Struggling to get my words

So the Magic Spreadsheet was going great for me. Until it suddenly wasn’t. I’m not really sure what happened. I think it was a combination of things more than any one particular thing.

250 words isn’t a lot. Unless you tend to write micro poetry. And it usually only takes me between 10 and 30 minutes to write that many words. But then I leveled up to 300 words. And I started working 20+ hours of overtime one week followed by 10+ hours of overtime the next in a seemingly endless cycle. And I am also an editor.

I had been pushing myself to write longer pieces. And while I’ve done a few, it usually feels like I’m fighting who I am. And when I’m not, I’m having to write three and four pieces.

The time constraints of my life combined with my struggles with piece length combined this week to break my streak. After 67 days of writing every day, I posted three straight days of a big fat zero.

I started using the Magic Spreadsheet as a way to help my writing partner become more disciplined in his writing habits. And it’s worked. I was initially pissed at myself for breaking my chain. But I’ve never written for more than 30 days in a row before, so I more than doubled that. So, yesterday, I started all over again. And I’m hoping to go a lot farther this time.

I’ve gone back to the starting level of 250 words and am going to try to write more blog posts to help me hit my numbers.

Meanwhile, my writing partner has been kicking my ass in the word count almost every day. And I couldn’t be happier. I’m thrilled that this has helped him. So in that regard, this has already been a resounding success.

Now, if I can just keep writing…

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