Here it is!
I started the RSS Fest late, found out about it on Saturday, Jan 16th — talked myself out of joining that day, and then ended up caving the next day when I saw the chat room and experienced the writing sprints first hand (awesome!).
For those of you who are reading this last update now wondering “what the heck is she talking about?”: The RSS Winter Writing Fest has been this great chance for writers to well, write together. Writing, like most creative pursuits and unlike most jobs, can be super lonely. You spend a lot of time up here…
And then the time you have to use to explain (maybe prove) you’re not crazy, you’re really just talking out a plot device or acting out a scene…or cussing your characters.
The Fest, for me, took that element away for a bit — though honestly I haven’t done much sprinting these last few days, been using my tablet to write. Anyways I’ve been inviting people to join and, even though there’s T-minus 4 days left of the Festival’s close, I’m still going to invite anyone interested to jump in anyways.
My goal starting out has been 1000/day, but after the first 2 weeks I realized that’s a silly goal, and I changed it to the more realistic 250/day. And that’s been working just fine. It’s much easier to wake up in the morning, sit down for my morning words knowing I’m aiming for a page. Even more surprisingly that 250 become a sneeze and I averaged closer to 10x on a regular day for the past 4 weeks.
So, naturally, the first thing I’ve been worrying about is how my productivity will look after the Fest ends in the next few days. What does March 1st and beyond hold for me (until the next RSS Festival)?
Well, that depends on me doesn’t it? I’m in control of whether I decide to write or give up now. Whether I see my current WIP through to publication or not (in this case I’m seeing it to an editor’s eyes, but more on this later).
If anything I need to figure out how to balance my time, whack off the doubt demons and keep keeping on. No one’s forcing me to write, and I shouldn’t be writing a first draft for anyone but myself — unless I’m writing with another writer, that’s different.
So what’s next?
More writing, more opportunities to tell the stories I want and delve into the lives of the characters that interest me, and one more step towards the direction of being a F/T author for a living.
Also, I leave you with this because I can, and it’s awesomesauce. So have at it for any of you who are creatively ‘stuck’ or stalling, as author Jackson Pearce puts it.