This Week was a Bust

…at least where writing was concerned. As I mentioned in last week’s post was very likely, sure enough I did not get any writing done. Maybe I should have titled this blog, “Writing Excuses”…

Part of the reason is because I’m coming up on the climactic scene, which I find to be the hardest part of the book to write. In this case, I’m also fighting “fear of I-don’t-know-what-happens-next,” since I didn’t outline this book to that extent. Anymore it seems that when I do outline, I deviate so much from it, it’s not being worth the bother, so this time, I didn’t outline. I doubt it would have helped even if I had, because… deviating.

We also had a house guest for a couple days this week–a writer friend from New York state! We haven’t seen each other in seven years (too long!) so it was great to see her and spend some time together. It was also exciting to show her my hometown and its fascinating history, almost all of which was new to her. We spent an afternoon at the National Museum of the USAF, and another at Carillon Historical Park. She loves learning about the history and quirky details of the places she visits, so these were right up her alley (and of course, mine). We spent a lot of time in the evenings just catching up–well worth giving up some writing time.

Our tomatoes are also still producing like crazy, so yesterday, I froze some. It’s a simple process that my mom remembers my Great Aunt Marie doing many years ago. Just boil the tomatoes for ten seconds, then dunk them in cold water for at least ten seconds, and the skins peel right off! After that, they can be cut however you like, bagged, and frozen. I bagged five quart bags full, which should come in handy for a cooking day this winter!

And finally, the other reason I didn’t get much done on my WIP is that my brain is just not on writing–at least not fiction. Instead, it’s focused on things like researching water heaters, specifying French doors, learning about smart home devices like door locks. And writing down what I like for our new house. Once I finish, this will be like a requirements document in software, only for our new house. It will help our builder know what’s a change order (“That’s not in the book”) and will help us know if someone screws up (“The book said the pantry is supposed to be white” [that actually happened with our flip house]).

Tennessee Update: our builder was expecting to have the ridgetop leveled by tomorrow or Tuesday, so we’re heading down to check it out and stake out the exact location of the house later this week. Hope to have a better update and pictures next week!

What I’ve Been Reading: I am almost finished with the novel I started last week. It’s really good, so I’ll definitely be discussing it here. It’s also long, which is why I’m not yet finished.

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What I’ve Been Writing: As noted above, nothing! I really just need to start writing and see what the characters do. With the trip to Tennessee, I don’t know how much chance I’ll have to dig into the WIP, but who knows, stranger things have happened, and sometimes I do well writing away from home. So this week, I’ll just set a goal to write something–anything–in my WIP. However, this ROW80 round is coming to an end this week, and I just realized I already met my goals for the round! They were to finish the writing workshop I was taking, Holly Lisle’s How to Write Villains. I finished that about a month ago. The other goal was to finish a chapter in my WIP. I did that last week. Baby steps for the win! I will set goals for fourth quarter in a couple weeks, in time for October and ROW80 Round 4.

What about you–how has your week gone? Ever had one of those where it seemed you got nothing done, but when you thought about it, you actually got a lot done? How are you doing on whatever goals you might have, whether writing or otherwise? I’d love to hear from you–please share in the comments!

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. Congrats on meeting your goals! And on the progress on your house. Exciting. My goals–almost, not quite. I did more words than I did last week but not as many as I had hoped. A trip to the emergency room (hubby) on Saturday wiped out any hope of words getting written yesterday. Got a few words today but not many–hospitals aren’t conducive to getting lots done. I may still be able to squeak my quarter goals out since there are two weeks left in the month though I doubt it. It looks like I’ll be dividing my time between the hospital and home to care for the dogs…ah, well. I’ll still finish the story so it will work out.

  2. Yes! The climatic scene. Yes! On wondering how it’s all going to end. I’m right there with you on both!!! And then the old house… So many distractions!!!!

    At least you made your goals. I need to write some down. That might help me get started, huh? Enjoy your trip to Tennessee!!

  3. Yay on reaching your goals for this ROW80 round! I hope to catch the progress of your new property/house. And good luck with writing that scene. Sometimes I find sitting quietly with the “idea” of the scene and meditating on it brings me the answers I need to finally write it.

    (btw, I had to unsubscribe from your blog with my old email address, but can’t get my new email address to subscribe. Yikes!)

  4. Some weeks are just like that. I have been spending so much time on the marketing front I think I’ve forgotten how to compose any stories any more. It’s just a matter of budgeting my time better. I’m working on that.

    Great that you got to spend some time with an old friend. We all need to do that more often. Perhaps down time will help fill your creative well and you’ll figure out how to get through your writing log jam.

    I’m so excited to keep hearing reports about the new house. Yay!!!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  5. Lynette, hope your hubby is better soon and you can get back to writing… because I finished My Soul to Keep last night, and I am really looking forward to the next one!

    LOL Stacy, yep, it helps to make a note of your goals somewhere! Maybe try putting them on your blog? 😀

    Patricia, I know how you feel. Marketing is without a doubt the hardest part of being a writer. And yeah, my new house is taking up so much brain I have to dig a while to find the fiction. Good luck with your time management and marketing… and thanks!

  6. Sheila, that’s a good idea about sitting quietly and letting the answers come to you. My problem right now is I have too much going on for that to happen – if I have time to just sit, my brain invariably goes to house stuff! Hoping that will settle down once I get the house book done. And glad to hear you got your email issues worked out!

  7. Good to know that steady progress everywhere (despite distractions) can lead to goals accomplished! I try to outline as well, but those characters have a mind of their own. Why not just write that climactic scene and let those characters find their way to a happy resolution? Have a good rest during the ROW80 break. Sounds like you’ll be busy with the house, company, on the road adventures, and just maybe, some writing too.

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