Weekly Recap – June 28th, 2013

Here’s a little YouTube inspiration that I listened to throughout the week. I needed a gentle kick in the ass so I would be forced to produce. Well, I probably needed something more than gentle, but this is a start!

These pep talks helped me crank out 2,600 words over the past couple of days. Not that word count is very important in the first draft stage, but those bits of advice reminded me that I needed to get my story down in order to fix it later. I’m about halfway through a short story now, hoping to crank out the rest of it this weekend. Then I’ll let it marinate for another week and start revising.

Am I the only writer with a short memory? I know you guys struggle too, so maybe not. It just seems so easy for me to forget the importance of getting those initial words down, beginning to end.

I think part of the issue is that my day job requires me to be very technical and accurate and I carry that over to how I write. I have an innate desire to nail things on the first go and not be wrong. Of course, there are few things more paralyzing than that.

Maybe that becomes less and less of a problem as one gains more experience. I think I’ll make it a regular habit of watching these clips once a week. A focused effort, if you will, on ensuring the idea is always in the front of my mind. I say the front because the back of my mind is just a mess and I can never find anything in there. In fact, I think it’s filled with weird things like coloring books from 1983 and some of my old mixtapes.

Have a great weekend everyone!


0 thoughts on “Weekly Recap – June 28th, 2013

  1. Congratulations on cranking out 2600 words, Phillip! These are great pep talks. I plan to hang on to them myself ~ thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend and good luck with your short story!

    1. Thank you Jill! They really are good reminders of just getting down to the business of writing and the rest will follow.

  2. Wow! You’re cooking! And thanks for posting these videos. Both were great. I’m a huge fan of writing the discovery draft–getting it all down, even if it is crappy. But sometimes I forget that I have permission to suck in this draft. I want to go back and fix things, and I mustn’t. Otherwise I’ll never finish the draft.

    1. Yeah, it’s hard to give yourself permission. But once you do, it feels good to at least look back and realized you created *something*. 🙂

  3. I particularly liked the remark about discovery (and I second L. Marie’s comment). All novels begin with an idea or an image, sometimes even just a line that sticks in your head. You can only do so much note-writing before you have sit down and start figuring out where this thing goes.

    And one of those gents is absolutely right about the 30K mark. You’re less than a third of the way through, and you have to scale this sky-high wall!

    Now that I think of it, why are we doing this to ourselves?!

    1. We’re definitely a bunch of sadomasochists, no doubt about it. As you noted, the middle of the story always seems to be the big punch to the gut. One trick I’ve found that works, sometimes, is to skip it and write the ending. Then I come back and try to fill in the blanks.

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