Saturday, September 22, 2012

Happy Birthday!

Today [Sunday] is my birthday and do you know what I'm going to do? Besides eat chocolate cake.

I'm going to attend a Writing Workshop. Whooot! I hope it's good, but could be worthless drivel as far as I'm concerned. I have not been away from my family for anything since... sometime in June. No alone time. No coffee time with friends.

Oh, I have to take that back. Once, since we got to Colorado, I got out for a couple of hours to write.

Anyway, I've forgotten how good it is to INVEST in the inspiration. Invest in face-to-face time with other writers. I'm excited to be in on the workshop, Writing Emotions.

It would be good to practice WRITING emotions, because it seems that lately all I can do is EXPERIENCE them. :( Yuck.


Monday, September 17, 2012

Drop and give me 15!

No - I'm not talking about push-ups!

I'm talking writing time. You know, those minutes that tick by while you're imagining just the right word or scene? The minutes that seem to disappear into cyber-space playing Facebook games or tweeting that you're going to start writing now, and then don't? Truth is, we don't get those moments back. And if you're too busy filling in your planner and to-do lists and never actually sitting you butt in the chair and placing your fingers on the keyboard, well, you're not making progress on your WIP - are you?

Over the past week, inside the Passionate Critters forum, we've been going over ways to be more productive. Ways to be more motivated to get those words on the page. And yes, ways to keep some of us (cough, cough) from procrastinating online.This is pretty much a September and January ritual with us!

So, this week I self-appointed myself as "keeper of the challenge whip" and I've challenged the girls to a "15x2" daily writing challenge. Surprisingly, there wasn't a whole lot of complaining or whining. I guess we were all due for a writing challenge.

Want to play along at home?

The rules are simple:

(1) Find 15 minutes in your daily schedule to write - twice. (Get up 15 minutes earlier and stay up 15 minutes later at night if you have too - really 15 minutes isn't too extreme!)

(2) No editing during that 15 minutes.

(3) No plotting during that 15 minutes.

(4) No spacing out - you MUST write for your 15 minutes!

Watch your word count go up, up, UP!

Of course, you're free to write at other times, your free to edit to your hearts content when that 15 minutes is up - but the idea is to let yourself go and write what's in your head for that uninterrupted 15 minutes - twice a day.

All it takes is a little commitment, a little dedication.

When you're done, if you think 15 push-ups is still called for - then please do 15 for me, because the thought of doing a push-up brings back High School nightmares that I'd rather NOT repeat anytime soon!

Happy writing!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

A look in the mirror

When I saw a post in the forum about whining, I instantly worried that I was about to be called out.

STOP WHINING! They'd all be yelling at me...and with every right, too.

I've had to really stop and think because I've become one of the thousands of writers who has lost ALOT of data. ALOT. Way more than I should be willing to admit. I had no backup going on. I'd had it in the past, but I'd gotten lazy. And in that moment of weakness, I lost everything I've been working on this year.

Wow. That's humbling. It's frustrating...and it's eye-opening.

It also puts me in a position to question where I'm going and if I want to change direction. But mostly, it makes me want to look through Entangled's Wish List or Submission Call and actually START something new. Maybe something for their Flirt line or their Bliss line. I could get something going now...

Perhaps this is a good year to really DO National Novel Writing Month, not just play at it.

A revisit to my not-YA Time Travel....
I was really excited about that when I started it.
What happened there??? :P I guess I got distracted.

What I'm saying is... I've been whining.
I needed a look in the mirror.
The chance to question direction should happen everyday.
Sometimes, as writers, we get in a rut!
Pull out! Stop the horses...

That's what I'm trying to do now.
How about you? What do you do when you're stuck in a rut?