Insecure Writer's Support Group

It's the first Wednesday of the month again.  Ok, first Tuesday, but I figure with the 4th of July tomorrow, I'll just get this out of the way.

Last month I announced my goal of writing 70,000 words in 90 days.  60-some days down and I'm at 40,462 words.  I did the math.  I have to write 1230-ish words a day 6 days a week  to make my goal.  I'll give it my best shot.  I'm dreading the end, because then I'll have to start rewriting, and that will be a chore.  I know that first drafts are supposed to be bad, but as a whole this is turning out to be an unholy mess.  Mostly because I keep tacking things on as an afterthought.  I'm avoiding a major emotional scene, because I don't like talking about my own emotions, and writing about someone else's (albeit a fictional person) does not appeal to me.


I participated in Candilyn Fite's Follow My Lead blog fest, and I think my entry was pretty good.  I didn't win, but as always everyone who entered was great.  You can see the winners here.

Otherwise, I'm feeling pretty good.  I hope that next month I'll be able to announce that I completed my first draft.

How are things in your world?

Comments

  1. Jennifer. I have started six novels and never finished because I kept stopping and revising and never finishing. And yes, First Drafts are crap. Otherwise why would we have Revisions :0) Your progress is amazing. I am working on a 500 to 1,000 words a day and sometimes exceed that by a lot, but other days life gets in the way. But on average I am doing pretty well. I give you a lot of credit and will be cheering you on. Keep up the good work, and the word count. Glad to meet you ~PapaBear

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    1. There have been more than a few days where I haven't written anything, so I understand where you're coming from. I just made a goal for myself and I want to stick to it. Otherwise, I would probably quit by now. Any number of words on paper is progress. Keep going.

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  2. I don't really win writing competitions, which is an inevitable blow to my confidence. Oh well. I won't quit, and it sounds like you have a pretty good attitude going. Keep up the hard work and you'll succeed.

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    1. It does give me a litte bit of sad-face when the winner is announced and it's not me. But I just keep trying. It good practice, and I like putting out those little peices of flash.

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  3. It really does sound like you have the commitment to get your work finished. You need to be proud of being consistent - it means you are enjoying the journey no matter what.

    I consider first drafts to be an accomplishment even if they are a mess. It shows that you have the courage to put thoughts to writing - this is the hardest part. Good luck and keep at it.

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    1. I will consider this one of my greatest acheivements in life if I finish, lol. I have given up so many times in the past which is why I gave myself a goal and a deadline. The only way to reach that goal is to be consistent. Or go a week without writing and then cram a bunch of stuff in on the weekend.

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  4. Awesome progress and keep it up. Your word count is totally doable and you have one the best weapons going....a positive attitude.

    Stay positive and best of luck!

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    1. Thanks, Mark. The word count is doable, just what I do with those words is what worries me.

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  5. You've done great so far! Good luck on finishing that draft and the revision to come. BTW, writing emotion is SO hard for me, too. I needed several CPs to teach me how to do it. Once you have the technique and examples, it just takes practice.

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    1. Thanks. I'm trying. It's just taking a lot of effort getting myself to even sit down and sketch it out.

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