Something happened once I turned 35 years old. I can’t put my finger on it though. Before my birthday (7/9/12) I hit the 10,000 word count mark on my current WIP. I haven’t written anything on my WIP in the last few days though and I missed my Wednesday ROW80 check in. I started reading about writing online and in magazines and I got a bit thrown off. See, with my current WIP, I started out just writing, letting the story take me where ever. Then, I read an article about character development and got stuck. Do I stop my story and start writing about my MCs from birth, as the article suggested, or do I get the story out then work on the back story after? Okay, as I wrote that I realized that was a dumb question. I can’t start the beginning at the end. I feel like if I start my characters from birth it will change my story and throw it in another direction. I like how its developing on its own.
Oh, I recently subscribed to Writer’s Digest and just received my first two issues in the mail. I opted for the print magazines because I cannot read ebooks/ezines for a long period of time, I like to turn the pages and sometimes write in the margins, and I like to receive mail other than bills! The articles have been helpful and insightful. I am very proud that I made this investment.
One of the articles I read suggested that writers should break rules to create experiences that would liven up our writing. I’ve been thinking about being bound by my fears and strict rules and how to shed them. I haven’t broken any rules (yet) but I have worked on one of my fears. I am so terrified of putting my work out there to be judged against other writers. I am so not a competitor. However, I do need to know how I’m doing and how I can improve so today I entered into the writerunboxed.com weekly flash fiction contest. I learned something valuable today: it is very difficult for me to tell a story in just 250 words. Verbose is the word I would use to describe me. I have to work on being concise. But I like words. I like saying too many words sometimes. I recognize, though, that being wordy can be a bit much for some to read.
But you’re here for the goal update, so…
My goal for this round is to write everyday, a minimum of 250 words per day. Well, I have not written every day but the days that I have managed to get words on paper/screen I have written more than my minimum. Only what I write toward the current WIP is calculated into the minimum 250 word count.
Today, I am revising my goals:
Writing: Write everyday. Write at least three days per week on my WIP. The other days’ writing can include blogs, journal entries, letters to the president, flash fiction, and basically any writing that has nothing to do with my WIP. This is where I will continue to attempt to improve my flash fiction.
Reading: Read at least one craft and one fiction piece each week. I may not finish the piece within the week but I have to actively attempt to get through a few pages. My issue has been finding the time to read for pleasure and craft so I have to actively work on making time.
Exercise: I am starting a 90 day challenge on 7/16/12. I came across it online. I actually gained weight as opposed to loosing it by my birthday! Here’s the plan- complete the following workout 3x/day, 3x/week:
10 push ups
20 sit ups
20 lunges (10 per leg)
80 jumping jacks
I’ll have to modify this plan to fit my work schedule. I will walk along Kelly Drive every other day (weather permitting) and rest one day.