Writing Quote

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

Friday, January 21, 2011

Writing challange check in

I need to get better at posting regularly, especially when I've signed up for challenges like the one I'm doing this month. I check in pretty regularly at Trisiti's Challenges, but I haven't checked in here to let you all know how I'm doing so far.

Remember, my goal for this challenge was to edit two pages of manuscript a day and get it formatted by the end of the month.

I'm doing great on the first point, but not so great on the second point. I've been editing between 2 and 10 pages a day (I've missed a couple days though. Still, I'm ahead of where I thought I thought I would be at this point). My "editing" this time around has mostly been reading through the story for the first time and making notes on glaring issues that need attention. And of course, I've been able to make small changes here and there on wording and inconsistencies as I come upon them.

But when I made this goal, I had forgotten that when I wrote The Slave Knight, I didn't bother with piecing it out into chapters. So not only do I have to get it out of the standard single space, 11 pt. format, I actually need to figure out where the chapters should go. That means I need to do some outlining. If I was a good girl and started with an outline, this part would be really easy. This part would probably already be done! Let this be a lesson to you, Robin. Outlining before you start is a good thing. It gives you direction and purpose as you write. Plus it eliminates the need for irritating steps during the rewrite.
Oh well. I may not get that part done this month, but if I can get started with it, I'll be happy.

I forgot to do my two pages yesterday. But today, I'm going to play at Julie's house. That means scrap booking, crafting, and creativity in all its varieties. I think I'll bring my laptop and see how many pages I can look through today.

I should probably start looking for some kind of challenge to keep me going through February. Knowing me, I won't be able to do it alone. And just as a heads-up: March is NaNoEdMo. We get to do 50 hours of editing in March! More about that later.

What helps you stay motivated to keep plucking away at your story?

Monday, January 10, 2011

To speed read or not to speed read?

Alright, so I can't actually speed read. But I've gone back and forth on whether or not I should bother trying to learn it or not. Part of me figures, Sure why not? It could come in handy and if you want to slow down sometimes you certainly can. Then another part of me, the part that knows me the best, figures  You know you'll never be able to stop sub vocalizing. You just love that voice in your head way too much to ever be able to successfully be a speed reader. The writer in me tends to agree with the second part of me. I find that little sub vocalizer in my head invaluable in choosing words, in finding the right flow and in capturing the right tone. And I'm not just talking about writing dialogue here.
So I wondered if other writers feel the same about the little voice in their heads. How do you feel about your sub vocalizer? Is it helpful to you as you write? Do you speed read? When? And how often?