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Well, I still don't have my own computer, so I don't really feel like I'm making progress as far as crafting a story goes--which is what I want to do, I want to make Zombie Boyfriend a full and coherent story, I want to finish it. I still don't know where it's going to end, but I'm getting ideas.

I've written roughly 21,000 words, and I'm pretty sure I already had about 5,000, which means for the year so far I've written 26,000 words and am about where I need to be in order to reach 150k by the end of the year. Since I last posted I have not missed a single day at, and more than once I've written over a thousand words there. I'm signed up for the March challenge and fully intend to finish it. Oh, and you know what, there's also some scraps of paper in some places with writing on them that I haven't counted.

All of those words, excepting the ones on paper, have been Zombie Boyfriend words... and, uh, I think that means that it's past 50k now, total, since last time I remember it was about 30k. I can't CHECK, though, ugh, I want my own computer back!

On one day I wrote out an entire outline for a shortish story on paper, which was probably about 800 words; I gave myself 750 words of lorem ipsum that day. The idea was pure porn; even the plot elements are only there because they turn me on. It's BDSM-related, a bit of dub-con but not dark or heavy at all. So far I've been calling it "the blackmail story" even though it isn't really blackmail.

So, basically, I'm doing incredibly well, not just with wordcounts but with establishing habits: even during NaNoWriMo I didn't write every single day; in fact, I only wrote on 16 out of the 30 days, and two or three of those were 50-word days. (That means I averaged 3132 words/day, on the days I did write. O.o)

I'm feeling really good. I spent all of January behind, and honestly, keeping track like that was kind of discouraging, I think. I would stop writing every hundred words or so to update the spreadsheet and watch it tell me I still hadn't caught up yet. Without my spreadsheet, with, I've HAD to just write, and every day too (or else I lose my streak! I HAVE A 21-DAY STREAK, I CAN'T LOSE IT!).

I've also signed on as official feedback provider for someone who wants to write and has lots of ideas for writing, but is a terrible writer NOT BECAUSE HE SUCKS AT WRITING, because EVERY writer sucks at writing. It is because he allows his suckitude to PREVENT HIM FROM WRITING.To every writer out there: Embrace the suckitude! Let the suckitude flow! The absolute best thing you can do to get yourself on the path to being a good writer is to finish a shitty story. Every story any author ever finishes is a shitty story. The first draft of Twilight was shitty. The first draft of The Hunger Games was shitty. The first draft of His Dark Materials was shitty. The first draft of Uglies was shitty. The first draft of The Last Unicorn was shitty. The first draft of Stranger in a Strange Land was shitty. Your first draft will be shitty, but that's not what's keeping you from writing the next Harry Potter; not writing is what's keeping you from that.

(Authors of the above stories, in order, even the ones everybody knows: Stephanie Meyer, Suzanne Collins, Phillip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld, Peter S. Beagle, Robert A. Heinlein, J.K. Rowling.)


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