I'm clearly not very good at keeping up a blog, at least not on a daily basis. Not that it matters, really. It's still important for me to do even if no one reads it.
Anyway, the Clarion West Write-a-thon started this week. I hadn't planned to start writing quite yet -- I was busy moving forward with the plotting. Reading Christopher Vogler's The Writer's Journey, to incorporate some of Campbell's "Hero's Journey" ideas into things. It's been making me think a lot about the plot, which is a good thing.
Anyway, the Write-a-thon. I ended up signing up -- I figure something like this that was an outside impetus would be a good thing. My goal across the 6 weeks is 30,000 words, an average of 5,000 words a week. I'm aiming for writing 5 out of 7 days, at about 1000 words a day. A doable pace, and I can change it to 750/day if I do it every day (if that works better).
I ended up confusing the start time -- thought it was Sunday rather than yesterday. But I'm going to stick with my assumption anyway -- I tend to think of Sunday as the beginning of a week in any case.
And it was Father's Day, which meant that I could do anything I wanted for as long as I wanted. And I spent a good chunk of it at my desk. I'm trying something new. Or old, really. I'm working on this in longhand. I've been composing on the keyboard for a long time now, and there's a couple of things I've noticed. I'm a little more divorced from my writing when I do that. And don't write as tightly. I don't know if it's because I'm farther away from my writing, or if it's habits formed from composing on the keyboard for work, but I also tend to think only in terms of the high points of the story, rather than the flow.
Up through the end of college, I did all my writing longhand, in pencil. It makes me feel closer to what I'm writing, makes the act almost sensous. (Ask me about my thing for sharp pencils sometime). I'm writing in a notebook, with the pages narrow ruled and marked off like a summary sheet (1/3 of the page reserved on the left). Well, it seemed to work well enough. I wrote four pages, which comes out to approximately 1333 words. So for the write-a-thon day one, I've at 1333/30,000 words, or 4/90 pages.
I'm not looking forward to typing it in -- I'm going to try and do a bit each day. But I'm moving forward!