I had a go at writing a one-act play and it was kind of a fun thing to do. I think I will do more of it. You can read it if you like. The formatting might be kind of ehhhhhh. Apologies.
I’m signing up for Roller Derby classes, so I’ve gotta come up with a name.
The list so far:
Cray Cray Martin
Hey? Remember that time I said I was going to talk to Eric Wareheim? Well, here it is. Here is that interview. http://issuu.com/spa_magazines/docs/muso_1?mode=window&backgroundColor=%23222222
You’ve gotta be careful with your words, kids. You might think that words are harmless, but when you say negative things towards another person, you can hurt them. The next time you feel like saying something bad, try to imagine that instead of words coming out of your mouth, it’s something hurtful. Like a spear. Imagine your words are like a big old wooden spear coming out of your mouth. You’re just gagging that thing up like a mama bird feeding her young. Yakking up a big ol’ splintery spear. That don’t feel so good now does it?
Welcome to problems club. First rule of problems club is we all talk about our problems. Second rule of problems club is we hug and share this cake I made.
Lose weight with this one weird tip!
Stay on the internet all day and all night and don’t eat anything. Let the infinite supply of information nourish you. I just read an eHow on how to de-seed a pomegranate and clean out an Inspiron 1500 fan and I am absolutely stuffed.
Huddle round, you guys. That’s it. Get in real close. I’m only going to say this once and real quiet, so you gotta get right up in my face now.
(WHISPERS) Everything’s gonna be alright. With hard work and dedication, you can be whatever you wanna be. Why, just last week, I decided to become a rock, and look, I’ve already got all this moss growin’ all over me. I’m almost there.
(ROLLS DOWN HILL)
You just gotta belieeeeeeevvveeeeeee…
If you set yourself a crazy big target (like 30,000 words in one weekend), even if you don’t hit it, you will end up writing more than you ever thought you could in that space of time.
Having a team of people with the same goal is incredibly helpful. They set such an amazing pace that you feel compelled to keep up with them.
It is a good idea to take a break from editing. In the past, I have been a compulsive editor. I will write a sentence and immediately delete it to try and write something better. And then delete that as well. When you’re trying to write 30,000 words, you don’t have time to be constantly fussing over your words. And by continuing on without fixing things, I’m pretty sure I’ve taken my work in some directions I would never had thought of if I kept stopping and starting.
It is so important to set aside a good chunk of the day and dedicate it to writing, and only writing. Multitasking is great, but it doesn’t belong near my story drafts.
Heat packs are indispensable.
Over the course of this weekend, despite writing around other commitments, I’ve written over 12,000 words. There’s two hours to go yet. I’m going to try my hardest to crack 15,000. And while I’ve come out well under what we were all shooting for, I am awfully pleased. I managed to crank out the following:
A decent draft of a short story called “Mine” – 8,607 words
Two blog posts for my infrequently updated music site Learning! – 1, 809 words
A draft of a short story called “We Don’t Know How to Talk” – 667 words
The beginnings of a little story about a kid named Second Place – 623 words
And attempt to restart an old novel, which didn’t really go anywhere – 221 words
And this here blog post – 316 words. No, 318. Wait! 321.
But more importantly, I discovered that I have not been pushing myself anywhere near hard enough with my writing. If I can crank out this many words over 13 or so hours of writing, there is no damn reason why I can’t be putting in at least an hour every day and coming out of it with 1,000 words. Heck, make it two hours and 2,000. I have got myself on a roll, I’ve just got to keep it up every day.
So thank you, Rabbit Holers and EWF and the amazing Patrick O’Duffy and Samantha Van Zweden for all the support these past couple of days! I may have been participating online, but it really felt like we had a community working together on this thing. This has been a truly amazing experience.
My mum used to wake me up for school by saying “Get up, Trinity. GET. UP.” She is a good mum.