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Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005
12:34 pm
Official Registration for NaNoEdMo 2005 is now open!
Greetings fellow Writers/Editors!

We're getting closer to the kick off of
this year's National Novel Editing Month… March 2005.
And as we grow closer to the start of the challenge, we here at NaNoEdMo HQ invite
you to contemplate the Monster in the Box.Collapse )
Saturday, September 11th, 2004
7:29 pm
2828 words rewritten
Friday, July 30th, 2004
9:10 am
I have done some writing that I neglected to report, and I have also neglected to report my not-writing. And I've been on vacation. Anyway, a little exercise for y'all, from my freshly-new small press:

New at horse less press, recreation!

More enlivening activities to come, but in the meantime, use these words in a creative act.
Wednesday, July 28th, 2004
7:44 pm
500 words
Not much, but beter than nothing.
Friday, July 16th, 2004
5:56 pm
1600 words today
....each one tougher than the next. When's this supposed to get easy?

I have been journaling daily, 1000 wds/day, but this is the manuscript, and it's KILLING ME.

Current Mood: drained
Thursday, July 8th, 2004
4:46 pm
I've neglected to post that I've written 1000 words a day on 6 of the past 7 days. It's just groundwork, so I guess I felt it didn't count. But I'll try to be better about posting.

Current Mood: creative
Wednesday, July 7th, 2004
12:28 pm
Yesterday actually turned out better than I'd hoped. I finished one poem (91 words/27 lines) I'm pretty happy with. So far today has been dedicated to other people's projects--I've been editing all morning long. Am hoping to get some writing done this afternoon.
Tuesday, July 6th, 2004
2:11 pm
What else I managed last week:

Wednesday: one poem (91 words, 21 lines)
Friday: two poems (86words/24lines and 87words/27lines)

I just doodled over the long weekend, and today so far is not going well. I'm struggling about halfway through a poem I'm not too happy with.
Monday, June 28th, 2004
9:56 pm
LJ has been malfunctioning, and I've had little to report anyway, but I'm picking up.

On Thursday I finished one of the poem drafts I'd started the day before. When all was said and done, I think the word/line count on that one actually decreased.

Little work on Friday. By Saturday I had written one poem (102 words, 30 lines).

On Sunday I went to the beach.

Today, Monday, I've written drafts of two poems (86 words/32 lines and 112 words/25 lines).

I've been giving myself a goal of five poems a week, count accumulating if I don't meet the goal. (So, because I was already behind, I am now supposed to write 6 more poems by Sunday.) I'm finding this works alot better than just saying "I will write every day" or "I will write from 8 til 11."
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004
10:07 pm
The week isn't starting off well. Monday and Tuesday were a bust. Today I wrote a draft of a poem (100 words, 33 lines) that feels full of holes, and I've been struggling over a still-unfinished poem (68 words, 21 lines) all day. Really, staring at it, all day. I feel like my head is turned inside-out.
Sunday, June 20th, 2004
10:10 am
On Friday I wrote one poem (41 lines, 127 words). On Saturday the title to another poem sat on my computer screen. On Sunday morning it's still there. (It's hard to get motivated on the weekends.)
Thursday, June 17th, 2004
6:30 pm
On Tuesday, I decided exercising was more productive than writing.

Wednesday I wrote one poem (95 words, 37 lines),

and today (Thursday) I wrote one poem (83 words, 30 lines).

How's everybody else doing?
Monday, June 14th, 2004
10:31 pm
Today I did alot of procrastinating, sent some poetry submissions out, even, before I finally got around to writing a little. Monday afternoon: I started a few drafts of things that didn't go anywhere, and then I wrote 1 poem, 229 words, 23 lines. (Nothing to report for Sunday.)
Sunday, June 13th, 2004
9:42 am
Just wanted to introduce myself. Yep you guessed it I'm a writer like most people that live in Los Angeles. I have sold 2 ghost scripts and working on getting 2 of my own scripts sold. Right now im in the process of writing my 3rd script and a book about security in The Movie biz. Just looking to Network and meet other kool people.
10:13 am
Wednesday: One poem, (108 words, 34 lines)
Thursday: One poem, (76 words, 27 lines)
Friday & Saturday I was lazy.
Wednesday, June 9th, 2004
8:10 am
Word count
Poem-work on Tuesday: one poem, 102 words, 35 lines.

I wonder, what do other people write & how do you prefer to track your progress? By word count, pages, lines, hours, individual pieces of writing?
Monday, June 7th, 2004
8:44 pm
Finally, some creative progress to report. Today I wrote pretty solid drafts of two poems--224 words, or 72 lines. (Less impressive in its quantity, but that's poetry for you.)
Thursday, May 27th, 2004
6:17 pm
On Wednesday I spent 5 hours proofreading all & rewriting 5 pages of J's 50 page project study.

Today, in about 45 minutes, I wrote a 2-page project proposal for D, from his notes.

Nothing to speak of re: creative work. It's coming. I swear.
Wednesday, May 26th, 2004
10:49 am
Hi y'all. I just found this community, and I'm hoping it'll help me move productively through the summer. I'm halfway through the MFA Poetry program at Brown University, and I am feeling more and more drawn to teaching. For the first time in nearly a decade, I am not working in a restaurant or an office--I'm trying to get by on my college stipend + freelance editing work.

So, self-discipline is key. Summer is always bad for me with regard to my own writing. I've been a pretty productive editor this past week, but I haven't done any writing to speak of. Sometimes editorial/technical work can be a distraction from writing, but more often, I think, one activity feeds the other. Hopefully I'll soon have both editing and writing success to report.
Wednesday, May 12th, 2004
8:11 pm
Daily count
1,760 words

I bought Carolyn See's book yesterday - Making a Literary Life. I read it on the plane on the way home today. It was interesting, a gentle starting place. I'd be interested in reading other advice to writers books. I should dig out and re-read Bird by Bird. I loved that one.

My sister's performance Saturday night was like a message from the universe. She was a messenger. She herself was amazing andher performance was, for me at least, earth shattering, because she is quite frankly that good.

But what it was for me was more than that. It was a direct call from The Powers That Be reminding me that I have That in me too, and to ignore it much longer will make my life less pleasant, will waste my life, which is Not Good.

So, my 1,000 words a day started today.

I really wanted a book on writing biography to help me get started. To have a nonfiction subject seems so much safer - the plot is fixed, no need to wonder what happens, just the fun of figuring it out, like sleuthing...

My main fear that has stopped me from writing before is uncertainty how to turn *my* material into fiction, how to scare up a plot that is not autobiographical. Being stopped by that no longer suits me.
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