Wednesday, October 5, 2016

IWSG: Can I Just Be Done Already?


The IWSG is a community where writers can share their fears and insecurities about the writing life. To learn more, check out their website here.

Well, all, there's not much new with me. I'm still drafting, still going slooowly, and becoming a bit frustrated with myself. I wanted to write this book in 3 months (my personal best so far). Then I saw that wasn't going to happen, so I decided 5 months would be my new deadline. 

5 months has come and gone, and now I'm determined to finish by the end of October, which will have me completing the first draft in 7 months. Which I know is still good, and that I shouldn't be hard on myself when I have a day job and a kidlet and things like trash that needs taking out, and clean clothes that need worn and floors that don't crunch underfoot. 

That aside, I'm anxious to get into revisions and start making this book into something more than a hot mess. So I just need to use October to get it DONE. I've already decided I'm going to go buy myself a new shirt when that happens too. And maybe drink a glass of sparkling grape juice (what I like to do to feel fancy). ;) 

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And! In other news, my cp, Kristin Smith, has a fun contest going on. To find out how to win this:

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Just go here. (Kristin's Instagram page)

24 comments:

  1. Good luck! I can relate. I had a goal in mind for finishing the rough draft of a novella I'm working on, but it looks like it's not going to happen. Oh well. As long as it eventually gets done it'll be all right.

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  2. I can definitely relate. It always takes me twice as long to draft a story as I think it will. Sigh.

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  3. End of October - you can do it!
    No one likes crunchy floors. Unless you're at a restaurant and it's peanut shells.

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  4. I thought I would write faster when I left teaching. Nope. Turns out that it still takes me 6-8 months to complete a first draft no matter how much time I have. The story just won't develop any faster than that. Good luck on your new deadline!

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    1. This kind of makes me feel...really good, actually. I was just thinking the other day about how I'd gotten very little words down over the space of a few days. But then as I was walking, an idea on how to go forward in the story popped into my head. If I'd forced it, I don't know it that would have happened or not. So sometimes it's definitely not an issue of not writing fast enough-- it's just story development, which needs to happen organically. Nice! =)

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  5. This sounds familiar. LOL! My last book was rewritten from scrap 3 times, and the first draft took a whole year!! A YEAR. (Granted, it was the year I had a baby, so...) Writing has to fit around life, and the hard part is being mature enough to be okay with our own speed. Enjoy this stage. Take the pressure off. You're doing awesome.

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    1. Whoo, boy. I'd like to have another baby, but yeah, it will kill my writing productivity (but totally worth it, of course!). But go you, writing a book in a year w/a newborn is no mean feat, that's for sure!

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  6. I have total faith in you. Have you got your new shirt picked out?

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    1. Lol, thanks, Elizabeth! Not yet, but I know the store I want to go to... =D

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  7. It never fails. Things always take longer than you want them to. Don't be too discouraged, though. Even though life gets in the way, you will get to the end of your story. Have patience and keep thinking about that shirt. Good luck!

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    1. I agree, they do. And you're right, I always make it to the end somehow!

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  8. It's never easy, but I've found breaking it into smaller goals helps. One page a day or seven pages this week, for instance. Then I don't think so much about the overwhelming goal of getting the entire book finished.

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    1. I have thought about trying page goals. I know Kate DiCamillo does that and yanno- Kate DiCamillo! ;)

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  9. Good luck getting it done. As long as you are making forward progress, deadlines can be arbitrary. Just keep swimming...as Dory says!

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  10. My "deadlines" always keep extending too. I'm learning to set them loosely. Also, some books just take longer than others. They're harder to write, have more research. And there's life too. Keep going, Leandra! You're almost there!

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  11. Just keep at it! You got this. I love how Dianne said it takes her 6-8 months for a first draft. That has to make you feel good! Truthfully, I'm amazed you get any writing done at all with a full time job and then being a mom. You're doing great! Hugs!

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  12. Great post. I can relate, I have the same situation even if I illustrate,but I think that as we can go on and don't give up,everything will be ok.

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  13. Some books take longer than others, and that's okay. :)

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  14. I know how you feel! I wanted to finish my current wip by the end of August. Guess what isn't done yet?

    Best of luck with your writing!

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  15. I do well if someone else (for example a contest entry) gives me a deadline, but I never make them for myself, as I'm sure I'd be constantly breaking them. And now that I'm no longer in a writing group, I realize that was a really effective way to accomplish productivity, because we needed to bring something new each month. Good luck with your goals!

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  16. Nothing I write comes in at the deadlines I set. I second-guess myself a lot and have to change things before going on. But the changes are always valuable, so I won't complain. (Not too much anyway.) Good luck finishing and having that glass of sparkling grape juice!

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