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An update on the WIP.

Still working on the first draft of the WIP! I say still like I’ve been slaving away at this thing for months and months when, in fact, it’s only been forty-three days of consecutive writing (I’ve been keeping track). I was hoping to finish it last week, but after 17300 words, it wasn’t meant to be. I’m hoping it’ll be done in the next couple of days; the end is in sight, which is very exciting!

After I finish, I plan on letting it sit for awhile before I start revising. A few days of not staring at the computer screen until my eyes hurt will be nice, you know? I have a big pile of books to read, TV shows to watch (in addition to becoming hooked on The Big Bang Theory, I’m now watching Modern Family! And all of my regular favorites are starting their new seasons, yay!), and a bunch of fun events planned in the upcoming weeks. But I know throughout it all the revisions will be calling to me, and I won’t be able to resist for too long!

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Distractions (the fun kind).

Progress report: I’ve managed to write every day since I started this new project on the 12th! This is very surprising, considering the distractions in my life:

I’m probably the last person alive to discover how amazing this series is! I’ve been wanting to watch it for awhile, but only just started a few short weeks ago. I’m in the middle of the third season, and hope to catch up soon. It’d be great if I could watch the new episodes as they air! But seriously, The Big Bang Theory is great. I’ve never laughed this hard over a TV show, ever.

I don’t play very many video games, but I’m a huge, huge fan of the Kingdom Hearts series. I own and played every game in the franchise, and right now I’m in the middle of their newest one, Dream Drop Distance for the 3DS (no spoilers, please!). What’s not to love about these games? Great music, a chance to interact with Disney characters and their worlds, and, of course, a compelling storyline. When I play these games, I end up devoting a few months of my life to them, trying to get every little thing so I can get the secret endings. Needless to say, this game is constantly calling to me, begging me to play it.

And, of course, books. I’m not happy if I’m not reading. I read as fast as I can, and still, my to-read list never shrinks! But I’m definitely not complaining!

So how does one compete against these distractions? My usual routine is: write first, fun stuff later. I’ll “reward” myself with some game time if I can pump out 1000 words in the manuscript. Things like that. I also find the writing itself fun, so it’s not like I’m forcing myself to get through work so I can go play. If there’s ever a time while writing where I do feel like it’s a chore, I take a step back. Churning out words just to make the word count go up does not equal good writing. If I’m not enjoying it, I probably won’t enjoy what I’ve written, either. Luckily this doesn’t happen too often. Maybe it’s all these distractions that help keep me happy!