power writing month, second and final update

Well, my March writing challenge is obviously over, as it is no longer March. I’ll be honest though, power writing month kind of fizzled out partway through and frankly ended well before the end of the month. Overall, I wrote 17/31 days, the final one being March 20th.

I think I learned—because why do this if not to learn—that I can’t sustain writing fiction every day. At least not right now, with a full-time job. I burn out, and I rebound by not writing at all. That’s not helpful.

(This is not really news to me; this is just a further demonstration of this method not working.)

So I’ll keep plugging along, testing and trying and figuring out what works for me. I’ve been writing for 20+ years; you’d think I’d know what works by now. Ha!

power writing month update #1

So, a few days into my March writing challenge, how am I doing?

Well, I almost couldn’t get my act together last night. I came home from work, cooked a somewhat complicated dinner, watched this week’s Face Off, and then it was like 11pm and the idea of producing words with my brain was extremely overwhelming. Then I was like, Grace you can’t break the chain on the third day. That’s embarrassing. So I wrote five lines of dialogue and went to bed. Huzzah! Every word counts.

This writing every day thing is extremely good for me. I can tell already. I’ve already had two nights where I sat down to write “just like one paragraph” and the words just kept coming. I’m making progress in the novel, and I feel good about my writing (and Being a Writer) for the first time in a while.

So, on Day #4 of the experiment, I feel like things are going pretty well. Onward!

March: Power Writing Month!

This year, in addition to some big/broad 2016 goals I am also doing some one-month challenges. You can do anything for 30 days, right? So far I’ve done a no-sugar month (January) and a no-spend month (February). Both were actually somewhat easier than I had anticipated.

For March, I’m switching it up a little bit. Instead of cutting something out for a month, I’m adding something in—writing. I am going to write every day for 31 days in a row and power through this first draft. I know that for a lot of people, writing every day is not super-revolutionary, but the way I’ve been recently it’s going to be difficult and definitely notable.

There’s no word goal. If I write a sentence, I’m still going to count it. This is the “don’t break the chain” of writing, not the NaNoWriMo.

So. Here we go.

writing, man. I tell you.

I’ve been in controlled revision mode for a while, and I’m having trouble flipping my brain back over into balls-out-first-draft mode. This is making me nervous that there’s something wrong with what I’m writing, but I really love this concept so I’m going to try to slap it all together.

But, in a surprise twist, this blog post isn’t about my ongoing writing difficulties. It’s about making sure you read this, a blog post by the fabulous Libba Bray in which she outlines basically my writing process, except it’s actually her writing process, which honestly, weirdly, makes me feel a lot better about myself as a writer. The only real difference between us is that my spice cabinet is already alphabetized.

So you go read that, I’ll go back to writing this space opera heist scene, and let’s reconvene soon for wine and bon bons, yeah? Yeah.

Unpublished but I Already Have Fan Art!

Around this time last year I finished the first draft of a novel. It’s currently sitting in a binder, awaiting yet another round of revision, and to date it has been read only by a few lovely beta readers. One of these was my talented boyfriend, and because he is super-amazing he made me these:

Those are statues of my two main characters. You can see more images here. I kind of can’t describe how totally awesome it is to see my characters through someone else’s eyes. Especially my main character:

He captured her sass so perfectly.

I was involved somewhat in the design process but he took most of the info straight from the novel and ran with it. This is how I learned that I never gave the main character an eye color, which prompted a series of emails that went sort of like this:

BF: What color are her eyes??

GRACE: oh uhhh… did I not say? Hold on while I search in the word doc for “eye.”

(twenty minutes later)

GRACE: well what do you know no I never gave her an eye color.

BF: …so what color are they?

GRACE: Well I certainly don’t know. Make something up, I guess.

Really though, I know I date him and all so I’m biased but didn’t he do a fantastic job?