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I will be so glad when this damn delivery is turned in on Friday. I won't go into all the "fun" we're having at work, but let's just say, my stress level is pretty high right now.

I'm having trouble focusing on my story right now. I hammered out 945 words today on Steel on Target. I have no idea how many of them will survive the next round of edits, but I have to remind myself the first rule of writing - "The first draft is allowed to suck". It's the edits where the story gets refined, but you can't edit blank paper.

This weekend can not come soon enough.

At least I accomplished two things tonight. One, I made my reservations for Marcon over Memorial Day weekend. The second one was a default. By going to Marcon, that means I won't be going to BEA since that's going on the same week. So, while it would have been fun to hit BEA after Writer Beware's visit last year, that's an expense I won't be racking up.

All right, it's already late. Time for bed.


Words for Today

945 / 1000 words. 95%

Progress on Steel on Target

45859 / 85000 words. 54%

Words for 2010

3376 / 250000 words. 1%


( 4 howls — Howl with the Pack )
Jan. 29th, 2010 09:20 am (UTC)
The first draft is allowed to suck
Somethign I have to remember on novel 2.

Novel 1 you learn to write a novel, so it's not entirely clear what's learning and what's crafting. Turns out that much of it is crafting, and that needs to be repeated for the second effort.
Jan. 29th, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC)
Re: The first draft is allowed to suck
I've always found once I have reached the infamous "The End", then the real writing begins. It's just getting that first draft down and avoiding the temptation to go back and tweak this scene and move this paragraph and so on.

Otherwise I'd wind up with the world's greatest first chapter and nothing else to the book.
Jan. 29th, 2010 12:15 pm (UTC)
Awww. Sympathies and empathies. I lucked out. One of my projects slipped into next week (because the software wasn't ready, not because of the doc running behind!), and the project for the handbook I have to edit also slipped. Which gives me some time today to catch up on far-behind housekeeping.

Last year, I published 130 publications. By way of comparison, most of the writers in my department published maybe 25-30. Can you say 'burned out'? Can you say 'I deserve a break'?

Good luck with your deliveries today!
Jan. 29th, 2010 01:59 pm (UTC)
Sad part is, I "delivered" this one document on Monday. It's taken until this morning to get three people to review/approve it. So, of course, it's going to be tight to get it done and into the new release.

As a great philosopher once said, "I love humanity, it's people I can't stand."
( 4 howls — Howl with the Pack )

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