One Step Backward, Two Forward

That’s better than two steps backward and one forward, right? Although until yesterday, that was what my week was shaping up to be. Nothing bad, it was just one of those weeks where I had a steady case of the blahs. I was tired, grumpy, and didn’t feel like doing anything after I got home from work except watching mindless television or playing mindless computer games. Writing? Hah! I got a couple of sessions in, to the tune of 1500 words, but not what I’d wanted. Exercise? I did well to get on the treadmill at all, though I did manage to get my workouts in–short ones. It was like I used up all my energy and creativity at work (what little there was, that is). Yes, programming is creative, although in a different way than writing, so it usually doesn’t sap me. Yes, I have some minor health issues, and yes, I’ve seen a doctor, so no worries there. It’s just frustrating that anything that might help takes a while, and sometimes, we just have to deal with this stuff.

Yesterday was a bit better because I had the whole day. The fiction project I’ve been working on lately is a novella where I tried not outlining beforehand, just sitting down to write. But after being pretty much stuck for over a week (the 1500 words were on the other project), I’m reminded once again that I need a plan. So yesterday I sat down and wrote almost 2,500 words of story notes. With that on top of the 1500, I’ll consider my writing goal made for this week.

ROW80Logo175After that, I did my formatting project, and got that into a nice epub form. Which leaves my ROW80 results as follows:

  • Format anthology as ePub – Done
  • 2500 words on TT or SS#3 – Done
  • Fitness 3-4x – Done

Not bad for a week where I didn’t feel like doing anything for most of it, huh? šŸ™‚

So I’ll stick with that for this week. I do want to ramp up on the wordcount eventually, but not just yet.

  • Format anthology for print and proofread
  • 2500 words
  • Fitness 3-4x

What about you–do you have weeks where you just don’t feel like doing much of anything? How do you kick yourself out of that? (I’m really not sure what I did.) If you’re doing ROW80 or working toward other goals, how are you doing? Please share–I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. Don’t kick yourself for feeling grumpy. Blame the weather. It’s always good for blaming! šŸ™‚

    At least you got exercise in. I’m in that funk where I don’t want to exercise, so I’m blaming the weather!

    I had an excellent (EXCELLENT) week of writing, though. Nearly 6000 words (Mon-Fri). On Friday I thought I might have gotten stuck and I told my husband, “Watch out, I’ll wake up Saturday with the solution and won’t be able to write.” (since I was going to be in Columbus). Came true! At least I wrote down the ideas (or I’d lose them for sure!). Hopefully I’ll get to it today when the football game is on. But I’m a pantser all the way. Can’t plan too far ahead, it just doesn’t work for me.

    My goal is to keep up the pace (if not surpass it). I want this book FINISHED so I can start editing it – haha!

  2. Well, that’s a nice surprise. Good thing you had to type it all in one place so you knew to pat yourself on the back. šŸ™‚ The tired and grumpy thing seems to be going around. Be kind to yourself. Hope this week brings you more done goals and good health.

  3. There are lots of good reasons for tired and grumpy… so long as you keep taking at least some baby steps, I feel like it’s a win. In fact, in my research for my ROW80 post, I found a guy with a bunch of posts about finding positive approaches to daily life: It helped me refocus and reminded me worrying doesn’t actually help. šŸ™‚

  4. That’s really good, especially for not wanting to do anything. I’ve had days/weeks like that. And usually end up just reading. Sometimes I still have to work on the self-discipline. Good luck this week.

  5. Heh, I think you were describing me there, Jennette! I’ve tried that experiment too, hoping to “add more tools to the toolbox” — and all I do is stall out! I seem to be one of those writers who nees to know more about the story before she can move ahead.

    Yay on you for turning the week around!

  6. Haha Stacy, yeah, the weather sucks! That works for me! šŸ˜€ And go you for getting all that writing done!

    SJ, thanks!

    tmycann, I’m not really worried, just a bit frustrated. Baby steps are definitely where it’s at!

    Fallon, thanks! I think just having a day off work helped.

    Ruth, glad it’s not just me LOL!

  7. We all get the blahs, Jennette. I’ve been there, too. Hang in there. When the time is right the words will come. If you force them it’ll show in your work.

    Relax and breathe. There’s nothing wrong with a little mindless television watching now and then.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  8. Oh, yeah, I’ve had those weeks. When I was still working at the day job, I had a lot of those weeks. Now that writing is my full-time job, I’m finding that I’m using more of my focus and drive on that, which I consider a good thing. Sometimes you just need a rest. It still sounds like you had a productive week. Congrats!

  9. You got a lot done for a week of The Blahs! Maybe because you did “give in” to doing nothing? I think if I fight the giving in, it makes the blahs last longer. Hope you have a great week! šŸ™‚

  10. You did really well for someone who has the blahs girl. It’s hard to be creative and productive when you’re not feeling good. I know all about that subject. It takes energy to create. And if you’ve pushed it all week at work, you want to crash. Don’t be so hard on yourself. You are making doable goals, one step at a time. I hope you feel better Jennette. {{Hugs!}} šŸ™‚