My writing has been sporadic based on schedule. So far I've managed 2351 words. My original goal was 1000 words per day...I think that might be on my best day, but not every day. A bit unrealistic. Since I haven't yet finished my writing today, my average word count is 470. So, to push myself a little more, I'm going to revise my goal to 500 words per day with the intention that if I get into the flow, I can upgrade my quota. I have the day off tomorrow, so I am really counting on some substantial writing time!
In reading the opening chapters of Joyce Carol Oates' memoir, A Widow's Story, I see how she writes in the present progressive tense, allowing her to be more descriptive about feelings and sensations. At times she reflects on past events, but doesn't get stuck there. She keeps it ever moving forward. Last year I read O Beautiful (John Paul Godges)....and the year before (although I didn't participate in the Challenge), I read Suzanne Berne's Missing Lucile: Memories of The Grandmother I Never Knew. I think I may go back and reread passages of those two books as well to review how the authors treated different topics.
This year, also, I have finally gotten to the point where I don't have to immerse myself in research, but just need to jog my memory with a few details on hand. Much better!