15 September 2014

Quit judging

Earlier today, a friend asked me how the writing was going.

Not well. Truth is, I've been stalled. Lately it's been torture even to compose a blog post.

When I step back (figuratively speaking) and look at what has been making writing so torturous, I can see that I'm judging.

As my brain forms the sentences, I'm telling myself that no one's going to be interested or that there's a better word than the one I just thought of or that what I'm writing isn't clear and concise enough.

I'm editing as I'm writing, and this always kills the creative mood for me.

So how do I stop judging? How do I turn off the editor?

10 September 2014

Excuses, excuses

I just got back from two and a half months in Europe.
I've been worried about/dealing with my lost luggage. 
I was driving all over the state and then getting settled into my friends' house in Portland. 
I have a cold. 
After having scaled back on work this summer, I'm trying to reestablish a work schedule.

These are the excuses I've been using over the last two weeks to avoid writing. I realize it might sound like I'm being hard on myself, considering all of the above excuses are 100% true. Certainly I want to be kind to myself and acknowledge when there are extenuating circumstances. But if I'm honest, I have had at least one hour to write most days. I just haven't been doing it. I haven't been prioritizing it. Why not?

08 September 2014

On being a reader-editor

In the last few months I have recommended the same few books to a couple of different people, each book for its own reason.

One of these books was traditionally published, and the other two self-published.

Two of these books I recommended because they're well-written, well-edited and contain some intriguing metaphors that I find personally meaningful. One of these books I recommended as a good example of a story that has serious flaws - it needs developmental as well as line and copy editing - but is nonetheless entertaining and has (in my opinion) some worthwhile aspects.

Does it surprise you to learn that the one book that needs serious editing - that I consider worth reading despite its myriad flaws - is the traditionally-published one? It surprised me when I realized it.

30 August 2014

ROW80 2014, Round 3, Week 8

"A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life."

The ROW80 tag line is particularly appropriate for me this week because it was my last week in Vienna and I basically chose to ignore my writing in favor of getting out and experiencing more of the city. Made me wonder why I didn't do it earlier.

As I mentioned in my goals post for this round, I'm taking it a month at a time. My progress this week on August's goals is as follows.

Finish Work on first draft of pseudonym's WIP2. 
After last week's conversation with my good friend who helped me realize I was being crazy-cakes about my production schedule, this goal has been revised. And evidently I took the October deadline as license to completely take a break from my writing this week. Hmm. So yeah, I didn't do anything on this goal this week, and I seriously doubt I'll do much (if anything) next week because I'll be busy driving all over the state of Oregon. So I guess I get a two-week vacation from writing. But back to it on Sept. 8!!

25 August 2014

ROW80 2014, Round 3, Week 7

"A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life."

As I mentioned in my goals post for this round, I'm taking it a month at a time. My progress this week on August's goals is as follows.

Finish first draft of pseudonym's WIP2. I'm fairly pleased with the progress I made on the WIP last week; I worked on it for a minimum of 2 hrs/day, Monday through Friday. That said, it's become crystal clear that I need to adjust my expectations around when I'm going to get this sucker done.

I had a good conversation with a friend tonight via Skype in which she helped me realize that I'm being insane. When I think about being a full-time author (which is the eventual goal), I think writing 3-4 books a year seems like a really decent goal. But I'm impatient: I want to build my pseudonym's platform so I can start selling books and move to full-time author status sooner rather than later. So my plan for this year was to write and publish 3 books under pseudonym whilst continuing the editing work and coaching work...oh yeah, and working on some short stories and poems under my own name. What?!?