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Thursday, July 12, 2012

My Writing Experiment - Row80 Check In & Goals


Last month I began JuNoWriMo fast out of the gate. It felt good to be writing and having my words flow onto the page. It was great until I hit somewhere between 17,000 to 19,000 in the first week. Suddenly the flow stopped. I felt confused. I liked the story I was writing. It seems that happens with most of my stories (except for my collection of stories for my memoir). I start out strong then suddenly it dries up.



I decided to really explore this and see what was happening. I also started looking around at other writers and could see that others were having a similar problem.

This month I am doing an experiment with a class called Fast Draft facilitated by Candace Havens. It is basically vomiting onto the page a rough draft for a manuscript, fiction or non-fiction, in the first two weeks and then going through Revision Hell the last two weeks.

I say it is an experiment because though I am using her process to spur me on, (I paid $20 for the class and though it is not a lot of money I don't care to have paid it for nothing) I am using my writing process to keep me going. I want to see if I stick with this process if I am finally able to finish a book that I can publish as an ebook. That is my goal for now.

My writing process is a book I started when I was staying at the Lake House which I have nearly finished but until I can actually finish a book using my writing process (besides the book itself) I don't feel I can publish it. Hence my writing experiment.

My Row80 Goals:
  • Writing 20 pages - 5000 words per day for Fast Draft and having a completed book by Aug. 9 (except for the first day, June 7 when I wasn't home, I am on track) 
  • Posting my Row80 check in at least once a week
  • Finally getting my current guest posts written and completed (this may not happen until next month after Fast Draft is completed)
  • Using my book on writing, Opening to Miracles - Writing to the Finish Line - How to Kick Start and Sustain Your Writing Process, to complete my Fast Draft novel on Shapeshifters (doesn't have a title yet) then get it published.
That about covers it. See you all again next week for updates on this journey.

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10 comments:

  1. Hi Morgan! Glad to hear that Fast Draft is working for you! I absolutely love it... Candy is really on to something with it! Good luck with your goals the rest of the week!

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    1. Yes it is intense but good! Thanks for stopping by and for your supportive word love!

      Peace,
      Morgan

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  2. Good luck with your goals and with Fast Draft.

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  3. I lose momentum on novels, too. I think that's why the whole Fast Draft idea clicked with me. In my case, at least, my inner critic attacks me after my opening idea burst. With Fast Draft, I don't have time to look back.

    I'm really curious how Revision Hell will go - that's when we step back into our messy first drafts and start some editing.

    Your Row80 goals sound very focused and do-able. I'm excited for both of us this round!

    ~Tui

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    1. I just realized I forgot to give you credit for sharing the info on Fast Draft with me. I very much appreciate it!

      I found even with the Fast Draft process I was still having the same trouble at about the same place of 17,000 to 19,000 words so that is why I am using my process along with Fast Draft to help keep me going. Yes I think it is partly the inner critic and partly that I haven't planned well enough to be able to continue to write.

      I too am very much looking forward to the Revision Hell weeks and getting into the meat of editing!

      I am sure that with all the support that we are giving each other and the drive to complete this that we will have a completed manuscript by the end of it.

      Peace,
      Morgan

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  4. I think a lot of ROW writers are also Fast Draft grads--and I've heard enough good things that I know I'm on board, next time it's offered. I'll be curious to hear how a two-week Fast Draft novel edit operates.

    Thanks for the insight!

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    1. I love to share insights and glad you are going to do the Fast Draft next go around. It is very helpful in the writing process. I will be sharing my experience with the two week editing process or as Candace calls it, Revision Hell.

      I look forward to hearing what you think of it yourself. Thanks for stopping by!

      Peace,
      Morgan

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  5. Fast Draft sounds fascinating and terrifying. I'd never heard of it until this post. Something to consider. I think I'll see how your updates go first. :-) Best of luck!

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    1. Thanks Tia, it is fascinating and terrifying. When I am in the flow it feels wonderful but when I'm not it is excruciating. I am making it work though because this is the year I am going to make it happen and what ever tools I can use to achieve it I will. :)

      Peace,
      Morgan

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