Writing Quote

"Don't write merely to be understood.
Write so that you can't possibly be misunderstood."
-Robert Louis Stevenson

Saturday, October 30, 2010

almost there

I got 610 words today. AND I got my silly hate poem written. It really isn't much and it's definitely not my best work. In fact, I'm not sure it's quite done. I'll probably tweak it a bit so I can get the meter to flow easier. But the beast is slain and that's the important part. I'll skin it later on.
I must admit, I'm a little nervous about next month now. This month has gone pretty well, but the required word count is pretty low. 1667 words is a lot more than 250. And to tell the truth, I'm feeling a little burned out on writing. I'm just not used to doing it every day, see? I'm hoping, HOPING, that starting a new project will perk me up again. And taking a few weeks off from my current WIP will get me excited about finishing it up, right? RIGHT??
So one more day of NPI and then on to NaNoWriMo!!

And now, without further ado, my ridiculous hate poem.

If I were a different sort of man,
The sort that lives by passion alone,
I’d find no greater pleasure than
In stripping your flesh from your bone.

A shadow, a shadow would dance above
The grass covered mound with your name.
Oh, don’t you know that the shadow ’d be mine.
Yes, I’d waltz on your grave with no shame.

Alas, I’m a God-fearer now
And I can’t just follow my heart.
So I’ll tip you my hat and I’ll bow
Until the day we forever part.

And a shadow, a shadow will dance above
The grass covered mound with your name.
For you know that shadow will be mine
As I waltz on your grave with no shame.

note: this is actually a song in the book, written for a man's voice

Thursday, October 28, 2010

do I gotta?

I was really not in the mood for writing today, but I did 504 words anyway. And I set myself up so that tomorrow I have to write a poem. And it's supposed to be a hate poem. I haven't done poetry in probably a decade or more. And it's probably been at least that long since I hated anybody. <groan> Why do I do this to myself?? I used to be pretty good at poetry, when I was depressed and all unhappy and teenage-hormonal and whatnot. But I'm happy now. Life is good. There are rainbows everywhere you look and butterflies enough to kiss every flower. That does not an interesting poem make. Where, oh where, am I going to find some inspiration for a halfway decent poem by tomorrow? I may be in trouble here. If I manage to pull off anything remotely readable, I'll post it here, I promise (oh, good, Robin. No pressure. That's just great.)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

still sick, but wrote about 800 words on a different project today. that counts, right?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

today's work

What do say to 1529 words, plus finishing a chapter? Oh yeah, that's what I'm talkin' 'bout.

Monday, October 25, 2010

don't say I'm not dedicated

Got 474 today.So a couple of days ago, I took a reprieve day because I just had a really long day plus computer issues plus some laziness. Technically, I've still got one reprieve day left (I think) but I'm saving it for a rainy day. I really should have called today the rainy day. I had to skip class because I was so sick. But I managed to drag my self, stomach bug and all, down the stairs to do my writing. Good girl. Hopefully I'm better tomorrow and the writing will be joyful again.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

yesterday and today

So last night I sat down to do a little writing. I did a very little writing, about 50 words, and tried to save my work. Cue the computer problems. Goodbye, progress. Crud. My resident nerd was out of the house and nothing I tried would fix the issue. I could have wipped out a few hundred words by hand, no problem. But I gave myself a break and went to bed instead. It's okay. I earned another reprieve day.
Today, I got 1012 words. Not too shabby.

Friday, October 22, 2010

life getting in the way again!! arg!

I got 1718 words today- a record for the month. I'd like to continue with the scene I'm on, but I've got a crazy busy weekend ahead of me. Right now, I'm off to decorate some cakes, make some pies and clean my house. I'd rather be writing. Til tomorrow, then.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

another day down

342 words today. I was hoping to do some more this evening, but I'm coming up on a pretty crazy weekend and I need to get some prep work in (aka sleep). Happy writing, all!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A new day, a new chapter

I found 685 words of a new chapter today. I like starting new chapters. Even when you have a clear idea of what's going to happen, it's still always full of surprises. Sometimes, I just have no idea what's going to come out of my characters' mouths. It's always fascinating when they take over and write their own stories.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

at the end of a long day

AND at the end of a long chapter. Okay, so the chapter wasn't really that long. But it was a huge pain in the butt. In the end, it did what it needed to do. And with all it's faults, I'm done writing it. And I'm kind of dreading the rewrite. Let's just say the judge is going to have a field day with it.

