Wednesday, August 18, 2010

When All Else Fails, Write a Blog Post

About a month ago I started a new job that requires me to work 5 days a week. I generally work from 8:45 am until 6 pm. And because of this, the little time that I do have at home is dedicated to cleaning and spending time with the Husband and the Son. Thus, the time that I used to use to write is completely gone. I used to get up early and write, but I end up staying up so late these days just so I can have some quality time with my family; thus I can’t get up as early any more.

So I have adopted a practice that I picked up from the AW Forms

called Ninja Writing. Ninja Writing is done while doing other task, like work. I am lucky because my job gives me plenty of opportunity and time to Ninja Write. I’m a receptionist at a local credit union, which means I have a big desk away from everyone else so no one can really see what I’m doing all day. All they know is that I spend a lot of time typing. Fortunately, the branch I work at is very slow, so there isn’t much else for me to do but write and read.

The only problem with all of this is that I have a hard time really concentrating at on my writing while at work. I can’t get into my writing groove as easily. I do get interrupted a lot and then I get distracted by talking to my co-workers. So in one day I generally mange to get out about 700 words. The most I’ve done in one day was a little over 1600 (a very good day for me and the muse). I guess I could manage to write more words if I didn’t have such a good work ethic for the job that actually pays my bills. But I really hate to be idle, so my first option at work is to find something work related to do, only then do I turn to writing. My very last resort is reading (I think reading on the job makes me look lazy).

Anyway, Ninja Writing has been hard as of late. I’ve gotten to a very important part of my WIP and I feel I need to have complete concentration to write it. I think my writing will suffer greatly if I try to write it at work and have it all broken up. Plus, I did a bunch of writing on one of the days I was home and then the next day, I looked back over my outline and realized I skipped over a very important part of the story. So now I’m trying to rewrite the parts missed, but I don’t want to kill all the stuff I wrote before (they don’t mesh well because of me forgetting the vital plot point). And then, when I’m at work, I don’t have the entire document with me.

See, in the morning before I go to work I e-mail myself the last page of what I wrote the day before. But, the day I wrote so very much, ended up being like five pages long. I couldn’t e-mail that much of it to myself and all the re-writing would be too much to do at work. So I wrote the one bit that I had left out and now I’m left with a lot of stuff I’m trying to work in, none of which can be done at work.

So today I thought, “Well I’ll just pick up where I had first left off and go from there.” I tried that and that’s when I realized I was getting to another part that I couldn’t write at work without totally killing my MS. So I gave up, e-mailed myself what little I wrote today and sat down to write this blog post. When all else fails, write a blog post!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

To Edit or Not to Edit, That is the Question

So, a while ago I decided to change the point of view I was using for my WIP. I’m going from 3rd to 1st person. After some discussion with the people over at AW Forums, I decided that I just needed to keep writing and I’d worry about rewriting later. But, the other day as I was trying to plug along in my story, I realized that I could not continue until I fixed some major plot holes. I have gotten to a point where my MC and the Love Interest should have a little thing going. Like they should have made some important connections by now. But for some reason I skipped right over those parts in the early chapters. So I thought, “Well I guess I need to go back and write those parts”, but then I realized, those parts should be scattered all throughout (to make it authentic, you know). And then I concluded, “I need to re-write the whole damn thing!” Now, “the whole damn thing” is only 6 chapters, about 22K words. It won’t be too bad.

But this goes against everything I believe as far as a writing process goes. I’m totally in the “Just get it on paper” camp. I believe that a writer should just write and finish the story, and then go back and re-write and edit. So, I comfort myself with saying, “Well this is the story, I just skipped it and now I have to go back and write it.” Yeah…

Either way, I’ve already started re-writing the first chapter and it’s going well so far. I’m able to keep a lot of it the same, like 99% of the dialogue is unchanged. And I feel like I’m improving the rest of the exposition. I just have to do this because it’s bugging me so bad I can’t continue the story. I’m pretty sure that I can finish the re-write quickly. It’s taking a little bit of time because I am literally re-typing all of it. I’m changing so many of the words, it’s easier to just re-type it. If I push it, I know I can get all 6 chapters re-written in a couple weeks.

Wish me luck!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Small Update

Been on vacation this past week, so didn't do any writing. Will be getting back on to the horse this week, promise!

Read about my trip here: