Diary of a Draft: Day 2

Yesterday, I started a journal of the final week before my complete draft of ALIVE is due back to Disney. Today marks the end of Day 2.

Oh, Day 2. So much better than Day 1 and yet so. much. slower. I think I procrastinated fifteen minutes for every sentence I wrote. I woke up at a respectable 8:30 a.m. No TV. No distractions…Except for the damn internet! Which holds ALL the distractions. But still I worked diligently. My goal today was to finish the last 2.5 big chunks of writing out of 3.5. I say I finished 1.5. I’m ending today a little behind where I wanted to be, but the goal was very ambitious to begin with, so I’m trying (read: trying) not to beat myself up about it. I’ve at least gotten myself started on the next big chunk of writing. I’ve added about 5,000 words during this revision so far.

Because of the nature of the ending, I’m saving the drafting of the final chapter for the very last thing that I do. So that means there is some heavy lifting that will be saved for this week. As it stands, I’ve only got about 12 pages of the current draft left to revise. Hooray!

Overall, today I feel good and in control. I even did the dishes and went to see American Hustle. Win. Of course, I’m way behind on my book club book for Wednesday and am looking at a full work schedule this week, but one thing at a time.


I wore: spent until past noon in PJs with my hair looking like a lion; had to put on real pants to go to move; promptly changed back into PJs once back home to work

I ate: bad things–I think there was a burger involved at the movie theater

I listened to: Towards the end I had to tune into TV occasionally to battle the revision fatigue. I watched Sister Wives. Don’t judge.

Mood: Calm

Goal for tomorrow: Last new chunk of writing + revise final chapter of existing writing

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