Works in Progress: Table of Stone and Forged in Fire, week eleven

A pretty decent writing week! I just barely missed my March word target of 33,000 words (missed it by 149 words! SO close!), but 32K words and change is nothing to sneeze at!

Table of Stone
Swords of Charlemagne, Book 4

Forged in Fire
Heir to the Firstborn, Book 2

 Now, my target for April is a total of 32K words. (One day less, one thousand words less.) This is doable, so long as I make my daily words.

I really can’t post excerpts right now, because spoilers, but I can tell you a bit about my writing day. I plan my writing, because there are only so many chainsaws you can juggle. I have my daily word totals for each piece for each day, and I try to hit them. (I don’t always succeed, because the universe likes to look at my plans as say “Yeah, you only think that’s gonna happen…”)

My day starts with getting my son out for school. There might be errands on the way home, or a gym run (that’s three days a week, usually). I come home, do some necessary chores, then get to work. Sometimes, I’ll do pomodoro sprints (write for 20 minutes, stop for 5, repeat as needed), sometimes I’ll just work in fits and starts, going back and forth from one thing to another. Some days, I work in my office, some days on the porch. To be honest, though — the porch can be distracting. There’s new seed in the birdfeeder, which means new birds are visiting, and I have to stop and look them up because I’ve never seen an Eastern Goldfinch before. Today, I’m in the office.

On the days that I go to the gym, I might not get to writing immediately, because I hate getting into the middle of something and having to stop for lunch. But usually, I write until lunch, stop, then write again until my alarm goes off that it’s time to leave for carline. Writing happens again in the evenings, and sometimes continues in my sleep — I’ll occasionally wake up with new ideas.

I just had one of those this weekend, that changes how I’ll be approaching the next few chapters in Tables of Stone. Which I really should get to work on now.


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