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Word Count Update & More Whatnot

I loved words. I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them. Anne Rice

I am well into drafting novel-2 and have a bit over 18k at the moment. I am pleased with this progress. It would be nice if I could get the motivation to write for more than 1-2 hours in a day. But on the flip side, I am writing 6 days a week.

For some reason, mostly I think my social life; I can’t quite make it to writing all seven days of the week. I blame my social life because it takes up energy for me, as an introvert. And writing, though I love it, also takes up energy. So if I have a particularly social Friday or Saturday then I am probably going to not write much that day and so long as I can write six days a week I think I am ok with that. We shall see where my productivity experiment takes me.

My schedule is about to change this week due to new circumstances. And so that will affect my writing time. Although, I do know this much, I won’t be getting up at five am to write. I respect writers who do get up early and write, but I physically cannot do it.

Once, during NaNoWriMo 2011, I tried to get up two hours earlier than normal to write. I was in grad school, and looking for time to write. What happened? I spent the entire two hours drinking coffee and staring into space incoherently. It comes as no to surprise to me, as I have been a night owl since childhood, but it can be disappointing at times.

The mornings and I just do not get along. I set the alarm twenty or thirty minutes earlier than I need to get up so that I can hit the snooze button and hold the day at bay for that longer. It doesn’t help matters that I also have trouble sleeping, so that even on good days I still wake up a bit groggy. It sucks to be perpetually overdrawn on one’s sleep bank. Oh well, in the end, I am a night owl and I shall make time to get the writing done even as my schedule changes.

©K. Klein 2013

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Thoughts on Introversion

Introversion (I)
I like getting my energy from dealing with the ideas, pictures, memories, and reactions that are inside my head, in my inner world. I often prefer doing things alone or with one or two people I feel comfortable with. I take time to reflect so that I have a clear idea of what I’ll be doing when I decide to act. Ideas are almost solid things for me. Sometimes I like the idea of something better than the real thing.

This definition is taken from Meyers-Briggs website.

I have no opinion on whether introversion or extraversion is the better state of being. In the perfect world, I would love to have people be happy with and accept the cards they’ve been dealt. (Well at least in terms of temperament).

In any case, life dealt me introvert cards. It took me a long to understand this and accept it. And looking back at life experience, it totally makes sense. I have for as long as I can remember lived in my own little world.

There is little wonder that I am a writer; being allowed to live in my own little world and maybe share it. Ok, well I am working on the sharing it part. I’ve finally started to get past the “don’t kill the baby stage” of my novel; yay for revisions.

For the most part, I like being introverted. It is a large part of who I am. I can’t exactly change my temperament. However, sometimes it is frustrating.

I have a certain allotment of “people points” and if I use them all up I get exhausted and cranky. I tend to get annoyed by this; especially during the holiday season when I want to do everything and see everyone. If I am not careful, I’m subject to burn out, and even if I am careful – sometimes I burn out anyways.

It is also annoying when there is a huge conversation and no good place to break in with a thought. I try hard not to cut people off; especially because I am not too fond of bring cut off myself. However, there are sometimes I wish I could break into a multi-person conversation with confidence and exuberance rather than meekly trying to say something. I’ve worked hard to improve this, but I still find it challenging especially if I don’t know all the people in the conversation.

Aside from the exhaustion and seeming inability to have a conversation involving more than three or four people, I like being introverted. I enjoy spending time alone. I enjoy people watching. (A kid in junior high told me I am weird because I like to people watch; I’ve finally accepted it as a part of me.) I love writing; stories are in my blood. I love reading. I know I am a bit offbeat from normal, but I like dancing to the beat of my drum.

So what are you – introverted, extroverted or somewhere in the middle? Do you like the cards you were dealt?

©K. Klein 2012

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