Author Journal 10th – 16th March 2022


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I’ve been counting down the days for the last month or so. Chomping at the bit to get back to the actual writing of Running the Asset. Well, that time finally came last week. That’s also around the time a wee bit of fear slipped in, tainting my excitement.

Getting back into writing fiction after a break can be a scary thing. It’s like riding a bike after a long time, I suppose. But, not in the analogous way of how you never forget how to do it.

I mean, the excitement of planning to ride a bike after ten years of not even being near one. You’re so psyched to do it, but that voice in your head starts to question if you can still physically do it. What if you fall? What if you hate it now? What if you can’t cycle up those big hills? (Yip, I had all those thoughts and more about riding my bike after ten years of no cycling.)

I hadn’t forgotten how to write fiction; that wasn’t where my fears lay. My fears were related to quality and speed. I worried that I’d mess with the original tone, the characters, the flow. What if I couldn’t write as well as I had before I stepped back to re-outline? What if I wasn’t able to match my previous words per day?

But, much like the old bike analogy, I would never know until I got my arse in the seat and got to pedalling writing.

Review 3rd – 9th March 2022

Here’s what last week’s goals looked like:

  • Add 3,000 words to Running the Asset’s manuscript, taking it to 84,675.

How Did It Go?

Thursday, the start of my work week, was slow. So slow that I started to doubt that I’d get anywhere close to my word count for the week.

Even though I had a detailed scene outline, I was stuck. Frozen. People often say that fear brings out a “fight or flight” response, but that’s inaccurate. The response is actually fight, flight, or freeze. Freeze is my go-to response. To get out of my stuck state, I used a Pomodoro timer and forced 453 words onto the manuscript.

The Pomodoro was great, but I love keeping track of, well, everything, and the app I have doesn’t record word count. So, on Friday, I got myself a cheap app called Write/Sprint. This isn’t an endorsement of the app. It’s not the greatest, and there are some annoying flaws in the programming (when I have time, I’ll contact the developer about them). But with some tweaks, it records the sprint lengths and words added during it.

With the new app, I could get out of my head and away from the fear of messing up. I had a new thing to fear, crappy words per sprint results. I added 753 words that day; 950 on the next. But Sunday blew me away. 1422 words!

My goal was to add 3,000 words. A quick bit of finger counting says I got a total of 3,578. 🎉 That takes the manuscript to 85,253 words. Not too shabby for the first week back. 😊

This Week’s Writing Goals

I’m going to be brave and up my goal for this week. Instead of aiming for 3K words, I aim to…

  • Add 4,000 words to Running the Asset’s manuscript, taking it to 89,235.

See you all soon!

That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by, and take care.

Susan

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14 responses to “Author Journal 10th – 16th March 2022”

  1. bushboy – Landcare, photography, music, poetry (of sorts), cooking, our environment, life on the land and making a difference where I can. MotoGP is my "boy" fix.
    bushboy says:

    Get back on the keyboard and tap away Susan 🙂

    • Susan T. Braithwaite – Glasgow, Scotland – Royal Navy veteran from Scotland. My journey into writing started with a screenwriting certificate program at UCLA Ext. Since then, I've worked as a freelance content writer, erotica author, proofreader, professional beta reader, and content editor. I'm now working hard on my dream writing career: romantic suspense author. When I'm not writing, I can be found drinking too much coffee, obsessing over yarn, and planning world domination with my husband, jezbraithwaite.blog, and our squirrel army.​
      Susan T. Braithwaite says:

      Thanks, Brian! It’s pretty narrow, but I’ll try not to fall off. 😁

  2. Great progress, Susan! I really like the cycling analogy, not that I’ve been on a bike for many a year.

    • Susan T. Braithwaite – Glasgow, Scotland – Royal Navy veteran from Scotland. My journey into writing started with a screenwriting certificate program at UCLA Ext. Since then, I've worked as a freelance content writer, erotica author, proofreader, professional beta reader, and content editor. I'm now working hard on my dream writing career: romantic suspense author. When I'm not writing, I can be found drinking too much coffee, obsessing over yarn, and planning world domination with my husband, jezbraithwaite.blog, and our squirrel army.​
      Susan T. Braithwaite says:

      Thanks, Chris!
      The fear of getting back on the bike was very real, almost as strong as the desire to get out and freewheel down a hill. 😬
      But, I’m so glad I did. If you get a chance to get back out on a bike, I heartily recommend it. 🤗

  3. Stefanie Neumann – Hamburg, Germany – The Art of Awareness – a bright light on the path of beingness. Basically I am… well… me! That contents: Dreamer. Visionary. Connector. Peacefounder. Adventurer. Teacher. Lerner. Artist. Embodied Spirit. … Born as a highly sensitive person and empath I am using these gifts to bring awareness into the world through authenticity. This comes with a natural, strong tendency for clarity. I am in love with creative expression, drawing my inspiration from a colourful, wide range of interests. People often describe me as open-hearted and friendly. What I learned from life on earth: You cannot think an experience. But you can thank for it. ************************************ Die Kunst der Gewahrsamkeit – ein helles Licht auf dem Pfad des Seins. Im Wesentlichen bin ich… nun ja… ich! Das beinhaltet: Träumerin. Visionärin. Vermittlerin. Friedensgründerin. Abenteurerin. Lehrerin. Lernende. Künstlerin. Verkörperter Geist… Als hochsensible Person und Empathin geboren, nutze ich diese Gaben, um Gewahrsamkeit durch Authentizität in die Welt zu bringen. Dies kommt mit einer natürlichen starken Neigung zur Klarheit. Ich bin in den kreativen Ausdruck verliebt, wobei ich meine Inspiration von einer bunten Palette an vielseitigen Interessen beziehe. Menschen beschreiben mich oft als offenherzig und freundlich. Was ich vom Leben auf der Erde gelernt habe: Man kann eine Erfahrung nicht denken. Doch man kann für sie danken.
    Stefanie Neumann says:

