Friday, April 30, 2010

39057 / 80000 words. 49% done!

I couldn't focus today though so I think a majority of today's is crud.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

37132 / 80000 words. 46% done!

Aspiring Writers Pledge

I, Cinnamon, take The Aspiring Writers Pledge to write a book in 2010 with the intent of publishing. I promise to update my progress weekly, ask when I need support and encourage others to complete the task at hand.

Aspiring Writers Pledge
As much as it pains me, it must be done.

I'm updating the meter from 50,000 to 80,000.  I'm thinking 50,000 was probably unrealistically small.  What do you think?

34960 / 80000 words. 44% done!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

34960 / 50000 words. 70% done!

Chapters, Dilemmas, and Speed, Oh My!

Look, she has my eyes...
I broke 100 pages in word today.  I know that it doesn't really mean much since I'm sure a majority of what I've written will have to be cut later, but it still feels like a bit of an accomplishment.

Question: What do you do about chapter length?  Some of my chapters are 12 pages, some are 20.  Problem?

Also I have a dilemma.  In WIP I'm working on, I am about to hit 40,000 words and have just got to the really good stuff of the story.  The major event to happen to this girl is happening, and yet I still have a few fights I want to throw in as well as a good conspiracy.  I had thought of going to about 50,000 words on this, but more is okay, right?  I imagine I'll probably cut about 10-20% of this later on (which will be painful), but right now it's hard for me to imagine cutting any part of the story out.  Some parts aren't well developed, but I want to go back and develop them, not simply remove them.

Also, how fast do you all get words out there?  When I write, I tend to get words out quick, but I'm nervous that most of it is crap and perhaps that's why it gets out so quick.  Take today for example.  2,610 words in two hours.  If I try to slow down though, I don't think my story changes.  It almost feels like I'm a big semi truck losing momentum going up the hill.  If I slow down I stop.  If I get going, then I really get going.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

32350 / 50000 words. 65% done!

Monday, April 26, 2010

31118 / 50000 words. 62% done!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Wannabe Writers (1)

Who am I?

I'm Cinnamon - mom, wife, student, usually good employee, avid reader, and aspiring writer.  I've been writing stories on and off since I was a kid.  I grew up surrounded by a love of language and have been lucky enough to witness my mom's success story in the world of writing and getting published.  From her achievements, I know getting published is something I can do...well, usually I know it.  Okay, let's be honest, I have a defeatist attitude and have to remind myself constantly that I can do anything I want as long as I put in the time and energy to make it happen.

So how come I never remember that?

One major hurdle for me is I don't really feel like I have anyone I can talk to about this.  The major influences in my life have a way of being too critical and simply telling me that I have no time.  Also, although it may sound horrible, I don't trust the advice from them as they refuse to take advice from anyone else.  My husband is supportive, but he doesn't, so he doesn't have a lot of advice for me.

Where am I as a writer?

I have a whole folder of projects that have been started, but never completed.  Typically, I'll begin something with high hopes but then read something that may be similar or otherwise second guess the story.  I drop it and move on to something else.  To date I have yet to complete anything.

I would say that I really have two WIPs at the moment.  One I started about a month ago and is detailed on this blog by the word count meters.  The other one I haven't touched in probably over a year.  It's sitting stagnant at around 35,000 words.  Everything else is in such an infantile stage that I hesitate to use the term WIP.

My question:

So now you know a little bit about me.  My major question is how you keep yourself motivated and keep from talking yourself out of the story?  Does anyone else even suffer from this?  I would like to finish my current WIP (as in just get the words on paper/screen) but already I can feel the stirrings of, "This is crud, give up now."

Saturday, April 24, 2010

29597 / 50000 words. 59% done!

26931 / 50000 words. 54% done!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

23807 / 50000 words. 48% done!
From Wednesday

20859 / 50000 words. 42% done!

Monday, April 19, 2010

18167 / 50000 words. 36% done!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

15855 / 50000 words. 32% done!