Friday, January 19, 2007

All Day Coffee Break 2: Friday feeling

Word Count: 18,788

So how are we all doing? In the UK at least, it's getting lighter in the afternoon, though mornings are still depressingly dark. But I think this is a good writing time of year (unlike Louise Doughty in her latest Telegraph column). After all, if you've resolved not to drink or to tighten the purse strings, what else are you going to do for entertainment.

Well, apart from gawping in horror at Big Brother, that is. My first novel was about bullying - based partly on personal experience - and what strikes me watching those three witches is how their behaviour is IDENTICAL to what I witnessed (and was sometimes on the receiving end of) twenty years ago. Girls are so much more cruel than boys.

Anyway, shan't get distracted. It's been a reasonable writing week - have made progress, but perhaps not as much as I might have done due to the play. I kept wondering whether to give up on the play, because it has no potential to earn me money, and although I have enjoyed writing it, I am not sure I'd pursue play-writing any further. But thinking about how I develop the story has been great, and I do have a ready made short story out of it. Nothing's wasted in writing.

Book 5 Option A is coming along well. Haven't done much to Book 5 Option B but my friend read it on a 'plane journey and says she really enjoyed it, so that's cool. I haven't quite worked out how I plan to juggle the two projects, but I suspect I shall rattle to the end of Option A, then set it aside (or send to agent/editor) and have a ready-made project to occupy my mind instead of cowering by the phone/email waiting for the verdict.

Current Estimated Time of Finishing: well, things get busier as of next week as I will be doing some teaching again, so if I can manage 6,000 words per week, that's about 14 weeks to The End. Which is the last week in April.

That sounds doable, if nothing more urgent intervenes. And that is finishing in a VERY raw state, mind you, literally writing The End without revisions.

So when do you think you'll finish? And what have you been up to this week, fellow racers?

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Blogger Sezzie said...

Well, I've had a bit of a pants week this week, on account of the fact that I have been socialising far too much. I haven't come close to my 5,000 word target for the week, but there's still the weekend, so I am hoping to put that right.

I seem to go through phases where I write loads and then have a week when I just don't have the time (or , if I'm honest, the motivation).

I need a kick up the bum I think.

Any words of wisdom to get me going again?!

9:17 am  
Blogger leatherdykeuk said...

Thanks for the Louise Doughty link. I've sent an entry in to her comp. Personally, I don't think it matters what the weather is like. 1000 words a day, every day, then trim the rubbish. That's my motto.

10:08 am  
Blogger liz fenwick said...

Popping vey quickly......hubbie home after two weeks in Houston. Walking about jet lagged and messing up my writing time!!! Will come later and update.

12:34 pm  
Blogger Hera said...

Wotcha. I'm beyond rubbish. Have added about 150 words, but had a lovely busy week. Hope all is well.

1:47 pm  
Blogger Jane Henry said...

Well done Kate, you're fair steaming. My deadline isn't till November, but factor in six weeks in the summer when I can't write at all I'm mentally making it September! And I still haven't started. But I will next week....

I've been watching CBB as background for the book actually, and couldn't agree more about the foul behaviour of Jade and co. I even found myself blogging about it. Oh dear...

Interestingly, a similar situation is occurring in our local pub, where two out of three of the barstaff are harasssing one of the others. Could that be because her boyfriend is gorgeous, she is halfway to getting a degree, and the other two are single mothers, who work behind a bar and are going nowhere? Actually - one of them is married and having an affair, but she hasn't got a career going yet. Women en masse can be vile sometimes...
(but not thankfully, here!!)

2:48 pm  
Blogger sheepish said...

Hello everyone, this week hasn't been too bad I have managed two osts on my blog and my word count is up to 9.5k. That sounds better than it actually is as only 1k is new, the rest is just typing up my longhand. I am getting a bit quicker at tyoing [but not very accurate!!!!].

Can someone tell me how to put links in my blog. I would like to add the Racers and also have a word counter on my blog but don't know how to.

Thanks in advance.

3:03 pm  
Blogger Sezzie said...

Hi Sheepish

Have only been blogging for a week but managed to work this out this morning...

Once you have signed in you go to layout and add a new page element - and then go to lists where you can add other people's blog addresses.

Hope that helps!

3:24 pm  
Blogger Caroline said...

I'm here. I'm shattered.
I 've been working in London this week and was due home last night, but the weather!!! Oh the weather!!!
So one week one and I have't met my deadline. I've written 1,000 words ... so already I'm 2,000 words behind! Don't you just hate it when real life gets in the way.

I need a kick up the bum too. Please.

And where's Dave with those biscuits????
Hopefully all will be grand next week ....


3:34 pm  
Blogger liz fenwick said...

Kate, every time I pop by to check on the coffee break your word count goes up!!! Show off! Well done.

I met my target this week of 5,000 words - actual count was 6,467. Not bad. Total so far is 16,467. I felt it could have been better but I am far too good at procrasentating. I think this week I will turn the wireless off so I can't keep jumping away.

