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Day 3 – Full time Author

10 Jun

wordsToday has been incredibly productive.

It’s almost midnight and I’m about to go to bed, but I wanted to do my update post for the night.

I finished “Minotaur” today. I’ll be talking about that on tomorrow Bradbury Challenge Podcast. We’ll be recording at 10am on Blab (I think). Check my twitter for updates in the morning.

Overall, I’m really happy with the feel of Minotaur, but I almost want to keep going with it, add another scene or four afterward. But then it wouldn’t be a short story anymore. It’s just over 2k words at the moment, and I almost feel like it could be a novella.

I also worked on my “Dragon Project” today. I just can’t decide on a name yet, so “Dragon project” it is.

The first couple of days were difficult. I felt guilty that I wouldn’t be bringing in a steady paycheck for several weeks. (This isn’t a financial problem, Gregg and I both have nest eggs built for this exact reason, but it still felt bad.) Today the guilt, while still there, wasn’t that bad. I wrote, and I felt good doing it. I almost wanted to keep writing tonight, but I’m starting to fall asleep.

What I am seeing is that I can’t just write non stop. This morning I wrote a large portion of the short story, and some more on the Dragon Project, and then my mind started to wander. I started playing games, and tried going back to writing but just couldn’t. After going for a walk, and playing some D&D with friends, I came back refreshed and able to write some more.

I have always said I write better at night. I don’t know why this is, but the words just seem to flow better in the evening. Training, maybe, but that means I just have to start training myself to write in the morning as well. I’m working on it.

However, I do know for sure that I can’t just keep writing. After a while I need to step away from the computer, go for a walk, talk to someone, or just clean the house. Then, after I’ve had that time away from the computer, I can come back and write some more. I know that going for a short walk today was incredibly helpful to get those creative juices flowing again. I think I’ll be doing that again tomorrow.

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Posted by on June 10, 2016 in On Writing

 

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2 responses to “Day 3 – Full time Author

  1. Dave Higgins

    June 10, 2016 at 2:57 am

    For me (and many others) my conscious has priority over the microphone, so performing a thinking task (such as writing words) is fully conscious.

    However, my unconscious is better at slotting random things together and creating unexpected solutions.

    So – while my unconscious can work in the background while I’m writing – I need the routine and the physical (such as going for a walk or washing dishes) to get my conscious to stop hogging the microphone so I can hear the ideas/

     
    • CrissyMoss

      June 10, 2016 at 10:11 am

      That’s a really good way of putting it. Generally I use video games, but I learned the hard way that I need to get up and walk more. My knee started hurting pretty bad yesterday because of being such a lazy person. So walks it is.

       

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