    I so hear you wrt. the fear, Susan – regarding cycling and writing … and basically all kinds of art where I have started a project and come back to continuing it after a break.
    It’s so braw how you have overcome yours and how many words you have actually added to your manuscript.
    4000 … go for it! 💖

    • Susan T. Braithwaite – Glasgow, Scotland – Royal Navy veteran from Scotland. My journey into writing started with a screenwriting certificate program at UCLA Ext. Since then, I've worked as a freelance content writer, erotica author, proofreader, professional beta reader, and content editor. I'm now working hard on my dream writing career: romantic suspense author. When I'm not writing, I can be found drinking too much coffee, obsessing over yarn, and planning world domination with my husband, jezbraithwaite.blog, and our squirrel army.​
      Susan T. Braithwaite says:

      Thank you, Stefanie! 💖 I’m making some good headway towards the 4000 🤓
      I think the fear is present in all things where we’ve taken a break from doing them. It’s just a case of finding the right leverage to get you going.
      For cycling it was finally going to see The Kelpies, and regaining some freedom.

      • Stefanie Neumann – Hamburg, Germany – The Art of Awareness – a bright light on the path of beingness. Basically I am… well… me! That contents: Dreamer. Visionary. Connector. Peacefounder. Adventurer. Teacher. Lerner. Artist. Embodied Spirit. … Born as a highly sensitive person and empath I am using these gifts to bring awareness into the world through authenticity. This comes with a natural, strong tendency for clarity. I am in love with creative expression, drawing my inspiration from a colourful, wide range of interests. People often describe me as open-hearted and friendly. What I learned from life on earth: You cannot think an experience. But you can thank for it. ************************************ Die Kunst der Gewahrsamkeit – ein helles Licht auf dem Pfad des Seins. Im Wesentlichen bin ich… nun ja… ich! Das beinhaltet: Träumerin. Visionärin. Vermittlerin. Friedensgründerin. Abenteurerin. Lehrerin. Lernende. Künstlerin. Verkörperter Geist… Als hochsensible Person und Empathin geboren, nutze ich diese Gaben, um Gewahrsamkeit durch Authentizität in die Welt zu bringen. Dies kommt mit einer natürlichen starken Neigung zur Klarheit. Ich bin in den kreativen Ausdruck verliebt, wobei ich meine Inspiration von einer bunten Palette an vielseitigen Interessen beziehe. Menschen beschreiben mich oft als offenherzig und freundlich. Was ich vom Leben auf der Erde gelernt habe: Man kann eine Erfahrung nicht denken. Doch man kann für sie danken.
        Stefanie Neumann says:

        Ah, the tour to the Kelpies… I now see what some of the challenges might have been, that you mentioned. 💗

        I agree, it’s a matter of leverage (well, most of the time). I like that metaphor for it!

      • Susan T. Braithwaite – Glasgow, Scotland – Royal Navy veteran from Scotland. My journey into writing started with a screenwriting certificate program at UCLA Ext. Since then, I've worked as a freelance content writer, erotica author, proofreader, professional beta reader, and content editor. I'm now working hard on my dream writing career: romantic suspense author. When I'm not writing, I can be found drinking too much coffee, obsessing over yarn, and planning world domination with my husband, jezbraithwaite.blog, and our squirrel army.​
        Susan T. Braithwaite says:

        💖

    • Susan T. Braithwaite – Glasgow, Scotland – Royal Navy veteran from Scotland. My journey into writing started with a screenwriting certificate program at UCLA Ext. Since then, I've worked as a freelance content writer, erotica author, proofreader, professional beta reader, and content editor. I'm now working hard on my dream writing career: romantic suspense author. When I'm not writing, I can be found drinking too much coffee, obsessing over yarn, and planning world domination with my husband, jezbraithwaite.blog, and our squirrel army.​
      Susan T. Braithwaite says:

      Thank you, Aletta! I don’t know if your fitbit tells you this often enough, but You’re Amazing!💖

  4. Photos by Jez – I'm a Royal Navy Veteran from Scotland and love to get out and about with my wife, susantbraithwaite.com, on our Kalkhoff e-bikes. My faithful camera, Snappy, and the ever-present Lensy (lensball) are always along for the ride to capture the beauty of Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿. Join me as I share photos from our travels, how Lensy views the world & pretty much anything shiny ✨
    Photos by Jez says:

    Awesome work, Sweetie 😘 particularly for a first week back on the keyboard (glad you didn’t fall off 😂).

    • Susan T. Braithwaite – Glasgow, Scotland – Royal Navy veteran from Scotland. My journey into writing started with a screenwriting certificate program at UCLA Ext. Since then, I've worked as a freelance content writer, erotica author, proofreader, professional beta reader, and content editor. I'm now working hard on my dream writing career: romantic suspense author. When I'm not writing, I can be found drinking too much coffee, obsessing over yarn, and planning world domination with my husband, jezbraithwaite.blog, and our squirrel army.​
      Susan T. Braithwaite says:

      🤣
      Thank you, sweetie!

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