Some Analyzing…

Having spend a lot of time analyzing a good friend of mine’s blog (The Writeaholic’s Blog – drop by if you haven’t already) I have come to realize that sometimes, it’s important to add a little bit of structure to your blog and work. I’ve been very fortunate to date, because I’ve had quite a lot of time to write before work. I was still fresh and ready from my evening’s sleep to be clear thinking and motivated to put some words to paper which was a luxury I didn’t think about till now.

At the moment, I spend most of my working day either in front of my computer (working on a dastardly Marketing Plan for which I have almost no information) or on the road in traffic. I’m beginning to realize that these two elements aren’t very good inspiration for creative thinking.

But – with NaNoWriMo only 44 days away, I feel quite strongly that it’s time to start working out a regime and get a little bit more organized in my writing.

I’m trying to determine this week how much time I have to write. I don’t really get round to writing over weekends (heck, there’s a world outside to explore and real people to spend time with) so my time is limited to my tea time and lunch time in the office and the time that I have before and after work. This is a slight problem, because I’m too confused in the morning to tie my own shoelaces and too tired of my computer in the evening to bother with it (and, I’m watching Fringe at the moment. Major procrastination station.).

Through analyzing all of this, I’ve come to one big conclusion (and a few little ones…).

  1. I am going to have to learn self discipline. I’ve always been very fortunately with my writing. It’s been a natural process and I’ve been able to do it without putting in a lot of effort (like searching for time to write and figuring out my plots). Things have changed a bit, as my writing became more complicated (clichés just won’t work anymore) and longer. My average story length at this stage is over 85K words. More often than not, I have no idea where I’m going at the start of a fic and it’s beginning to show.
  2. I am going to have to make a list of my current Work In Progress’s and my future Work In Progress’s. It helps to know where you are and where you want to be. I’ve reached a stage in my life where I realize that I don’t want to just work forever and it would be nice to bet a novel published. Yes, Writing is patient, but the market and people aren’t. There are so many would be authors out there and it would be nice not to be one of them but one of those on the other side who have made it.
  3. I am going to have to work on my NaNoWriMo. I don’t think I can handle another year like last year, where I flew through random plots and scenarios just to get my word count up to date. Heck. I have to make a good effort this year. NaNoWriMo is an opportunity to get a story that you’ve always been meaning to write off of the floor.
  4. I am going to have to work extra hard at my job. No use trying to be an author when you’re starving. I also really, really don’t want to go back to waitressing. My boss said the other day that he can see that I’m ambitions. Ambition’s got nothing to do with it. I Am Desperate. I have seen the other side and I do not like it.
  5. I am going to have to work on my blog. It’s such an important and good tool to use. It gives people a contact platform with me. It gives me the opportunity to get more people to notice me. Heck, it gives me a space to rant and rave and that’s always good. But mostly, it gives me a place to put my life into perspective a little bit and that goes a long way in my life.

 

The thing that’s important I feel is to be prepared. Writing (as with everything else in life) is a discipline. And, it’s a way of reaching out to people. One of the best reviews that I’ve ever received was where a reader came to me and said that she had learned something from my story and my work. That I have given her answers in her own life.

That was one of the biggest compliments I’ve ever received and it made me realize that yes, yes – writing is worth working for.

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3 thoughts on “Some Analyzing…

  1. Aheïla September 16, 2010 / 9:02 pm

    My ears are ringing! 😉

    Wow! I didn’t know I had such an influence on you! *laughs*
    Seriously, you nailed some very good points in that list. In my humble opinion, some of those points have a major role to play when it comes to making or not making it to publishing.

    Discipline is hard. Writing on weekend isn’t relaxing. And gosh, do I hear you about being sick of the computer!
    Have you read my post about the power of achievements? That’s what keeps me going for my personal projects (the ones you cannot read on my blog). Crazy stickers on a calendar.
    That and my Excel word count graphs. What can I say, except when my weight is concerned, I hate graphic curves that go down. 😉

    Think of it, would you like it if we kept each other disciplined? I tell you my goals, you tell me yours. We pat the other in the back if we make it and scold each other if we don’t. Plus, it’ll help both of us stay organized! *laughs*

    Okay, I’m shutting up now. Good analysis and good luck putting it all in place. It’ll be hard at first but trust me, you won’t be able to stop once you get it going. 😉

    • Alyssa September 16, 2010 / 9:24 pm

      LOL, let them ring with songs of praise! You really are super woman Aheila, I realize it more and more every day. 🙂
      I don’t think I’ve read that post, but I will go and look at it now! 🙂 I have to say, I do word count spreadsheets as well. I didn’t use to, I hardly paid word count any mind but then NaNo arrived in my life and since 2009, I’ve been very aware of stuff like that.

      I think that it sounds like a great idea, keeping each other disciplined! We make a great team. 🙂 My goals will be small at first… but they will get bigger. 🙂

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