My writing journal for Saturday, August 16, 2014. All the entries are here.
Fiction first, as always.
Up at 5AM to work on the novella. Only a couple of major scenes left. I do several cluster diagrams, thinking about the emotion in these scenes.
I make some revision notes about a couple of scenes I want to remove. Then I change my mind; the scenes stay. Maybe. I need to read the novella as I whole, before I decide, and look at the characters’ arcs.
Only managed 1,000 new words on it this morning, but I’m pleased with them. Getting the emotion right was essential, because the entire story leads up to these scenes.
A short break to catch up on email, then I complete a blog post I drafted yesterday for Fab Freelance Writing Blog. I add some material to draft posts on clients’ blogs too.
A quick browse through ReadKit, and Twitter. I tend to snatch a few minutes here and there for social media. It can be a time sink, but I always know how much I have on my schedule, so I don’t let it pull me in. I add the material I want to read to Pocket.
The time’s flown past. Time for Honey’s breakfast, and my own. Then off for a walk.
Back again. I visit Trello, to leave messages for coaching students and to check up on client projects due to start next week.
Then I spend a timer session planning.
How much planning do you do? Planning’s essential of course, and I try to plan at least three months ahead for short projects. For long projects, I plan a year ahead. Evernote’s an excellent tool for planning, because you can create project notebooks, and link notes together.
Lunch, and shopping.
Lunch, then we do some shopping. Ugh. I prefer to confine my shopping to bookshops, but needs must.
OK. Back again. It’s late. I won’t get anything more done today. Do my daily review, and tot up the disappointing word counts. Remind myself it’s the weekend. The trouble is, I enjoy writing more than I enjoy other things, so it’s not like work to me. Tomorrow is another day. :-)