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I’m hoping…

… that having fun when writing translates through to the reader. Because, I have been really enjoying the writing lately. It is showing up in my progress rate – e.g. today I have added 1136 words so far (may do a few more before bed, who knows?), even after deleting about 700+ older words (yeh, you do the maths). That’s a whole lot of fun, right there. It does have a lot to do with rewriting a couple of major conflict scenes – conflict is fun to write… even when you’re a whole lot meaner to your character than you intended to be (in fact, it’s probably because, rather than despite)… Actually, I always knew I’d be that mean to him, I just didn’t think I’d do it in such a public scene… Oh well, he had to deal with it some time.

Oh, 1150 words now.. huh. Where do they come from?

Progress and Writing Music: Days of the New – Now

Been quiet in here, huh? Well, that would be because I have been busily working on the WiP. Over the last three days I have been churning out about 700-1000 words per day on average (crazy, aye?) , although, a lot of those have been edits, which have required deleting old stuff… so, my overall total is only creeping up. But, it’s about quality, not quantity, right? Today I have 742 words that I plan to keep.

So, what’s with this productivity? Well, I think I would have to credit The Canaries with a little – thanks to last week’s challenge (and result). But, on top of that, I have made a new friend over at WdC who has given me a huge boost in confidence in myself. She read over my outline last week and was really positive about my plans for my story. And since then we’ve had a little back and forth about writing experiences in general, and suddenly I just don’t feel so alone in this whole thing. It’s invigorating.

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Last day…

Last day, nearly eight pages down. My own cold has settled in my head, I fully sympathize with my character… although, I didn’t burden him with the sneezing or the runny nose – he doesn’t have anywhere to keep tissues or a hanky, so I decided for a little mercy. Baby J sleeps – hopefully for another hour. Hubby sleeps… hopefully as long as Baby J does – I need the thinking space. Sun is shining… wish I was out in it, but my 7 year old laptop is not as portable as a laptop should be… oh Slate PC, why aren’t you in the country, and why can’t I afford you, even if you were? Woe is me.

Still… eight pages down. It’s Sunday morning. Nearly lunch time, but who’s counting? Dog is sleeping. Cats are sleeping. Wonder what Chino (mini horse) is doing?

I was up till 2am last night. Wasn’t my intention, but I agreed to babysit. Yes, I should probably have done it on my own and taken my laptop and have finished this challenge… But, I’ve never been good with other people’s kids, and having a friend there made the imposed late night more bearable. I think I would have been very grumpy indeed if it had been me alone.

Let’s chuck on some music to lighten the mood and get this done. Winamp, what have you got for me?

This, by the looks of it.

The gauntlet has landed…

So, you may know that CanaryTheFirst has challenged me to write 10 (double-spaced) pages of a story (presumably short) in three days.

By standard theory, as read yesterday, one page is 250 words, so 10 pages is 2500 words. Doable, I thought. Turns out that Time New Roman 12pt on A4 (the standard here in NZ) is more like 330 words, so I’m probably looking at 3300… Still doable, I guess. I bit tricky when the 1 year old is transitioning to one sleep a day (means I get grumpy when he doesn’t want to sleep when I expect him to… it’ll be better next week when I learn not to expect that writing time). Never mind. I have nearly completed 2 pages. I still have a little time before my brain completely shuts off for the night (actually, that’s debatable, it may have already done so), so let’s see what I can churn out.

In the meantime, this is what I happen to be listening to right now:

Well, alright, in reality, I’m already on to the next song… but, if you’re really curious, check out my last.fm “currently playing”.

OK, enough procrastinating… time to write.

Something to pass the time

I just enjoyed reading this short story as a reading assignment on YouWriteOn and thought I would share. It’s a little over 2,500 words, so it doesn’t take long to read, and it’s pleasant. Personally, I love the bit about riding the bike with the stack of eggs on the back.

In the mean time, I thought I would share another song that I like to listen to while writing…

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