Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Snail

This is a blog post about my writing – for once. I know! Snazzy.

I joined a group writing 30K in 30 days. See the progress bar on the side? – Yeah, I’m not doing very well at the moment. Heh. Life is distracting! My life is distracting. I don’t mean that necessarily in a bad way… just busy. *shrug* Things happen. Like the trip to the ER or the ceiling falling down:

[I haven’t called anyone to come and fix it yet because it’s still wet - the air conditioning unit upstairs leaks between the two floors.]

One of the big reasons I’m lagging on this manuscript (and have been since I started this book) is because I’m writing it by hand. It’s not that I haven’t tried to type it out. For some reason the words won’t come when I’m on the computer! It’s frustrating!!!

Rather than not make any progress at all, I’ve been handwriting at night and then each morning transcribing it into Word. That makes for slow progress. Not only because of the extra time it takes to type it, but because I have no way to gauge of how much I’ve written for the day.

Daily word count is not necessary, but without it the manuscript will move at a snail pace.

me = snail

And the writing is sort of scatterbrained too! I spend my morning typing it only to realize that it’s out of order to how it should go. And that I’m missing huge chunks of what should be there.

*Make notes… Switch paragraphs… Tighten up… Switch more paragraphs… Switch sentences… Make notes*

Only to stare at a white screen again.

It only compounds the problem that I’m 24K in and I don’t feel the story is even reaching the halfway point yet. Not that it’s lagging at all. The pace is really good (actually, it’s the best manuscript so far at the 1st draft point). I’m concerned, though, because how long is book going to be?! It’s YA so it can only be so long, you know?

Add to that the fact that I fully realize that I’m going to have to go back and add sub-plot. I tend to write the entire book with a singular plot and then, when I’m finished with the first draft, I go back and add plot points.

*shaking head*

And yet, I love this book. I just hope that by the time I finish the 30K challenge (and I’m closer to a 60K manuscript) that I’ll see an end.


  1. I can't beleive you're writing it by hand! Craziness. Whatever it takes though, right?

    Sorry you're not doing so hot with the challenge yet. YET.

    I've hardly written at all today. It's been a one-thing-after-another day.

  2. Right! Whatever it takes. ;)

    I haven't written anything either.

  3. This isn't about your blog, but about your title. We both have a blog title with Snail in it. I wrote it before I read this. That's it. Boring comment, huh.

  4. I stare at a white screen for about an hour before finding something else to do, this is why I can't get anything done lol

  5. Slow progress is better than none at all. Which is where I'm at. I'm way too much in editor mode to dare write. I will dub anything I type as crap.

    Like this comment: crap.

  6. Nat - hahahahaha

    Mine's crap too. ;)

    Goodness . . .
    And now I need to go and drool over the P series vaio laptops . . .



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