So… Monday. Document built, outline set up, and 522 words of fiction written on Ohio #3

So. Built my Ohio Book 3 line-for-scene outline into Scrivener’s nifty sidebar today (can’t show — way too many spoilers). But I can show how I have the document set up to make sure (at least as sure as possible) that I’ll stay on deadline, even though I came in under the count today.

Setting up the wordcount checker 2021 03 15 at 10 15 16 AM

I gave myself extra time (until 1PM every workday) though I try to be done with the writing at about 11 AM.

I slept in until eight this morning (two hours over my usual wake-up), so I got started late.

I slept really well last night, which is unusual for me. But I haven’t adjusted to the time change, and as I do every year, I gave Benjamin Franklin a hearty round of cursing for his “Daylight Saving” time. 

How ‘bout we just let people who want to leap out of bed at six AM, my preferred time, do that? 

And let the folks who want to sleep in until seven or eight or noon do THAT?

Anyway… back to the set-up. You can see that I’m allowing for the tracking of negative words, since sometimes I rip out a thousand or two at a time, and I need to know how that affects my progress. And need to be able to show that to the folks reading this.

I have Saturday and Sunday cleared because I need that two-day weekend to unwind, and if those days count on the deadline, I think I have more elbow room to hitting it than I actually do.

And I have the automatic calculation of the words I need to get each day set up instead of my preferred flat 1500, just because it’s the only ways to get the automatic calculation… which is a lot more handy coming down to the deadline wire than the reminder that I want to hit 1500 words a day. That I can remember.

And… I like the words I got today. IN REAL LIFE, I got more than this, but the first part of what I got was adding an extra scene in Book Two that gives it a nice rounded-out ending.

And then I started with today’s beginning, which starts out nice. Tomorrow, it’s going to end pointy, with teeth.

But boy, doesn’t the progress part of that progress bar look pitiful right now?


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4 comments… add one
  • Mike Lucas Mar 16, 2021 @ 10:34

    Agree with Amy. This is great. Oh and I love the mostly-empty progress bar! It’s so full of raw, wonderful POTENTIAL! 🙂

    • Holly Mar 16, 2021 @ 12:41

      Yep. That and a certain amount of fear.

  • Amy Keeley Mar 16, 2021 @ 10:07

    Watching the process and reading how you approach your daily workload is really helping me figure out my own writing process. Thank you for posting this, Holly!

    • Holly Mar 16, 2021 @ 12:41

      I’m glad it helps. 😀

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