Saturday, November 23, 2013
Every now and then you just need to get away. Me and hubby have needed that for a while just to treat ourselves and keep our marriage strong. That was hard to start this morning even though after the week I've had it was beyond needed. Lets just say my stress level and tiredness has tripled in the last week. It's hard for me sometimes to step away from a story I'm deep inside and focus on real life. I found myself flipping between conversation with my hubby and the story in my head. But I needed that, I needed to get pulled into a good part of my life away from the stress and away from the story I was trying to hide in. My husband deserves my focus. Sooooo...we got away and I'm loving it. As for writing, it's going good despite life trying hard to overwhelm me. So tomorrow I'll get back to normal and keep on keeping on :)
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Lets start with my rules. That's right, my rules not the rules. I'm using this month as a motivational time to join a ton of other writers in putting words on pages. My rules, or goals or whatever you want to call them are to get this draft 1B finished or unbelievably close. While ideally I'd like a 60,000 word manuscript, I'll settle for 50,000 at the end of 1B. I will squash the little bit of OCD in me that protests that is too short. My word count is not at all limited to new words written. The goal is to finish. This is a novel I hand wrote until about midway and then got stuck. With a the plotting I referred to in an earlier post(..post-it note plotting..) I am doing some majority g tweaking to the original draft 1 as I type it. So just 50,000 words, new and refurbished. Now for some stats! Word count... I'm getting close to writing new words and not just overhauling draft 1A. This feels a bit like walking toward the deep end of the pool to jump in. I'm not a strong swimmer so that's an intimidating thought. We're almost halfway through November and I'm almost halfway in my word count!!!! Super excited about that! Music...You Tube and music videos, which I'm listening to not watching, has been a real mood setter. I've been listening to some of the following: the piano guys, Taylor swift, miley Cyrus, Passenger(my favorite so far!) Where...I've been writing on my birthday present, my own laptop :) When...I've been writing at work on my lunch and at home in the evenings. Well that's all! Be prepared for actual numbers on the 15th.
Friday, November 8, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
I was thinking about balance today as I slogged through a two mile run. That run shouldn't have felt like my legs were moving through mud, but it did. I had a knee issue last week and as a result I begrudgingly took a week off. Because if I got going too soon I knew I might have an even longer lay off. I had to over correct because... I guess I ran too hard when my legs were tired from some increasing mileage and speed. I should have backed off and instead I pushed too long. My 2nd to last run was AMAZING which I'll blame for my lack of common sense. I needed better balance. Sometimes in your writing life it's intense and the word count is sky rocketing. I say go for it! Your body won't suffer, but always, always keep in mind you can't continuously neglect the rest of your life for an amazing word count and not expect some consequences from the neglected family, friends, work, etc. And sometimes it's ok to take a break from writing, just not a ridiculously too long break like I did :) Just a little nnwm update: it's going great right now! A lot of this is stuff I already wrote, it just needed reorganized and Tweaked. I'm still nervous about the last half of the book which is what stalled me out before. Keep on keeping on!
Sunday, November 3, 2013
It's been a long while. I got really stuck... Lazy...lost in the rut of life. I'm scared to even try this "writing thing" again. But try I will. About a couple months ago I sat down late one night in my living room floor and did a general plot/outline on post-it notes. I've started up on that unruly novel and would like to, between old and new, finish this novel. And beyond finishing that I'm going to return to my 2nd finished novel, tweak it, and return to trying to get it published. From there Ill either start draft 2 or start a new novel that's been tickling my brain. My main goal is to keep trying! Wish me luck and I've already wished you some too.