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Ella: Fail

Word Count: 45,511

There’s just no way anybody’s surprised by this. My 200-words-a-day plan went off the rails, oh, about a week after I made it.

It started off well. I wrote 250-400 words a day for the first five days. On the sixth day, I wrote my 200 words, and then I decided to just keep writing until I finished the scene, which was beginning to feel as if it would never end. The next time I looked up from the computer I realized I had to pick the girls up at school in 45 minutes to take Nine to an orthodontist appointment, and I was still in my pajamas and I hadn’t had lunch. I also hadn’t started dinner, ordered Christmas presents, or washed Nine’s clothes for dance class that night.


The next day I was scrambling to catch up, so I skipped writing—just for one day!—to get everything done, and it shouldn’t have mattered because I was ahead on my word count anyway, except that that turned out to be the day that the girls and I came down sick again, and then winter break started early because of snow and ice. I’m pretty sure you know how the rest of this story goes. It’s not as if I haven’t told it before. Many, many times.

The girls are finally back at school today, so I’m back at my computer. My New Year’s resolution/rash promise for 2014 is to finally finish this damn book, and then post a video of my happy dance.

Yeah, I might not do that second part. But I’m totally going to do the first.

It’s okay if you’re skeptical.

18 comments on “Ella: Fail

  1. Màiri Campbell
    January 16, 2014

    Don’t look at this as a fail. As another person stated… life happens. As long as you always go back to whatever story it is you are working on and keep working on it that is always a win. Sometimes taking a day or two away from the story or stories that we are working on can be helpful. We go back to our work with fresh eyes as we look back over the last few paragraphs that were written. Sometimes that break is just what was needed to give you that power boost to get quite a bit more written or it helps you to work around that part of the plot that was for whatever reason just not flowing like it should have.

    Good luck and happy writing!

    • 2unpublishedgirls
      January 17, 2014

      Ella: Thanks! I figure persistence is the key for me, too. Right now it seems like I just don’t have anything like a regular schedule, so as long as I keep going back to write when I can I’ll get it done eventually. And while I was wrapping and cleaning and cooking and taking care of sick kids last month, I found a song for my book soundtrack for the moment after the dark moment (whatever that’s called) that helped me figure out what to do there. Now I just have to get to that point in the book so I can write it!

  2. Deborah
    January 10, 2014

    This definitely isn’t a fail. That’s what you tell yourself, but it’s not true. Life happens. It always will. As long as you keep going back to your intention, you aren’t failing. It’s called perseverance. We’ll all cheering for you! :-)

  3. therevolvingbook
    January 10, 2014

    :( you’ll get back on track. :)

    • 2unpublishedgirls
      January 10, 2014

      Ella: I will, and then I’ll get off track again! Like today, when I meant to do a lot of writing but since it snowed AGAIN last night, I will likely instead do a little writing and a lot of shoveling. Oh well, as long as I keep going back to it, right?

  4. Ranting Crow
    January 10, 2014

    Well who says it is a fail. You done well and i am sure despite it all you have a story in your head. Sure those character will screw it up, but all there.
    And did you not make a resolve. Isn’t that a good thing to. Keep it up.
    Dance to our hearts content 3 minutes long go for it.. keep smiling

    • 2unpublishedgirls
      January 10, 2014

      Ella: Teehee. Yesterday I heard the song I’d like to used being played at my daughter’s dance class and realized that there’s a break right before the last 20-30 seconds of the song that would be the perfect place to start the video, and that I have a macbook, and aren’t those designed for making videos anyway? I can totally do this! Now I just have to finish the book. So that I can make the video. There’s motivation. :)

      • Ranting Crow
        January 10, 2014

        Make the video first and be motivated to show it when finished

      • 2unpublishedgirls
        January 10, 2014

        Ella: Can’t do it. I need sunny skies and green grass for what I have in mind. Plus, the sheer amount of time it will take me to figure out how to do it is probably counter-productive. It’s a nice thought, though!

  5. Sam
    January 9, 2014

    I want to see the happy dance! Good luck with your resolution.

    • 2unpublishedgirls
      January 9, 2014

      Ella: I so want to make the video! But of course, I don’t want to make a 10-second video with the iPhone that’s easy to post, I have this vision of a music-video length video of me singing and dancing around the house and yard in my pajamas, past unmade beds, unwashed clothes, piles of dirty laundry, etc., flinging pages of my manuscript over everything. And I have no idea how to do that, and thinking about it is taking up brain space that I’m supposed to be using to finish my book.

      But it would be really fun.

      • Màiri Campbell
        January 17, 2014

        You can always go ahead and write that part out or some semblance of it hon. That way you don’t forget by the time you get there. It really helps. Sometimes it is NOT what you had written down as things do get tweaked. But it helps to remind you of what you had been thinking about for that scene.

      • 2unpublishedgirls
        January 17, 2014

        Ella: Oh, you’re not the only one with tech problems today, Mairi! If you get multiple partial answers to your comment, that would be me trying very hard to make WordPress bend to my will. But WordPress is not feeling bendy today, apparently. I also tried to move your comment to where you meant it to go, but I can’t make it do that, either.

        I’ve learned to make notes at the end of a scene or in the margins about what I intended to write. That does help. Although sometimes I go back and think, “What?!” Possibly I need to get better at makes my notes clearer. :)

      • Màiri Campbell
        January 17, 2014

        lol This is the reason I use the blogging function on my website! lmao

        As for the notes, I usually make a whole other document for it and title it accordingly AND make sure that I have it in the correct folder as well. lol

      • 2unpublishedgirls
        January 17, 2014

        Ella: Well, sure, if you’re going to be all well-organized and reasonable about it! ;)

      • Màiri Campbell
        January 17, 2014

        lol Well unlike you Ella, I do not have kids to deal with just my two dogs.. And my husband is gone for work 4 days a week for about 14 hours each day… so being sort of organized is easy. lol

      • 2unpublishedgirls
        January 18, 2014

        Ella: The kids are gone from 8:30-3:30 five days a week, though, so using them as an excuse is a bit of a stretch.

        Well, they’re gone except for when there’s a school break, or they’re sick, or have a doctor’s appointment, or a snow day . . . You know what? They’re almost always here. I give myself complete permission to use them as an excuse!

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