MGBIAW Check in Day #10

MGBIAW has been extended until July 7th. If you've met your goal all ready, give me a shout out so you can be recognized and get your tiara.

Still chugging along with the chapter I started yesterday. I'm going to try to finish it tonight. Let's just say a leprechaun and a chicken pub walk into a pub.


I'm getting overly concerned about pacing.

Obsessing actually.

I need to stop it. I can edit later. Right now I need to just vomit out this ms.

How's it going for everyone else? How close are you to your goal? How many words did you write today? Everyone is doing such a great job. Just keep writing.


Kristen said...

I am not close to goal. LOL I'm at about 9K, when I was aiming for 30K by today. I got in 1002 today, and most of those were in the car on the way to dinner. Turns out it's easier for me to write when I can't connect to the internet. Who'd have thunk it?

I'm struggling with my tendencies to edit as I write, and I don't know if fast-drafting is such a great thing for me. I am a *terrible* editor of my own work. We're talking, I can't remember more than three or four papers *in my life* that I read before handing them in, h.s. and college combined. I just think in a very linear way, and like to do the best I can with each sentence before moving forward (I've read that Tom Robbins writes in this same way). I keep telling myself that I can go back and edit later, but I worry I'll get to the end, deem the whole thing a worthless p.o.s. and never go back to it (as I have with every other ms I've started!).

On the other hand, I have been able to win some battles. I'll write something, think, "That is terrible and makes no sense," or "Why are you including these five irrelevant paragraphs?", only to shush myself and go on to the next sentence. I keep telling myself that I just don't know what I'll use later in the story that I'm writing as "throw away" right now.

As you say. All I can do is keep on writing! Thanks for the encouragement. Keep up the good work yourself! (Sorry I'm so long-winded here... I just wasted 300 words on a blog comment, and OMG, thank goodness I actually copied and checked the wordcount out of curiosity, since blogger tried to eat my comment!)

Marilyn said...

I just passed 15K tonight, which isn't my original goal of 20-25K, but I'm happy because it meant an average of 1K a day since the start of the challenge. I'm going to continue with this pace into July until the first draft is done, ~35K words. Congratulations to everyone who made any progress on their book this month, and many thanks to Suzanne for challenging and encouraging us!

jFosberry said...

July 7 works for me!

Suzanne Lazear said...

Kristen, by the time I type "the end" I'm usually so excited I want to at least give it a once or twice over before I let it marinate for awhile. Sometimes it can be helpful to gag that internal editor. I'm so glad you keep chugging along.

Marilyn, wow keep up the good work.

Becky said...

Kristen, I am SO with you. I'm really struggling with turning off my internal editor. I'm failing miserably at it actually.

Marilyn said...

Kristen, it's so hard not to edit as you write. I think one of the hardest things to do is write through a bad patch when you know it's not your best. I find that if I let go and allow myself to write through those patches, and not try to fix them as I go along, I come to a place that sings. But I can't get to that place without writing the so-so stuff. Do you have an AlphaSmart? They are great for first drafts because the screen is too small to do much editing and the editing tools are clumsy compared to Word or other true word processors. If you don't have an AlphaSmart, try setting a timer for 5 or 10 minutes, and write with your eyes closed. You won't be as tempted to edit. But you'll have a lot of written story that you can go back to later and edit. Maybe for this book, you could focus solely on finishing the first draft all the way through without making any changes until you begin the second draft. Good luck, and don't fret!

Laurel Wanrow said...

Hi all,
My goal was to finish the book I'd started 7 years ago and I did. It's a chapter book and I have no clue what the specifications are for those, but once I got it loaded on my laptop, and this challenge was in swing, I decided I was just going to finish it.

With the 1600+ I added yesterday with the last chapter and a half, I now have a 12 chapter, 13150 word ms geared toward elementary age.

I did A LOT of during-writing editing, supposedly because I hadn't read it in 6 years and needed to go through it, but I will be doing that with the latest ms I stopped work on in Dec. I have a hard time stopping myself also, until I get in a zone where ideas are flowing faster than I can keep up. I think it's just some writers' process.

I may log some words in the next week with the YA I'm in the middle of, but I'm also looking at contest entries I signed up to judge. This has been a nice prompt and support to complete an old project. Thanks, and I wish the rest of you the best in finishing your much-longer writing goals.

Kristen said...

Thanks for the tips, Marilyn. I will try writing with my eyes closed and see if that works. But I still can't shake the feeling that I'm writing absolute crap right now! LOL

Suzanne Lazear said...

Yay Laurel! That's fantastic.