word count update

Boy! I really dropped the ball, didn’t I?

Even though I haven’t blogged about it, I did manage to write 302 words on 12/05/18 and an additional 606 words yesterday bringing my total up to 9,698 words.

Woo! Maybe this weekend I’ll break 10,000!

It might be difficult because I don’t usually write on the weekends, but I’ll see if I can make it happen.

Thanks for tuning in!

wordcount update

It’s getting late and I’m not capable of written speech right now, but I did want to make this post…

I started today at 8,240 words and I’m ending it at 8,790 meaning I wrote exactly 550 words. 

I won’t lie, today was a struggle. Due to personal life issues and all the cheese associated with it, I had some trouble putting thoughts to paper, but I pushed forward and got something down. 

wordcount update

When I started this morning I was 7,781 words into my Trash Romance and as of tonight I’m at 8,240. 

Over the course of today I wrote 459 words which is in the midrange for me as far as wordcount goes. On slow days I do approximately 200 and on my best day I did something like 1,000. 

I wish I could bang out 1,000 words a day, but anything higher than zero is good as far as I’m concerned. 

Tomorrow I have a full day ahead of me so we’ll see how much I can complete by then. 

ideas for future blog posts

I’ve been thinking about what I can write on this blog to keep it alive and breathing. I don’t want this to be a project I start and abandon like the socks I tried to knit four years ago. I’m committed to keeping this going, so… ONWARD!

Here are some ideas I’ve had for future blog posts:

  • fiction book reviews
  • writing craft book reviews
  • daily word count updates for current projects
  • timed writing practice

This is all in addition to documenting my writing journey. Later today I’ll kick off this project by posting my word count at the start of the day and the count at the end.

See you then!

writing with adhd

Let’s talk ADHD! Who has it? Me! What is it? Terrible!

I don’t like the term ADHD, let’s get that out of the way. Anyone who has ADHD knows that it’s less about attention deficit and more about attention management. That means people with ADHD might suffer from the inattentive type, the hyperfocus type, or a nice mixture of both. Don’t quote me on this, I wasn’t totally paying attention when my doctor explained it.

I personally have mixed ADHD types.

But Tatum your intro post said you were in your twenties!

Yeah buddy it sure did! Welcome to the world of Adult ADHD. I wasn’t treated for it as a kid with medication or behavioral therapy and I only started seeking treatment as an adult in my early twenties.

What this means is that I had to find ways to cope with it on my own. The coping mechanisms I used as a child heavily influence the way I write now.

The only way my brain seems to work at all is if I’m working on multiple projects at once. Right now I’m working on a comic book with a friend, a series of short stories about women named after herbs, and something I affectionately refer to as a Trash Romance.

I’m currently very much not medicated so when it gets difficult to maintain attention at work, or around friends, or even during a TV show, I pull out my notebook and write. When at work, I actually write my manuscript on post-its and then copy what I’ve written into a notebook.

Writing on a keyboard isn’t productive for me. There are just way too many distractions just a click away. I also have a tendency to self edit as I go and I end up distracting myself with that too! Writing in longhand eliminates that tendency because there’s no way in hell I’m going to go back five thousand words and add things in.

I’ve been consistently writing for the last two weeks in longhand for all my projects and I’ve made approximately 7500 words of progress for my Trash Romance alone. That’s unheard of for me!

Pretty sure I have no followers, but in case people are reading this… Do any of you have ADD/ADHD? How do you guys get words on the page?

Much love and best of luck!

spitting into the void

Online presence, online presence, online presence. It seems like the importance of an online presence is all you hear about as an aspiring writer. 

I’m not writing this for anyone in particular. Actually, I don’t expect anyone to actually read this mess. For the most part I’m putting this blog together to document my writing progress and to write about writing in general.

However, in case a living breathing creature (or advanced AI) stumbles across this website, I’d like to be prepared. Hence the introduction below.

Hey strangers, it me.

My name’s Tatum Wallace and I’m an aspiring writer living in Los Angeles. I’m in no way qualified to write a novel, but I’m not letting that stop me!

Like the headline says: don’t expect quality.