#7

Jul. 15th, 2012 06:58 pm
sarahmgoad: (Default)
Nearly finished with the first chapter! It's almost depressingly short, but I'm just glad it's nearing completion! I'm proud that I've been able to get it to the end without thinking ahead much or worrying about where the story is going. Instead I'm just running with it.

I'm planning on posting the first chapter to the tumblr I especially made for said activity.

#6.

Jul. 13th, 2012 02:24 pm
sarahmgoad: (tsukasa/tsukushi)
Missed another day, so working on 1000 words today. I think it's doable, despite feeling a bit twitchy (for all those that don't know, I have epilepsy, which can prove problematic at times.) I stayed up monstrously late and now it's coming back to bite me in the butt. :/ Regardless, I feel very inspired just now, so I'm going to cut this entry short and get back to writing.

#5

Jul. 11th, 2012 02:04 pm
sarahmgoad: (fox)
HAHAHA, this is so much more difficult than I had originally interpreted it would be. I am almost considering disabling my Facebook/temporarily freezing my Tumblr/etc/etc, in order to make certain I have fewer distractions, but then again I'm quite certain I would find a way to waste time just as efficiently without those websites.

I just do not do well with concentration or self-discipline, as previously mentioned.

In other words, consider this Day #2 in terms of reaching 500 words.

I suck.

EDIT: Final word count: 2100.

#4

Jul. 6th, 2012 12:46 am
sarahmgoad: (hana yori dango)
Met my word count for today AND cut my hair as short as I've been hoping (which is totally unrelated, but I'm going to mention it anyway.)

Current word count: 1,728.

#3

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*

#2

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.

#1

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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