Today I was a bit in a hurry:
I have to work this afternoon, but a little housework needed doing. It’s also my husband’s day off so of course we spent some time together. Still I wanted to get my 500 words of the Zara fantasy novel in and after I sorted most of the other things I sat down and started.
You have probably heard the advice to close down all the tabs in your browser and just have your writing tab open. I suspect that is great advice because I always feel tempted to look what’s going on on Twitter, find a new song to play or answer emails instead of writing.
On top of that there is always that little niggling voice in the back of my mind that tells me that I am not good enough for this and that it won’t get anywhere. I feel that that voice is much more distracting than any music or tab open in a browser could ever be.
Within those 22 days of writing my 500 words I have developed a certain mindset though to just get on with it: I remind myself that this is just a first draft and that I can work on it once I finished it. It has helped a lot to realise that most writers do several drafts of their novels until they are ready for publishing.
I started laughing a little about myself for believing I had to write it directly in the perfect way. I did that because it does not feel logic that writing unlike anything else can be perfect on the first try. It is so relaxing and motivating to just get the words down and then work the whole lot over.
Every writer is different though. The Snowflake Guy, for example, has everything planned out and then works with it. I like that approach. It does not work for me though. I like to go along my writing like a would go a long an adventure. Do one step at a time and then see what’s around the corner. Then deal with it!
I suspect my author interviews on “The Bee Writes…” have helped me to realise that every writer does it in a different way and all ways lead to results. One just needs to be courageous enough to do it their way.
In this sense: Happy writing to you all!
Never mind the pun 😉
Photo credit: Tevjan Pettinger via Flickr
Do you feel your writing goes in cycles?
I do. Looking at yesterday’s and today’s word count and comparing it to last weeks, it’s a question of extremes: Hardly anything last week and more than 800 on both days this week.
To be honest, I used to be quite upset about that. Well, about those times when I could not write. Struggling with it for all of my writing life I have come to the conclusion though that there is no point in fighting it. It’s how it is, and it often feels like my creative mind needs a little break now and then when it can do what it wants. Like hoovering, dusting or playing on the PlayStation. Yes, I admit I do some reading as well which seems to be beneficial (“Oh, really?!” you think 😉 ) however I do no writing.
I have also come to the conclusion that one day or one week of not writing does not make that much a difference unless you have a deadline to deal with. But even then you can manage because once the pressure gets high enough you get on with it anyway.
And it’s funny since I do not worry about it anymore and do not feel like I have to follow a certain “rule” of writing it goes much easier. I still doubt myself though: I still think “Oh, how long will that last? I’m writing this story for 20 years I won’t start being properly productive now, will I?”
My nearly daily writing though proves me wrong. And I am grateful for that!
Happy writing to you all!
Despite a hard days work sucessful writing session: Wordcount 818!
Happy Writing to you all!
Letheringsett Watermill, Norfolk, UK
Today I just got over myself. I don’t like Mondays. Usually, I can bear them when I have my day off, and no one is around in the morning. With my 3-7 mugs of tea and some meditation I can manage to get myself into the mood to deal with another week of customers not seeing products even though they are directly in front of their noses and motorists who think everybody is on holiday and wants to drive along the main road with 25mph.
Unfortunately, I am not that lucky anymore. As I work for one of the four big supermarkets in Great Britain which has to deal with the competition of Lidl and Aldi our hours are cut and my colleague who used to do Monday mornings was transferred to another department. The only other one who could do Monday mornings is on holiday, so I had to step in.
Well, I admit I am drama queening a little (and yes I know this word probably does not exist). I only worked 5 hours and could go for a ride to Letheringsett Mill at 11 am to get some more flour and then went home for a spicy cup of coffee with lots of cocoa in it.
You see, it was not THAT bad it was just different, and it needs a little adjusting for me. After the cup of coffee and a little hop around on Twitter and Facebook, I actually managed to write 526 words. Happy writing to you all!
Wordcount 273 ~ just can’t concentrate anymore. Dayjob was a little distracting today but I am sure I’ll get back into it soon. At least everything’s saved ok…. 🙂
Sorry for my language. I had a bottle of cider and a glass of wine and I have shed all restrains. My glorious 688 words were not saved on Thursday. When I opened the document today it only gave me 288….. Can you imagine why I drank alcohol instead of tea (not very British I admit but I am after all an immigrant! 😉 ).
So I wrote the scene again. I have say though that this version is much better than Thursdays. Maybe it was the wine and the cider…. wordcount today: 570 and properly saved! 🙂
an unhappy writer
is a bad writer!
NO, NO I have been writing my 500 words today. 517 actually and started a new scene where I follow Cara, who is in league with the bad boys. Well, first her son who starts to wonder who his mother really is. But it was a bit of a struggle. Got distracted by Twitter, FB, my ladies writing group in Yahoo, the washing…. Ah, you get the gist.
But today is my day off, and I actually don’t mind a little distraction. Yes, I could have written lots more but if I just write I feel like I am out of balance. I need to get my head off writing and day job a little now and then. Besides there are other things to take care of as a writer: meeting other writers, networking, research and just getting inspiration.
Those times when I procrastinate I often get the best ideas or find great links and pages that help my writing along. Therefore, I have started to give up the guilt. Guilt makes the whole thing worse because I feel bad and when I feel bad I am a bad writer….
Therefore “happy procrastinating” to you all!
It shall be a short one today:
I am nearly off to see a friend I have not seen in ages even though I am a little apprehensive as I have to drive for about 45 min and its quite stormy outside. I will brave it though.
Accordingly I was not really motivated to do my 500 words today. But I’ve done it: 508 more words of my novel. i can see and feel holes everywhere in the story but I try to keep my momentum going. It’s a first draft and I can clear up anything later on. In this sense: Happy Writing for you!
Do you think there is a moment when suddenly all writer’s blockages breaks down and you just get on and on writing?
Today I hit a record: Zara ~ first draft 603 words!
I don’t even need to push myself to sit down and do the writing. I just sit there and start. Well, I do have to have a look what I wrote the day before but then I just get on with it and dear me that is fun. Not quite sure where that story goes: Today the Mork’s patrol which infiltrated Zara’s reality found them. Her and her tribe. And these horrible creatures are quite hungry. Well, you get the gist. Of course, the tribe got away but I don’t tell you how. That would be cheating lol.
Interesting though that the creative process suddenly got independent from my planning or scheduling. It just hops along and makes the story exciting. I know of course, that I have to edit and bring everything in some readable order later on but right now it is just fun to see what will emerge.
If you have trouble with writing like this I suggest try out Linda G. Hills Stream of Consciousness Saturday or the writing prompt “Lean against… and listen“. Happy Writing!
photo credit: Mike Licht
My Life seems to be dominated by extremes. Day 7: I manage 584 ~ Day 8: 10 :-).
And today? 299! Not so bad for 20 min in my lunch break at work. I was not in the mood at all for writing. But as I figured I would not want to or be able to write anything after a very hard shift I got myself around and just got on with it. Now I wish I had started earlier not waste so much time but well, tomorrow is another day, and I can do some more.
It feels good just to get on with the story. And it also feels good to write a first draft. I can just write along, and the fine tuning and hard work comes later. I think I like this writing thing more and more 🙂