What edits looks like

a manuscriptI moaned about people blogging/imposing rules/setting deadlines on their writing goals the last time I posted. Sour grapes maybe? I don’t know. But I figured that seeing as I can’t beat them and I can’t join them I’d appropriate some kind of halfway house.

No deadlines for me, no rules, instead a picture of the wip in it’s current state. Right now I’m editing. This may take some time. On the plus side, I’ve not spent 24 whole hours away from the red pen in the two and a half weeks since I let myself pick it up again. Maybe I’ll end up with one grawing out of my fingers. That might be kind of sweet actually…

Setting yourself a challenge

I keep coming across blog posts where the authors have used their account to chronicle the various writing challenges they’ve set for themselves. Call my commitment shy, but I just can’t get my head around writing down what you set to do and then sharing it with everyone. I mean, some days I’m lucky just to function normally and remember to brush my hair let alone get any writing done. And there’s something about a big nasty old deadline (even a self imposed one) hanging over me that gives me the big freeze faster than anything.

But as far as I can see, this stuff really seems to be working for folks out there. I come across their updates and it seems like they are powering forward with their lists of self improvement. Just look at bloody nanowrimo, which sees people who generally have trouble getting motivated spewing out words left right and centre. (I’m saying nothing about quality over quantity here, nothing) What does this tell me? That it’s time to make a damn list? Maybe. Or maybe it’ll just encourage me to be contrary as usual and do my best to avoid setting targets it eh fear I won’t meet them. Hmm, maybe I should make a list of goals that includes deciding over whether making a list of goals is a good idea or not as the first thing on the list…