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Writing journal june 2018

I tried to keep a writing journal of sorts as I was writing the very first draft of Man of Stone and Shadow in June - July 2018.

Tuesday 11 June 2018

Bad morning. Didn’t write at all. Did pre-writing, hit google to find an Ethiopian name for the professor. Then gave up. Then at 08h30 I started writing Elsie’s scenes. Got stuck after only writing 300 words. Moved over to the Outline. Need to find a way to quantify outlining of scenes. Very humiliating and painful day with no flow whatsoever. I started outlining from Scene 12 of Act 1 (Caiphas and his father have a monosyllabic conversation) at around 10h30 am.

Monday 10 June 2018

Started writing in the AM and hit 1,250 from 05h00 - 05h45. Went to the office and wrote the scene where Stan goes and ferrets into his past in a conversation with his grandmother. But I hit a snag and got stuck when Walter walked in and the two brothers just couldn’t talk. That was the end of my writing for the day. Don’t know whether to blame it on “block” or on meetings galore from 11h00 on Monday.

Friday 08 June 2018

Hit 4,000 words by 11h45. Went to the library and outlined. Realised that my good old 45 beat structure works quite well for novels as well.

Thursday 07 June 2018

Pre-writing in the AM. 3,000 words by 10h30. Stopped and started having visions of the entire storyline and the titles of the other instalments. Quickly created files and started saving the work. Then my brain got fried. Feeling queasy because I have no idea what I am going to write tomorrow. Resumed the final 1000 words at 11h15. Finished 4000 by 11h45.

Wednesday 06 June 2018

Started with pre-writing for some 10 minutes, summarising the scenes that I am going to write today. Then after that, I shifted over to writing from 05h20 - 05h45. Wrote 1000 words. Next 1000 from 08h45 - 09h11. Next thousand again from about 09h30 - 10h00. Next 1000 from 10h30 to 11. 4000 words by 11. Want to keep going, but going to shift focus now to Outlining and doing scene summaries. That’s a lot of slow and painful slogwork.  Outlined tomorrow’s scenes in the library.

Tuesday 05 June 2018 

Started writing at 8h24. Did the pre-writing exercise - sentence summaries of the different scenes for the day. Then wrote about 1000 words every 30 minutes, taking 10 minute breaks in between sessions. Got to 4,000 words by 11h10. Afternoon, summarised the 3 scenes for tomorrow.

Monday 04 June 2018

Started writing at 09h00. Did the pre-writing exercise, writing summaries of the rugby sequence. Then wrote in 1000 word sessions, taking about ten minutes in between. Got to 2,000 words by 10h10 or thereabouts. Left for Joburg. Resumed writing at 3 p.m. Wrote a 1000 words. Did another session from 4 pm to about 4.30 pm and got to 4000 words.

Table Of Metrics

2018          
           
DATE SESSION 1 SESSION 2 SESSION 3 SESSION 4  
Tuesday 12th June Start Time Start Time Start Time Start Time  
  05:06        
  End Time End Time End Time End Time  
  5:47 AM        
  Total Time Total Time Total Time Total Time  
           
  Session Word Count Session Word Count Session Word Count Session Word Count  
  1434 1215 1821    
  Details Details Details Details  
           
           
Wednesday 13th June Start Time Start Time Start Time Start Time  
  05:07        
  End Time End Time End Time End Time  
  5:47 AM        
  Total Time Total Time Total Time Total Time  
  40        
  Session Word Count Session Word Count Session Word Count Session Word Count  
  1325 1592 1463    
  Details Details Details Details  
           
Thursday 14th June Start Time Start Time Start Time Start Time  
  05:06        
  End Time End Time End Time End Time  
  5:47 AM        
  Total Time Total Time Total Time Total Time  
    57 40    
  Session Word Count Session Word Count Session Word Count Session Word Count  
  1279 1592 1463    
  Details Details Details Details  
           
