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After a day of revising (and posting.... and reading Miss Snark's critiques), I completed my goal of 40 pages! Only 70 more pages to get to the end of pen-and-paper revisions.

I feel super-charged spending so much time on Mysterious Paris. I don't think I could get away with spending most of my time every weekend on my writing, but perhaps scheduling one day per month would help me maintain a daily habit.

What are your writing patterns? What works for you? What doesn't work?

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medyani
Sep. 3rd, 2006 11:57 pm (UTC)
Hey -- 1) thanks for the "nudge"-- what a surprise! And I will soon . . . life has been a mostly pleasant but very fast roller coaster of late!

2)In Ms. S. critique what number are you -- scrolling ain't finding it for me quickly . . . .
mmarques
Sep. 4th, 2006 02:45 am (UTC)
#1) Now I'm even more curious.... I hope to hear details soon!

#2) It might not be posted yet. I'm pretty sure I'll be one of the last posted tomorrow. I'll let you know.
zero_gravity
Sep. 4th, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
I really should be reading Miss Snark more regularly. I could have sent her off something for the first novel, "Driven". Ah well, it is a great experience reading some of these already. Very interesting.

re: writing habits.

1. The Monday Night Writing Group. Its a 4-5 hour slot all about writing. That commitment is going strong after 3 years and my co-writing friend having a child. There's an hour of BS, but at least 3 hrs of writing.

2. Early Morning writing. I get up at 6:30-7am now and dedicate an hour to the writing...while in bed. The Husband will bring me a cup of coffee. This happens every second week because I start the late shift.

3. Daily commute: now that I have the NEC Mobilepro 900 - I can write on it on the way to work. That means, 5 days x 20 minutes - 40 min or so really a day since I have to ride back the streetcar. The commute is really 30 min but I'm not including the short ride on the subway where I can't write (usually standing).

4. Lunchtime squeeze - the "hour" (ha!) of lunch I have at work usually means sitting at my desk and stuffing a sandwich or something into my mouth while writing. And doing all the other things I do.

Basically, I crunch in time to write daily, or almost daily.

I think I'm going to post a version of this on my own LJ and see how others do it :D
mmarques
Sep. 5th, 2006 02:19 am (UTC)
Wow, you're good about using those little breaks. When doing nano, I'll keep a PDA+keyboard in my purse and write during lunch, and when waiting at restaurants, waiting to see the dentist, etc.

But when I'm not doing nano, I feel like I should be chatting with co-workers in the lunchroom. I was planning on working on my new short story all last week during lunch - and didn't work on it at all. Maybe I should go out for lunch by myself, so I don't have to worry about feeling antisocial.

What time is your Monday session? I didn't realize it was for so many hours.
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