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Just…Keep…Writing!

Okay, a week has gone by so I thought I’d put out a little update on how things are going.

Day 8Didn’t start writing until around 1pm but managed to put down 980 in an hour of writing time.  Quit around 2pm to run errands, added a few paragraphs before dinner but didn’t get back on until the kids went to bed.  Wrote another 1,100.

Totals for the day are: 2,080.

Day 9 – Not much writing done today.  Sat down for a few minutes after lunch and got in 250 words.  Kids are in bed now but I don’t feel like writing at all.  I’ll deploy the egg timer technique and see how far it gets me.

Total for the day: 804

Not a good day.  I’ll have to make up for it tomorrow.

Day 10 – Some days, my words are uninspired duds.  Like today.  I wrote a few hundred this morning and hopped back on around 1pm and read through what I wrote in the morning.  It was all terrible and I had to scrap it and start over.  I was able to clean it up a bit, but now I’m actually a little negative.  haha!  

Now that the newness of my novel is wearing off, some days it’s just going to feel like work and it’s just something I have to push through.  And if you are able to push through, you gain just a little more tenacity, and a bit more stamina that will serve you well on the days to come.  On the hard days like today, I learn more about being a writer then on the easy days.

Well, going to go at it again for 30 minutes and we’ll see what happens. 

Wrote after the kids went to bed.  Got in another 900 bringing today’s totals to: 1,550

Not reaching my daily word count goals, but considering how uninspired I felt earlier, It feels like an accomplishment, never the less.

Day 11Nothing.  Busy day. Also the weekend where I planned to not write as much.

Day 12Mother’s Day.  Hung out with family then visited my mom – so no new words.

Day 13I have no idea where this day went. 0 new words. No excuses – just being a total slacker…(bad writer!)

Day 14Totally lost momentum and came to a halt as far as plot.  Employed the ‘Notebook technique and wrote out scenes by hand for the next couple of chapters.  Sometimes the only way to get through writers block is by writing my way out by hand.  Anyway, obstruction has been loosed.  Wrote 600+.  Ugh. Still way behind!

Day 15Suck it up, Buttercup!

Haven’t done writing all day.  It’s now 4:30 and I’ve got some (unexpected errands to run for my son’s project for school)  Writing will have to wait until kids go to bed.  Good news is I’ve gotten past my plot problems and know where I’m headed for the next couple of writing sessions.

10:pm and I’m calling it a night.  Only added 640+ words.

Grand total: 16,100  (I’m about 10,00 words behind at this point, but still moving forward one word at a time.)  

So, obviously, this last week was pretty bad as far as word count goals go, but these things happen.  Either I get sick, kids get sick, or there’s unexpected life ‘things’ that happen or other responsibilities take over.  I can either beat myself up for not keeping pace or I can just pick myself up and keep going – even if it’s only a crawl.  The important thing is to keep moving.  That’s the only way I know how to finish a book –  just keep writing!

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The Ten Glorious Emotions of Writing a Novel.

1.) Self-confidence:

“This idea is absolutely brilliant and unique!  No one is as clever as I!”

2.) Robust enthusiasm:

“I love thinking and talking and writing about this brilliant story!  Why look, just tonight I wrote four thousand words in one sitting and it was amazing!”

3.) Disillusionment:

“I was just at Barnes and Noble and there was a book on the shelf just like mine.  I is no longer unique snowflake. And writing a book is really hard.”

4.) Doubt:

My plot isn’t unique and I suck as a writer.  What’s the point?”

5.) Encouragement:

“Well, my mom thinks it’s a good story and she said that there aren’t any more new plots and it’s okay because my book will still be different because it’s written by me.  I guess I’ll keep at it.”

6.) Resentment:

“I hate this story.  I hate these characters.  I just had this brilliant idea for another story and I’m stuck writing this piece of crap because of some lame commitment I made.  And it wasn’t really a commitment because it wasn’t to anyone else or for anything that matters.  No one is going to care that I stopped writing this godforsaken story! And I suck as a writer.”

7.) Determination:

“Writing is a marathon, not a race.  Writing is like climbing a mountain one word at a time. What does that even mean?!? I hate these stupid writing mantras.  If I can just get through this thorny part of the plot! *$#!!ammit!”

8.)Relief:

“Wow.  I finally made it past the middle of the book.  The rest of the book will be exciting to write.  I just might be able to do this!”

9.)Renewed enthusiasm:

I’m a third of the way! I can see the end from here!  I’ll be done in a few weeks!

10.)Joy/sadness/fear:

It’s done!  I did it! But, now I have to read the novel line by line, warts and all and revise it until it’s smooth and shiny.  Wonder if it sucks?  Wonder if I hate it and it has some fundamental flaw that can’t be fixed.  *Sigh*

Well, there was that brilliant idea I had a month ago that I put away until I finished this novel. Hmm, I wonder….

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