NaNoWriMo!

Nov. 2nd, 2014 09:01 am
daidoji_gisei: Lotus flower (Lotus)
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I started writing last night. I didn't get very far, but I started. I am resolved not to be angry at myself because I was sick, I was tired, and that first paragraph is always so hard. I need to pick up the pace if I am to finish on time, however.

One thing I have decided is that I absolutely need to stop expecting impossible things from myself. I have always written in short, ~500-word spurts, and this isn't going to change overnight just because I want it to. If I'm going to hit my 1667 daily target I will have to plan around this. So, after breakfast I will write. When I come home from work I'll write a little more. I'll cook dinner, eat, wash dishes. Then I'll do a little more writing. Real writers can toss off a few thousand words without breaking a sweat, but I can't. So I'll act like a real physicist and break the problem down to solvable parts.

The ink for last night's writing jag was Pilot Iroshizoku Fuyu-gaki (Sweet Winter Persimmon). I put it in my M200 demonstrator because I've decided that all my Iroshizoku samples deserve time in a demonstrator. I chose this one first because all the other pens I have inked have cool, dark colors in them and this would, I thought, give some contrast. And how! Fuyu-gaki is like Diamine Coral with less pink, so it really pops off the page. I don't loathe it, which given my normal reaction to orange is something of an achievement. I have no desire to own a bottle of it (after all, I already have a bottle of Coral), but I plan to use up the sample instead of dumping it.

Every time I sit down to write I am going to use a different pen. The non-practical reason for this is I love all the pretty colors. The practical one is that I can tell at a glance how long a particular writing jag lasted by seeing how many pages I have of that color.

Date: 2014-11-02 06:23 pm (UTC)
yhlee: a sewer cover in Kyoto (I am not making this up) (Kyoto)
From: [personal profile] yhlee
Real writers can toss off a few thousand words without breaking a sweat, but I can't.
I feel you would be surprised by the number of published writers who have trouble with this...I think your strategy of planning around those 500-word sprints is very smart, though. The wordcount meter doesn't care whether you got to 1,666 in several chunks or one burst! Personally, I take breaks at the paragraph level (write a paragraph, read a couple pages in a book) so I suspect it's just a matter of how your brain organizes time.

Also, yeah, I find it extremely difficult to write when sick, even when objectively the form of sick isn't that bad, so kudos to you for the writing you got done.

Go go go Nancy!

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