#IWSG An Insecure Writer Talking (NaNoWriMo Post)

Today I posted on a sticky post, an update for the seventh day of the torture that is called NaNoWriMo which read:-

I did a wordsprint in-world at a write-in first thing this morning my time. The event wasn’t very busy, only two of us doing a 20 minute sprint. At just over 400 words, I was pipped by the other writer by a 100 words difference. I don’t know how, but I somehow mucked around. Since then, I’ve been busy finishing off that one new chapter. 4500 words later, it’s finished, too long, and pretty crap with it.

Oh. I’ve hit that middle section of NaNo, and how. My writing makes me unhappy, and both wrists are now arching from the typing.

This post, dedicated to the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, is about my NaNo efforts, and in recognition that it’s all par for the course.

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#ROW80 Round 4 – New Goals

This is a post on the run, kind of like a “Nun on the Run” but not as fun but just as spiritual. Today it’s October 1st, and the first day of Round 4 for the writer’s challenge, Round of Words in 80 Days. Kait Nolan has a nice blog post on being kind to ourselves when setting and possibly not meeting our goals, telling us how to Fail Small.

If you want simply the goals, scroll down to them. If you want to know what I’ve been up to lately, read on.

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#IWSG Learning to Have a Relationship with Revision

In my previous ROW80 Checkin post I admitted that over the past few days I’ve found myself taking a total break from my revision tasks on my work in progress. This came just after I’d drafted out the following post in readiness for my Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog.

It was a bit of a shock to find that I’d suddenly gone from almost loving the revision process, to facing a bit of revision block, but now that I’ve had time to consider this, it makes sense. The following post has been added to with my latest.

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#ROW80 Recheck on Goals

First off, let me admit that I grossly underestimated the time it takes to revise and edit a novel. Some months ago (that long, jeesh?!) I set a goal of revising my draft in a couple of months. I set target dates, started work, continued…and…everything…slooowwwwed…dooowwwwnnnn… Yawn.

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Write Club 2012

DL Hammons is holding the 2012 Write Club, signups are now.

This challenge is where writers take on another writer with 500 words, fighting it out until only one ultimate Write Club Champion is left. To participate and vote you will need to signup using the Linky List at the Cruising Altitude 2.0 blog. I did this today myself, solely so that I can vote (I’m too fearful to contemplate entering – even though the entries are published under anonymous pen names).

The final fight will be judged by a panel of publishing industry professionals – agents, editors and the like, so this challenge is certainly a good way to get your writing out there with them. First rounds commence July 30th.

More details and signups are here.

Some Checkins : #ROW80, #IWSG and goals

I’m back from holidays, but not necessarily back fully on the blog. Or writing work for a week.

It’s still winter school holidays for my daughter, and her being home on a chilly week means I have precious little time or motivation to begin back with the writing work – I’m saving that for next week – she’s still on holidays but she’s booked into holiday activities on four days, allowing me some time to myself.

So, this post is a jut in the path of holiday-itis (another good term instead of procrastination). I am updating my new goals for the new edition of Round of Words in Eighty Days (which kicked off July 1st or 2nd or something) and some minor thoughts for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group – which is due tomorrow.

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#ROW80 Checkin – nearly there

I hit 60,000 on my shorts novella (which obviously isn’t a novella at all, but a full-blown novel), today. It’s a long weekend here in Aus, celebrating The Queen’s birthday (although she has her real one in April). The weather is horrible (it is winter, after all) so I’ve made the most and written a little. Normally I don’t write on the weekends, so this is a bonus.

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