I wanted to put up a couple of posts here that really resonated today.
On the subject of your discouragement
Which lead to the second:
The writer and depression
Now I’m not discouraged. I haven’t been writing because, well, reasons (life, struggles, headspace, nothing I wish to go into right now.) but I wanted to keep and share these.
K.M. Weiland asked me if I would be willing to read an ARC of her new book ‘Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story’ ahead of the August 25th release date and give some feedback and/or review it.
I really enjoyed her other book, ‘Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success’ (It’s becoming painfully obvious that I’m more of a planner than a pantser) so I was thrilled and happy to agree.
Keep an eye on the site for some thoughts about the book. I’ve casually flipped through it already and I like what I see so far. I intend to give it a serious read on my vacation two weeks from now (AFTER I catch up on all the Writing Group reading I’ve been letting slide).
K.M. Weiland is the host of the Wordplay podcast, and her website ‘Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors’ is here.
That’s right. I made it past 100 days.
(Right now, the streak stands at 104 days with a 400 word daily quota)
Read on to see how it’s going.
My consecutive days of writing streak stands at 81. I’m at 32K in my current WIP.
I’m closing in on 100.
I’ve been working on a lot of things lately. I’ve been re-evaluating a whole lot of stuff in my life. There’s been some trouble, some drama with some good stuff thrown into the mix.
Writing, of course, is always at the forefront of these things. It ranks right under family and work under priorities.
I don’t want to talk about the drama and such. That’s not what this blog’s about. Safe to say, it’s done, dealt with and things are improving.
What I want to talk is about writing. Specifically my writing routine.
I’m very proud to announce that I’ve written every single day for 40 consecutive days.
It’s showing no signs of stopping either.
I’ve done a slight disservice to a few people this month on the subject of NaNoWriMo in regards to the target of 50 000 words. I’m not alone in having done so, and it’s not particularly egregious or anything but it bothers me enough that I wanted to set the record straight for me.
I’ve been a little too blasé about reaching 50K
I could not be more thrilled.
It’s been too long since I’ve updated. My wrist has been severely slapped. I’ve received several frowns from my love (which is worse than any punishment I can think of).
I am signed up and doing NaNoWriMo 2012. I’ve had my best writing come out of NaNoWriMo
I have some thoughts to share.
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?