Making a comeback

**Cue the Rocky music**

I was down 5,700 words last night when I went to bed. I’ve written that much in a day before. I think my highest word count for non-fiction is 13,000 words in a day, but yes, that was 15 hours of straight writing. Someday, I might turn those words into a book — at the time I was writing them as an email. Yes, I was very long-winded that day.

My highest word count for fiction is somewhere around 6,000 words. I probably wasn’t writing for 15 hours that day, but it probably was an 8-9 hour day.

So, I knew that I could (can) do it today. I’m not there yet today and I’m still not sure I’m going to make it, but I’m certainly going to give it a try.

I do keep wondering if my weekly word goal is just too high. Especially when I factor in painting and audio work. Yes, on paper it looks doable. I’ve done the calculations multiple times. But one cannot factor in life. Whenever you have to do more of something, something else is going to fall away. It’s nice to say that I want to hit this word goal (and I think the overall word goal for the year is a nice target), but to force myself to hit it week after week might just be too much. Especially when pets and shows are involved. Those two things can really revamp my days and weeks.

Or maybe I’m just not wanting to push myself. I mean, really push myself.

It might also be my critical voice wanting to stop me.

I keep telling myself that I lost three days this week and that’s not normal. But I also know that sitting down and getting more words down to the page just because you want to doesn’t always work. I also have a limited amount of time I can paint before my creative child gets tired. It’s the same with writing. I went to take a short nap today because by mid-afternoon, I’d wore myself out and my brain needed a rest badly.

My sleep app says that I never actually fell asleep, however the alarm that I picked had audio still engaged on it (I usually turn audio off because I fully accept that I snore and talk in my sleep — I know it, I just don’t want to hear myself!). Anyway, I saw that it had recorded 9 instances of noise and I laughed that it was probably all me snoring. Yep, pretty much. So much for not falling asleep.

At the moment, I have just over 3,000 words to do. Still very possible for me to complete that tonight. I’m nearing the end of the third book in the trilogy, so I’m hoping things start to speed up here as I get to the climax. I still have no idea what that’s going to be, though I am seeing what the end is going to look like. I do also have a small section to go back and add into the second book. There’s an event in the second book that I thought I’d be resolving in the third and it has yet to happen, so I think I need to go back and drop in a different, quicker resolution. It’ll take just a few lines, and then another in the third book just to bring it all to a close for the moment.

Well, this post will help push me toward the goal. I can’t say it’s going to be a significant chunk, but it will definitely be a nudge in the right direction. I suppose I could also go work on my newsletter for a bit. I have a couple of things to write for it and I’d like to get the newsletter out next week, so that’s a possibility to help. Hmmm… book… newsletter — which scale, which scale.

Guess we shall both see.

Until tomorrow, happy adventuring.