Discussion in 'Progress Journals' started by BookLover, Jun 1, 2014.
I'm giving myself one week to finish a short story. Finish meaning written and edited.
Let the countdown begin.
The first progress journal! You, Miss, are a trailblazer.
Now the rest will have courage to use this section (like me)
I'm watching you... always watching you
Good luck, brave one! I would never commit to writing a short story in anything less than two weeks. I just know I won't make it.
Darn. I wrote it in less than a week, but I never went back and edited. So I failed.
New goal: Pick one of my partly finished novels and write for at least the next hour. Yes, this is how unmotivated I feel right now. I have to make a goal about writing for one hour.
Failed again. I can't find my flash drive that had the novel saved on it. I quit life.
I used to hate it when that happened. So now I always wear my flash drive, it has all my work on it, but then so does my computer and my email account and my portable hard drive and my friend's computer (yeah I'm paranoid). People have gotten used to seeing me with a flash drive around my neck, and if anybody new asks me about it I tell them that it is top secret goverment intel just joking, I do tell them that it is my most important possession though.
Great idea! Though I'd probably damage it if I wore it every day. My jewelry tends to have a short life span.
Okay, trying again. I'm going to work on my "main" novel for one hour. (Or until some family member interrupts me.) My clock says 2:47. I have until 3:47.
Oh no! I hate that. So I have three drives I save stuff on and TimeMachine (which is temporarily off line because my iMac is still on the fritz).
That's a good idea. I need to start saving in more places, but it always seems like such a hassle.
So I worked for an hour. Wooot! Unfortunately, about half of that time was spent reading over what I wrote last time because it's been so long I forgot where I was at in the story. And worse yet, I wasn't very impressed with what I had written. So now I feel very disappointed with the novel at large, but oh well, at least I added something to it.
This is the way I start each day's work. I have to read over the previous day or two's stuff, do a little revision, get my mind back into the story, and regain the tone I was using. This isn't time wasted - it's very productive and makes for a better draft (at least in my experience). If you're not impressed with what you've written, by all means, revise it! Make it better! Be proud of your work and then carry on.
Yeah, it just needs a loooot of revision. My descriptions were horrible. I didn't want to deal with it today, but it's definitely something I'll have to do in a future editing session.
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