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Workshop type of day

Workshop type of day

Short post tonight. Been working on different things with workshops all day.  Kind of surprised that so very few are signed up yet for the November online workshops. Too many things going on in the world I suppose.

My focus has been taken for a short time for a personal reason, but it is interesting how I am noticing almost across the board that other writers’ focuses are off as well. In one week I will be back at full speed on the writing, but I have no explanation for why it seems across the board (workshops are only a minor sign) that this October is a really bad time.

I have no answers or even opinions. Just making an observation on a Saturday night.


Totals For Year 4, Month 3, Day 15

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,122

Total Miles This Month… 73 miles

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 00 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words 

— Blog Posts: 100 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 4,300 words

— E-mail: 11 e-mails.  Approx. 300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 247 e-mails. Approx. 15,800 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers


— Year of Short Fiction Goal: 120 stories (July 1st to June 30th). Stories finished to date: 8 stories.

— Yearly Novel Goal: 12 Novels. Novels finished to date: 2 novels.


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  • Harvey

    Re loss of focus being across the board, isn’t it odd how that works? After over 102,000 words of fiction in July and over 105,000 in August, my September fell away with just less than 50,000 and halfway through October I’ve hit only 30,000 (and stalled hard on a story 22,000 words in… ugh). Sometimes the magic just doesn’t work. The secret, for me, in addition to enjoying the playtime, is to remember I’ve been there before so I know I can get there again.

  • Christina Ochs

    These last few weeks have been awful for focus. I’m blaming the election, which I’ve been doing my best to ignore. But everyone around me won’t stop talking about it, no matter how many dirty looks I give them. How am I supposed to write about fake politics when the real ones are stranger than fiction? ? So I’m committed to being a hermit until I finish this book.