Friday, 25 July 2008

Avoidance Techniques

Instead of keeping up on my word count I have mastered several avoidance techniques:
  • Go to the park with old friend from high school and our families.
  • Stay up until 12:45 A.M. watching a movie with same friend.
  • Attend free pancake breakfast this morning.
  • Go to the city to pick up the new van.
  • Take kids on drive in the new van.
  • Run some errands.
  • Take a nap to make up for the late night.
  • Write a blog.
  • Make dinner.
  • Read email.
  • Read other blogs.
  • Read book that is due at the library before we leave on our holidays.
Some days I'm very good at finding other things to do to avoid writing. The story gets stuck in my head or the characters aren't behaving and I just have a hard time making the words flow. This is made all the more frustrating since I am working on the last 10,000 words and I am SO close I can taste it. I'm not that skilled at writing in the short blocks of time I find. When I read the parts of the story I wrote in chunks here and there, the flow seems to be missing. I love to write a whole chapter at a time, but don't always have the luxury of doing so.

The trip next week should be good though. Rick bought a power inverter so I can sit in the van and write the whole way if I want to. Since the trip will include five days of driving time, I should be able to get in a lot of words. My goal was to finish this book before we left. I still might make it, but I'm not holding my breath. Meanwhile, I need to unlearn all the avoidance thinking and learn to find all those spare minutes in a day and fill them with words.

And just a reminder, go the post about "Don't You Marry the Mormon Boys" and leave a comment for a chance to win the book. It is a great read.


Annette Lyon said...

That list is frighteningly familiar!

Kimberly said...

Glad I'm not the only one whose characters aren't behaving themselves.

I actually have the opposite problem. I avoid everything but writing, hoping the issues will resolve themselves as I sit in front of the computer and the words will suddenly come. A change of scene can sometimes be the trigger you need, I think.

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