January 25th, 2013

Write Dammit

I just cracked 2000 words on the New Thing...

And I have a week to go in the Project o'Doom. I'm at 44,500 words on the month. That's the good news.

The bad news is that this particular story is kicking my ass and I'm not sure why. I found an awesome villainous monster to drive my conflict (which I am tweaking for my own nefarious purposes, because I can), my ghostly sidekick is completely loveable, and I like my protag. I have my outline, so there's my Plot right there in front of me.

And yet, something's not popping here.

Honestly, I should just do some Write or Die sessions. Were I actually Smart, I'd do about four of those per day and be Done but apparently I'd rather flail around and grouse to all and sundry about how Hard this is. Sometimes I'm just... Stupid.

All that being said, even if I don't hit my 50K Technical Goal, or the 52,700 Actual Goal (my spreadsheet is a thing of beautiful horror, you should see it, really), I'm going to call this project a Success. The outlining has worked wonders as far as getting from Point A to Point Z, so I have gone from being a Confirmed Pantser to an Outliner in one fell swoop.

I like this experiment. I like it a lot. I'm physically exhausted and my brain is tired too, and I'm sure that most of the output has been utter crap, but I have words on the page that I can edit into not-crap, so, Win.

And I'm going to do it all again in June.

Meanwhile, I need to just start flapping my wings and write this damn ghost story.
wolf eyes

My tweets

  • Thu, 12:04: Okay. Time to get out of this slump and just write the damn thing. What's stupid is that I know what works & yet I don't DO it. #mentalblock
  • Thu, 15:25: If I was still sane, I would not be talking to a ghost in a cemetery at night about a noisy Thing that had turned into a skinless ox. #wip
  • Thu, 16:31: Just realized this story might work better in present tense. I hate present tense. DAMMIT. #headdesk #amwriting
  • Thu, 21:34: 500 more to Saturday's Actual Goal. Anyone should be able to do that, but this story is kicking my ass. #amwriting #really
  • Thu, 21:37: But even if I sputter and die on this one, I'll still have over 40K words and 4 stories. IN ONE MONTH. So, suck it, self-confidence.
  • Fri, 07:57: Don't write what you know, write what you LOVE. If you love something, your passion will pop off the page & carry your readers along.
  • Fri, 09:40: I just cracked 2000 words on the New Thing...… http://t.co/uLNEqOVY