So I got 296 words today and finished a pretty hellish chapter. Tomorrow I'll get to embark on something more worthwhile, I hope.

Also, I did a little more pre-writing this afternoon. I still have no idea what direction I'll be going in next month. I need to just take a few hours one day and go muse hunting. I'll track her down, trap her in my net and drag her home with me. I've been needing the exercise anyway.

Monday, October 18, 2010

oh, productivity!

I found 737 words today. I finished off the scene I was working on, blending together two parts that were written separately. And then I went back and worked on a scene I've been having trouble with. I don't know that I'm totally past the trouble spot. But I'm getting there. I just need to approach it differently, I think. The character in this scene is one I used to really love. He was my favorite, actually. But since he experienced a life changing event, I don't like him much at all anymore. I need to find the love again. We'll get there, though. We'll get there.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

another reprieve day

I'm tired. So tired. And I've earned a reprieve day. Need I say more?

On the up side, I worked on some pre-writing for NaNo. I'm thinking this particular idea would make a better short story. We'll see.

Friday, October 15, 2010

good things today

1359 words added to my total. AND I found the missing pages that I wrote a while back and got them inputted as well. That's especially awesome because there were some plot things in there that I had forgotten about. Usually I can rewrite stuff and still feel good about it even though it ends up different than the original. But sometimes, those initial ideas are irreplaceable. I think that was the case here. So I'm very happy. The story can go on now.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

what an odd little motivator

Today I got 291 words. Plus, I had to rewrite about 40 words that didn't get saved the last time I hit save before closing word.Grr. Not a big deal, really. But still... grr.
This challenge of writing every day is a new one for me. But I like it. It's been really good for me. And having a reasonable word count goal gives me something to aim for everyday without having to sacrifice much of my everyday demands. But since my writing goals are for each new day and not just the month's total, I needed a way to quickly figure out where I am in my word count at any given moment.
It's a silly little thing, but I decided to put a sticky note next to my mouse and write down my starting word count in one column and the count I need to end at in the next column. My total words for the day get recorded here, too.
For instance, today's line looks like this:
10/14- 65834 --> 66084      291
Easy. As silly as it seems, it really motivates me to reach that number. And when I go past it, I feel kind of like a rock star.

What little tricks motivate you to keep on tapping the keyboard?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

and that's a wrap.

For today, at least. I got me 387 bright, shiny words today. And since I'm every kind of tired there is, I'm going to bed. 'Nite.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

write now...

Write now, I stand at 354 words on my fiction. I'm also in the middle of writing a term paper, which is at 791 words and counting. I'm hoping I can finish up my rough draft for the term paper and get some more real writing in tonight. No, I don't mean that. I know all kinds of writing ultimately help you become a better writer. I'd just rather be writing fiction write now.

Monday, October 11, 2010

10/11 word count

I'm cutting it a little close, I know. But I did get my writing done today. 475 words. Now I'm about where I should be if I hadn't been a slacker yesterday. I had to abandon the chapter I was working on and move on to something I'm a little more excited about. The only thing is, the scene I'm working on now builds off a chapter I wrote a while back that I cannot find now. I'm going crazy!! Where is that chapter? What did I do with it? I really did write it, I swear. Ah, well. I'll have to search for it more later. I can always rewrite it if I have to, right?

Okay then... goodnight and happy writing.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

note to self...

it's a really bad idea to watch DVR'ed Craig Ferguson when I should be writing. 36 words, and crappy words at that, before I gave up and just rolled around on the ground laughing. As much as I hate the idea of breaking my streak, I think I need a reprieve today.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

the beauty of a challenge

I wrote 500 words today- twice as much as I meant to.
I seriously considered taking a reprieve today. I've been horribly busy, I'm bushed, and I still have a lot to do before I can turn in. But I convinced myself to just do a little writing- for the principle of getting into the habit of writing everyday. I wasn't sure I'd make myself do 250 words. But then before I knew it, I had 150  and 100 extra really isn't too hard. So I kept going. Then the next time I looked down at my counter, I had 492. An eight word sentence isn't so hard. And ta-da. 500 words.
It may not have happened today if it weren't for the challenge, not just to write 7250 words in a 31 day month, but to write every single day for a month. I like it. A lot.

