I promise this will be a short post, and I won't ask anyone for free critiques. :) However, that was fun and informative-so thanks to those of you that left me a comment about the excerpts. I appreciate it, possibly more than you know.
My husband asked me today why I was keeping a word count log instead of a time spent writing log. Honestly-he's clueless. I rolled my eyes and thought that if he were a writer, he would understand. Then, I wondered...does anyone else track their time more than word count or vice versa? Hence...bloggy time!
Personally-I am tracking word count this month for two different reasons.
1) Even with two of my royal court in school during the week, I still have the young prince to contend with each day. I love him dearly-but he is a typical youngest child. DEMANDING OF TIME. I do mean, demanding. I can't walk past him without him screaming and reaching for me. Once I sit at the computer, I have to stay there-if I move, he remembers I'm not holding him. Of course-I end up moving, interrupted and don't sit at the computer all day. When I did try to track my time, I found myself very discouraged. First of all-it was hard to remember to write the time, especially when a two hour session is usually interrupted a minimum of ten times. So, did I really spend two hours writing? Probably not-maybe an hour of writing and an hour of interruptions for a cup, snack, lunch, diaper change, playtime, etc.. So, when I would look at my time list-it appeared that most days, I didn't spend more than two hours TOTAL to write. OMG!! I went into an instant panic attack. Once the hyperventilation passed, I realized that I can't track my time very accurately and there is no sense in beating myself up because I'm being a mother and wife in addition to author.
2) NaNoWriMo preparation. 50,000 words seems like..well, impossible! I know it is not and after tracking my word count, I've seen that even if I didn't make the goal of the day-I'm writing quite a bit. I look much more productive on paper, which makes me feel a lot better about myself and then I write more.
How do you decide if you are being productive enough?