06 November, 2016

Demotivation and The Engagement Threshold

This is an excellent article on demotivation and its subcategories and how to manage each type.


So, if you're feeling demotivated about writing, take a look at the article and identify how to manage it.

And THIS is an excellent article on the engagement threshold - the point at which one needs to be in order to undertake an activity. I absolutely LOVED what Charlie Gilkey had to write about using time efficiently.


As regards my NaNo goals, I have written consistently for the past 5 nights. (Yay!) I wrote a short story the first night, and every night after that was the outline for a short story.

I'm going to turn these into index card prompts to use at future writing sessions.

The main thing is, I've been writing consistently and I'm happy about that. :)

28 October, 2016

NaNo 2016

OK, let's not talk about Camp NaNo.

Instead, let us turn our attention to the November writing challenge that is NaNoWriMo.

I have signed up. And I have a plan about how to tackle this.

I'm not even gonna attempt to write a novel. Or work on the one I started.

Instead, I am going to flow with my focus challenges (perfectionist-related, and possibly related to sleep deprivation and performance anxiety).

Each night I am going to work with two prompts that represent a character arc (Points A & B) and just write a short story, or a few paragraphs, or whatever, that takes a character from Point A to Point B.

That's it.

Short and sweet.

I'm a NaNo Rebel and I'm not going to worry about wordcount.

Because if I can actually sit down and write ANYTHING for 30 consecutive nights, then I will consider NaNo 2016 a win. :)

11 June, 2016

Excited, but ...

... also a bit anxious.

I've signed up, with writing friends, for Camp NaNo 2016.

Am I looking forward to it? Absolutely!

Will it be fun? I certainly hope so! (There's that anxiety thing, you see.)

Do I know what I want to work on? Without a shadow of a doubt. It's my Fantasy Suspense/Thriller/Whodunnit.

I'm aiming for 15 minutes per day. That's reasonable. And that's probably all I'll be able to cope with. If I get more done, great! 15 minutes seems like a reasonable goal, though.

No idea what that translates to in terms of words; I'll have to time myself at some stage to get an approximation.

So yeah. Camp NaNo. After three years absence.

(Deep breath) Let's do this!

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14 November, 2013

Fast Drafting success!

I did it! As of 11.34pm tonight, I reached 73,047 words, And all in 14 days!! *happy dance*

It was tough. It was very tough at times.

But it was the only way I was going to get this first draft done, once and for all.

I've learned a lot - not just about the techniques to use to fast draft, but also about my story and the plot points and plot elements.

I'm going to write a post about this experience, but not tonight. Tonight I'm going to collapse into bed with a smile on my face.

And tomorrow that smile will still be there, but I'm going to rest, catch up with my housework and spend time with my family.

For all the NaNoers still working on their novels, I wish you all the very, very best. Take good care of yourselves.

Goodnight. *Yawn*
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And goodnight! *Zzzzzzzzzzzz.........*

02 November, 2013

Fast Drafting - Day 2

I'm trying something new this year. Fast Drafting. Candace Havens is the creator of this writing method, and the goal is to have a 70,000 wordcount draft written in 2 weeks. That's 5,000 words per day.

Day 1 didn't get off to the start I'd hoped it would. Real Life, don't you know? But I did manage, after about three hours work, to handwrite 12 pages of foolscap to notch up a wordcount of around 3,408 words. That made me very happy once I got over the fact that I hadn't reached 5,000 words for the day.

Today I went to a Write-In at the Gosnells Knowledge Centre where I spewed out 4,501 words in under two hours. (The difference between last night's wordcount and today's is due to 1) writing earlier in the day, and 2) typing instead of handwriting.)

Another 500 words this evening after Little Guy is in bed will take me up to the 5K mark. And perhaps I'll do a bit more than 500 to make up for last night's deficit. By around Day 3 or 4 I hope to be on target, wordcount-wise.

There will be a lot of blog silence this year. Real Life and Fast Drafting are about as much as I can manage with any degree of committment. But I will post some tips and tricks once I've finished my first draft and I work out what's helped me the most.

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And to all the other NaNoers out there, keep those pens/fingers moving! Onwards!!