Jul. 3rd, 2012 06:04 pm
sarahmgoad: (colin mochrie)
I have figured out a way to try to motivate myself.

It's not so insane as Nano, but it's also a rather decent goal: I've taken on the 500 Words a Day Challenge set forth by inkygirl.

The goal is pretty obvious: I try to write 500 words a day at least 6 days out of 7 for a whole year. That's the plan. And I think it's perfect. It fits my time-frame pretty precisely, since I only have about a year to work with until I'm forced to "grow up" so to speak. I'm putting my declaration of acceptance in my sidebar (I think; first I've got to figure out how to do that) and a word count meter so that I can keep up with how my progress for the year is going.

I've done the math. (And it was devastatingly boring.) There are 365 days in a year and there are 52 weeks in a year. If I'm allowed to take one day of each week to myself, that means there are 52 days I can write nothing. This leaves me with 313 days where I absolutely have to write at least 500 words in order to keep up with the challenge.

Now, assuming I keep up - by the end of a year, I'll have 156,500 words written.

156,500 is therefore my goal for the end of a full year. This is what I want to have accomplished by next July 3rd. I'm nervous, but I think I can actually do it if I am determined and can keep pushing myself instead of losing steam. Nano is hard enough, so this will really be difficult. Whether or not I will include my Nano word count in this final tally, I haven't decided. We'll see what happens.

Okay, guys. WISH ME LUCK. *dies*


Jun. 30th, 2012 02:36 pm
sarahmgoad: (fox)
I don't think there is a single thing more irritating than writer's block.

For me, personally writer's block comes a little differently than it does for other people, it seems. I don't really get a halt in the flow of ideas. Rather, my perfectionist tendencies act up and instead it can take me half an hour to write a single paragraph. I end up having issues describing things exactly how I want them to be described and it is emotionally and psychologically exhausting.

This is totally and completely frustrating for a variety of reasons, if only because it means that writing comes slower while my mind is still going so, so quickly.

I wish I could describe it more explicitly. I have been working on the same description of a meat stall - A MEAT STALL - for fifteen minutes, and I'm still trying to get it pegged perfectly. Sheesh. I think this is why I end up finding it so difficult lately to sit down and write for an extended period of time. I find myself so, so frustrated by my inability to describe things perfectly.

I think I need to learn to be more relaxed in my writing. I need to learn to just write. To not overthink things. Otherwise I will never get anything done.


Jun. 22nd, 2012 12:12 pm
sarahmgoad: (colin mochrie)
This is my first post on this, what I hope will grow to be an account of my creative exploits. I think it's important for me to keep track of the work I do every day because if I don't I tend to let my writing - fiction and poetry - fall entirely to the wayside, and I'm simply at a point where I can't let this happen any longer. I need to adopt a sense of discipline if I want to have something, eventually, to show for all the years I have spent dreaming about my writing.

Legitimate posts to come soon.


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