Mid-Week Update: Good Week So Far

When I last checked in I was down to two scenes left to write (or rewrite) in Chaos Calling.

My current goals are:
-Get up at 5 three days a week, walk the dog and write before the kids get up.
-Write 5,000 words of new fiction each week.
-Finish the first draft of Chaos Calling, have it printed, and complete paper edits by mid-February.

I’ve rocked it so far since Sunday. With sick kids/husband, I had to sneak out to a restaurant on Sunday evening for happy hour to get my writing done. Tough life, huh? 🙂 Wrote 1,100 words in between beers and snacks. It was super.

Monday was a holiday, but I still did the “rise and write” routine. Then my parents took the kids for a few hours in the middle of the day, and I was able to really tackle the novel, with a quiet house. Something wasn’t working at the end, and I think that’s why finishing this novel has taken me so long…but it took getting all of the rough stuff down on the page before I could tell what was wrong and how to fix it. Oh, bother! I went from needing to complete two scenes, through slight rewrites of three other scenes, and ended up Monday with 1,200 new words written. However, I finished the day needing to complete three scenes. Argh! But it’s more progress than it seems, because it means this draft will actually be clean — no major rewrites facing me as I head into editing. That’s a coup. Seriously. And I’ll take it. 🙂

Today I’m staying home with sick kids (again). I did the “rise and write” thing, and got in 700 words before I had to crack my work laptop and get the minimum editing tasks accomplished for those folks. I only need one to two hundred more words on the current scene, and then I’ll be back to two scenes to complete…where I started the week.

Being 3,000 into my weekly 5,000 goal feels great, though. And I’ve already done my “rise and write” two out of three times. YES! 🙂

How are you doing with your writing (and/or life) goals as the new year continues? Did you know we’re through 6% of 2014 already? lol

About J.R. Pearse Nelson

J.R. Pearse Nelson is a native Oregonian, residing in the beautiful Portland area. She lives with her husband, two small daughters and the family dog. J.R. is always searching for the magic in our world. She weaves tales rooted in mythology, bringing legend to life in modern-day and fantasy settings.

J.R. is the author of the Children of the Sidhe paranormal romance series, the Foulweather Twins fantasy series, and the Water Rites fantasy series.

You can connect with J.R. online at her website. Visit jrpearsenelson.com.

2 comments on “Mid-Week Update: Good Week So Far

  1. I’ve done the add more scenes as you go thing. Usually at the end, which I never seem to have as plotted out as the rest of the story. No matter how much plotting I do, the end always seems to be something I have to figure out as I go.

    Good job on getting your words in first thing. I know that can be hard, especially when there’s sick kids.

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