Monday, October 24, 2005

Well That Was Painful...

Grrr...Argh...

I just had one of those writing days where nothing comes out right. My goal was to try and finish editing my manuscript by this upcoming Sunday. Which means I would have to pull off about 4,750 words a day. Well today I had a whopping 559 words. Yup. Off to a rockin' start. Excuse me while I go slam my head into a brick wall a few times.

On Friday, Nikki, one of my RWAC buddies, issued a challenge to write a certain amount of pages/words between Friday to Sunday night. I jumped in with 'yeah! I'm going to do 20,000 words!'. Uh huh. Well Friday I whipped off a pathetic 658 words. Then Saturday I forgot I was doing the challenge at all and didn't write a thing. And on Sunday, four hours of my butt in chair produced about 3,000 words. Much better, but no where near the ridiculous 20,000 word goal I'd thrown out there.

So last night I said my goal for the week was to finish the manuscript. I have GOT to get this thing done. Unfortunately a fair bit of the ending is being rewritten to allow for a reduced word count and to fix what I felt was a weak ending. I woke up this morning raring to go. Then I hit the proverbial wall (probably the same one I'm banging my head against) when it came to writing the scene.

559 words. 32,602 to go, which I believe equals out to about 5,434 words a day. Oh sure. No problem. And for my next trick, I'll be pulling a the Empire State Building out of my ass. Don't try this at home kids.

7 comments:

Tess said...

Kelly - I feel your pain. Hope things pick up soon :-) Sometimes I wonder why we do this to ourselves. I now have FIVE weeks to finish the revamp on my ms and panic is setting in.

Peggy said...

For me, I find setting goals intimidatng. Words flow easily/faster for me when I don't feel pressured. Do it at your own pace, no one else's. You'll produce a mucher better book for it.

Melissa Marsh said...

I'm the same way as Peggy. If I set goals for myself, I usually don't meet them. It is must easier for me to just sit down and write and see what happens. :-)

Tess said...

And I'm a deadline girl - without one, I'll procrastinate till the cows come home! And considering we don't acutally OWN cows... *g*

kacey said...

keep knocking your head against that wall and plodding away. It will dome. Maybe you'll soon have one of the gift from the muse days where the words flow and you end up with pages and pages and pages.

Michelle said...

That happened to me. And it meant I needed to stop, regroup, and figure out what was wrong with that chapter. I took the time (plodded my way through it), and then I hit a few sections that were darned freaking amazing, and I caught up. Hey, it could happen to you, too! Good luck. :)

Nikki said...

That's a lot of words to do -- but I still think you can catch up.

Last week what worked for me was doing it in sections. I had to do 1500 words in the morning, 1500 in the afternoon and 1500 at night ... but once that 1500 was done for that section I got up from the chair.

Anyway, everyone works so differently, but thought I'd share my limited knowledge :)

Good luck Kelly!