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Working Stuff Out #ROW80 Update

My Goal: 1 hour, but minimum 30min of writing fiction during workdays and 2 hours any day I’m not working.

Much thinking done this week and I’m happy to say some writing happened too.  Part of my thinking has been on my vampire story, but much more has been on ways to improve my system.  I’m still working out the kinks, but one thing I’ve been doing on is trying to fit writing on my work days.  It’s been my most difficult part of ROW80.

Yesterday, I read over the section I was up to before leaving for work.  I then, spent the whole day thinking about it and when I got home was able to jump right in and write.  Wasn’t for too long, but I made progress.  I’ll be trying that again today.

Okay, that’s all.  It’s late and I’m losing an hour to daylight savings, so I need to be in bed now.  Stupid work!  See you all tomorrow.

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19 comments on “Working Stuff Out #ROW80 Update

  1. I hear ya Andrew. I usually think about my WIP while I’m at work (sometimes I’m sitting in court for hours so all I do is think about my writing) and then scramble to capture my thoughts when I get home before all my shows on t.v. start! Maybe I need to think about a system as well.

  2. Having a system is a good idea. Mine is very basic though – I just block out a period of time every day. I allow that the period can be at any time during the day, but once I’ve chosen it, I use it only for writing. Of course it can’t be during work hours (for me at least) and I have to work around family responsibilities. Still, I have managed to reserve the time almost every day.

  3. Sounds like a good way to keep in touch with your project when away from home.ope the new system continues to bring you much success.

  4. I don’t work now but stuff still has to be done and I use the time in the garden, sweeping floors ,driving cooking to ponder WIP. Make plans corrections re-ordering etc during these times so I can like you sweep straight into it when allowed

  5. You are doing great Andrew. I need to get back on a schedule myself. I usually try to write at night for at least an hour before bed. Lately, I’ve just wanted to read, form book clubs or be lazy. Tomorrow is the start of a new work week. So, back on schedule for me. We can do this!

    P.S. I like your idea of reading a section before work, so you have something to really ponder all day long. Gooood idea.

    • I wish I could write in the evening, but because I’m an adult infant, I get sleepy before nine. I’ve been trying to jump into it when I get home before dinner.

      Glad you like the idea, if you use it, I hope it’s helpful.

  6. Glad to hear about the progress. I heard somewhere and found this to be true, that thinking about your story while doing other things, helps you to write better when you actual sit down to write. I’ve written whole chapters in my head, figuring it all out. Helps the flow during writing times. Then there are times I haven’t thought about it and get some interesting Aha moments.

    Joining the club of the jet lag caused by the time change. Have a great work week!

    • I guess by keeping your story a priority in your head, you never really leave the story. I’m going to keep working this way and in time, should be jumping in and writing faster.

      You too about the work week! Losing sleep sucks.

  7. Reading a section before work so you can think about it during the day sounds like an interesting approach; might have to give it a go 🙂 In Australia we’re still a few weeks away from our Daylight Savings changeover but I’m already dreading it; it screws up my body clock even more than what it is (and since I typically can only sleep between 3 and 6am, that’s saying something haha). Glad you’ve found a method that works for you.

  8. It’s great that you have so much discipline. I remember when I was working for Shucks Auto Parts years ago I’d jot down scenes on paper towels while stocking the oil shelves. I still have those notes. 🙂

    Have you tried using a digital recorder? I take one on my walks and get some very good “first draft” material that way. You could do the same thing driving to and from work.

    • I’m glad it LOOKS like I’m disciplined. I’m trying.

      I’ll bet you bring back good memories when you look at those old notes.

      I don’t know how a digital recorder would work for me. My method is to vomit out whatever I’m thinking and rearrange the words until I like the way they look. But using the recordings to transcribe later might be an option. Something to think about. Thanks Lisa!

  9. I’m glad you’re making some progress. I’m going nothing right now. 😦

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