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Writing Update #7: Getting Out of a Writing Slump

Hello! I think *touch wood* that I am finally out of my writing slump. For those who have been following my writing updates, you will know that since starting the rewrite of my Rapunzel retelling, I have not been able to get back into the swing of things.

The last time that I updated you, I was having some technical issues. I was feeling really low about everything. I felt that every time I made some progress, I fell even further back a moment later. I think I left that post off with the hopes of getting back on track and hopeful that I could pull it back.

This did not happen. I actually didn’t write anything for just under a month. The last time I worked on the project was 16th June until the 13th July. In a way, I think I needed that time away. There were some days before I took a break that I was writing under 100 words, and I just wasn’t happy with any of the progress that I was making.

On the 13th July I wrote 399 words. Not my best word count, but I did have work this day which I still am struggling to take into account. On the 14th I wrote 375 words. These still aren’t daily word goals that I am aiming for, but they are still better than nothing.

I then took a break on the 15th July, but on the 16th July I had my best writing day since starting this rewrite! Previously, my highest word count day was 1,308 words which was the 5th June. But on the 16th July, I wrote 1,803 words before I went to work! This is more of what I prefer.

When I was drafting, I was aiming to write 1,000 words every day. Some days I of course didn’t hit it, but most days I exceeded this. Most days I wrote 2,000 words – particularly near the end of the draft. I really want to be working more towards this, and truly set myself a goal of 1,000 words every day.

I am actually writing this blog post in the middle of my writing day. So far today, I have written 883 words. I am very confident that I will reach 1,000 words by the end of the day. I decided to write this to give me a little break and a breather away from my story, but still be productive, whilst I wait for a Writing Sprint stream on Brook Writes YouTube channel.

I think I spoke about this in my NaNoWriMo writing updates back in November when I first discovered this part of YouTube. I find live writing sprints so helpful. There is this element of accountability that I am missing in my everyday life and also this sort of companionship and knowledge that you are working with a number of writers at the same time. I think the structure really helps me too. I truly don’t think I would have been nearly as successful in my drafting process as I was without these streams.

Going back to the accountability thing. I spoke in my very first writing update that I was starting these posts as a way of holding myself accountable and to ensure that I am writing regularly. That seemed to work for me for a while, but then I stopped. I want to get back into the place where I am giving you guys an update every Sunday, even if it is just for me. It acts as a sort of alarm in me, that reminds me that I need to keep productive in order for me to tell you how productive I am being.

I also like reading other people’s writing updates. They give me this sort of peace that everyone has these points where they don’t write and other moments where they write and write and write. I think I have definitely offered that throughout this whole process.

Currently, I am sitting at 13,683 words overall of my project. Again, progress has been really slow. My tracker says I should be well into the 30,000 area, but we had some setbacks. I am now beginning to doubt myself that I will be able to finish this project by the end of October. I am aiming/estimating for the rewrite to be over 100,000 words and I am not sure if at this point it is plausible for me to achieve this.

I have also finally committed to Camp NaNo July. I was a bit nervous too, but I thought that it was just extra motivation for me to write. I have set the goal of hitting 10,000 words by the end of July. I set the goal on the 16th July, so currently I am on 2,686 words out of 10k. I didn’t want to set it too high because I didn’t want to overwhelm myself yet again, but I might up it if I get really close early next week.

The end of the month is looking quite busy for me in my personal life, so I don’t want to commit to too much early on.

I feel like I am finally getting somewhere and back into it. I don’t want to jinx it, but I am really hopeful. If all things go to plan, I will be back with another writing update next Sunday. Hopefully, it will be a really positive one!

Let me know how your writing is going!

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