M.A. Wohl

Writer on a Quest

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Word count goal this week: 55 000 words

Day 68 – The IKEA thing
Word count so far: 40 001 words


My parents gave my kiddo a unrequited gift from IKEA.

In August.

I had to put it together at some point, and that point was today.

Now, putting words together, in all humbleness, I’m pretty good at it. Putting an Ikea thing together… not so much.

Not kidding. For realsies. I swear.

It took me 4 hours to put together an IKEA kitchenette. Four miserable hours, I might add. I put a piece with the wrong one, I spent forever trying to figure out where that was supposed to go. Then, screwing this there, and there, and shitadoodle, not there.
Now, it’s not IKEA’s fault, nor is it the fault of the 32 pages instructions manual.
I’m just, it’s just, aarrgghh!

I had to do some of the daywork during the evening writing session. Ergo, very few words were written today.

Next time though, I’ll leave the IKEA building part to the professionals.

Day 69: Messy day
Word count so far: 40 260 words

Wrong, wrong, WRONG!

Everything went wrong today. Problems with this, that. Fixing the problem with this and that.

Argh ! I can’t get this messy day out of my head.

Ergo: good night, dear writers friends !

Day 70: The cookies thing
Word count so far: 41 002 words

What to do when things that are supposed to happen at 10 happens at 3 pm?

Cookies !

I refuse to let myself behind overwhelmed by stuff again.

Therefore, I made a mental run for it and write!

Maybe because I’ve been doing a lot of little writing sessions, tonight, the words just came so easily. I finished the chapter where the Allies come to help the main character and friends.

The end is close. But there still a TON of work to do!

Nevertheless, I feel energizes, for the first time in a while. I’ll take all the positive moments I can get these days, no matter how little or insignificant, in the grand scheme of things.

Dear writer friends, until next time!

Work count goal this week: 55 000 words

Day 66 – 3:40 am
Word count so far: 39 585 words

Kiddo woke up at 3:40am. That’s right.

Kiddo did not fall back asleep. That’s rrriiight.

oh dear…

To kiddo’s defense, a noise is to blame. What noise? 16 hours later, I still have no idea.

I was eager to go back to my current writing project tonight. I like the characters more and more, especially since the Main Character gets more and more complicated.
Main Character is going through a big transition. Her whole universe was the soccer team and the Prom Committee (in my public High School, there were such a thing as comité des Finissants).
She was a star. Now, her fame is slowly fading away, her worst fears are slowly taking form. Plus, a devious ghost is after her, requesting her help in order to rest in peace.
She refuses since she does not give in in face of intimidation (she rather avoid it by being, not a bully herself, but passive witness on the side of the bullies).
And the ghost is grossing her out.

It’s so much fun to talk about that kind of things, right? Or maybe I’m just a weird writer on a quest.

Until next time!

Day 67 – Enough with the Social Media noise
Word count so far: 39 786 words

I write as often as I can.

I do my best to brainstorm ahead of time, to stay focus when writing.

Sometimes, I use writing tips and writing hacks, such as writing sprints or brainstorms walks.

Always now, I set realistic (or close enough!) writing goals, word count goals, living by my pen goals.

I work hard. I feel proud. And THEN, because I know it’s crucial to do so if I want to earn a living with selling my novels, I join the conversation with the writing community on social media.

But there’s so. much. noise on those social platforms.

So much so in fact, I’ve decided to delete all my accounts, except Twitter. And I’ll cut back on the twitter-verse for a while.

Enough with the noise. Enough with the electronics vampires, all sucking real life out of me while reaching for something: money, attention, time, time, more time.
My Life Time!

Will I work more, land more contracts, write more, or better yet, write faster, having deleted easy distractions from my life?

I don’t know. Maybe…

Maybe I’ll just play with kiddo more. Read more novels, cook something that takes more than twenty minutes to put on the table. Things like that.

Doesn’t matter. I have more time now!

Dear writer friends, thanks for reading. Until next time.

Being a book geek is the best.

I love books.

Sharing the book love is my way to say thanks to the awesome writers behind the stories that made me who I am, that make me laugh or cry or both.

I worked in indie bookstores and big chain bookstores.

I worked for a publisher.

I worked at book fairs.

I did it all, kinda. Along the way, I have discovered many, many, many wonderful books.
Nowadays, it’s a bit more work to find the hidden treasures among the many new books, many reprints of popular titles, but it’s always a joy!

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