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Goals, Work, Revision...

The objective I was handed at Taos Toolbox was to make my writing a priority. Give it 1.5 hours a day, every day. This is not a lot of time, but I find letting go and focusing is something I fight. I can go heads down into writing in bursts, but every single day? Food for thought as I struggle to get a routine going again and bring all of me back down off the mountain.

So. I have The Mouse King all broken down. And wrote lots of thoughts about structuring it. I've been chewing over comments that were made and trying to decide what stays and what goes. I just found that Frost commented that the omniscient narrator seemed to be necessary. Which conflicts with an opinion that I was distancing the reader by using it. Chew, ruminate, spit out words. Yup, that's about right.

Frog Out

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affinity8
Jun. 28th, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
Writing every day is something I support, but others do the short burst thing, and so I think it really does depend on your style.

However, on non-writing days (if you go that route) it's still possible to do writerly activities - reading, research, plotting, etc.

Making it a priority --->always good advice!
birdhousefrog
Jul. 1st, 2010 03:27 pm (UTC)
Such commonsense advice, too. And it's tricky, but I'm starting to manage. I just wish I could get my brain to get it done in a single chunk of focus. Instead, my brain tends to get distracted and it takes twice as long.
marshallpayne1
Jun. 28th, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
I have a hard time writing every day when working on short stories. With novels I find it easy to write every day. I'd feel bad if I skipped a day so I don't. On the latest novel I made a doc. listing Day 1, Day 2, etc. Today is Day 53. I'm at 31k so far. Bye for now. Gotta go add some words of I'll be cursed. ;-)

Break a leg on "The Mouse King"!
birdhousefrog
Jul. 1st, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Mouse King is plugging along with a plan and so is The Mouse King's Revenge now. It feels good to be editing three stories and with some idea of what I'm doing!
pale_chartreuse
Jun. 28th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
Actually, that is a fair chunk of time. It's more that 10 hours per week. It is close to 10% of your waking hours per week. It's a serious committment. Go you!
birdhousefrog
Jul. 1st, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
It seems small, but it's not. And when I factor in the "water cooler" type activities, it doubles in length. Argh. But I persevere at trying to develop the habit and set it. It's the only way I will finish stories.
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birdhousefrog
Jul. 1st, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
MK is on track and as soon as I tweak Gen Ship, it will come your way. Still waiting on Frost's coherent comments. He's made a few, but not in any organized way. But he agrees with Nancy, it's just tweaking.
kelly_yoyo
Jun. 28th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
I am also trying to write every day, and god, it's hard. Really hard. Big applause for you Oz, I'm in your corner!!
birdhousefrog
Jul. 1st, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
I'm in your corner, too! Go you!
amysun
Jun. 28th, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
Ah, the chewing and ruminating. I've been doing a lot of that myself in the past week, trying to make sense of all the conflicting opinions!

I will echo that I also find it easier to have a disciplined writing schedule when working on a novel as opposed to a string of short stories and revisions. Also, I don't write on the weekend (gasp!) I think it's both important to be disciplined AND important to take care of yourself and prevent the dreaded burn-out.
birdhousefrog
Jul. 1st, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
I'm lucky that I have someone I trust who can interpret Nancy and Walter and then give me his opinion as well. I can sort through the rest of the group's comments based on what I know of the individuals.

I don't know if I'll write on the weekends or not. The family likes to have me available. Right now, I'm focused on building the habit of regular work. Editing is a different kind of focus and I'm trying to make sure I move forward each day.

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