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10 July 2011 @ 03:03 am
7/10/11 ROW 80 Update  
Meh.  So the air conditioner guy came and said stuff that I didn't understand, and basically now I have a portable air conditioner in my room.  It's doing a bang-up job at keeping things cool, and so far I've been impressed with how my apartment complex has handled things (responding quickly, taking it seriously), but the portable air conditioner is just so loud you guys.  And it's right next to my bed. 

In related news, I like to complain about stuff.

Jump to the cut to get the latest ROW 80 details.
It's the end of the first week!  So how did I do?

Pretty good, pretty good.  My word count goals were to write 5000 words on Spider and Briar, and a 1000 on each short story.  In addition, I had to write at least 500 words a day.  

Here's a run-down on my approximated word count:

Monday: 700 
Tuesday: 1000
Wednesday: 1900
Thursday: 600
Friday: 1000 
Saturday: 800

Spider and Briar: 5000 (so I'm done with the weekly goal)
Warmth: 900
Jezebel Defeats the Universe: 100

That basically leaves with me 100 words for Warmth and 900 words for Jezebel Defeats the Universe, which is a solid 1000.  I don't think I'll have difficulty banging that out tonight.

By the way, if you guys were wondering, I'm rounding my numbers rather than tracking an exact word count.  In other words, if I write 849 words, I round it to 800 words - if I write 851 words, I round it to 900.  Sometimes it inflates my word count, but it also deflates my word count too.  It kind of goes both directions, and...wait for it...rounds out in the end.  Yeah. 

Despite the fact that I reached my weekly goals (barring the possibility that the world self-destructs tonight), I'm going to need to modify my goals for next week.  I have a couple big project deadlines due, and I need to prioritize my grades.  So for this week - and this week only - I'm going to cut my word count goal in half, with a weekly goal of 3500.  That means 2500 words to Spider and Briar, 500 words to each short story, and I'm going to give myself two "vacation days" where I don't have to write anything at all (I will be using this time to write academic papers, though).  On all other five days, I need to write a minimum of 500 words.

Once I turn in these projects, I'll be free and clear for a while.  So in the third week of ROW 80, I not only plan to go back to the goals of this week - but to give myself some weekly reading goals as well.  I've noticed that I don't read when I write, and I don't write when I read, and everyone says it's best to do both at the same time, so I'm gonna try it.

Enough about me.  I want to hear about you!

Question Time
What’s your favorite step in the writing process?
I used to think that my favorite part was brainstorming.  I mean, how much fun is that!  You can just come up with all these crazy ideas and they play in your head like a movie and you don’t have to do any work yet.  
Lately though, I’ve realized that my favorite step is actually editing.  I get the feeling that’s a lot different than some people, so I want to be clear.  That part where you get stuff back from critiques and you realize that you need to make some MAJOR changes that basically entail writing a new story?  
Yeah.  Hate that.  Not really talking about that. 
I’m talking about the part where you return to a story after a couple weeks in the drawer.  I know sometimes people are like OHCRAP but I’ve long gotten used to the “How did I write this?!” reaction and just enjoy the potential.  Since I usually assume I’m going to hate all of it, the fact that I don’t hate all of it is somehow inspiring and reassuring.
I even have this crappy analogy for it.  Or maybe it's a metaphor.  Whatevs.
To me, the actual act of writing, of getting the words down on the page, is about as much fun as picking out individual kernels of sand for my sandbox.  

I like the part where I’ve already filled the sandbox and I can make pretty castles with seashell windows.
What about you guys?  What’s your favorite point in the writing process?

I have a lot of Fun Links today.

Take a time warp with me and wonder if debuting author JK Rowling will make good. 

Emma Watson makes millions of people worldwide cry, but like, in a good way.

Some more io9 things that I think are cool, like famous characters as art noveau and Signourney Weaver as a hot vampire.

Kristen Lamb posts about how to be healthy and I break every single rule.  

This one is really awesome: a funny tumblr about retitling famous books.

This is my new mantra.

And finally.  Here is a website with some great video game art on cupcakes.  It's pretty darn adorable.  Behold:

Current Mood: restlessrestless
Current Music: Blinding by Florence and the Machine
Derekcrstldrgnspcmrn on July 10th, 2011 07:56 am (UTC)
I'm starting a new short story tomorrow and I'm going to write 1000 words on it tomorrow is my goal.

We'll see if I can get even one down. :/
Derekcrstldrgnspcmrn on July 10th, 2011 08:03 am (UTC)
I'd also say I'm similar to you, in that I love brainstorming and editing. I like coming up with the ideas, but something I can get overwhelmed by them, but I absolutely love having something "finished" on paper that I can tweak into perfection.

My least favorite part is actually starting, or working on a section I have little inspiration for.

I sat down to draw a comic today and just didn't feel it, so i drew a few short strips about a weird pirate crew. I tried to make it zany and funny, but it was still just garbage. Sigh.
Lisey McGrathliseystardust on July 10th, 2011 05:49 pm (UTC)
Good luck with your 1000 words!

Yes, I think it's the perfectionist in me that that loves that stage of the writing. There's something so satisfying about fixing something.

Knowing your talent for zany characters, I would love to see you tackle a weird pirate crew. :D
lovestoreadwantstowrite.blogspot.com on July 10th, 2011 12:23 pm (UTC)
Well done on your goals this week, I am really impressed with your word counts each day!

I am so glad someone else finds the actual writing stage of this painful....I know I am a beginner but sometimes I have wondered if I should be trying to write at all as actual writing is the bit I resist the most!

