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Aug. 24th, 2011 01:33 am
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Okay, so I quit my job in July. And it's now been just over a month of unemployment and not a whole lot of words added to the novel that is that reason I quit my job.

Goals, though, they're not met by arbitrarily just setting them. You have to break them down into reasonable chunks.

I'm not looking to hit NaNo pace. 2000 words a day is doable but needlessly difficult when you're stuck. I don't really like word counts at all.

Instead I want to do something more like a don't break the chain kind of thing. Writing every day, for at least an hour (at LEAST). Even if I end up killing those words later because they suck.

What sort of writing techniques do you use to keep yourself motivated?

Date: 2011-08-24 09:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frogmajick.livejournal.com
I'm a big fan of outlining. By outlining I break things into bits and then can write on just that bit. When I have enough bits I go back and revisit them and work on trasitions and ties to make them flow. Sometimes the bits make up one single chapter, sometimes they make up more. It just depends on what I want to accomplish.

Date: 2011-08-24 01:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heinous_bitca.livejournal.com
My friend Sarah, aka [livejournal.com profile] matociquala, often has writing craft posts. Might be hard to find under other things she writes.

One of the things I'd recommend is if something is blocking you, if you're stuck, then work on another part of the book. You don't have to write linearly! Or write some background for a character or two. Just putting words to paper might help.

Date: 2011-08-24 02:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meallanmouse.livejournal.com
Engaging with someone. Seriously. A person who is there to read the words you write each time (every day). Who will say "I like this, give me more!" or "Not sure, try again?" and who will essentially work with you to keep you motivated and going.

But also? For me, writing IS a job. I write every day. Doesn't matter what I write, but it has to be set hours and it's a job. There's non-work writing, for sure, and it's fun, but there's also work-writing, which is meant to get things done.

Date: 2011-08-24 07:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meallanmouse.livejournal.com
I remind you that babies, they have got BITING down gooooood! ;)

Try for an online mailing list as well, maybe - Del Rey had one which I was on for a while that seemed very good, for example. That's where Jim Butcher got his start, which I remember seeing happen! :)

Date: 2011-08-24 03:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] azzinita.livejournal.com
How I write:

a) coffeeshops. especially when I was unemployed, I had to earn that cup of coffee and bagel,m so I would have to write at least 2,000 words. Treat writing like your job, and a coffeeshop like your office. Changing scenery is extremely helpful to me, and if you find the perfect place, you can start to write like whoa.

b) outlining. If anything else, I make up a list of scenes (not unlike a log list of old) and go from there.

c) free write. some of what you come up with will be unusable, but some of it will be magic.

d) if you're like me, go to grad school and get insomnia. I write a LOT when it's 2 am and I can't sleep.

Date: 2011-08-24 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nystana.livejournal.com
Deadlines help immensely.

I joined a writing lab just to force myself to turn out pages. I've also joined a few contests that have pushed me to finish my writing assignments.

Most days - when I write, it's every day for at least the first half of the morning but I'm a binge writer. I sit at a desk, coffee shop, work space and just write for hours on end. I usually don't stop until it's time for bed. I write for long hours on some days and some days I have to take some R&R or I'll crack. It's all about what works best for you but what I do is different from what you're doing so I guess listen to the novel experts over what I write here.

Best of luck to you lady. :) Can't wait to read it!!!

Wow.

Date: 2011-08-25 01:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] archangeloz.livejournal.com
OK, first of all, I haven't read any of the comments above. So if I repeat advice, I'm sorry. But secondly, you quit your job?!? You're awesome! Way to go on taking those steps that I just keep talking about. You're inspirational.

Thirdly, I'm a big fan of exactly what you said: give yourself a time that you have to write everyday. The best way for me to do it is to set that time as the same. If you just have to write an hour a day, that hour can wander all over your day, making hell of your schedule. If, however, you have to get up, have coffee and write every day from 7-8 AM, then you can get other things done.

Getting other things done, for me, was always a source of inspiration and then I'd want to go back and write more, as I'd had some ideas. But even if they didn't come, I still had my writing done and out of the way.

Also, if you're working out at a gym, or on your own, don't allow yourself to do it unless you've written. If you have plans with friends, don't go unless you've done your writing. If you don't have plans w/ friends, invite them over for a potluck. Give yourself something you have to do your writing before, so that you feel that pressure. It's not a bad thing.

Keep us in the loop!

Date: 2011-08-25 06:22 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ashkitty.livejournal.com
'One more paragraph, and then you can have a cup of tea. Good! Now 500 words. After 500 words, you can write a tag. 1000 words, can you do 1000? That means you can go to the pub tonight.' And so on. Basically, even my subconscious requires bribery.

Date: 2011-08-25 08:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cloudtrader.livejournal.com
I can't write fiction in the comfort of my own home. Just about every non-school related thing I have written has been done inside a library or on a train commute or whatnot. For me, being at home is at once too comfortable and too distracting.

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