A few questions....Lucy I noticed that you have a crtique partner. Do you find this helpful? How did you find her? Does anyone else have one?

Kate, you belong to a writing group. Does anyopne else?

Sezzie, if you set an egg time and say you are going to write for only 15 / 20 minutes you may find that you break through the lack of motivation and time. I always do this when i'm stuck and it work a treat.

Rachel, you are amazing. You plowed through the words this week and your story seems to be shaping up well.

Here, 150 is better than 0. Try the egg timer. Glad you had a good week though :-)

Caroline, take a breath. You are doing so much. i'm surprised you managed the 1000. Stop spinning abd breath. 1000 is brilliant for the week you have had.

Jane, looking forward to seeing how you progress this week.

Sheepish its great now that you have everything typed. That can be so tedious. You can move forward now. Hopefully Sezzie's advice will work for the sidebar. I have had no luck with mine for days.

There are many racers we haven't heard from yet????

Can you tell I had some coffe a litlle while ago? No coffe for nearly two weeks then boom :-)

5:22 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I've been working on my first and last chapter, which I'm doing as one, but will be split in 2. Managed to crowbar about 150 words into it, am hoping to get more done this weekend.

When I first started it, I could write and write for hours, but lately I seem to be running out of steam after a short time. I may be overthinking it. In my head it's all written, no question, but I sit at the laptop, which stares blankly back at me... oh, the horror!

5:58 pm  
Anonymous Dave Hill said...

Hello. I tried posting earlier but something didn't work properly - me, probably. Let's try again...

I was going to make some remark about HobNobs but I don't suppose anyone would have laughed. I've had a rather trying week. Monday and Tuesday were swallowed up with some vexing school-related business, on Wednesday an editor friend at the Guardian brought forward a deadline by a week and today I had technical grief trying to file a piece to Comment Is Free. Tension all over the place, actually.

Anyway, I did find some time on Tuesday to look over some of what I'd previously written of my Mad novel (the other two are called Short and Silly, in case you didn't already know.) I concluded that a chunk of it was rubbish and that another chunk belonged in a future chapter I have yet to begin. That's as far as a got. It means I've now written about 1,500 fewer words than I had this time last week.

See! Told you I'd come last!

6:15 pm  
Blogger Lucy Diamond said...

Phew...Just squeaking in at the last. My pc died on me today, bloody useless thing, but have gone out and got a rather fabulous new BEAST of a machine, God, it's so speedy compared to the last prehistoric piece of crap!
Anyway. I've written about 2,000 words this week, less than I wanted but as usual real life and school stuff and other work to do got in the way. Onwards and upwards! I'm going to go for an ambitious eight thousand word target next week....
You can all laugh at me next Friday when I slope in with eight hundred instead.
Have a good weekend everyone

10:13 pm  
Blogger The Moon Topples said...

Oh, my. It is still Friday here in Chicago, so I hope I can be forgiven for not stopping by sooner. I wrote nothing this week, but did figure out some very important things about what I'm working on that'll help no end when I sit down to produce in the coming week.

I am heartened by the progress everyone is making, and by the helpful and encouraging nature of all the comments here.

I plan to catch up soon.

It doesn't appear that anyone has kicked Caroline in the bum as she requested. I therefore kick her, but in a friendly way.

12:34 am  
Anonymous Jen said...

Hmmm, I seem to be lagging behind in every department :(

Only increased the old word count to 7071 this week though, oddly, I've spent more time at the 'puter. A lot of time writing rubbish or nothing at all and not being able to see the way forward. Stuck but without knowing why. And then, EUREKA! It unstucked, all by its very self!! I hadn't given any thought to the timescale I wanted to cover but, once that struck me, I realised I had almost gained 100% in structure. And I wrote a tiny line of dialogue that smacked me in the chops and it has all started happening again now.

I think it's those flashes that make all the struggling worthwhile?

I must adopt Rachel's '1,000 a day' mentality. But I've had A Lot Of Thoughts. So that's good.

7:41 am  
Blogger Lesley Cookman said...

I joined the race on Monday, but due to some fairly heavy and emotional family stuff - not to mention broken broadband (too many people on same channel, I believe?!?) didn't really get going until Thursday. I have a deadline of April, 85,000 words. That is, unless publishers don't like book with them at the moment, which is due out in May (talk about tight). I'm waiting for rewrites , so when they arrive (unless, as previously mentioned etc etc...) I'll have to stop writing the race book. So far, the word count is 9650. And no words of wisdom from me. I have enough trouble keeping myself going!

10:21 am  
Blogger Chaser said...

Girls are crueler than boys? I ran that bit your post past my husband, who was bullied constantly in school, and he said "Um, just let your blogfirend have her fantasies."

Good going on your writing. Whoohoo. I stand in awe.

4:15 pm  
Blogger mad muthas said...

hello - could it be? could it possibly be that we will be meeting in london soonish?

8:55 pm  

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