1K a Day Challenge – Week Forty Seven

It’s November 29th, 2015. Week forty seven of writing 1,000 words per day of fiction. It’s time for another update!

Days 326 through 332 have been successes, with a minimum of 1,000 words per day written.

Stats for Days 326 to 332: Continue reading

1K a Day Challenge – Week Forty Six

It’s November 22nd, 2015. Week forty six of writing 1,000 words per day of fiction. It’s time for another update!

Days 319 through 325 have been successes, with a minimum of 1,000 words per day written.

Stats for Days 319 to 325: Continue reading

1K a Day Challenge – Week Forty Five

It’s November 15th, 2015. Week forty five of writing 1,000 words per day of fiction. It’s time for another update.

Days 312 through 318 have been successes, with a minimum of 1,000 words per day written.

Stats for Days 312 to 318:

Day 312 – 1392 words
Day 313 – 1218 words
Day 314 – 1178 words
Day 315 – 1288 words
Day 316 – 1131 words
Day 317 – 1018 words
Day 318 – 1104 words

Total count for the year thus far is 397,077 words. Average daily word count is 1,248 words. WIP Savage Duty is at 46,519 words. Based on 120,000 words estimated for expected completion, it is 38% complete.

I don’t have a lot to say this week. Mostly I’m just trying to keep my spirits up because of the attacks in Paris and elsewhere over the last week.So I’m just going to leave you with this:

Be good to each other. Don’t hate because someone or something tells you that you have to hate. Stop hurting others. Please. Please stop hurting.

Please.

1K a Day Challenge – Week Forty Four

It’s November 8th, 2015. Week forty four of writing 1,000 words per day of fiction. It’s time for another update!

Days 305 through 311 have been successes, with a minimum of 1,000 words per day written.

Stats for Days 305 to 311: Continue reading

1K a Day Motivational – The Sprint

Thursdaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! Hopefully by now you understand that this is the day when I yammer endlessly about things that get in the way of writing, how I overcome them, tips and tricks I use to keep writing, random inspiring thoughts and mini-reviews of things that knocked my socks off.

It’s also November, which means it’s NaNoWriMo! I’m not participating in the 50K words in a single month, but I’m most certainly feeding off the energy that’s present in my writing community while so many others are collectively writing and talking about what they’re writing.

And then there’s the leading method we like to use for writing to a deadline, and it is the focus of this here blog post: The Sprint.

I’ve talked about word sprints before in passing, but today in honor of NaNoWriMo and the lovely people chasing that ephemeral dragon, I’m gonna go into a little more detail!

The concept is that instead of trying to sit down for a solid hour plus and knock out a bunch of words, where you might get frustrated or lose track or just meander because you have so much time to write until suddenly you have no time and you got nothing done, you partition your time into blocks and write inside those blocks, and generally only in those blocks. We like ten minutes of writing, ten minutes not writing, but you can do five minutes writing, ten break. Fifteen minutes writing, five break. Whatever works for you. Then repeat as necessary until you reach whatever goal you’ve set for yourself that day.

The power of word sprints is that you give yourself a short block of time, and in that time you are laser focused. You are in the game. You are here to play and words are your points. You cut out all distractions for that block of time. You write. You don’t stop to think, to agonize over every word choice. You only have ten minutes. Why are you hesitating? Keep those words flowing!

Then at the end of ten minutes you take a breather. You hit the sidelines, get a drink, chat for a few minutes, decompress. You prepare for the next sprint.

When that ten minute break is up, you fly off that starting line like an Olympian in the 100 meter dash. I realize I’m mixing the hell out of my sports-related metaphors, but it’s fun and I’m going with it.

If you want to know how powerful a word sprint can be, just look at this post. I used a ten minute sprint to write the original draft of this, and then I went back and edited it down for another ten after that. I let the words flow. I get them out there because I only have ten minutes to do it. I can always fix it later.

Repeat with me: I can always fix it later.

That’s the truth right there. The sprint gets you moving when you’re hemming and hawing over every last sentence. And maybe you only need one or two sprints to get yourself into the mindset of writing for the day. I know I’ve done a sprint or two and then tapped out and just kept writing after that because I’ve gotten where I need to be to get the writing done. I have entered the zone, and sometimes that’s all I needed.

Sometimes I do sprints because it’s the fastest way to get myself working. Sometimes I do it just to participate in the community. Sometimes I have to do it to find my groove. Sometimes I don’t have to bother with it at all and the words just flow like the proverbial spice.

It works for a ton of people, and if you find yourself struggling some day just to get started, give it a try!

I got the concept from my good writing friend Valerie Valdes, who runs a pretty cool little blog and is an all-around excellent person. She also does some speculative fiction based online coursework that you can find via her blog, and if you’re interested in writing to speculative fiction you may find a ton of use in her course!

So get your ass out there, sprint for your words, and always remember to write the hell on.

1K a Day Challenge – Week Forty Three

It’s November 1st, 2015. Week forty three of writing 1,000 words per day of fiction. It’s time for another update!

Days 298 through 304 have been successes, with a minimum of 1,000 words per day written.

Stats for Days 298 to 304: Continue reading

1K a Day Motivational – “It Inspires Me” October Edition

It’s Thursday! And more than that, it’s the last Thursday of the month. It’s time to talk about a thing that I watched, read, played, experienced, listened to, whatever in this month, and which inspired the hell out of me to push my creative energies ever further!

I’ve talked about just about every kind of entertainment at this point, but one that I haven’t tackled yet is music.

I’m pretty much always on the lookout for new jams. The soundtrack of my life is perhaps as eclectic as they come, with punk, rock, rap, dance, psytrance, musicals, showtunes, indie pop, pirate rap, steampunk ballads, classical music, video game soundtracks, contemporary classical, polka, ska, metal, emo, gothic.

The list goes on forever with the weirdo shit I put in my earholes and enjoy. Continue reading