Also, I am giving thought to my ideal writing location you mentioned the other day and am going to blog on it soon....can I link it to your post about it when I do?
Lisey McGrathliseystardust on July 10th, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)
Yes, I have those moments of doubt, too. XD But someone blogged recently about how she went to an interview with Stephen Frey, and he said that writers often perceive writing as work and not-fun. So we're not alone, by any means!

Ohmygosh I would love a link back! And I'm excited to see your post about your ideal writing location! I had so much fun thinking about mine.
C. Lee McKenziesealy38 on July 10th, 2011 03:19 pm (UTC)
Congratulations of the word count. I agree that the re-writing is my favorite part of the process. I can focus on piece of the pie, instead of having to think about EVERYTHING at the same time.

Lisey McGrathliseystardust on July 10th, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I feel the same. Sometimes, the act of writing is very overwhelming. It's nice to sit and focus on a paragraph, or even just a sentence.

Of course, the reason I need ROW 80 is so that I eventually move away from that one sentence and write another sentence...
C. Lee McKenziesealy38 on July 10th, 2011 11:20 pm (UTC)
LOL. I get that one sentence comment. But once I've wrestled a sentence down that I love, it's so hard to move on.

Keep up the good work.
Alberta RossAlberta Ross on July 10th, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC)
I must be odd it's the writing bit I enjoy - living and breathing the character's lives, plotting before and editing after can be satisfying but always feels a little intrusive as if I am taking it upon myself to dictate their story - oh I'm not quite as nutty as fruit ckae (almost!) but not quite

well done on you goals - hope the papers go well -all the best
Lisey McGrathliseystardust on July 10th, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, sometimes I feel this way too! It's the moments when inspiration hits, and I just have such a strong impression of a person, place or event, and I HAVE to get it down.

The problem with me is that this moment does not happen very often...I think it was Katherine Dunn who said that some writers have faucets which are on full blast, and some writers have faucets who drip. My faucet drips. :(

So sometimes I have to force the inspiration. But yes, when I'm inspired, I feel exactly the way you described, and it's amazing, and it's probably THOSE moments that keep me coming back to writing, almost like a rare purple elephant that I'm chasing.
Robin McCormackRobin McCormack on July 10th, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
Great job making your goals. I think my favorite step in the writing process is writing, creating a picture on the page. The Aha moments when a part of the story sneaks up when least expected and jumps out at you.
Lisey McGrathliseystardust on July 10th, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
Oooh, that Aha moment! I love it dearly. For me, that's when I'm writing something and I suddenly realize that this part of the story is going to actually be BETTER than I envisioned. Such a good feeling.
Kelly P. SimmonKPSimmon on July 10th, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC)
Way to go!
You are doing great on your word counts! I had a hard week, but have gotten mine in despite changing WIP's midweek.

I think my favorite part of the writing process is the editing process as well. I love the point when I have gotten the big picture all written down and then go back and play with it, adding details and conversations I didn't really expect to add, and making the characters come alive. It is amazing to watch ideas go from 2D to 3D for me.

Lisey McGrathliseystardust on July 11th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
Re: Way to go!
Thank you!

2D to 3D is a really good way to put it. It's amazing how your original idea can be further enriched, sometimes...
Lisa HartjesLisa Hartjes on July 10th, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
Jezebel Defeats the Universe
Now that's definitely a story I'd want to read. :)

Congrats on getting so much writing done, and good luck on next week!
Lisey McGrathliseystardust on July 11th, 2011 01:52 am (UTC)
Re: Jezebel Defeats the Universe
Thank you!

I'm excited about Jezebel Defeats the Universe too, although I've barely written anything on it. :0 But I'm gonna get started tonight, and I have some great ideas for some fun, wacky scenes!
nadja notarianinadja notariani on July 11th, 2011 01:24 am (UTC)
What Is My Favorite Part of the Writing Process?
Hi, and thanks for stopping by via the ROW check-in.
I will have to say that the writing is my favorite part of the process. I am currently writing a novella, called Her Dark Baron, and that story is absolutely delicious to weave. I have the chapter outline, so I know where I'm going. The writing is where I get to finally be creative with description, dialogue, or innuendo. Good stuff!
The only other part of the process that may take first place is the moment when I get the cover proof back from my designer. LOVED IT! It was like Christmas morning for me. Ha!
Have a great week! ~ Nadja
Lisey McGrathliseystardust on July 11th, 2011 01:54 am (UTC)
Re: What Is My Favorite Part of the Writing Process?
Ohmygosh, if I were to get back a cover proof, I think I would DIE. So exciting! Congrats!

I've never actually used a very detailed outline, but I'm interested in trying it out. Might make it easier to steer the course.
lisaroses.blogspot.com on July 11th, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
About a month ago I would have said that I like the writing part best but I just finished (as it got down on paper, definitely not close to actually finished) my first full length novel and I am LOVING the editing process. It's like revisiting old friends instead of discovering new ones, both are fun but sometimes you just like to hang out with the ones you know best.
Lisey McGrathliseystardust on July 11th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
Yes, I like that analogy very much! That's exactly what I feel like...being comfortable with old friends, discovering depths of intimacy and bonds that you hadn't realized before...
Sonia G MedeirosSonia G Medeiros on July 11th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
Congrats on hitting your goals! This is my first time with ROW80 but I love it. It's been helping me stick to my goals and I love how flexible it is.

Those cupcakes are so cute!
Lisey McGrathliseystardust on July 12th, 2011 12:09 am (UTC)
Thank you! This is also my first time, and I'm having a ball. Absolutely worth it.