Friday 15th June Start Time Start Time Start Time Start Time  
  05:07 09:32 11:10    
  End Time End Time End Time End Time  
  5:47 AM 10:18 11;46    
  Total Time Total Time Total Time Total Time  
  40 minutes 45 minutes 36 minutes    
  Session Word Count Session Word Count Session Word Count Session Word Count  
  1279 1715 1559    
  Details Details Details Details  
  Struggled to get into it. Tried to smile and have fun while writing. Took a long break and avoided starting working then got into it eventually…    
Monday 17th June Start Time Start Time Start Time Start Time  
  05:13 08:40 10:02 11:36  
  End Time End Time End Time End Time  
  05:46 09:26 10:42 12:16  
  Total Time Total Time Total Time Total Time  
  33 min 45 40 40  
  Session Word Count Session Word Count Session Word Count Session Word Count  
  755 1791 1262 1341  
  Details Details Details Details  
  Found it really hard to get going. Monday mornings are hard. Had difficulty typing due to my aching wrist, and tried to move fingers less by typing correctly, but paid the price by slowing down.   Had to battle to get into it. Feel like I am wasting my time to be honest. But I’m letting that feeling go past. I have turned off the Manuscript Target because I think all that matters is the session target… that’s what I’m running with. I spent an hour before getting back to work, second guessing what I should once I am finished with the session. I finally LANDED on sticking in ALL the other scenes I have chucked out AND making them work, because starting again from scratch will break me.  
Tuesday 19th June Start Time Start Time Start Time Start Time Start Time
  05:16 08:30 09:30 10:30 11:30
  End Time End Time End Time End Time End Time
  05:46 09:15 10:15 11:15 12:30
  Total Time Total Time Total Time Total Time Total Time
  30 45 45 45 45
  Session Word Count Session Word Count Session Word Count Session Word Count Session Word Count
  690 1876 1861 1643  
  Details Details Details Details  
  Less time than yesterday as I did a full meditation, not a half one. Just walking, walking, walking and trying not to be anxious, because I know I will finish the day’s walk if I keep walking, by God’s grace.        
Wednesday 20th June Start Time Start Time Start Time Start Time  
  05”07 08:30 09:30 10:30  
  End Time End Time End Time End Time  
  05:45 09:15 10:15 11:15  
  Total Time Total Time Total Time Total Time  
  40 45 45 45  
  Session Word Count Session Word Count Session Word Count Session Word Count  
  1039 1436 1646 1930  
  Details Details Details Details  
  Frustrated because I am trying to type faster with all the fingers of my roght hand…        
Thursday  21st June Start Time Start Time Start Time Start Time Start Time
  05:03 08:30 09:30 10:30  
  End Time End Time End Time End Time End Time
  05:46 09:15 10:15 11:15  
  Total Time Total Time Total Time Total Time Total Time
  45        
  Session Word Count Session Word Count Session Word Count Session Word Count Session Word Count
  Outlining Outlining Outlining Outlining  
  Details Details Details Details Details
  Decided, “Nah, let me play with the outline.” After considering the iPad and the long hand alternatives, I narrowed down on Act 2 and started with what tools I had at my disposal. Started by pre-writing what I would outline…      
Friday  22nd  June Start Time Start Time Start Time Start Time Start Time
  05:45 08:30 09:30 10:30 11:30
  End Time End Time End Time End Time End Time
  06:30 09:15 10:15 11:15 12:15
  Total Time Total Time Total Time Total Time Total Time
  45 45 45 45 45
  Session Word Count Session Word Count Session Word Count Session Word Count Session Word Count
  813 569 866 516 243
  Details Details Details Details Details
  Rewriting the new scenes… Rewriting the new scenes… Rewriting the new scenes…    
           
Mon 25  June Start Time Start Time Start Time Start Time Start Time
  05:00 08:20 09:20 10:20 11:20
  End Time End Time End Time End Time End Time
  05:45 09:05 10:05 11:05 12:05
  Total Time Total Time Total Time Total Time Total Time
  45 45 45 45 45
  Session Word Count Session Word Count Session Word Count Session Word Count Session Word Count
  485 837 320  
  Details Details Details Details Details
  Reconstructing the Passages        
           
Tue 26  June Start Time Start Time Start Time Start Time Start Time
  05:00 08:20 09:20 10:20 11:20
  End Time End Time End Time End Time End Time
  05:45 09:05 10:05 11:05 12:05
  Total Time Total Time Total Time Total Time Total Time
  45 45 45 45 45
  Session Word Count Session Word Count Session Word Count Session Word Count Session Word Count
         
  Details Details Details Details Details
         
           
Wednesday 27th June: 05:00; 08:25; 09:15; 10:15; 11:35 (During the break I tried to fix my vodacom line and I also did a young everyday Headspace meditation).          
           
Thursday 28th June. 05:00; 08:15; 09:15;10:15; 11:15 (GTD)…t          
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