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Invincible #ROW80 Update

My Goal: Finish revising my friggin’ book already!

The road to my goal: 250-500 words on workdays and 500-1000 on my days off.

The sometimes detour when I get stuck: Plot the next book.

Man, organization is tough. Since I finished Eat That Frog and read part one of Kait Nolan’s efficiency series, I’ve been working on getting into a better writing routine. So far, okay. I did some writing, not everyday though. (Got close to 1000 words) The chapter I’ve been working on has had ups and downs. This is one where my MC starts putting pieces of the puzzle together. In the original draft, the answer seemed to come from a Basil Exposition type source. Not good. I’ve got it plotted better and am going to try to wrap it up today.

As the great and wise Shiznit says, “Don’t focus on the past, concentrate on the now. Always move forward.Something like that.

Besides that, based on a comment from my buddy Jen Kirchner, I plotted out a short story just because. So now, between revising, I’ll write that and eventually, you guys can read something by little old me.

That’s one of the reasons I picked Invincible by Pat Benatar as this week’s inspirational song. It’s the theme song for 80’s masterpiece The Legend of Billie Jean. Can I tell you how upsetting it is that this movie’s out of print and NOT available on Netflix? Maybe on another post. We’re talking about the song.

It’s the classic 80’s rock song, guitars heavy with chorus and reverb and drums so crisp, they sound electronic. And Pat Benatar has a beautiful voice. I get pumped when the chorus kicks in. “Stand up and face the enemy, It’s a do or die situation, We will be invincible!” Getting this book done might not be a TRUE life or death situation, but thinking of it that way keeps me focused. Maybe you too. At the very least, it’ll get you interested in the movie and we can campaign to have it released on DVD. “Fair is fair!” That is all.

Info stuff- Follow my ROW80 progress every Wednesday and Sunday and be here Tuesdays and Thursdays for new posts on me, writing, superheroes, monsters, comics and any other geeky stuff on my mind.

17 comments on “Invincible #ROW80 Update

  1. Bring it! You will be invincible. Those word counts don’t stand a chance against you! As the Shiznit decrees, so shall it be! 😀

  2. Songs are a great inspiration….I listened to CDs of songs from the sixties and seventies when I was writing about that time period.

    Moving forward is a good plan!

  3. Loved Austin Powers! Guess Basil doesn’t have a place in most other stories though. Keep up the good work. Hope you enjoy writing shorts. They’ve taught me tightness and focus.

  4. liked the song,esp the drums – amazing – best of luck for next week – keep smiling

  5. Andrew, we are movie-mates…The Legend of Billy Jean…I watched it all the time growing up. C’mon Netflix!

    Good luck on your goals this week. I’m on board for “friggin’ already”. I had a very distracting week, and I’m ready to buckle down this week.

  6. OMG, LMAO. I’ve seen Legend of Billy Jean far too many times. “Fair is Fair” (with the raised fist) is a common battle cry at the Gillian household. Even my kids do it though they’ve no clue where it came from. Of course, the little brother in that movie is in a TV series, all grown up and mature…sigh…

    Good luck with the goals and the efficiency plans. I just bought Freedom for the Mac which allows me to block the internet. One day I plan on using it. LOL

  7. Andrew, I would LOVE to read a short story by you.

    You are Invincible! :0)

  8. @Tiffany- So many things to love about the 80’s and now I have one extra person to blab about it with.

    Let’s do it. This week is ours!

    @Claire- Are you talking about Breaking In? I love that show. A great fit for Christian Slater, I hope it doesn’t get cancelled.

    Thanks about the efficiency plans. You’re not the first person to mention Freedom. I know Kait uses it. Seems to be working for her.

    @Lauralynn- Thanks! The best part is it’s just a fun thing to do. No expectations except to make it the best I can.

  9. OOOHHH, I loved that movie. Seriously? It’s not on Netflix?? And I love me some Pat 🙂

  10. hehe I love listening to music when I write, it can help you get into the mood of your story. And I can totally relate to the “finish my friggin book already” sentiment 😀

  11. 1. I might be late to the game, but I’m digging the new blog look!

    2. I used to listen to music all the time when writing, but then I realized I was getting super distracted. So now, it’s either instrumental, or white noise.

    3. Feeling you on the “just finish the book already!” I want to have this book done by the time I start my new job in June… I’m nine chapters in and I feel like my deadline is leering over my shoulder.

  12. In the book I’m reading, there’s a character who keeps having to make all these crazy life-or-death decisions, and she can’t trust anyone to help her. So, whenever she’s approaching one of these decision moments, she tells herself, “If I look back, I’m lost” and grits her teeth and chooses, and she never looks back.

    Um. Basically this is my somewhat rambly way of saying I totally agree with the “always move forward” philosophy, especially for us writers, who are naturally neurotic overthinkers. You can do it, Andrew. Just keep on going, and don’t look back! You’re a ROCK STAR, didn’t you know?

    P.S. I think this is the first time I’ve ever heard this song. I feel culturally enlightened now, and I’ve YOU to thank.

  13. @Claudia- I know! It’s such an injustice.

    @Rebecca- I NEED music to get me in the right mindset. I get so much done that way.

    @Belinda- Thanks! I know how you feel. I have a self-imposed deadline to finish by the end of this round. We can do it!

    @Claire- Thanks! I DO try to rock hard. And cool about the song! Consider this your introduction to the magic of the 80’s.

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