Wow, between work, family and just plain writing, a whole bunch of days have come and gone and I really wanted to do a quick update.
Work’s been kicking my butt (I’ll omit the details to protect the guilty and because I don’t want to turn this into a work whine blog. I want to keep the focus on my writing adventure), I mention this because it will be relevant to this post.
On the bright side, I’ve rediscovered twitter (follow me at @Frank_Cote but I warn you I don’t really say that much) and got a chance to chat with some people I really admire (shout out to @KMWeiland, @Beverly_Akerman, @AngelaAckerman) and I’ve been writing a lot.
So there’s been some good things, but stress and work have been dragging me down and the feelings I’ve been dealing with have been the kind that in the past would stop me from writing.
I mean stop me for a long time, days and weeks. Months possibly.
My no more zero word count days saved me. Here’s how.
It’s not news to anyone in the know that I’m a writing blog/writing book junkie. My surfing list is long and stuffed with them, my kindle is loaded and my bedside table is groaning with magazines and books such as Orson Scott Card’s “Character and Development”.
Despite the fact that I read as much as I can, I can’t always read the actual BOOKS that these writing gurus put out. I’ve made an effort recently to add them to my reading list however and I’ve found something disturbing.
I really don’t enjoy a lot of these books.
Should I trust their advice? Have you ever run into this?
I reached thirty thousand words last night on my novel’s rewrite. The laptop is working out swimmingly and the routine is ideal so far.
It’s interesting that 15K of those words were written since I’ve received the new tool.
The laptop can’t take all the credit. Sticking to my routine and word goals are a big part of the equation. Every night, once the munchkin goes to bed, I promise myself that I can do whatever I want AFTER I reach goal. It’s been two weeks and getting my butt in the chair and my fingers on the keyboard is getting easier and easier. A routine really does make a difference.
I’ve gone from having to talk myself into doing to looking forward to doing it.
Between all that and the incredible support that I’m lucky to have, there’s no way I’m not finishing this book. By summer’s end I’ll be deep into editing and I plan to start submitting by the fall!
Right on track.
As god is my witness NO MORE ZERO DAYS!
@ratherastory provided me with a cool word count tracker spreadsheet. There’s dozens of these on the net but I really like this one. It was depressing to see, however, how little I’d been writing thus far in 2012.
Ain’t she a beaut?
It’s been a long while since I’ve wanted to upgrade to a laptop and I took the leap this month.
As much as I will admit to myself that it is as much of a toy as anything else, it has done wonderful things for my word count.
This tool is a solution to my particular writing issues of the moment.
(And it runs Skyrim like a champ! Uh-oh! Shhhh!)
It is thus far a wonderful solution. Read on.
I couldn’t resist linking you guys to this post by Garth Powell (thanks to Chuck Wendig on twitter!). It’s short and sweet and definitely speaks to my current condition.
Short answer (for me): yes.
Should writers have kids?
Thank you Beverly Akerman for sharing a link to yesterday’s entry on rejection! I hope to see you all here again soon.
For those of you who aren’t aware yet, Beverly has a new book of short stories “The Meaning of Children” (available on Amazon) and it has been awarded the David Adams Richard prize.
Check it out today!
Note: I’ve just become aware that for some reason my links on facebook weren’t showing up. I think this is now fixed.
I received my first ever official rejection today.
I feel pretty good about that. Great even.
I know. It’s weird, but it makes sense really.