Sunday, May 23, 2010

Let's recap: Week One #padc

It's officially been one week since I started the Page-A-Day Challenge, organized by the awesome Weronika Janczuk, and I've already definitely noticed some things...

For starters, I've had a crazy busy week that's taken me out of the apartment and away from my computer quite a bit. I went to a wake for a friend's mom on Monday right after work, and then yesterday I was gone all day for a day-long bachelorette party that I put together for one of my best friends.

All of this making it safe to say that sometimes life takes you away from writing and there's really not much you can do about it, which is why I'm okay with having 2 days this week where I didn't write a single word. Sometimes, you just can't avoid it, and you can't beat yourself up about it. Tomorrow is always a new day for words.

I've also noticed that while I have only been doing one page a day and not much more, it's not that I'm not working on other writing projects, too. On May 20th, for one, I didn't work on the novel, but wrote over 1,000 words on the season finale of Grey's Anatomy--which required that I write and post in a timely manner, which meant I didn't work on the novel that day.

Because of this and just to appease my own curiosity, I'm going to start keep tracking about how many words I write for things like Gather and hot dogs every day. I'll be curious to see if I really and truly am balancing my time between all my writing projects.

But, I'm done writing for today, mainly because I am absolutely exhausted after a great but busy weekend with some great friends. When I'm this exhausted--beyond tired really--I can't think all that clearly, which makes being coherent with my novel near impossible.

This week promises to be less busy--at least, as far as I know--so it's back to the normal schedule starting tomorrow. =)

So, that's that. I'm going to go fold some laundry then go straight to bed. Happy writing!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Page-A-Day Challenge began... yesterday!

Well, I'm already behind. I signed up to take part in the Page-A-Day Challenge, started by the inspiring Weronika Janczuk, and I'm already a day behind! The Challenge started yesterday with the purpose of keeping us working on our novels by just writing one page a day for the next month. We don't have to write any more--if we don't feel like it--but we have to strive for not writing anything less.

I have a reason for not starting yesterday--namely, the fact that I was home in my apartment for no more than an hour all day yesterday (and didn't get home til 12:30 last night)--but I'm not going to focus on yesterday. I'm going to focus on keeping this going, and writing every day from now on through the next month--and hopefully beyond.

While I've been writing more than ever--well, since grad school anyways--most of my writing has been for Gather lately. By having this page-a-day goal, I'll also keep myself focused on my novel, too.
To keep myself accountable, I'll continue to update the calendar located here with what I've written. (Since I use Liquid Story Binder to write, I'll actually just keep track of word count, rather than pages, under the understanding that one page is about 500 pages.) As Weronika suggest, I'll tweet it, too!

To see who else is committing this page-a-day challenge, check out Weronika's blog here.