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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Writing Weekend Update: Saturday

Revised Word goal: 5000
Current Word Count: 2,318
I find my writing day has had more ups and downs than the sand dunes on Bay Watch. It goes something like this:
  • Wake up
  • Realize I feel like I'm coming down with something but ignore it - no excuses
  • Feed the cats
  • Eat something
  • Avoid looking at my laptop several times
  • Turn on some classical music
  • Read a book to get inspired
  • Avoid looking at my laptop again
  • Accidentally look at my laptop and force myself to go over and get started
  • Struggle to write a few words
  • Consider putting the deathstar in the story somewhere
  • Avoid writers' block by surfing the internet
  • Realize I've already read everything at the usual websites I visit during last night's attempt to avoid writing
  • Struggle not to turn on the television for a quick "break"
  • Write a few words
  • Play fetch with the cat
  • Switch projects out of desperation
  • Write a few words and get on a roll
  • Stop to do a word count of my prodigious production and realize I've only written 500 words instead of 5,000
  • Despair that anyone will ever want to read anything I have written because it's boring and puerile
  • Admire a passage I wrote yesterday when I was still a writer, and the virus I'm getting had not destroyed the writing center of my brain
  • Cut my word goal for the day in half
  • Watch the cats sleep while they lay as close as they can get to me on the couch
  • Imagine a day when this might be my day job, and I get to watch them sleep as I write
  • Smile
  • Frown
  • Resent their peaceful napping as I despair that I will ever finish a project
  • Blog about my writing day
  • Look at the long evening ahead and resolve to do better
  • Procrastinate by adding bullets to this list
You can see how little actual writing has taken place. I did better last night than I have all day to day. Part of it is I'm still too controlling. I don't want to make a big draft mess I'll have to clean up later, so I have to plan what comes next. This makes writing a lot like constipation. Nothing comes of it.

I've decided it's time to make a mess, or there will be nothing to clean up. I'll let you know how it turns out :)


Lisa Medley said...

Love it! Keep plucking away and eventually some fruit will fall :)

Tricia Grissom said...

Thanks, Lisa :)

Anonymous said...

It's like you're in my head...

Betty Craker Henderson said...

You do such a great job of putting your butt on the chair and working. All writers should use you as an example!

Angela Ackerman said...

Haha, this cracks me up...and man, can I ever relate!

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse