Weekly Wednesday Writing Wrap-Up #9

This week has been quite full-on. Between vaccinations for the boys, and a visit to the emergency room with my 4-year-old (he fell over and cut his face quite badly), I’ve had a lot of excitement, action and trauma that’s been completely unrelated to writing. But that doesn’t mean that I haven’t had some writing successes as well.

Firstly, I seem to have beaten the minor writer’s block that I was feeling. I know, I know, writer’s block is all in your head. And I know I hadn’t mentioned it. I think I’ve just been so excited by my entire novel idea, and the non-outlining outlining that I’ve done, that I was finding it hard to get my head into the nuts and bolts of actually writing the damn thing. It’s like vomiting razor blades, I tell you.

But I have been writing again. And now I feel like I’m on a bit of a roll. So, onwards and upwards!

Speaking on onwards and upwards, I’ve also put together a basic synopsis of a 2nd and 3rd book in the series. Am I getting ahead of myself? Yes. But it’s given me a bit of an opportunity to do some meta-world-building that wasn’t necessarily relevant to my current book. And, again, I feel like I’m on a roll. I know the overall story arcs of some of the characters, and that gives me something to aim towards.

I also found myself quite enamoured with Kay Hudson’s ‘Writing a Novel One Hundred Words at a Time’. The basic premise is that you commit to writing a minimum of 100 words every day, for 100 days. If you miss a day, then you have to start again. Writing 100 words is nothing. It takes less than 10 minutes. So, in the spirit of my thoughts on time management yesterday, I have decided to start doing this. Ideally I’ll write more than the 100 words, but it’s a good way to make sure that I never use the “I didn’t have time” excuse.

Anyone interested in joining me?

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2 responses to “Weekly Wednesday Writing Wrap-Up #9

  1. Sigh–this is a great example of not practicing what one preaches, not lately, anyway. Hundred words mode has the great advantage of keeping one in the story, and I fell off that wagon around the middle of April when I set aside the work-in-progress in order to reread the work-in-contest. Now I’m so far out of the story that I’ll have to reread the first 160 pages to get back in (not that that’s a Bad Thing). And I really need a little more plot for the second half.
    Meanwhile, Jo, I hope your little guy is feeling fine and showing off his stitches to his friends.

  2. Hi Kay. Thanks for the well wishes – yes, my little man is doing well. Trauma is all-but-forgotten. It’s amazing how quickly kids get over these things. Mind you, every time he looks in the mirror, he gets a little teary.

    That sounds like a pretty good reason to “fall off the wagon”, as you put it. Maybe rereading those 160 pages will give you the extra plot for the second half of your novel, though, so it’s not a bad thing.

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