As any of my long time readers can attest, my output as of late has increased substantially. Alone used to consist of one post a week, but lately it has climbed to the point of five or six a week. Part of the reason for the change is that it became my primary focus as opposed to a secondary project. Another part is that after I hit Part 50 I took a look at where I was with the story and where I wanted to go with it. Some vague ideas became clearer as I plotted out the story's path and made notes about changes I needed to make once I do the first re-write. Once I did all of that the story just poured out of me in a hurry, coming far faster than it has since I started it. The goal is to have the first draft finished by the end of the month. Once that has happened I will be taking a week off from working on it, then I will begin what promises to be the most brutal part of the project...the editing. As part of the editing process I will be going through all of the comments made on the individual posts. Once I've reviewed a post for comments I'll be deleting it from my blog. I don't know how quickly the process will go, but I can promise at least one post a day will be removed so at best the individual parts will be online for about three months, but they could all be gone in a couple of weeks. So what am I saying here? Well if you want to re-read the story from the beginning before you have to pay for it in book format you had better get started now. Oh, and tell a friend to come have a read too while you're at it.
So what else is going on? Well I decided that after the first 365 entries of my 100-day challenge I will be taking those offline too and putting them together as a novelette. I hadn't really thought about what I was going to do with it, but I like this idea. I mean seriously, wouldn't you pay a buck or two for the whole series in a nice little e-book format? At any rate that one will continue on in my blog even after the first year's worth has been removed.
Oh, remember some three weeks ago when I submitted a story for publication. Yeah...longest...three...weeks...ever. I still haven't heard anything back. No news means it hasn't been rejected, but it still drives me insane waiting to find out one way or another. I can handle rejection if it comes. I have another story in the works and a third idea coming behind it, but the wait...it burns.
Football season is upon us and I find myself in a curiously uncomfortable position. I have no channels that will allow me to watch football. Not one. As part of our ongoing attempts to save money so that some time in the next couple of years we can afford a house again we decided to ditch our cable/sattelite service and live off of the limited free channels from our apartment complex, supplimenting it with netflix and hulu plus. This solution has worked well for the most part, but I had not thought of football when I made the decision...now my Sundays shall be filled with tears, and not just because my Cardinals have been beaten.
I'm sure there are other updates I could be sharing right now, but this is all I can think of at the moment. Brain fry has set in. Maybe I'll share more later...if I remember...
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So a couple of years ago I was reading a book about about being a better writer (I'll hunt it down and let you know what it is later) and one of the chapters was about forcing yourself to write. Now I have been pretty good since about October with writing consistantly even if my ADD keeps me from writing on only one project at a time and so I bounce around all over the place and though I am currently behind on my word count
for April I'm hoping that I can make up some of that ground in the last half of the month. Anyhow, the point of this bit of rambling is that one of the exercises in the book was to work on your story 100 words at a time. Just sit down and write 100 words. Whether it takes you five minutes or two hours, just get 100 words down on paper (or on the screen I suppose). I tried doing this for a while and felt good about doing it, but the challenge, like the rest of my writing, fell to the wayside as work and school dominated my life. I was re-reading the beginnings of the story I had already done for the challenge and I thought it might be fun to re-visit the story, if for no other reason to force myself to write on the days where I get busy and fail to produce more. So here I go again...back on the 100 word challenge wagon. I am going to post my 100 word tidbits on here, starting with the orginal posts, so in about a month and a half you'll be reading the newer parts of the exercise.
Do you do little challenges like this to motivate yourself or do you have any other little tricks you'd like to share?
- Word Counts Are Not for Everyone (makingbabygrand.com)
- Stuck? Move On. (makingbabygrand.com)
- April Writing Challenge - Blah, blah, blah... (doingthewritething.wordpress.com)
- March Writing Challenge (doingthewritething.wordpress.com)