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  1. traceymartel

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    Tracey Martel's Progress Journal

    Discussion in 'Progress Journals' started by traceymartel, Oct 3, 2018.

    For anyone who has found this in the digital abyss, I've got a novel project at around 18,00 words that I'm hoping to finish by December. Breakneck pace for me. I'm a slow writer.

    Weekend: NO WRITING. oops.
    Oct. 1: Great day for me! 1,200 words.
    Oct. 2: 700 words. Also a good day.
    Oct. 3: Goal: 800 words
    Compose: hotel ch, bar?, s4,5??
    edit: spaghetti tracks ch
    LETS DO THIS SHIZ.
     
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    Oct.3rd: Less than stellar day. 350 words.
    Only edited the one chpt.
    Goal for Oct. 4: Compose hotel ch, bar?, s4,5?? Write 800 words.
     
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    Gah. I was sick yesterday (today too.) and only wrote 150 words, which is better than nothing.
    Here's to slaying it today.
    Oct.5 Goal:
    Finish hotel ch, bar?, s4,5?? Write 1,000 words.
     
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    October 5: Wrote 450 words. Still working on hotel ch. Gah
    Tomorrow Goal: Finish hotel ch, bar? S4,5? mugs? Write 1,000 words.
     
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    Why do you wanna know, huh?
    Sounds like you might be pushing yourself a little too hard to go fast to me. Any particular reason why you have this December deadline?
     
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    nothing wrong with fast - personally I took a leaf from Stephen king to do 2k a day on average (I've worked up from a 500 average about a year ago) - 2k a day means a first draft in a month. (my last first draft actually took 19 days averaging a tad over 3k a day)
     
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    It's just the deadline my adviser gave me. Trying to meet his page quota schedule, but I got behind this summer. This is sort of a continuation of my Master's thesis. But you're probably right about the pushing too hard too fast. I'm sure the quality is suffering a bit. Ahhhhh. Deadlines. They say they're really the only a writer needs from a professor.
     
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    Envious! I don't think I could ever manage to sustain 2k.
     
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    Oct.6 Progress: Wrote 400 words. Okay.
    Oct. 7 Goal: Cut apart hotel ch. & reassemble. Write 600 words.
     
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    bear in mind the marble horse analogy … when asked how he carved a horse from a block or marble Michael Angelo said he cut away everything that wasn't a horse...

    For a writer the first draft isn't the horse... you're creating a big block of marble

    Its the editing and revision that carves away everything that isn't a masterpiece
     
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    Oct. 7: Didn't write a word. Depression got the best of me this weekend. I will not let it win.
    Oct. 8: no writing.
    Oct. 9: 8o0 words.
    Goal for tomorrow: 1,000 words.
    Got to turn in a solid set Friday for Workshop.
     
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    You can fight a depression in a small scale by writing 10 words that have no other meaning or value when depression stops you.

    Those 1o words mean that you don't stop but just slow down a bit. You are still going.

    If you write eleventh word you have surpassed you depression day goal. No matter are those words usable or not. Ten words means you are still going and 11 or even 12 means you are accelerating.

    Sometimes depression is like a wall. If it is too hard to fight, to go over or to go round that wall you might seek for cracks in that wall and push your mental crowbar to those cracks.

    That crowbar might not make a difference to the wall, but it might make a very small difference to how you feel about that wall and how you see it.
     
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    Thank you for that! I like your crowbar analogy.
     
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    Oct. 10:490

    Oct. 11 Goal: 900
     
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    Oct. 11: Didn't write a damn word.
    Oct. 12: No writing
    Oct.13: 100 words and it was pulling teeth.
    Oct. 14: 1,100 words.
     
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    Oct 15: 700 words. :D YAY BACK IN IT.
    Oct 16 goals: 1,200 words
    Finish thanksgiving scenes 1, 2, 3?
     
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    been pokey lately.
    Oct.17-19: 0 words
    Oct. 20: 100 words
    Oct 21: 0 words
    Oct. 22: 650 words
     
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    Oct 22:400 words
    Oct 23:500 w
    Total word count is about 27k.
     
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    You seem to crowbar depression.
     
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    Trying to.
     
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    Oct. 24: 550 words
    Oct.25: 750 words
     
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    Oct. 26: 500 words.
    Taking tomorrow off (maybe the weekend) and reading Zero K instead. Need a bit of space from this project.
     
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    Oct. 29:100
    Oct. 30 175
    Oct 31: 200
    November 1: 1,200
     

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