Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Keep On Truckin' ...

Not my ususal post for a Wednesday. I miss doing the Weekly Spotlight, but it will return first week of December. So many excellent blogs out there, I'm anxious to dole out more Oscars. :)

Today's my day off from my regular job ... you know, the one that pays the bills--that ol' airline gig of talking on the phone at 3am. *rolls eyes* BUT, being the dedicated Nanner that I am, I dragged myself outta bed at 230am and put myself to work on my ms.

Well, okay, I admit, at first I got caught up on reading a few blogs and checking some emails. I was totally procrastinating because, quite frankly, I just wasn't in the mood. I've been cranking out chapters and having such a good time with it ... I guess I just hit a speed bump. Bound to happen.

Seriously, I'm at 45k words already, so I'm not worried about making my word count at all. Plus, I knew going into it that my story would be over 50k. I'm thinking more along the lines of 80k after some revising. That's a realistic goal, and in all honesty I haven't had any problem with word flow or ideas or dialogue .... Until today.

Whew, child! I just couldn't get it going. I wasn't motivated at all. I felt stuck--trying to get over the hill. I wrote a little, and peck, peck, pecked along with no real zest or gusto. I considered calling it quits. I went over my chapter outline again. Man, I just wan't feelin' it.

                                                     

BUT,  I forced myself to keep typing. I didn't give in. I reminded myself that it didn't matter what happened on the page today, that I'd just let my 2 MCs chat and see what happened.

OMGosh! It worked! After chugging along for two hours, I had a major breakthrough between my MCs. There was a revelation and moment of truth and even an exchange of amorous words. Oh, it was so fantastic that I almost had tears in my eyes. Which just goes to show, sometimes the best remedy is to just write and let the characters do their own thing.

Of course, I may go back and read it and think, WTH??? But for now, I'll relish my accomplishment for what it's worth. So, my fellow writer friends, when you're feeling the slug of unmotivation, I leave you with these words of wisdom: KEEP ON TRUCKIN' ! You'll get there, too.

Got any words of wisdom for me??

17 comments:

The Happy Whisk said...

Good for you. This was so nice to read. I'm happy for you and so excited at all the work you've done so far. Go you. Go you. That's the wiggle chair dance I do for hard workers like yourself.

You rock.

JEFritz said...

Save the good writing for the rewrite. I know this isn't anything new, but it's what I keep telling myself to meet the deadline. 45 K--impressive since the month isn't half done. Like you said, keep on truckin' :)

Mary said...

Great post! Glad you kept on trucking-- sounds like you had a great time with your MC's.

Words of wisdom: You can't fix what you haven't put on the page.

Regina said...

MC conversations are like any other. Sometimes there is a lot of catching up to do and sometimes there is just nothing to say. You just have to let them have their space sometimes too. They will come back and rivet you their conversations when they are finished.

Oddyoddyo13 said...

Haha, CONGRATULATIONS! You've done the impossible. For that, I salute you. :)

Maria McKenzie said...

You've inspired me to keep on truckin'! Hopefully I'll hit a speed bump too:).

Maria McKenzie said...

Oops-that didn't come out right! Hopefully I'll run over that speed bump so I CAN keep on truckin'!

William Kendall said...

I've had a bit of a down time with writing lately (long story)... but I think I'm coming out of it now.

salarsenッ said...

Congrats on your breakthrough. I know how it feels trudge in the muck of the word or inspiration wasteland. Nice job! BTW - 2:30am...really?? Wow.

Melissa said...

Congrats on the amazing breakthrough! Sometimes, if we just push freaking gold comes out!!! (That sounds weird but you get what I'm saying right?)

Jennifer Hillier said...

2:30 am! 45k! You, my friend, are a Rock Star. I don't think you needs words of wisdom. However, you definitely deserve a big 'ol pat on the back. :)

Pk Hrezo said...

Aww... thanks, guys! You make me feel all warm and cozy inside. If I don't get up at 3am .... thw writing doesn't get done. So if I wanna make it happen ..... :)

Quinn said...

Glad you had your breakthrough! I couldn't imagine waking up at that time to write, but you're on a different schedule than I am, so I guess it could work.

45K ... you're almost there! Keep going!

Julie Musil said...

I love this! I'm so glad you had a breakthrough, and oh my gosh, you already have an awesome word count. That's amazing.

I do still write even when I think everything I'm writing is junk. Sometimes I go back and realize not ALL of it was junk!

Good luck on that finish line!

T C Mckee said...

Hey, you've got this thing in the bag. I can only imagine what my reread would look like if I were up at 3am writing. I'm already scary at 3pm. Oh, I gave you an award on my blog. Hop on over and get it. "Keep On Truckin", you're almost there.

Stephen Tremp said...

I use words of wisdom from one of my kids DVD from that famous fish from Finding Nemo, "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming."

ali said...

I love this! It is so, so true. But so, so hard to do when you're in that moment. I totally admire you for sticking it out for two hours. I'm sure I wouldn't have had the guts to do that. What a woman!

And 2:30 in the morning? Um, you're a CRAZY woman!