Saturday, July 12, 2008

No More Ms. NiceGuy!

OK - I mean it this time. I'm going to buckle down first thing tomorrow and get back to my regular writing routine. Enough summer laziness. I have a gazillion ideas swirling in my head and after an RWA meeting earlier today and a gentle kick in the pants from Lara, one of my plotting group/goals group members, I'm ready to start writing. First thing on the agenda - finish the damned book I've been working on for months (and not working on for weeks!)
It's been a couple of weeks since our last goal meeting and I left there feeling positively energized and ready to tackle the surgery I've been putting off on the book. But after a couple days of less than stellar word counts, I stalled again. So here's the carrot I'm dangling in front of my eyes. I can start on any of my new projects when I finish the book-in-progress.
So, should I plan to do the YA first, the short, humorous story or the paranormal? So many possibilities! And all I have to do to get to that great place where I'm charting new territory is write a few thousand words... But can I do it? Stay tuned.
UPDATE: Sunday afternoon and I've done a little more than 400 words today. Only a flash in the pan compared to what I'm capable of, but it's a start!


Macy O'Neal said...

Go write!!!!!

I'm right there with you. However, I'm in the middle of a DSM online class on turning points and I decided to wait until it was over to tackle new words. Right now I'm just plotting and improving and getting ready. Then, it will be second draft time for Slayer. And that means alot of writing over, not just edits. But that's okay. My goal is to have draft 2 finished by November 1st.

We'll have to give each other weekly "kicks in the butt"!


Dara Edmondson said...

Deal. I'm done being a summer slacker!

Terry Odell said...

I've been able to crank out between 1000 and 1700 words a day this week. I've found that if I set 500 word goals, I feel like I'm accomplishing something, and it allows me to take normal 'breaks' to do the other things that need to get done.

Katie Reus said...

That's a good 'carrot'. I'm like that too, but I usually cheat and start my next project before I'm finished w/ the current, then bounce back and forth ;)

Dara Edmondson said...

Well, I worked my fanny off and was able to add about 3,000 words a day. Book is finished - Yay!!

mimi said...

Write! Write! Do the writing! If you're unsure about a project, give yourself some room. Each day for a week, give yourself the freedom to write whatever you want on only one project. Some will feel like swimming through peanut butter, but one will usually start coming smoothly. That's the one you need to commit to after your experimentation week comes to an end. Good luck!