So, I’m a little overwhelmed at the prospect of what Fast Draft is asking me to do. Overwhelmed, and excited.
Because I respect Candy and the course she’s put together, I’m not going to go into too many details. Instead, I’m going to say you should really look into the course. The Fast Draft course itself starts on July 7th and is $20. That’s a cup of coffee for a week. And much more satisfying.
At any rate, the amount of work you need to do for Fast Draft is overwhelming. It makes you feel guilty that it’s overwhelming because Candy explains what her schedule is like. Kids, multiple jobs, the works. And here I am, with a day job I can write at, school work that I could (technically) do in my sleep, and a loving husband who completely understands and has offered (threatened) to cook (and then order take out) for every day that I meet my goals.
Obviously, I’ve got no excuses. And nor should I need any.
My goal today is to get my synopsis finalized and to hit 15 pages. Fifteen isn’t the Fast Draft goal, but it’s a starting point.
So, in the words of Eminem: So here I go, it’s my shot. Feet fail me not, this may be the only opportunity that I got.
I’ll update tonight with my final counts. See you on the other side!
Update: So, I hit 7 pages. It’s no where near the 15 I wanted, or the 20 I was supposed to do, but I’m so very tired. I’ve got to take my migraine medication, which knocks me the heck out for 8 hours. Now that I know how many pages I can write in the two hours between getting home and getting to bed, I’ve got a much better idea of what I need to accomplish during workday hours. Or learn to deal with blinding migraines so that I can stay up a few hours late.
Anyway – see you tomorrow!
I’ve been up since 4am. This is normal for me, except for two things. Today was the first time I tried AmazonFresh, so I had a few bags of groceries sitting on my stoop when I got up. For them to deliver so early is wonderful. Only downside was two peaches were bruised to the point of spoil, but, really, what did I expect. They were delivered to my door. I just know not to get peaches next time.
The other thing that made this morning not normal is that I’m motivated to do better than yesterday. Looking at my half-finished synopsis, I made it through what I’d consider “Chapter One.” That’s something big for me. As I mentioned in the comments, I’m usually the type of person to go back and polish my first 500-1,000 words until they shine and sing. To have to just write whatever drivel popped into my head was both empowering and scary. I’m not looking forward to revising all that.
Bringing my lunch with me to work today, so maybe I can actually get some writing done at work. Maybe time also won’t fly by like some mystical being. Hm.
I’m supposed to do a real blog post today, but I think I’ll let my struggles with Fast Draft be my non-fiction words for today. Can’t stop writing fiction! Now, where did I put my protagonist…
See you folks at about noon for a check in!
I don’t know why I thought I’d be back at noon. Silly human with her notions of time playing fair.
I’ve written about two pages of content between assignments, but work was frightfully busy. I’m leaving in about half an hour to sit on my hour long bus ride… and then I’ll get to doing my nightly binge.
I’ll update tonight with final counts.
Calling it quits early. The house is a mess, my back is killing me, and no matter how long I stared at that blinking cursor, no words were coming out. I even tried some tried and true tricks (bullying myself with typed words, standing up and shaking it out, etc.) but nothing worked. I had a really bad day and I think it bled into my writing.
Total ended up being just shy of five pages, counting the two from earlier today. I’m pushing for ten tomorrow, regardless of how I feel. Even if it’s just ten pages of “Damnit Dahnya, type!” I will fill ten pages.
Until then guys and dolls.
Sorry about yesterday, folks. While doing homework for another writing class, I got horribly depressed about the state of my writing. I started to second guess myself… which lead to me being about as creative as a soggy potato.
I’m better now, mostly because I have to be. Going to do some exercises to work out the kinks from yesterday (my wrist is acting up real bad today).
Well, I derped a little on posting last night. I didn’t end up going to bed until around 10pm… and for someone that’s supposed to wake up at the crack of King Midas’ gold-flecked rim, that’s a bit late. Which is why I’m so late on updating this morning! Sleeping in, even a little, felt so wonderful.
I’ve also stopped taking my migraine prevention pills (the ones that require 8 hours of sleep).
Obviously, I’m having trouble making enough time appear to finish my required pages.
I got up to five pages done last night. Need to find somewhere to make more time.
Also found to joys of Pinterest yesterday. Only getting five pages done and playing on Pinterest are not related. Mostly.
My goal today is seven pages. That’s back at my count that I started at. If I can get back to that, I can claw my way northward again.
Just a quick check in. Had a totally awesome idea that I’m going to start working on as soon as I finish Fast Draft. I think my “muse” is ticked about it, but “she” knows I need to finish this first.
Wrote four pages total here today at work… hoping I can get another four to six done at home. If I could get 10 as my finished count today… so much more confidence.
I seem to have this problem. If I stay up later, I ignore my alarm clock for longer. I mean, okay, I have to be out the door by 6… so if I want to get anything done in the morning (aside from throwing on clothes and running out the door) I need to be up by 5 at the latest. If I go to bed at 10pm, I’m only getting 7 hours of sleep. So then I ignore my alarm until 5:15/5:30.
I honestly think I need to post the question to Candy on how the fugg she really does this. With kids, multiple jobs, etc., her time has to come from somewhere. Is she really able to pull all nighters (or close enough) on work days?
Since I suck at updating later at night, I ended up only getting two more pages done. Had another night of staring at the monitor. I’ve hit a rough patch in my notes and I’m not sure how to proceed.
But, anyway. Time to finish getting ready! Setting my goal for 10 pages today; I’ve got to practice.
By the way all, thanks for following my stream-of-consciousness blog updates about Fast Draft. I ended up stopping on Friday after not hitting any pages. That’s okay though, because this was a trial run anyway.
The real stuff starts today.
Which, obviously, I need to go start.
I’ll have some lessons learned posted on Wednesday!