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Where the words are

As life with Soëlie settles into a routine and my days are not filled with stress and fears, I find my thoughts turning to my writing again. The urge to write and ideas for WIPs are coalescing in my mind, becoming less vaporous, more tangible and insistent.

I'm still waiting on feedback for Witherwilds, and not wanting to make headway on volume two, only to be told by betas that volume one needs serious work, I find myself musing on other projects. The mind's perennial favorite--my first book--has been in the forefront these past few days, and I've come up with some serious revision ideas.

This being the first year of Motherhood, I'm not setting myself any ambitious goals, writing or otherwise (unless one wants to count survival and raising a happy, healthy daughter as ambitious). However, I'm going to aim for two things to keep my storytelling self happy:

Write 100 words a day, 5 days a week;

and, inspired by asakiyume , I'm going to open one of my writing projects every day. Rereading prose and notes almost always leads to fiddling, and fiddling can lead to new words, or at least improved old ones...


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 17th, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
<3 so glad to have provided some inspiration. Let's do it!

(Used another of your cards today--to send a donation to a guy who's going down to Haiti to help out.)
Jan. 17th, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC)
How are you doing so far with your goal? Getting in new words and new thoughts?

(Used another of your cards today--to send a donation to a guy who's going down to Haiti to help out.)

Sounds like a perfect, wonderful usage to me!
Jan. 17th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
So far, yes: a little something each day, though I haven't done anything for today, yet. How about you?
Jan. 18th, 2011 10:15 am (UTC)
I wrote two false starts, amounting to almost 300 trashed words total, before getting what might be my true beginning last night. I think I need to just move on and let it begin in whichever way and worry about hooks and perfection later.

I also have another MS that is 3-4 chapters from completion, and a friend is encouraging me to finish that one instead of revisiting Novel the First for the umpteenth time. This is where your idea of opening a project every day comes in handy. By doing this, I just might be able to get a little work done on both.
Jan. 18th, 2011 02:08 pm (UTC)
that's what I feel, too. After leaving you the comment above, I did actually open my novel and tinker a bit, and add a few new words. This keeps it alive for me--and if it's alive, I can maybe finish it.
Jan. 17th, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC)
Those words are insistent things, aren't they?

I got about halfway through Witherwilds before the crisis hit. Now that I've got my writing mojo back, I plan on getting back to critting as well, and your novel is top of the list. I still expect things to go slowly, as I still have a lot on my plate, but I am inching forward.
Jan. 17th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
Here's to mojo, writing and otherwise
Inch along, little inchworm. :D

I'm just thankful that you and yours have been able to weather the crisis thus far.
Jan. 17th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Here's to mojo, writing and otherwise
Fingers crossed that things keep going well.
Jan. 19th, 2011 03:23 am (UTC)
I am so sorry WW is taking me so long... I generally read at least one PoV when I'm biking (three times a week), but that's still not a lot. Would you like my notes on what I've read so far?
Jan. 21st, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
hmmm, how far along are you?

Actually, I think you can just send it to me when you've finished because the overall thoughts and what kind of taste the story left you with are really impt to me. :)
Jan. 21st, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
I'm up to page 300... and this reminds me to print off more now!
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