Friday, October 8, 2010

ten/eight. today was great

I added 1066 words to my manuscript today.
I wrote around 500 words outlining a school paper.
But most importantly, I made some decisions during my walk around the neighborhood about the sequel that will make the scene I'm writing now go a lot more smoothly. Sometimes it's great to have no idea where you're going with the story. It's a magical journey of discovery with surprises around every corner. But when you hit a brick wall, it helps to have a map.
For me, it also helps to walk. My mind is completely unrestrained when I'm out walking. I can't concentrate on any one thing, even when I try. But that's usually the key to that breakthrough that's been eluding me.
Others have their best ideas on the porcelain throne, in the shower, or playing squash.

Where do you do your best thinking?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

today's word count

I got 614 today, which was actually really great because I started a new chapter today and I was not feeling it today. So I think my word count should actually reflect somewhere around 1852. Oh, well. Maybe tomorrow, I'll figure out where I left the magic. Maybe in the couch cushions or something.

the dead weight character

I've been thinking about this for a couple of days, and I'm still not sure what to do about it. I have a character who isn't pulling her weight. Her name is Sasha- which I will probably change because I don't like it and because it's too close to another character's name. She is the Queen. But more to the point, she's the wife of the King. She serves a couple of major purposes, but then doesn't do anything. Her personality is getting on my nerves, the sanctimonious ninny. And she's conveniently put herself in a situation where she may be executed or she may be pardoned.
Right now, the plan is to pardon her. That's in keeping with the king's character, and I'm afraid of what it would do to him if he executed his beloved wife. On the other hand, I'm not enjoying writing her and I don't see a future for her in the story. The way I see it, she either needs to go entirely or she needs to undergo some major changes. The question then becomes will she change for the better or for the worse? Between you and me, I think she's losing her mind. So it would probably have to be for the worse. Unless she can prove to me soon that she's capable of being interesting again, she's going to lose her mind and her head.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

10/6 wordcount and shadow friends

I added 346 words to my work of fiction. I also did some prewriting for a school paper, which I should be working on now, but for some reason, I'm blogging instead. Then I wrote a hefty paragraph or two on a class discussion board. None of that gets my story written, but oh well.

Today, I've been feeling a little bit lonely in the world of words. I have lots of real life friends and a wonderful family. But I don't know many writers. Of the all people I know and love, I can count on one hand the number of writers I get to rub shoulders with. I haven't taken any writing classes yet. I've never been to a convention or conference where I could network with like minded crazies. I don't have a writing group. And I've only ever been to one NaNoWriMo write-in, where I sat in the corner and played shy. And since one blog always leads to another (much like books, oddly enough) I started at a writer-friend's blog and haunted a few other writer's blogs. I "followed" a couple that seemed to have some things in common with me. And here, I have to note that I did so publicly. I always, always follow blogs publicly. I think my e-friends have a right to know I'm there, attending to their thoughts, even if we don't know each other in the flesh. But it made me wonder if there are any other people in the world- besides my supportive husband and my too-good-to-be-true friend, Julie- who follow my little writing blog. If so, I invite you to come out and join us, shadow friends. You're welcome here, even if we've never met under the yellow sun.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

10/5 writing

343 words today. There was lots to do and I just wasn't in it very far. but I still beat my 250 words. Til tomorrow.

Monday, October 4, 2010

10/4- today's writing

I got in 1380 words today. I'm forcing myself to stop even though I've kind of been on a role. Life doesn't stop beause I'm writing. Alas.

Yesterday, I got some more writing in after my post. My total word count for yesterday was 1576. I really can't complain.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Day 3

I'm not sure of an exact count, but it was a little over 300 words today. I'm hoping to do some more tonight, so I'll have a solid word count from today tomorrow.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Friday, October 1, 2010

10/1 update

417 words today. Piece of cake.

A couple writing challenges

My poor pen has been neglected lately. To get myself back on track, I've signed up for two different writing challenges this month. The first is to write 250 words everyday. If I'm good, that'll give me 7750 words by the end of the month. This challenge can be found at http://5-rings.com/blog/. I'll be updating my progress on that challenge here everyday.

The second challenge is one that I've done a few times. It takes place quarterly and you set your own goal each time, updating your progress on the sponsor's blog: http://tristischallenges.blogspot.com/. I'll probably post updates here as well, since I'll already be blogging my progress on the other challenge. My goal for Trisiti's challenge is to Madman and Architect a new project in preparation for NaNoWriMo next month.

Wish me luck! And wish my family lots of patience with me  this month.