with yours!

  4. Even though you had a little bit of fatigue at the end of the week, which by the way, I think can be perfectly normal, you’ve been hitting your stride Jennette. Nice word count. I mean, who can get much done with those eyes staring at you. They’re only puppies once. So one scene turned into two? See, that keeps happening to me. I am re-routing a story and its been a slow process. I am a tortoise, not a rabbit. lol. Bit, by bit, we’ll get there. Glad you had a good week! :)
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  5. Hi Jennette:

    I read recently that we tend to make to-do lists, but we should also make “got-done” lists, showing what we actually accomplished. It’s a nice Idea, and one that I’ve used occasionally in the past. It helps me to see where my time went—but also that I did accomplish a lot.

    Glad you found that you week wasn’t as wasted as you’d thought! And yep, playing with the puppy is a good thing!
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