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Personal Writing Challenge Progress!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Here's the basic rundown of how my personal writing challenge has been going so far:

Day One:

I am enthusiastic and ready to go. I eat dark chocolate to keep myself alert and lemon water to keep hydrated. To overcome my tendency to over-edit while typing, I try to keep usage of the backspace button to a minimum. Instead, I move my cursor to where I made the mistake and continue typing without erasing what I did before. I've found that this is a better medium between being in the moment and editing.  After all the typing my hands felt a little crampy. Made plans to use Swype instead next time.

Time: 2 hours 30 min
Words: 2,000

Day Two:

When I come out of my room my husband says to me, "You're really playing up the disheveled writer look."

"I'm not trying to," I say, afraid of how naturally the stereotype came to me. I wore a relaxed, button up blouse, a just above knee length, casual skirt, and my hair was loose and frizzy. And the fact that I wear glasses didn't help. Guess I just need to own up to the fact that I am a disheveled writer right now.

I used Swype, and just as I thought, it's slower. However, I have less of an urge to correct myself. I decided to go back to typing on Day 3.

Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
Words: 2,069

Day Three:
Since I didn't like the idea of having hand cramps from typing, I introduced the Pomodoro method to my writing time. I've used it for other things and didn't really care for it, but for writing, it is killer. I ate more chocolate and used my Pomodoro breaks to exercise. Not bad. I take the leap and turn off spellcheck.

Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Words: 2,000

Day Four:

I listen to A9 on repeat as I write. I think about buying more Japanese and Korean music because I love the songs, and I'm not distracted by the lyrics. I'm typing and now have added coffee to the mix. I blame my fast typing on the cat-eared hat that I wear while I'm writing.

Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Words: 2,500

Day Five:

After day four I was feeling totally tired, so I decided to dial back the amount of time that I was writing. Still typing on my computer and using Pomodoro breaks to workout. I swore that next time I'm going to make my own iced coffee because I can make better ice coffee than what comes in those cartons from the store. I am amazed by how plot twists are coming to me naturally. I do have an outline, but sometimes things happen in a story that are unplanned by the writer that adds some spice and surprise. That's happening to me more often now, and I'm thrilled.

Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Words: 2,080

Notes:  While doing this my husband often asks me if it's tiring. It is sort of, although it takes not much more time than watching a movie. I think the hardest thing is that when I know it's the start of a new session my mind is like, "There is no way you can write that much!" But when I sit down and start typing, I do it. Every single time. So the hardest part is struggling against that mental wall when I sit in the chair. But once I get going, I cannot believe how naturally the words are coming to me.

7 comments :

  1. Really enjoyed this post. I love all the word pictures you write (I can see you in the car eared hat). I too prefer to type my stories tho I am not very diligent when it comes to doing that. I am in awe of writers like you and my hubby who can do this daily - you are an inspiration!

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  2. Really enjoyed this post. I love all the word pictures you write (I can see you in the car eared hat). I too prefer to type my stories tho I am not very diligent when it comes to doing that. I am in awe of writers like you and my hubby who can do this daily - you are an inspiration!

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  3. Ahah I enjoyed your post so much I got inspired to do something similiar :-D to see if I can finish my first draft that's taking way too long! I hope your challenge is going well! I just discovered your fantastic blog while doing an online search to try to understand how bad comic book artists need writers for the artistic works. Do you have any thoughts about that? :-) I also like to write comic books scripts (still in the early stage here, but keeping on!). Would you give your opinion about my scripts as an artist? I don't have many opportunities to receive feedback: https://aescritoraportfolio.wordpress.com/2017/03/05/gca-3-behind-the-red-curtains/
    My blog is mostly in portuguese, but I have some scripts also in english :-)

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    1. That's really neat! The challenge went well for me. I finished not only the first draft of the novel I was having issues with, but I also was able to get ahead start on another one. I was really surprised with how much progress I was able to make. I hope you're able to make some progress too. When I was actively creating comics I did notice that it was common for artists to look for writers and the other way around. In fact on webcomic communities like Smackjeeves or Tapastic, it's not unusual for them to have discussion board threads with the main purpose of connecting artists and writers. I think even Deviant Art has some communities with that purpose.

      Thanks for sharing a link to your blog! I'll be glad to leave you some feedback. Just be a little patient with me because I like to have time to read over things fully and visualize them, so I'm a little slow with my responses.

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    2. For all your progress, congratulations! Would you recommend "No Plot, No Problem! by Chris Baty" to others to read? What was your opinion about the book?
      Regarding my blog, take your time to visit it ;) I will visit the webcomic communities you suggested. Thank you for those!

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    3. Yes, I would because I found it motivating, and I like how it encourages having a fun and adventurous attitude towards writing, which sometimes can start feeling like a chore. Although the book is geared towards those who do NaNoWriMo, and I'm not sure if I'll be taking on that kind of challenge anytime soon, I found some nice tips in the book that I've made part of my regular writing practice.

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