Staying On Track

Finding time to write is not always an easy task.  And for writers like me, it can sometimes feel like the world is dead set against you writing a single sentence.  So to increase my writing pace, I’ve decided to try the Magic Spreadsheet.  I found out about this tool listening to the podcast “I Should Be Writing”  hosted by Mur Lafferty.  Oh, and if you aren’t listening to Mur, you should be.  Anyhow, the Magic Spreadsheet works by writing a minimum of 250 words a day.  By doing this, you can write a novel of 90,000 words in a year. No excuses!  Also, there is a point system.  You earn point for writing at least 250 words and a point for writing consecutively each day.  If you want to try it with me and the rest of Mur’s listeners, all you have to do is find the instruction tab on the spreadsheet, read it, and then find an empty line to add your name. Happy writing!

Instructions: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AoK7WzmhEcBUdFF4YjN2LTFaejVBbTJKdUxmVkY4bHc#gid=10

Spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AoK7WzmhEcBUdFF4YjN2LTFaejVBbTJKdUxmVkY4bHc#gid=16

Pump Up Your Writing: Using Strong Verbs

11Pump Up Your Writing: Using Strong Verbs

Careened. Slashed. Plummeted. Stalked.  All verbs that turn your mediocre sentences into full-blown power houses. In this article Debbie Maxwell Allen gives some great advice about when to find and insert great verbs to beef up that plain, old manuscript.  She also provides links to other webpages, which are great resources for those va-va-voom verbs!

Word to the Wise: Advice In The Car Rider Line

aaaWhew!  The last two days have been quite productive for me.  Not in the “I’ve cleaned the bathroom, kitchen, living room, and washed the car” kind of productive but rather the “I’ve written 2000 words in two days” kind of way.  And its interesting because it took the advice from a podcast I stumbled upon to get my creative juices flowing.

Its called “I Should Be Writing” on Stitcher radio, and her name is Mur Lafferty.  She hosts a fantastic podcast that gives “wanna-be” fiction writers great advice on the craft of writing and everything else a struggling writer might be pulling out their hair about.

While in the car rider line at my daughter’s school, I get about 20 minutes to listen to her wise advice as I stare at the idling car in front of me.  Two days ago, Mur gave me the best advice yet.  She said (I’m not quoting this exactly so don’t hold me to it) not stress over the editing while you write.  She said that it will kill your creative drive and make your story drag out longer than it should.  Her advice for beginning writers is to put that editor’s hat in the closet until AFTER you finish your entire first draft.  This may come as old news to some of you, but for me it was pure fireworks on the Fourth of July!  For so long I’ve obsessed with a sentence or paragraph to the point where I become frustrated, deflated, and sometimes homicidal.

So I took her advice and low and behold 2000 words spilled from my fingers!  It was just what I needed to hear.  But please don’t get me wrong.  I’m not encouraging NOT to edit at all, but just let that part of the writing process have its place.  At the end of the story.

Anyway, carry on my writing friends.  Don’t let my meager blog slow you down.  WRITE, WRITE, WRITE!  And put that editor’s hat away.  For now at least. 🙂

P.S. You can find Mur Lafferty and her awesome podcasts on her website at  www.murverse.com