It’s been a while since my last update, but this time it’s not due to anxiety or a lack of news, but because I can’t use my computer at the moment. I’ve ordered a new laptop (I’d been postponing it for years), but it won’t arrive until New Year, maybe.
During these two months I have participated in both the reading challenge I mentioned and a writing challenge on the Spanish side of Twitter. I made a Twitter thread for those of you who might be interested:
I haven’t been tweeting here because I’m prioritizing my mental health and I’m already having a pretty active month on my Spanish account due to a couple of October challenges.— Sol Vera (@solverawrites) October 27, 2020
If any of you are interested in checking them out, I’ll add the threads here:
On this blog, you might have seen I made a new page for my WIPs. Organizing things visually for my blog helped me organize things in my head as well, so it’s been really useful. For real! I even check my own WIP page from time to time to remember what I’m working on.
I’ve also been reorganizing my Scrivener projects while I wait for my new computer to arrive so I can transfer everything and start working as soon as it’s here. I made another short thread about it here:
I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo because of my anxiety, but the writing challenge I completed last month made me think I could challenge myself to write 100 words per day during November. We’ll see how it goes!— Sol Vera (@solverawrites) November 2, 2020
I always feel like I don’t do enough because I’m a slow writer and haven’t even started with the drafts, but I realized that, when it’s about my friends, I always tell them that taking notes, working on the outline and doing research also count as writing. I usually don’t check the word count, but I did it now in order to see for myself how hard I’ve worked during this last decade… and I must confess that the results surprised me.
Here is a list of the words I’ve written so far on each project, including research, notes, ideas, etc.:
- Heroes: 14000
- Fireflies: 8500
- Brothers: 19000
- Alcalá: 5000
- Oracle: 99000
- Academy: 15000
- Feathers: 8700
- Sanctuary: 6000
I know it’s not much, but that’s a lot for me, especially after these difficult years. So if you’re also a slow writer or just don’t appreciate the work you do, I recommend to look at the whole picture from time to time. All your work matters and you’ve put in much more effort than you’re giving yourself credit for.
Since I cannot use my computer, I’ve been writing a lot on my notebooks and I finished my 11th notebook recently. I’ll make another post to talk about it in more detail.
So, to sum up, I chose some achievable goals last time, but I’m still glad I completed them. My next two goals will be to finish reorganizing my projects and transcribing my 11th notebook so I can transfer everything when my new laptop arrives.