Saturday, April 3, 2010
4:14 PM | Posted by Lola Sharp | | Edit Post
Yes, I am back from the dead.
The downside is my birthday was Thursday (yes, April Fools Day...I know, apropos)
and I was still sick in bed. 5 solid days of sick.
There was no 'party like it's your birthday, drink Bacardi like it's your birthday...'
It went more like:
'blow your nose like it's your last day, drink NyQuil out the bottle, yay...'
The fever really gave me some lucid, hallucinatory dreams...fodder.
Hey, a girl has to make the little bit of lemonade that she can out of the deal.
More upside: Husband and daughter took excellent care of me.
Love is the best medicine.
And today...I am greatly improved this fine sunny day!
I'm out of bed, laying on a lounge chair outside in the sweet sunshine.
Easter will be at the in-laws, so I do not have to clean or cook.
I'll give that a BIG glorious WOOT!
Husband is leaving me alone out here to write in peace...you wanna know why?
Because his new lover arrived this morning.
He is obsessed with her.
When the doorbell rang, he RAN to our front door...
I think he nearly kissed the bald gnarly UPS man.
The UPS man that never delivers on Saturday.
But, apparently today is a very special holiday.
Husband is gleeful.
I never saw a wrapper come off so fast in my life!
Not even a condom wrapper.
Dude meant business.
It's been a couple of hours and he is still fondling his new lover.
But, enough about me and mine...
I have so many of YOU to visit, to catch up with.
I miss you!
How are you?
How is your writing going?
Before we discuss writing here today (which I shall do in a moment),
May I wish you a magical...
BIG HAPPY EASTER!!!
(or whatever spring holiday you celebrate)
And this important reminder:
Not that you could forget, since you are made of awesome.
Okay, now that all the warm and fuzzy's are out of the way, let's talk writing.
Do you have a writing routine?
I think it is well established that I am a 'pantser', a 'bulldozer' or whatever the trendy term is to say I wing-it through my first draft, sans outline. (I'm a big believer in the Write Fast, Edit Slow philosophy)
But, I DO have a fairly established writing routine.
I make a point to write every day, Monday through Friday.
I am a firm believer that writing daily, preferably around the same time every day, helps the words come easier, we stay closer to our story and characters.
Writing daily becomes part of my routine and others learn to respect my writing time, because I respect my writing time.
My daily word count goal will not be the same as yours.
It isn't a race.
Every writer has to do what works for them.
But, for me, especially when I'm drafting, I have to stay close to the story by working on it at least a little almost every day.
Or the story goes cold on me.
Usually I take the weekends off to hang with family and friends,
But, M-F, I make sure I have solid time carved out to write.
My first draft goal is usually 1-2,000 words per day, M-F.
Yes, I have been in a zone and gone above that number, but I rarely allow myself to go under that number.
However, that is a schedule I, and my family, can live with.
What works for me at my stage in life may not work for you.
But I do find it important to sit down with my novel-in-progress every day, even if only one page a day.
If you can't come up with a block of time (like a solid hour) then make smaller appointments with yourself in your daily schedule. Write 10 minutes in the morning and write for 20 minutes during your lunch hour. Whatever works for you. Even a small, semi-regular, daily time for your writing, if you possibly can, keeps your head in the story.
Measure your success not by the number of words or pages you write each day, but by the consistency with which you come to the task. By the forward progress.
Keep a good dictionary and thesaurus on hand.
I use the mammoth Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus (I own every thesaurus out there, and this is by far the best, in my opinion), and the Oxford English (2-part) Dictionary (6th edition).
Especially during revisions and editing.
A good style/grammar manual is handy too.
My writing schedule is every morning, after the husband and kid are off to school and work, I get my coffee and head back upstairs, still in my jammies. I sit down with my laptop (a pen and paper and the above reference books nearby) and write. I write until I'm hungry for breakfast. While eating my breakfast I check email, write a blog post, visit your blogs and comment on them, then I throw in a load of laundry and go back upstairs and write. When I hit my daily writing goal, I stop writing (unless I am in a zone...then nothing else gets done and time slips away until suddenly there are eyes on me begging for dinner) and go about my other daily chores/life.
If I did the chores first, or showered first, I would procrastinate the writing. I get to it first thing, because that works for me.
When do YOU write?
Do you have a daily schedule?
- Lola Sharp
- My name is Lola. (I'm not a showgirl) Yes, L-O-L-A Lola. It's the least of my worries. Let's move on, shall we? This blog is mostly about my misadventures on the journey to publication and beyond. My passion for lush prose, quirky characters, art, music, literature, performing arts and anything creative will be a major theme here. This journey of mine will not always be pretty. Much like rubbernecking a train wreck, I know sometimes you just can't help but look at the carnage that is often my life. So strap on your neck brace, helmet and 5-point harness and come along for the ride! Licentia poetica.
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