TIL that “Sneaking Out Of Bed To Write” spells “Soo.. BTW” and I’m alive.
00:01 Hey there, I haven’t done one of these in awhile and I also didn’t tell you that I wasn’t going to. I’ve had throat issues and I’ve been trying to let my throat recover from some apparent vocal cord damage I may or may not have done in the spring. So I didn’t even announce that I was going to stop. I just kind of stopped all the youtube videos for a while. I saw an ENT and they seem to not be concerned. So it’s nothing more serious than just needing to rest and recover. I do feel like I don’t have as much stamina if that’s a thing that a throat has. I, my throat gives out faster, so I’m trying to keep these videos shorter and I’m trying to do them in minimal takes. I can’t say one because now this is the second take because I did go on for a bit.
00:49 So anyway, I did not announce that I was going to stop the videos. So you may have been wondering where I am. So here’s the announcement of why I stopped to the videos combined with the announcement of “Hi, I’m back.” Um I miss my morning accountability videos and and so I’m going to give it a shot again and make a point of doing these every day because I need to prioritize the things that matter to me, which includes drafting.
01:11 And so today I wrote for an hour and 15 minutes and got 1,759 words, which is a better pace than I’ve managed in a long time. I’ve been pretty frustrated with my pittance of words that I’ve been getting out every time I sit down to write because life has been very distracting lately. I released two books in the last two weeks.
01:32 I’m releasing another next month. And work has been very busy and life has been very busy. And so that’s just been a lot. And now I am realizing, as I always come around to realizing, that if I don’t make the time, it won’t appear. And I know this but I keep thinking like, “oh, but let me finish this thing first.” And that is like the doom.
01:56 Um one thing I’m going to do, if you know me, you know, I have a a treadmill under my desk. I’m getting rid of the sucker because I miss sitting my butt in chairs sometimes. And while I will probably still stand at my desk most of the day when I really need to focus sitting down seems to just give me back like that 3% of my mental faculties, faculties that standing seems to take for some reason.
02:23 So that’s something I’m going to do. But since the treadmill is still under my feet right this moment, the treadmill is not my biggest obstacle clearly because I wrote 1,759 words in an hour-fifteen, which is, as I said, a really good pace for me of late. I have clocked 6,000 words in an hour, but those words are all dead now, so I’m not gonna count that as my, my best work.
02:46 So yeah, so NaNoWriMo is approaching, I am trying to get myself back into a position where I can sit down and write. I’m trying to clear work off my desk so that I have more of my brain left at the end of the day. And yeah, I’m trying to go easy on myself and help myself recover from my throat and you know, and other health related things. My back’s been bothering me, all this stuff and I can fix all this if I take care of me first.
03:16 So one thing I wanted to do is take care of my feeling like I don’t write well anymore or on command anymore. So apparently I do. I just have to really focus on it. So it’s funny, I tweeted this week about word count being a terrible metric for judging yourself. But it is good for judging perhaps when you’re drafting how well you focused. As long as you don’t assign yourself worth to that number. The number I wrote today is higher than the number I wrote the last time I tried to write in the morning. And so therefore I’m happy. But 17,000, 59 words is good. 17,072 words is also good. 500 words is good as long as we’re moving forward. But yeah, here I am assigning a sort of value judgment to the word count. I didn’t say I was innocent of it.
04:12 I just think it’s useless. It’s like stepping on the scale to see if your, you know, gut biome is healthy. It’s not, you’re not gonna find that out that way. I don’t know if these words are good. I think they’re good. But I don’t know if my overall story has plot problems yet. Based on how many words are in it.
04:28 So anyway, I’m going to stop now because I’ve run longer than I meant to, but I hope you’re happy to see me back, cause I’m happy to be back and I should be here every morning. So leave a comment or whatever if you are also making a daily habit, a priority again or if you need to and feel inspired or something like that.
04:49 Anyway, um as I said I released two books this week, so please go check out The Silent Fringe, which is the sequel to The Bantam.
04:57 The Bantam came out last January. It was a novella of The Silent Fringe is a short novel. It’s just over 50,000 words and is now available in print and digital, and Salvage is the sequel to Flotsam and right the second it’s only available in Ebook that should be expanded to print and ebook very soon. People who pre-ordered, please bear with us. We’re trying to get caught up with the print demand.
05:24 All right. Anyway, here I go. On with the rest of my day, clear out some stuff and have my writing retreat weekend without any guilt. Take care, Everyone.