IWSG: February


I know I’m late. I wasn’t thinking, and totally didn’t notice that IWSG had come and gone.

But it’s kind of typical of how I’ve been feeling for the past few weeks. I don’t know if it’s the winter blahs, or if I was just burned out, but I haven’t done any writing since the second week of January. What have I been doing the last 3 weeks? Well, I tore through the first 7 seasons of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia on Netflix, and I slept a lot.

I did try to write a couple of days, but this new story I was working on wasn’t coming out. I had the perfect image in my head of what it was about, and how I was going to get there, and it was going to be AWESOME – but when it came down to writing it felt like a dead weight that I couldn’t lift.

I think it might have been because I was trying to type the first draft instead of handwriting it. I think I’m one of those people who just has to handwrite the first draft. For me handwriting stories just flows better. I’m not so hung up on editing as I go. If I see a mistake on the screen I have to stop and fix it. If I’m handwriting it, I just move on. It’s going to get typed up and edited later anyway. I can handwrite for an hour non-stop, but I get bored typing for that amount of time.

Also, the siren call of the internet is a major distraction when trying to write on my laptop.

So what does this have to do with anything? Well, it’s a late start, but I’m going to set a goal of 500 words a day for the rest of the month. So that gets me to 11,000 words for the remainder of the month. I even put up a little counter over there to guilt me into doing it. Check back with me next month. Maybe for the next IWSG post I’ll have some good things to say.

Comments

  1. Better late than never, Jennifer :)

    Don't worry...I think we all go through the "blahs"...for whatever reason.

    Best of luck on your wordcount for the rest of the month!

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  2. We all need a break once in a while, as Hercule Poirot would say 'need to rest the little gray cells' or something like that.

    I used to hand write all my work first too, but finally got into the typing, however you're right, editing does get in the way. Especially when you just want the story to flow, but like everything else you learn to adjust.

    Good luck with your goals!

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  3. New follower and wanted to say "Hi" and that I am really loving your blog. I wanted to let you know that you have been nominated for the Liebster Award!

    But sometimes we all just reach a point in writing where a break is needed. It would probably be more hurtful than beneficial to force yourself. Always need to let your brain take a breather and relax. But don't you worry, you will get a wave of inspiration flowing through you real soon! It is a great technique to hand-write. Good luck with it all!

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  4. Enjoyed your post, I am Yvonne from Yvonne's Poetry Corner, one of Arlee Bird's ambassador's who is helping with the A to Z Challenge. Will certainly visit you during the challenge if not before.

    Yvonne.

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